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Continuing Education

As a registered AIA/CES Provider Weather Shield is committed to expanding the skills and knowledge of design professionals by providing quality, relevant education.

Weather Shield offers a variety of informative AIA registered continuing education courses for architects. You will earn 1.0 learning unit upon completion of any one of these AIA accredited courses. To schedule a presentation, call Architectural Services at 800-538-8836.

Access online education programs with Hanley Wood University.  The platform design allows users more control and ease-of-use in accessing the learning content they need for certification and continuing education. You can take the course – and earn CEU credits – all year long, any time of the day or night.


200110 - Window Solutions for Historic Buildings  NEW!
This course describes the process by which a specifier determines restoration or replacement of windows in historic buildings and how to specify appropriate windows manufactured today in a historic commercial building. If replacement is considered the best solution, then looking closely at what needs to be specified in order to get the windows that are manufactured today to fit into a building from yesteryear and preserving its historic culture.  
(1 LU/HSW)

200111 - Selecting the Proper Glass for the Appropriate Application  NEW!
Thanks to modern technologies, we ask more of our window and door glass than ever before. We ask that it not only be transparent, but that it block the flow of heat and cold between the indoors and outdoors, that it block sound, and that it resist impact from storms and intruders. This course explains how to specify high performance glass that will fulfill these necessary functions. (1 LU/HSW)

200112 - Fenestration in Contemporary Residential Architecture  NEW!
Contemporary residential architecture attempts to maximize daylight, minimize ornamentation, and connect interiors to the outdoors. Fenestration plays a great role in achieving this aesthetic, especially when window and door products manufactured specifically for the contemporary design market are specified. This course will discuss the importance of fenestration in contemporary residential architecture both historically and today, and will identify window styles, window options, and performance measures that you will want to consider when specifying windows and doors for contemporary residences. (1 LU/HSW)

200102 - Installation Methods for Windows and Doors
This course defines and outlines the four flashing methods recommended by AAMA Installation Masters for windows and doors with mounting flanges.  In addition it evaluates the different types of mounting flanges and flashing materials, and compares the four flashing methods.  The course explains the importance of incorporating a weather-resistant barrier during installation.  As a result the architect and/or builder will be able to recognize and evaluate window and door installation during the construction cycle. (1 LU/HSW)

200103 - Air, Water and Structural Testing for Windows and Doors
This course defines the four fundamentals (air, water, structural and forced entry) of design performance (DP) ratings.  Testing standards, test methods and evaluations as defined by AAMA are identified and explained for each of these criteria.  The six factors in determining Design Load for structural performance are explained.   AAMA labeling system is reviewed; educating participants in the ability to analyze the labeling system for jobsite verification.  This course is also a precursor to c104 – Window and Door Design for Storm Protection.  
(1 LU/HSW)

200104 - Window and Door Design for Storm Protection
This course clarifies the development of recent code changes to IBC and IRC for hurricane-prone regions.  It evaluates window and door design performance (also known as DP rating) and wind load requirements.  It demonstrates how to assess wind zone maps and wind borne debris requirements for missile testing (in accordance with ASTM E1886 and E1996).  The importance of installation methods for compliance to testing standards is identified.  (1 LU/HSW)

200105 - Paint and Anodized Exterior Finishes for Windows and Doors
This course identifies the key ingredients and characteristics of the different types of paints finishes available on aluminum along with the limitations of each.  AAMA paint standards and test methods for each type of paint finish are defined.  It provides information to help in the selection and specification of the appropriate finish according to project and job application.   It outlines the manufacturing process of painting and anodizing of aluminum.        
(1 LU/HSW)

200106 - Green Building and Environmental Stewardship
This course introduces the purpose of “green” building.  It explains the industry’s different “green” rating systems and compares the various rating systems (LEED, Green Globes and NAHB’s green building guidelines).  It identifies the many benefits of going “green”.  (1 LU/HSW)

200107 - The Psychology of Daylighting
This course highlights the historical importance of daylighting.  It defines the components of daylight and health benefits associated with it.  It also introduces important case studies that indicate how daylight can benefit people, businesses and institutions.  It explains how “green” building rating systems like LEED can earn points for daylighting.  And in summary, it suggests potential daylighting strategies for different building types.  (1 LU/HSW)

200108 - High Performance Glazing Systems for Windows and Doors
This course briefly introduces daylighting and its benefits.  It then identifies energy-efficiency issues related to increasing daylighting and glazed openings.  It evaluates specific methods and technologies to improve thermal performance of glazed openings, including relative U-factors, solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), UV protection and visible light transmission (VT).  And, lastly it outlines the benefits of an energy-efficient glazing system that allows for increased daylighting.  (1 LU/HSW)

200109 - Analyzing LEED Points for Windows and Doors
This course helps assist designers in understanding how windows and doors can meet or exceed LEED requirements.   It also helps attendees to analyze LEED V3 new constructions and major renovations to optimize points gained from specifying high-performance glazing systems.  (1 LU/HSW)