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AIA-approved courses to keep you on top of your game.

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Armstrong is a proud Registered Provider of AIA/CES approved programs 

Armstrong Commercial Ceilings & Walls offers a variety of continuing education courses to help you with everything from writing better specifications to sustainability practices and how ceiling and wall products are made. All are AIA-approved and many are IDCEC CES-approved. Browse the course descriptions, then contact your local sales rep or more information and to arrange a session at your organization.

Acoustical Basics for Design Professionals [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC; 1 LU GBCI]
Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations – The Next Level of Transparency [1LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC; 1 LU USGBC]
Flexible by Design: Innovative Approaches for Powering Low Energy Buildings [1 LU]
Acoustic Design of Green Buildings for Communications, Privacy, and Productivity
[1 LU AIA]
Sustainable Ceiling Systems [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]
Acoustical Design Strategies for Walls [1 LU]
Acoustical Research Facility Tour [1 LU] [Lancaster Visit Only]
Acoustics II:  Speech Privacy in Office Design [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]
Acoustics III:  Classroom Acoustics [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]
Design Symposium [6 LU] [Lancaster Visit Only]
Energy Savings and Environmental Benefits of High Light-Reflectance Ceilings [1 LU]
IBC Seismic Code and Ceiling Installation Requirements [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]
Introduction to Basic Acoustics [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]
Light Reflectance I: An Introduction to Light Reflectance [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]
Oral Private Issues: Healthcare Environment [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]
Platinum LEED-EB Facilities Tour [1 LU] [Lancaster Visit Only]
Solving Healthcare Design Challenges with Ceiling Systems [1 LU]
Specifying Metal Ceilings [1 LU]
Specifying Wood Ceilings [1 LU]

 

Acoustical Basics for Design Professionals [AIA 1 LU; IDCEC 1 LU; GBCI 1 LU]

This seminar introduces the concept and application of Acoustical Design and its contribution to improved indoor environmental quality. At the end of the seminar participants should be able to explain the need for balanced acoustical design by segment, describe the fundamental properties of sound, define basic acoustical terms and concepts, interpret how different material selections influence the acoustic environment in an effort to make informed product specification choices while developing an understanding and appreciation for the value a balanced acoustical environment.
AIA Program Number: ABDP
GBCI Program Number: 0090009091
IDCEC Approved (No Course Number)

  Step 1: Take online course
Acoustical Basics for Design Professionals

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Step 2: Take Quiz
Acoustical Basics for Design Professionals
(PDF)

Step 3: Evaluate Class
Course Evaluation
(PDF)
   
 

Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations – The Next Level of Transparency [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC; 1 LU USGBC]

This one-hour seminar introduces users to the concept and application of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) which is gaining importance as a sustainability tool to practicing design professionals. At the end of the seminar participants should be able to understand the need to reduce the impact of buildings on the environment and evaluate how LCA can be used as a tool for product selection in the building industry. Participants will learn to interpret, use and apply environmental labels, including Environmental Product Declaration's (EPD). At its conclusion participants will understand the value that these tools – LCA and EPD's bring to the building industry.
AIA Program Number: LCAEPD601
GBCI Program Number: 0090008241

  Step 1: Take online course
Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations – The Next Level of Transparency

(This requires Adobe Flash 6.0 or higher to run. Download the current version.)

Step 2: Take Quiz
Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declarations – The Next Level of Transparency
(PDF)

Step 3: Evaluate Class
Course Evaluation
(PDF)
   
 

Flexible by Design: Innovative Approaches for Powering Low Energy Buildings [1 LU]

This one-hour seminar provides insight into the trend toward net zero energy buildings and its impact on your design strategies.  An overview of industry goals and standards related to energy use in buildings will be provided and applied to existing buildings as well as new construction.  Non-technical descriptions of hybrid powered buildings and direct-current (DC) power distribution will be covered along with client needs ranging from reconfiguration flexibility to integration of renewable energy sources.  Attendees will also discuss practical applications that blend energy efficiency and effective design using case studies.  
AIA Program Number:  11DCFZ
USGBC Program Number: 0090007245
  Step 1: Take online course
Flexible by Design: Innovative Approaches for Powering Low Energy Buildings

(This requires Adobe Flash 6.0 or higher to run. Download the current version.)

Step 2: Take Quiz
Flexible by Design: Innovative Approaches for Powering Low Energy Buildings
(PDF)

Step 3: Evaluate Class
Course Evaluation
(PDF)
 
   

Acoustic Design of Green Buildings for Communications, Privacy, and Productivity [1 LU AIA]

Green buildings do many things well – but noise control and speech privacy can’t always be counted as part of that list. Some of the strategies that make green buildings green, result in poor acoustics.

