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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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Finishing Gypsum Board: Appearance and Indoor Air Quality
Learn about the different levels of gypsum board finishes as well as when to specify each according to the needs of the project. Gain insight into the importance of indoor air quality (IAQ) in regard to sustainability, how to improve IAQ, and how gypsum board finishes impact IAQ.
NGC09M - Sponsored by National Gypsum
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
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
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
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
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
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
Step Up to Safety
In this course you will learn how to select the appropriate pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings to improve the safety of your building stairway design. We will also go over how pre-manufactured stair treads and nosings can complement your building design and improve the safe means of egress from your building with proper installation.
NYS05B - Sponsored by Nystrom Building Products
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
Assuring Stucco Performance Using Non-Corrosive Components
NARRATED VIDEO - Find out how plastic accessories and components can enhance your stucco construction through strong and noncorrosive field performance, ease of handling, moisture resistance, and aesthetic.
PLC06A - Sponsored by Plastic Components
Avoiding Moisture Problems During Construction
NARRATED VIDEO - Its important to understand the effects of moisture on the indoor environment to properly navigate moisture concerns during the construction process. In this program, well discuss the factors at work with moisture issues and the proper use of dehumidification to mitigate the problems.

Well then discuss the important role of psychrometrics and identify dehumidification strategies and methods to ensure your project stays on track and within specifications while ensuring a healthy indoor environment.

Please be sure to download and read the supplemental material: "Is Dehumidification or Heat Better in Construction Drying?"
PGG07A - Sponsored by Polygon Group
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
The Use of Sound Control Fenestrations in Building Design
This course will review the basic science of sound and sound control, including ratings of acoustic performance, testing & certification of acoustic fenestration products. Considerations and methods to utilize when designing buildings and their systems will be covered as well.
ATR08A - Sponsored by Prime Window Systems, LLC
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)
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
Compression-Seal Technology: A Sustainable Solution for High-Performance Windows and Doors
In this course we will review compression-seal technology for high-performance window and door systems through a discussion that includes definitions and application examples, performance benefits and several case studies.
REH08A - 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
Radiant Heating Design and Controls
Thermal comfort through radiant floor heating will be the focus of this course. We will review applications and calculations of the design process for hydronic heating. Controls and zoning for an integrated system will be covered as well.
REH23C - Sponsored by REHAU
Snow and Ice Melting Systems: The Power to Melt Snow and Ice for Safety and Efficiency
This course provides a fundamental understanding of hydronic snow and ice melting systems in terms of benefits, applications, installation, performance and costs.

Why is this course relevant?
i. The safety, convenience and cost savings provided by a SIM system has become more clear than ever with changes to weather patterns increasing snow fall in many regions
ii. Clearing slippery outdoor surfaces over a long winter is not only a maintenance cost, it involves the expense of harsh chemicals and damaged surfaces
iii. Snow and ice melting systems can also reduce liability with reduced premiums
iv. Automatic controls and durable PEX pipes make modern SIM systems reliable
v. Estimated operating costs are often far less than mechanical snow removal
REH23E - Sponsored by REHAU
Snow Retention Devices: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
This course provides a framework for understanding the importance of snow retention on roofs, examines various roof type applications, identifies applications that have proven more successful at retaining snow, and underscores the citical need for proper planning, calculating, engineering and installing of these systems.
MRI07B - Sponsored by S-5! / Metal Roof Innovations
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