Event Food for Thought

March 8, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

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Austin Center for Architecture
801 W. 12th Street
78701 Austin , TX


Food for Thought

Food for Thought is AIA Austin's quarterly continuing education program, offering up to 6 CEUs at each of the four meetings per year. Allied Members offer sessions on the latest techniques, practices, products, and technology in design and construction and one Allied Member also sponsors lunch. 

The program is open to AIA members at a reduced rate and is also open to non-members.

Please sign up in advance by using the ticket links at the bottom of this page.

Earn 6 LU/HSW on March 8th!

Attend the first edition of Food for Thought of 2017 at a discounted rate!
Members: $40 (regularly $60)
NonMembers: $75 (regularly $110)
AIA members who joined or upgraded to architect status in 2016 attend for free! Please email us to recieve free registration.


Thanks to our lunch sponsor!
Marvin Windows and Doors

Schedule for March 8

Course Learning Objectives

Collaboration Through Design (1 LU/HSW)

  • Introduction to the integration of project models and project delivery.
  • Gain an understanding of the predesign and design assist roles.
  • Observe a leaner process to construction (affecting the schedule).
  • Become familiar with various applications in building envelopes and systems.

Roof Coatings- a Sustainable Choice (1 LU/HSW)

  • Understand the Components of a Monolithic Roof System. 
  • What is a Roof Coating 
  • Various Types of Coatings- Acrylic, Polyurethane & Silicone 
  • Inspection Process- What to look for to ensure a successful installation 
  • Applications- When a coating is the appropriate recommendation 
  • Sustainability 
  • Energy Benefits 

Shade Selection for the Exterior Envelope (1 LU/HSW)

  • Learn how solar shade fabric attributes such as composition, structure, openness factor and color directly affect shade performance and indirectly affect the efficiency of a building envelope to control heat gain. 
  • Understand how different fabric properties such as low VOC, acoustical performance, fire retardancy, and anti-bacterial/fungal can affect human health, indoor environmental quality and safety. 
  • Analyze fabric fenestration data and understand how solar energy from the sun influences these values and the combined solar heat gain values of the entire window shading system. 
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of how light sources affect shade view through, privacy and indoor occupant comfort; know what light levels are appropriate per building space and how shades can help accomplish various daylighting goals. 

Comfort by Design: Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Technology (1 LU/HSW)

  • Describe the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems (HVAC) industry
  • Identify and describe Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) system technology
  • Explain the architectural and occupant design benefits of a VRF system solution
  • List the energy savings and environmental quality benefits provided by a VRF system solution
  • Identify LEED credit categories achievable with VRF solutions

Window Energy Performance Ratings (1 LU/HSW)

  • Describe high performance window technologies as well understand the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) program and how it helps window manufacturers meet building energy code requirements.
  • Describe how sustainable building products can satisfy Universal Design strategies.
  • Describe how building form and energy modeling create a more sustainable environment.
  • Describe how windows can contribute toward points in the LEED for Homes credit categories.

 Flexible Space Design Trends (1 LU/HSW)

  • Explore space utilization trends and challenges in three major areas: Corporate, Education, and Hospitality
  • Explores what space flexibility means to the designer or architect, to the client, to the people inhabiting the space
  • Understand acoustics, the meaning of acoustical ratings and how they are tested
  • Understand the importance of acoustical control in all types of space - how “noise” can affect productivity, learning, and revenue.
  • Explore the need and demand for flexible space and how can impact overall design both structurally and aesthetically.