The reason we design and operate buildings … is for people. We realize how important Interior Environmental Quality is to communications, health and productivity. We have learned from various research studies, acoustics is still a key factor of dissatisfaction in interior environments.

This course is designed to accomplish four learning objectives:

  • Why ‘Acoustic Comfort’ is an important element of indoor environmental quality (IEQ) in green buildings.
  • How proper architectural/acoustic design practices can benefit owners and occupants in all building segments.
  • Learn about guidelines, standards, and Green Rating Systems that address acoustic design and performance.
  • Review design practices that address acoustic needs in closed spaces, open plan spaces, exposed structures, and classrooms

    AIA Program Number: AIACES802; 1 learning unit; Credit Designations: LU/HSW/SD
    GBCI# 0090006791
 
Step 1: Take online course
Acoustic Design of Green Buildings for Communications, Privacy, and Productivity

(This requires Adobe Flash 6.0 or higher to run. Download the current version.)

Step 2: Read Materials and Take Quiz
Acoustic Design of Green Buildings for Communications, Privacy and Productivity
(PDF)

Step 3: Evaluate Class
Course Evaluation
(PDF)
 
   
 

Sustainable Ceiling Systems [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]

"Sustainable Ceiling Systems" reviews green building design and the key areas of energy performance, indoor environmental quality, and materials. This seminar addresses how ceiling systems contribute to these key areas and how to apply these concepts on upcoming projects. Participants will learn how to evaluate green interior finishing products to assist clients in their “green” efforts. Participants will also learn how ceiling systems contribute to the LEED® rating system.
AIA Program Number: 005EN2; 1 learning unit; Credit Designations: LU/HSW/SD
IDCEC Course Number: 8431
USGBC: 0090005492
 
Step 1: Download Materials
Sustainable Ceiling Systems
(PDF)

Step 2: Read Materials and Take Quiz
Sustainable Ceiling Systems Quiz
(PDF)

Step 3: Evaluate Class
Course Evaluation
(PDF)
 
   

Acoustical Design Strategies for Walls [1 LU]

This session provides insight into how to integrate wall assemblies and acoustical treatment into your design strategy. Client needs ranging from improved sound quality to better intelligibility or speech privacy will be discussed.  Descriptions of acoustical terms related to walls will be covered along with performance-based results from different design strategies. An overview of the LEED® for Schools rating system with new acoustical standards is also included, as well as practical applications across a variety of building segments.
AIA Program Number: 08ADSW
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Acoustical Research Facility Tour [1 LU] [Lancaster Visit Only]

This program is a guided tour of an NVLAP certified acoustical research facility. Participants will learn the construction means and methods of such a facility, as well as gain an understanding of the ASTM tests for NRC, CAC, STC, and AC. Groups will also learn how construction assemblies can affect the performance of a space, designing for optimum privacy or intelligibility, as well as reverberation time.
AIA Program Number: 06ALT2
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Acoustics II:  Speech Privacy in Office Design [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]

This presentation reviews research documenting the link between office noise and worker effectiveness. The program addresses special acoustical issues in open plan offices, and the key measurements to use when selecting acoustical ceilings for open plan environments. Finally, the course outlines a balanced acoustical design approach to use when selecting ceilings, furniture systems, and masking to enhance speech privacy.
AIA Program Number: 02AC2
IDCEC Course Number: 7346
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Acoustics III:  Classroom Acoustics [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]

This seminar gives a clearer understanding of how sound impacts learning environments, and how choosing appropriate interior finishes can reduce sound reverberation and background noise in classrooms. An overview of the ANSI S12.60-2002, or the American National Standard Institute’s recommended guidelines for noise in classrooms, is also included as well as “real world” case studies of “before” and “after” installed solutions in classrooms.
AIA Program Number: 83CLAC
IDCEC Course Number: 7347
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Design Symposium [6 LU] [Lancaster Visit Only]

Design Symposium is an all-day program held at Armstrong headquarters in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. This seminar gives participants an intensive education in acoustical ceiling systems. It also includes hands-on learning, with various activities, workshops, and a tour of Armstrong’s corporate campus, local acoustical ceiling plant, and laboratories.
AIA Program Number: 01DS6
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Energy Savings and Environmental Benefits of High Light-Reflectance Ceilings [1 LU]

