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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 9 - FINISHES
High Performance Gypsum: Protect against mold, moisture and exposure
This course will focus on gypsum products manufactured with fiberglass facing, replacing the paper facing typically used on gypsum board. We will review the high performance characteristics of and applications for the fiberglass faced gypsum panels to improve the health, safety and welfare of any project and associated occupants through improved fire ratings and indoor air quality. This course includes a series of diagrammatic wall sections for a variety of typical envelope systems as well as interior application details.
NGC09N - Sponsored by National Gypsum
Metal Lath, Beads and Trims: Stucco and Plaster Accessory Products and Applications
Become familiar with metal lath products and stucco and plaster accessories that are available in galvanized steel, zinc alloy and vinyl. Examine trim and bead products used for veneer, stucco and plaster applications, and identify the benefits of using vinyl accessory products.
DIE05L - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
One Coat Stucco: The Most Efficient Stucco System Available
This course introduces one coat stucco, along with its history, how it works, and the benefits of using it. You will be able to compare and contrast the one coat stucco with the three coat portland cement stucco.
NOC09A - Sponsored by National One Coat Stucco Association
Proper Specification and Installation Recommendations for Nonstructural Wall Framing
Understand the ASTM standards that are typically specified for the material, manufacturing, and installation requirements for drywall studs. This course explains the requirements for drywall studs per ASTM C645 and ASTM C754, and describes how to specify fire-rated partitions.
DIE05K - Sponsored by ClarkDietrich Building Systems
Three Coat Stucco System
This course will explain the benefits of three coat stucco systems, which include fire resistance, mold prevention, durability, low maintenance. The course will also explain in detail what codes are applicable for the different wall assemblies available to the use of three coat stucco systems.
SMA09A - Sponsored by Stucco Manufacturers Association
DIVISION 10 - SPECIALTIES
Designing Barrier-Free Restrooms to Meet the New 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design
Through an in-depth review of the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, as they apply to restroom design, the design professional will better understand the importance of accessibility, how to design a barrier-free restroom, and how this can contribute to a more sustainable project.
SCT10B - Sponsored by Scranton Products
Locker Solutions for Every Place and Purpose
Lockers come in many shapes and sizes. In this one hour course, we will discuss uses for lockers, material choices and accessories. We will learn about ADA compliance and sustainability as it relates to lockers, and we will take a look at different options that add to the visual appeal, and options that make for an easier user experience.
SCT10C - Sponsored by Scranton Products
DIVISION 11 - EQUIPMENT
Detention Design and Construction with Truss-reinforced Steel Panels
In this one hour course, the design professional will learn about various types of materials used in constructing prison walls. The course will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of these materials which will help the professional achieve the design they are looking for in a safe and secure prison.
TRU11A - Sponsored by Trussbilt
DIVISION 12 - FURNISHINGS
Antimicrobial Material: A Way To Inhibit Mold And Mildew Growth
Learn about the advantages of quartz surfaces and ways in which a mold-free environment can be ensured by using antimicrobial materials. This course goes into depth about the physical properties of mold and ways it affects health negatively, and how it can be prevented.
COS12B - Sponsored by Cosentino USA
Efficient Storage Solutions for Healthcare Facilities
Did you know that proper planning of storage space can help your client's bottom line? This course delves into the basic principles of proper storage design in healthcare facilities and specific design considerations that would benefit your project.
IND12A - Sponsored by Stanley InnerSpace
Introduction to Entrance Flooring Systems
NARRATED VIDEO - This course will explain the functions and benefits of a well-designed entrance system and will provide application dependent guidelines that will aide in proper system design. Value and Benefit of an Entrance Flooring system. Industry standards, including ADA requirements and United States Green Council (USGBC) LEED credits and how they each pertain to entrance flooring systems. Design considerations describing he primary factors that impact the design and selection of an entrance system. Product option section provides an overview of the wide range of mat and grilles available. The application section reviews common applications, and makes system recommendations based on predetermined design factors
NYS12C - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
Modern Materials for Contemporary Design
NARRATED VIDEO - Today we are going to look at three contemporary high-end materials: aluminum, glass and high gloss acrylic. First, we will review the inherent qualities of each, then we will look at how each might be incorporated into your designs. We will review the design options of each application and how to specify these materials into your projects. And finally we will discuss the variety of building typologies in which these materijals can be utilized and look at a few case studies that have incorporated these materials in a comprehensive manner to achieve a truly dramatic contemporary design.
ELM12A - Sponsored by Element Designs
Understanding Pyrolithic Stone Material
NARRATED VIDEO - Discover how nature continues to inspire and influence not just the design and fabrication of our building materials, but also the sustainability and performance of those materials. Learn how advancements in technology and the process of geomimicry are making the fabrication of higher-quality surfacing materials such as pyrolithic stone possible, which provide the architectural and stylistic advantages of natural stone (such as quartz and marble) with increased sustainability while overcoming performance drawbacks.
GEO12A - Sponsored by GEOLUXE
Understanding Quartz Surfacing Material
Become familiar with quartz, including its history, where it is found, and its unique physical properties. This course introduces the Breton manufacturing process, where you will learn the differences between acrylic solid surfaces, stone, and quartz surfaces.
COS12A - Sponsored by Cosentino USA
DIVISION 13 - SPECIAL CONSTRUCTION
Bullet, Blast and Forced Entry Resistant Doors, Windows and Wall Panels
Physical security products include bullet, blast and forced entry resistant doors, windows and wall panels as well as tornado rated doors. These products are a prudent safety precaution that protects the general public, while limiting an employer’s liability. This one hour online course allows the design professional to review and understand the need for and applications of physical security products, particularly bullet resistant products. Design professionals will develop an understanding of the various levels of bullet resistance, as well as how to specify these products for a project. We will conclude this course with a brief 10 question quiz.
ARM13B - Sponsored by Armortex, Inc.
DIVISION 14 - CONVEYING SYSTEMS
Mechanical Parking Solutions for Modern Urban Density
An innovative solution to parking space, mechanical parking and the dependent access parking stackers’ uses and limitations are illustrated and described in this course to expand your knowledge on this unique product. Learn about the different types of parking stackers and how they work.
KMP14A - Sponsored by Klaus Multiparking, Inc.
DIVISION 15 - MECHANICAL
Electric Tankless Water Heaters
This learning unit will address the benefits of a properly designed and installed electric tankless water heater and explore how installing an electric tankless water heaters in new construction, in a retrofit situation, or as a companion to other water heating technologies already in place, can offer a reliable, endless supply of hot water while maximizing both water savings and energy efficiency.
SEI15A - Sponsored by Seisco International
DIVISION 22 - PLUMBING
Total Bathroom Design
The purpose of this course is to make the case that all design features that help a bathroom be friendly to all people and the environment are simply elements of good bathroom design.
TOT22C - Sponsored by TOTO USA
DIVISION 23 - HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
Advantages of Radiant Heating and Cooling Systems
This course provides a fundamental understanding of the benefits of radiant heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial and institutional applications. You will learn about how radiant heating and cooling provides a cost efficient, comfortable way for your building to achieve a high level of energy performance. Also discussed are ways to easily integrate radiant systems into the mechanical environment of a building.
REH23D - Sponsored by REHAU
Radiant Floor Heating Installation
Installation of radiant floor heating will be the focus of this course. We will review system components, layout, and manifold location considerations for the design process. Wet and dry installation techniques will be explained to improve the incorporation of RFH in your design.
REH23B - Sponsored by REHAU
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