Join us for our virtual Lunch and Learn series hosted by W. R. MEADOWS. Earn an AIA credit from the comfort and safety of your own home by attending each of the below 1-hour course options. These courses are free to attend. Just register, attend the course from your home or office, and earn an AIA credit – it’s that easy!
Introduction to Air Barriers
Thursday, May 20th – 12 PM CST
Host: Isaac Sorensen
This presentation on air barriers from W. R. MEADOWS provides the most current information on building envelope above-grade moisture migration. Air leakage, into and out of a structure, contributes to increased building energy costs, and accounts for 70 – 90% of moisture movement through the building envelope. This moisture intrusion may cause several serious problems, such as metal component corrosion, mold, and poor indoor air quality. W. R. MEADOWS has created this presentation to inform the viewer of ways to combat building envelope air leakage and the problems it causes. In the presentation, several points are discussed, including a discussion on moisture sources and travel, their negative impact upon the building envelope, and how air barriers contribute to overall building sustainability. In general, this presentation provides information on the science of proper above-grade air leakage and moisture protection. This program is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education, and is HSW-approved. The course earns one Learning Unit (LU). The course also earns one LU in Sustainable Design (SD).
Thursday, June 10th – 12 PM CST
Host: Brian Macias
Acoustics in new and existing buildings are not only dictated by codes and standards, they are prerogatives of occupant comfort. This presentation first defines the terminology of the acoustic field, then proceeds to describe the mechanics of sound transmission. We then look at various building sectors and how they are impacted by noise. For example, in healthcare acoustic concerns affect the level of patient care. In education, it’s been proven that children and adults learn better in quiet settings. And in office settings, sound drives employee productivity. Learn about understanding STC testing, how to read the data, and best practices for meeting desired STC targets. Also, explore the performance of common wall assemblies, discuss the effect of noise on various building sectors, and better understand noise, dB, and frequency scales.