This one-hour seminar covers the basics of light reflectance, lighting trends in commercial spaces, how high light-reflectance [Hi-LR] affects energy costs, how the right combination of lighting and ceiling can improve workers' effectiveness, and how to leverage the results of a light reflectance study to gain LEED points. You will also gain an understanding of the potential tax credits available by using high light-reflectance ceilings with indirect lighting systems, and how to specify acoustical ceilings to meet these needs.
AIA Program Number: 07HILR
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IBC Seismic Code and Ceiling Installation Requirements [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]

The "IBC Seismic Code and Ceiling Installation Requirements" CEU offers an overview of the classifications of IBC seismic design categories, the effect of soil type, location, and building types on design categories, and installation methods and details, including alternate ceilings suspension designs.
AIA Program Number: 02SMC1
IDCEC Course Number: 7966
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Introduction to Basic Acoustics [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]

The objectives of this course fall into four broad categories: an introduction to acoustical terms, a description of sound fundamentals, a review of acoustical ceiling and wall performance measures, and an evaluation of these concepts when designing various commercial spaces.  Attendees will also discuss practical applications through case studies.  Finally, participants will learn how to evaluate ceiling system options based on industry classifications.
AIA Program Number: 097AC1-02
IDCEC Course Number: 7345
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Light Reflectance I: An Introduction to Light Reflectance [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]

This one-hour seminar covers the basics of light reflectance, advantages and disadvantages of four types of lighting, how light reflectance affects energy costs, how the right combination of lighting and ceiling can improve workers' effectiveness, and how to specify acoustical ceilings to meet these needs.
AIA Program Number: 098LR1
IDCEC Course Number: 7348
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Oral Private Issues: Healthcare Environment [1 LU AIA; 0.1 LU IDCEC]

"Oral Private Issues: Healthcare Environment" helps participants understand HIPAA regulations pertaining to oral privacy in healthcare buildings. The seminar also reviews ways to measure speech privacy, and attendees will be able to identify common problems associated with achieving acoustical privacy in the healthcare environment, and review ways to improve privacy using balanced acoustical design.
AIA Program Number: 02HC1
IDCEC Course Number: 7508
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Platinum LEED-EB Facilities Tour [1 LU] [Lancaster Visit Only]

This hour presentation/tour reviews one of the only LEED Platinum EB structures on the East Coast. The tour begins with a short presentation that explains the design intent of the original building, the facility changes and controls that were made to improve the building’s performance, and the submission procedure. Following the presentation, participants will have an opportunity to review the building’s architectural materials and performance features that helped earn the highest rating conferred by the USGBC.
AIA Program Number: 07LEB1
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Solving Healthcare Design Challenges with Ceiling Systems [1 LU]

Solving Healthcare Design Challenges with Ceiling Systems identifies key challenges effecting healthcare today such as infection prevention and control, acoustics, and sustainable design. This seminar identifies and defines the design standards and guidelines for healthcare, including CDC Guidelines for Disinfection and Sterilization in Healthcare facilities, the FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, and Green Guide for Healthcare. Learn evidence-based design strategies, how to select appropriate interior finishes, and implement a balanced acoustical design strategy.
AIA Program Number: 10SHDC
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Specifying Metal Ceilings [1 LU]

This course on specifying metal ceilings helps participants understand the attributes and benefits of using metal ceilings. This one-hour course identifies key segments and spaces where metal is being used today in commercial interiors, as well as its use in exterior applications. The course also describes the possibilities and limitations in specifying a variety of different sizes, shapes, and patterns.
AIA Program Number 06MC1
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Specifying Wood Ceilings [1 LU]

The selection and specification of wood ceiling and wood walls can produce many aesthetic, functional, and sustainable design benefits and challenges. This CES program will inform the professional specifier of how wood ceiling and wall product attributes like size, composition, shape, veneers types, and quality can impact the schedules and costs on projects in which they are used. Participants will also learn how specific attributes of wood panel systems can impact important functional criteria for passive acoustics, fire performance, plenum accessibility, and environmental sustainability affecting LEED/FSC Certification.
AIA Program Number 010SMC
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Please note:
⇒ IDCEC attendees must self-report for their participation in courses with an approved IDCEC number.  All others have not been approved by the IDCEC and are either pending or are ineligible for IDCEC credits.

⇒ All learning units qualify as Health, Safety, and Welfare [HSW] credit per the AIA CES continuing education guidelines. “Sustainable Ceiling Systems” also qualifies as SD, or Sustainable Design.

   
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