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Welcome to RBA’s list of FREE Continuing Education courses for architects, interior designers, engineers and anyone in the A/E Community. To get started, simply create an account or login if you’re already an RBA member (above left), select a course you are interested in, learn about the newest building products and technologies in that course, and take the conclusion quiz. RBA will report all credits to the AIA and provide you with a Certificate of Completion for your records. Notice that once you login, all courses you have taken to date appear with a check beside them!
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Colloidal Silica: New Technology for Better Concrete
Learn how colloidal silica nano-technology improves the integrity and beauty of exposed concrete floors. Explore the chemistry behind this technology, its innovations, and application processes.
LYT03A - Sponsored by Lythic Solutions
Integrally Colored Concrete
Find everything you need to know about coloring concrete with integral (mixed in) colors. Review the wide spectrum of colors that are used, the application process, and the benefits of integral color concrete that give it a long-lasting appeal.
DAV03A - Sponsored by Davis Colors
Assuring Water Resistance of Masonry Construction
Understand the importance of a properly installed water barrier. Learn how to solve the problem of masonry damage caused by water trapped in the wall.
MOR04A - Sponsored by Mortar Net USA, Ltd.
Light Weight Honeycomb Reinforced Stone Cladding System
Review composite wall panels made of thin natural stone veneer reinforced with an aluminum honeycomb backing. The stone veneer can be almost any stone including granite, marble, and limestone. Learn about the many aspects and benefits of a stone panel system.
STI04A - Sponsored by Stone Panels, Inc.
Access Ladders & Stairways: Design and Code Solutions
This course will discuss different types of ladders and various applications in which they can be safely used. The designer will also learn about codes and minimum requirements necessary to adhere to standards both dimensionally and for fire ratings.
PLL05B - Sponsored by Precision Ladders, LLC
Cold-formed Steel Roof Edge Systems
This one-hour course explores the advantages and benefits of incorporating a cold-formed steel roof edge system into a building design. Course participants will learn how these systems improve the building envelope in terms of structural integrity, protection against moisture, venting, and aesthetics. Application, design considerations, and sustainability are also reviewed and analyzed.
ACS05A - Sponsored by ACS, LLC.
Design Engineering and Exterior Light-Gauge Steel Framing Basics
This course provides a basic overview of exterior light-gauge steel framing, as well as the characteristics and usage of different types of exterior deflection systems. Review how to avoid common mistakes when framing, and the ASTM standards for light-gauge steel framing products.
DIE05H - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Designing With Shear Walls For Low To Midrise Construction
Understand how to design with shear walls for low to midrise construction. The components, location, test standards, advantages and disadvantages, as well as what should be considered when specifying shear elements are illustrated in this course.
CEM05C - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
Dynamic and Static Head-of-Wall Joint Fire Protection
Through an evaluation on head-of-wall assemblies, as well as the UL standards for approval, the design professional will have a better understanding of the components involved with each application. In addition, we will review what design professionals should consider when specifying protection of dynamic or static head-of-wall joints.
CEM05D - Sponsored by California Expanded Metal Company / CEMCO
Introduction to Expanded Metal and Applications
Be able to describe the benefits of expanded metal and how it is installed, including what the current standards are. Learn how to write specifications using industry standard nomenclature on various patterns.
EMM05A - Sponsored by EMMA
Light-Gauge Steel Framing Connection Products: Specifying Tested Connection Products That Limit Liability
Define the use of light-gauge steel framing connection products. Discuss practical applications of deflection clips, support clips, and the various methods of installation for different types of connectors.
DIE05F - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Pedestrian Cable Railings: Guardrails with Cable Infill
Discuss the unique design requirements for a railing using cable as a railing in-fill. Review the different types of cable construction methods, and explain the proper mounting and tension requirements when installing a pedestrian cable railing.
UTL05B - Sponsored by The Cable Connection Inc.
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Structural Wall Framing
Review the IBC 2012 Code Compliance requirements for cold-formed structural studs and the minimum requirements per ASTM C955. The installation procedure for cold-formed structural studs per ASTM C1007 and fire-rated construction are described in this course.
DIE05J - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Designing With Structural Insulated Panels
Become familiar with structurally insulated panels (SIP) and their applications, energy strategies and current industry assembly standard. Illustrate SIP design and engineering methods.
SIP06C - Sponsored by Structural Insulated Panel Association
Fire Retardant Treated Wood (FRTW) For Commercial and Residential Structures
In this course, we will gain insight into the growing need for and use of fire retardant treated wood (FRTW). We will explore both interior and exterior FRTW and discuss treatment options. Through a review of applications, codes, and standards, the design professional will have a better understanding of how to incorporate FRTW into their next project.
VIA06B - Sponsored by Viance, LLC
FR Wood in Today's Buildings
This course will better inform the designer about FR wood and its overall benefits when used in today’s structures. Course awp06i describes the features of FR wood, how it works, how it is manufactured, where it is used, and how it is specified. The designer will also be able to identify what the model codes require and the many new design options of this product.
AWP06I - Sponsored by Arch Treatment Technologies, Inc.
Gen Y: This is Not Your Mother’s Kitchen
This course provides an overview of who Gen Y is and includes discussions on its makeup, work habits, and spending habits. Particular attention is paid to home ownership, Gen Y style preferences, and how to attract the Gen Y consumer.
MAS06A - Sponsored by MASCO
GenShift 2011: Lifestages Redefining the Kitchen Space
This course provides an overview of the findings of the GenShift 2011 study about generational and societal influences on kitchen design. The designer will learn about lifestyle differences between baby boomers, gen X’ers, and gen Y’ers and how their lifestyles help shape their preferences in kitchen design.
MAS06B - Sponsored by MASCO
Innovative Column Options for the 21st century
Discover the innovative column options that are available today and the variety of materials that are used to create this classic product. Learn about the current trends that have affected columns in the construction industry.
HBG06C. - Sponsored by HB&G Building Products
Laminated Timber Columns: Structural Characteristics
Gain insight into the makeup and characteristics of laminated timber columns and compare to other alternatives. Understand the importance of materials selection, production process, and testing.
COX06A - Sponsored by Cox Industries
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