Event Food for Thought

June 14, 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 LUs on June 14th!
Enjoy lunch from Güero's Taco Bar!

Members: $60
NonMembers: $110
AIA members who joined or upgraded to architect status since January 2016 attend for free! Please email us to receive free registration.


Thanks to our lunch sponsor!
Texas Bomanite

Schedule for June 14th

Course Descriptions / Learning Objectives

Understanding Poly-Ash Trim and the other Categories of the Exterior Trim Market - 1 LU/HSW

An examination of the new Poly-Ash category of exterior trim products as it relates to other types of trim, specifically around the areas of installation, longevity, maintenance and sustainability. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the various categories of exterior trim
  • Understand key attributes of each Exterior Trim category
  • Define the Poly-Ash category of exterior trim
  • Identify key applications and installation guidelines for Poly-ash products
  • Discuss the sustainable advantages of Poly-Ash trim products

Managing Concrete Subfloor Moisture with Wood Flooring - 1 LU

This course will look at the importance of managing concrete subfloor moisture to prevent wood flooring issues. It will cover some common flooring issues related to excess moisture, starting from the subfloor to the flooring itself. 

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify common wood flooring problems related to excess moisture. 
  • Understand the composition of concrete subfloors, including common additives and surface treatments, and the effects these components have on moisture content during the chemical curing phase and the subsequent drying phase, as well as upon the slab’s ultimate moisture permeability and receptivity to common adhesive bonds. 
  • Understand the limitations and advantages of the primary methods of testing for moisture content, and identify common thresholds or guidelines for wood flooring installations. 
  • Describe the advantages of using a two part epoxy moisture suppression coating to reduce the moisture transfer rate for most concrete subfloors by 75% - 90%. 
  • Identify key overall factors for success in reducing or managing concrete subfloor moisture in order to reduce the risk of wood flooring issues. 

Fluid Applied Air Barrier Membranes: Advances and Applications - 1 LU/HSW

This presentation will discuss some of the key differences and performance advantages of new high performance air barrier chemical formulations in contrast to traditional fluid applied air barrier formulations.

Learning Objectives:
After attending this seminar, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the impact of air leakage on building performance
  • Distinguish between Fluid Applied Air Barrier technical properties using their formulation chemistries
  • Design building envelope systems with a Fluid Applied Air Barrier
  • Specify a Fluid Applied Air Barrier System to meet your project’s performance requirements

Pulling Back the Curtain on Architectural Limestone Design - 1 LU/HSW 

Rob Teel, President and Founder of Continental Cut Stone, a nationally recognized Architectural Cut Stone Fabricator, will be discussing the types of quarrying and how the different size of limestone block relates to scaling in the design, appropriate limestone applications, LEED point discussions, shop drawings and best practices  and cost effective cuts to expensive designs and more. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify how to integrate Limestone in the design stage and for customization. Recognize how Limestone Block size is scaled in design. How to interpret Limestone Applications. ASTM testing and specification example
  • How to classify “Green” Limestone. Identify challenges in the Bid Process and how to make your design more cost effective.
  • How to create accuracy  in pricing a project. Integrate alternate cost effective cuts for same look.
  • Apply Best Practices to Drafting Process. Best Practices in Architectural Drawings and the transformation to Shop Drawings, tickets and patterns. Best Practices with Changes and Field Verifications.

Proper Planning for Residential Electronic Systems - 1 LU/HSW

This course describes the processes used by professionals in the project planning, design, and installation phases of electronic systems. Participants will be able to identify different types of residential systems and the unique impact of each on specific design considerations, such as space, framing, electrical, and ventilation requirements. This course will also help attendees identify and analyze the benefits of working with trained electronic systems professionals. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the different types of residential systems, the unique considerations of each, and appropriate systems integration. 
  • Describe the processes used by professionals in the project planning, integrated design, and proper installation phases of electronic systems. 
  • Determine electronic systems impact on the integrated design and construction relative to:
    Proper space allocation
    Framing requirements for proper safety 
    Energy, electrical and conduit requirements 
    Proper ventilation and millwork requirements 
    Home theater design
  • Recognize essential timeline for selecting and engaging an electronic systems professional for your project. 

Organic Coatings for Aluminum Clad Wood Windows & Doors - 1 LU/HSW

Participants will learn about organic coating options for aluminum clad wood window & door products, specification requirements for paint, and the benefits and limitations of paint