Event Food for Thought

November 29, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:30pm

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


Food for Thought

is AIA Austin's own continuing education program, offering up to 6 CEUs at several 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.

Earn 6 LU/HSW on November 29th - Last chance to earn credits for 2017!

Members: $60
NonMembers: $110
AIA members who joined or upgraded to architect status in 2017 attend for free! Please email us to receive free registration.


Thanks to our lunch sponsor!


Schedule for November 29th

Course Descriptions / Learning Objectives

Green Building Materials: Successes & Future Focus

  1. Identify how the building materials industry in Austin has changed as a result of sustainability initiatives in green building ratings and city code.  
  2. Identify human health and environment impacts caused by building materials and the built environment
  3. Define the significance of multi-attribute materials, independent third party certification and standard reporting formats in materials selection.
  4. Explore natural building material options and how those materials benefit human health and the environment HSW topics that apply to all four learning objectives are Materials & Methods and Environmental 

AAMA Standards for Fenestration Products: Substrates and Finishes 

  1. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of different fenestration substrates, including extruded aluminum, roll form aluminum, pultruded fiberglass and vinyl.
  2. Identify the various fenestration surface finishes and their characteristics.
  3. Examine AAMA’s role in identifying and evaluating high-performance fenestration finishes, including their nine standards for substrates and finishes.
  4. Describe AAMA test procedures used to evaluate substrates and finishes.

Powder Coating

During this presentation, we will answer the question “what is powder coating”?, discuss the history of powder coating, and educate the attendees of the ingredients of powder coating powder and the application of powder coating paint. We will discuss at length the differences and advantages of powder coating finishes vs. liquid finishes and discuss AAMA paint specifications, as well as the features and benefits of a powder coated finish.    

Indoor Health & Comfort in Humid Climates

  1. Participants will understand that indoor environmental quality directly impact their own and their clients health, comfort and well being.
  2. Participants will be informed of the range of available mechanical technologies to accommodate modern architecture, specifically VRF equipment
  3. Participants will gain appreciation of the intimate relationship between the enclosure and mechanical systems, IAQ and thermal comfort.
  4. Participants will gain appreciation of multiple dimensions of quality, many of them invisible and currently under appreciated, that each project has the opportunity to achieve.

Navigating the Waters of Environmental Regulations

  1.  Participants will be able to identify what constitutes a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
  2. Participants will understand the difference between a  Phase I and  Phase II Environmental Site Assessment and what to look for when commissioning these studies
  3. Participants will be able to identify the 7 categories of federally protected waters and the understand process to permit these waters
  4. Participants will be able to identify key indicators that result in the need for a cultural resources assessment

Designing large retail environments for net zero energy performance

  1. Participants will be able to utilize a critical design path to aim for net zero energy building performance.
  2. Participants will be able to determine ways to adjust a building’s physical form to optimize net zero energy building performance.
  3. Participants will be able to differentiate the many functions of light in achieving net zero energy performance.
  4. Participants will be able to recognize the abilities and limitations of some of the current on-site power generation and storage technologies in achieving net zero energy building performance.