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Illinois and Wisconsin AIA presentations

Arcspec knows how important it is for Architects and Interior Designers stay educated and updated. That’s why we offer AIA, HSW, and IDEC learning opportunities to architecture and design firms. Take part in one of our in-person Lunch & Learns and have lunch catered while you learn about the latest architectural products. If your firm is not currently meeting in person, our office can put together a Virtual Learning Opportunity where our rep would present to your team online. Simply select the course you are most interested in and submit your request for a presentation to our team.


Architectural castings are a durable, economical interior and exterior finish option with a broad range of applications that offers unlimited design freedom.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

• Identify and recognize the characteristics of architectural castings as an alternative to traditional concrete, stone, and gypsum materials
• Investigate the design potential and innovative opportunities to incorporate architectural castings made from GRG, GFRC, FRP, and Cast Stone
• Assess the functional contributions of architectural castings as they contribute to green and sustainable design
• Formulate an assessment of the relevant cost saving considerations when specifying and designing with

Course # K1904C

Credit: AIA/HSW or IDCEC 1 LU

Participants will learn:

• Designer and Owner needs for commercial interior doorways
• The pitfalls of traditional doorways and doorway protection
• Industry guidelines and standards for performance
• Doorway design solutions to Increase durability
• Specification tips to ensure longevity and quality

Course # DOORS 2019

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Course Overview

Indoor environmental quality (IEQ) has become a top priority in a time when our awareness of health, safety and well-being is more acute than ever. Ceiling baffles are one technology that provide a broad range of solutions that consider IEQ and sustainability goals. In commercial buildings dedicated to retail, transportation, and office space, especially, the need for flexibility and customized technology has created some challenges and led to opportunities for innovation that are holistic in approach and cutting edge in design. This course explores some of the newest baffles, provides insight into the benefits of customization, and discusses how to specify for materials, finishes and designs that address trends and challenges and meet or exceed project goals.

Learning Objectives

 At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

– Discuss how the acoustical aspects of ceiling baffles contribute to the well-being of occupants.

– Describe new design trends that create problems with sound reverberation, negatively impacting occupant comfort.

– Explain how ceiling baffles are manufactured and the attributes that contribute to lower, costs, shorter lead times and better sustainability.

– List how ceiling baffle systems integrate with other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) elements, contributing to occupant health and safety of occupants.

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Participants will learn:

• Understand the definition of hospital acquired infections (HAI).
• Identify contributing factors to HAI’s
• Have awareness of the mortality rate associated with HAI’s.
• Have awareness of the financial impact HAI’s have on the community and our healthcare system.
• Understanding preventions and solutions that can lessen the impact of HAI’s.
• Case Studies

Course #1


Participants will learn:

• What are entrance flooring systems and why are they needed?
• How to reduce maintenance costs and slip/fall accidents
• How to properly design and integrate EFS into your design/building
• Environmental considerations with a focus on LEED® and Cradle 2 Cradle
• Making a great first impression

Course #EFSPR02

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU, 1 GBCI, 1AAHID

Participants will learn:

• Expansion joint cover information
• Key issues & new products relating to today’s requirements
• Types of building movements & how to address each through proper design and product selection
• Fire barrier types & options
• How to select the right cover for your project
• Cradle to Cradle Certified™ information

Course #EJCPR3

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Learning objectives:

• Describe the kind of damage that occurs to building interiors, including what types of buildings wall damage is more likely to occur.
• Discuss wall protection options which help to ensure safety for building occupants and longevity of the building interior.
• Define the different wall protection applications, including how to seamlessly incorporate them into a space to maintain aesthetics.
• Summarize how wall protection products contribute toward satisfying LEED® V4 credits as well as other green building program requirements.

AIA Course #ACROV5

IDCEC Course #CC-10122

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU


Learning objectives:

• Describe the many product choices and options available in fiber cement panels
• Summarize the test standards met by high performing fiber cement panels
• List the components of a ventilated rainscreen system and identify how each contributes to reliable thermal performance and reduced energy consumption
• Discuss the fiber cement panel life cycle which makes it an excellent choice for sustainable design
• Discuss steps of preliminary design with fiber cement panels and how the ventilated facade system should be planned with drawings, especially the sub framing and panel layout

Course # 404000001

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

In this session, Architects, Engineers, and Designers who work with exterior cladding systems will receive an introduction to pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites and their characteristics as structural building materials. Using this information, session participants will be able to demonstrate how FRP girts can be used for a cladding support structure and simultaneously create a thermally efficient wall. Participants will be able to define continuous insulation (CI) systems per ASHRAE 90.1 and differentiate FRP CI systems vs. traditional steel girt systems. Finally, participants will be able to obtain the necessary design resources to integrate FRP CI systems in future projects. The session will be taught by those highly experienced in the field of girt systems and exterior cladding.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

• Describe the beneficial characteristics of pultruded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composites used as building materials, including how this will impact the user’s experience living/working in the building.
• Identify the relevant codes and standards that apply when using FRP as a building material and discuss their application in common architectural designs.
• Demonstrate how FRP girts can be used for a cladding support structure and simultaneously create a thermally efficient wall, and specifically address how this benefits occupants of the building.
• Obtain and utilize the necessary design resources to integrate FRP CI systems in future projects to foster increased efficiency and longevity of structures for building owners and occupants.

