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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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DIVISION 6 - WOOD AND PLASTICS
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
Wide Plank Wood Flooring: Design Considerations
In this one hour course, we will learn how various species, grading, milling, dimensions, and finishes of wide plank wood flooring offer design flexibility. We will also learn about the superiority of heartwood over sapwood in wide plank flooring, and standards related to installation of wide plank wood flooring. Finally, we will learn best practices for design and construction monitoring, to minimize the possibility of moisture intrusion in wood flooring installations.
CAR06A - Sponsored by Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
DIVISION 7 - THERMAL AND MOISTURE PROTECTION
Advantages of Using Cover Boards in Low-slope Roofing Assemblies
NARRATED VIDEO – This course will provide a brief overview of Low-Slope Roof Systems to provide the necessary background to discuss cover boards & thermal barriers.  The various cover board types and reasons for their use will be described. Each board type will be discussed along with their primary features, benefits & challenges. 

The long-term performance of all low-slope roof systems is impacted by a number of external factors such as weather events and roof system abuse (natural & man-made). Important roof component performance criteria will be discussed and conclusions drawn, in order to increase your knowledge surrounding cover board selection.
NGC07A - Sponsored by National Gypsum
Climate Zoned Cladding and Contemporary Commercial Solutions with Fiber Cement Siding
This course introduces new climate zoned cladding and illustrates panel cladding. Learn how this is helping designers meet emerging demands for contemporary commercial design aesthetics through a description on the benefits of fiber cement and the common selection criteria for siding options.
JHS07A - Sponsored by James Hardie Building Products, Inc.
Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability
In this one hour course we will take an in-depth look at concrete roofing tiles including design options, manufacturing and installation processes, testing and code compliance, and finaly sustainable attributes and Life Cycle cost analysis.
EAG07A - Sponsored by Eagle Roofing Products
Considerations in Rainscreen Cladding Design; Exterior Moisture – Risk, Design and Applications
This course will better inform the designer on moisture management in the building envelope and related considerations. The designer will evaluate rainscreen and wall assembly options and gain an understanding of how to incorporate rainscreens into their building envelope system.
JHS07C - Sponsored by James Hardie Building Products, Inc.
Continuous Insulation: Spray Polyurethane Foam vs. Rigid Foam Board
The response by many architects has often been to use rigid foam board insulation located over the exterior structural face and behind exterior claddings.

While this may be a more traditional choice, it is not the only one.
In recent years, significant technology advancements and assembly fire testing results have made spray foam insulation a viable choice for exterior continuous insulation. In fact, closer review suggests that using field applied medium density spray foam insulation may be a better choice for many situations. This has been found to be true when looked at in terms of design flexibility, performance, construction efficiency, and cost.
ICY07B - Sponsored by Icynene, Inc.
Design And Specification of ACM/MCM In Today’s Architecture
Explore different architectural cladding options. Discover how aluminum composite material (ACM) panels and metal composite material (MCM) panels have broadened architectural horizons, providing weatherability, fire resistance, long service life, and design flexibility.
ALP07A - Sponsored by ALPOLIC
Managing Building Movement with Joints
This course will help the designer to correctly determine the proper specification for building movement joints. Selecting, designing, detailing and specifying building joints is a complex task which can be simplified by following a logical process to first determine joint requirements, location and type. Once we know the size and geometry of the joint system we then can identify the wall, floor, ceiling, and roof systems that are impacted. After finishes are determined for these systems we then can begin to cover the joints in a way that works well with those finishes and meets the functional and performance requirements for the surface.
CAD and BIM details and specifications are readily available for incorporating building joints into a project.

A complete discussion of Seismic Joints is beyond the scope of this presentation
NYS07A - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
Masonry Wall Insulation, Air Barrier, Water Seal and Moisture Vapor Control with ccSPF
Define the basic properties of SPF and be able to list the general benefits of using ccSPF systems for masonry wall insulation, air barrier, and water sealing. Learn about the installation methods of ccSPF systems and be able to visualize the applications and projects of closed cell spray polyurethane foams.
NCF07C - Sponsored by NCFI Polyurethanes
MCM/ACM Paint Systems and the Building Envelope
Explore MCM and ACM panels along with the different types of paint finish systems that include solid colors, prismatic finishes, faux finishes, and more. With an emphasis on new fluoropolymer technology, gain insight into finish standards and testing as well as how the makeup and application of each finish type affects its performance.
ALP07B - Sponsored by ALPOLIC
Portable Rollforming, Applicable Engineering & Installation Details
Gain insight into the benefits of Portable Rollforming including efficiency, flexibility, and sustainability. Also, course participants will review applicable engineering, testing standards, and installation details.
SFM07A - Sponsored by Sheffield Metals
Reflective Insulation, Radiant Barriers and Control Coatings
Did you know that the key to maintaining a comfortable temperature is to reduce the heat transfer out of the building in the winter and into the building in the summer? Learn about reflective insulation, radiant barriers, and control coatings that will affect a buildings ability to reduce heating and cooling loads.
RIM07A - Sponsored by Reflective Insulation Manufacturer's Association (RIMA)
Roofing Solutions for Alpine Regions
This course provides an overview of the problems and solutions associated with roofing in cold climates, including a discussion on the proper engineering of snow retention devices.
TRA07A - Sponsored by TRA Snow & Sun
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) For Building Insulation
This course will better inform the designer about spray polyurethane foam and best practices when utilizing SPF in your designs. This course also compares and contrasts the differences between open and closed cell SPF and their applications as well as explaining the benefits of spray polyurethane foam such as energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
HUN07A - Sponsored by Huntsman Polyurethanes
Spray-in-Place Polyurethane Insulation Systems
Trace back the history of SPF development, and be able to identify the physical properties of SPF insulation. Learn about the advantages of SPF insulation and see examples of typical applications of both open-cell and closed-cell SPF.
NCF07B - Sponsored by NCFI Polyurethanes
Use of Snow Retention Devices: Science or Fiction?
Discover the art and science of snow control and its effects, such as snow migration on rooftops of structures. Learn about the common myths and misperceptions regarding snow retention, as well as the do's and don’ts of retention devices, product selection, and site specifics.
MRI07A - Sponsored by S-5! / Metal Roof Innovations
Walkable Thermoplastic Deck and Roofing Membrane Systems
NARRATED VIDEO – This course introduces walkable thermoplastic deck and roofing membrane systems and describes the system advantages. This course includes over a dozen membrane construction videos and illustrates design considerations for incorporation into the building envelope.
DEC07A - Sponsored by Skyline Building Systems, Inc.
DIVISION 8 - DOORS AND WINDOWS
Architectural Applications of Water Protection Systems
NARRATED VIDEO - This course expresses the reasons for concern regarding the environmental hazards that come with flooding and describes who is responsible when natural hazards and flooding occur. Learn what a Base Flood Elevation is, as well as the objectives of protection in order to employ this type of system.
SVT08B - Sponsored by Savannah Trims
Comparative Study of Wood and Aluminum Windows in Commercial Buildings
This course lists three key window selection criteria and explains the impact they have on the interests of you and your client. You will be able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of wood and aluminum windows, as well as how to determine an appropriate system for your projects.
PEL08A - Sponsored by Pella Windows and Doors
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