Course # SW1020GIRT

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Provider:                                            Program:                                                            Length:                               Credit:

ABET inc.                                            Exterior Grade Phenolics                            One Hour                           1LU/HSW

60 West Sheffield Ave.                 & Rainscreen Cladding

Englewood, NJ 07631                   Systems/MEG2023



An examination of Exterior Grade Phenolic (EGP) including how and why it should be used to produce aesthetically pleasing, functional and safe rainscreen cladding systems.


Learning Objectives:

  • A history and overview of how rainscreen cladding systems work to reduce moisture penetration in a building envelope.
  • Review the history and manufacturing process of Exterior Grade Phenolics (EGP)
  • Analysis of third party [performance criteria for EGP and a description of the evaluation methods of the three tests most commonly required by building codes.
  • Examine and discuss installation systems for EGP.
  • Review projects that have successfully utilized EGP.

In this presentation, we will discuss options available for fiber cement cladding and how fiber cement can positively contribute to aesthetic, performance, budget and sustainability goals. We’ll discuss updates to energy and building code, and the advantages and disadvantages for different methods of attaching fiber cement through continuous insulation (CI). Fire and combustibility testing required for assemblies with fiber cement will also be covered and what wall assembly components or project specifics invoke the requirement for testing.

Learning Objectives

• Understand the differences between different kinds of fiber cement claddings, including available texture and coating options, and identify ways in which fiber cement can contribute to sustainability goals.
• Discuss the lifetime costs of fiber cement and other cladding materials.
• Describe updates to energy code as it related to the exterior wall assembly and the advantages and disadvantages to different attachment methods for fiber cement through continuous exterior insulation.
• Explain what types of fire tests are required by the code for facades with fiber cement, including walls with exterior insulation

Course # T207D

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

This course will introduce the learner to digital printing’s impact on the cladding industry. We will then review various methods of producing unique finishes on traditional, recyclable cladding materials and compare those options.  Finally, we will review how using these types of material can contribute to the overall sustainability of your projects.

Learning Objectives:

• Define Sustainability and recognize the three pillars of sustainability: Economic, Environmental, and Social.
• Relay the benefits of HD Printing as a finish on recyclable materials.
• Distinguish between modern siding options utilizing advanced finishing methods.
• Relay how to optimally design with HD printed material with intention of adding to constructibility and simplicity.

Course # DZ1000

Credit: AIA/HSW 1 LU

Specifying cladding attachment systems


Course Number: SFS001

LU : 1 LU/Elective

Category/Sub-category: Building systems, materials, & assemblies

With increasing requirements for the building enclosure in energy codes, many building projects are moving towards using exterior insulated building assemblies. Exterior insulated systems allow for increased thermal performance but much of that depends on the design of the exterior cladding attachment system. There are a wide variety of secondary structural attachment systems in the North American market competing to provide better thermal performance, which can overwhelm designers when comparing them for use on projects.

While direct comparisons of components (“clip to clip”) may show two systems to be equivalent, it is not until additional project requirements are compared that significant differences in performance can arise. These additional requirements include structural considerations, like wind and dead loads, which dictate the spacing of components, combustibility restrictions on components, and installation flexibility. The perceived advantages in performance from one system over another may not actually turn into tangible benefits once these other design requirements on the project are also satisfied.

The intent of the presentation will be to provide the necessary background information, methodologies and available resources to guide designers in making informed decisions for selecting the right cladding attachment systems for their projects.

Learning objectives


  • Understand market factors driving envelope designs towards greater thermal
  • Identify differences in the design approach for typical cladding attachment systems and how to appropriately compare them.
  • Understand the impacts structural requirements have on the thermal performance of the system and need for a performance-based approach.
  • Increase awareness of tools and processes that make it easier to evaluate large data sets and enable early-on design decisions to be informed by data.

AIA credits are reported by SFS. Certificate of completion available upon request. AIA provider number 10009234

Design and Technical Considerations for Metal Wall Panel Systems


Provider:     Protean Construction Products AIA Provider #: 404108372

AIA Program #: PROAIACES101

Length: 1.0 hours = 1.0 LU hours HSW: Yes

This session is not just a high level overview of metal panels. It has been designed to go into much greater detail on selecting the appropriate material for your project; critical components in the wall design and the purpose they serve. The presentation provides an overview of system testing; what the tests are, why they are important and why understanding them will help create successful specifications and projects. All this can be accomplished without compromising the desired aesthetic.

Program Objectives Include:


An overview of honeycomb, insulated metal, aluminum plate and ACM/MCM panel systems as rain screens or barrier systems, including a comparison of materials and identification of ideal applications for each material type.

The course includes information on wall components and assemblies, as well as standards which will assist in the development quality wall construction assemblies that meet regulatory, structural and LEED requirements without compromise to the desired aesthetic.

This course will equip participants to select the best metal wall system for the application, identify the components and assemblies for a quality system, and understand the tests that define a system that meets the regulatory requirements.