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AIA Continuing Education Courses

NANO COURSES

Steelscape’s nano courses include a series of 15 or 30 minute short courses that enable architects and designers to learn succinct metal topics while earning AIA Learning Units (LUs). These on-demand courses cover a range of topics related to exterior design with metal, including metal roofing and metal siding. Course topics include managing gloss and sheen, improving perceived depth on metal siding, or considerations when installing metal roofing near the ocean.

Each course consists of video and written material, and a short assessment. Designed to take approximately 15 or 30 minutes to complete, students must achieve 100% in the assessment to pass. Each short course is AIA approved and offers either 0.25 or 0.5 Learning Units.

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Course Overview

Gloss and sheen are two important elements to consider when selecting an exterior building surface. This course educates designers on how to interpret and compare gloss and sheen information and strategies for reducing these factors on metal roofs and walls.

Watch the AIA CES Nano course, score 100% in the assessment and receive 0.25 LUs.

Covered in 15 minutes

  • What is gloss and sheen
  • How to measure gloss and sheen
  • Why it is important to be aware of gloss and sheen
  • Strategies for reducing gloss and sheen on exterior metal surfaces

Additional Course information

  • AIA Course Number: SSNAN01
  • Credit: 0.25 LU/HSW
  • Delivery Format: Video, Presentation & Written Content
  • Assessment: 3 Multiple Choice Questions. Must achieve 100% in the assessment to pass.

Course Overview

An advantage of metal is its ability to be produced in a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. However, traditional metal colors may lack the depth and dynamic properties of naturally occurring finishes. This course explores the impact of surface depth and some of the finish options available to enhance depth on metal roof and wall surfaces.

Watch the AIA CES Nano course, score 100% in the assessment and receive 0.25 LUs.

Covered in 15 minutes

  • Depth and dynamic light play overview
  • The impact of perceived depth
  • Metal Depth and dynamic light play
  • Metal finish options for adding depth
  • Cautions and considerations

Additional Course information

  • AIA Course Number: SSNAN02
  • Credit: 0.25 LU/HSW
  • Delivery Format: Video, Presentation & Written Content
  • Assessment: 3 Multiple Choice Questions. Must achieve 100% in the assessment to pass.

Course Overview

Color and design trends are always evolving, so what are the upcoming trends for 2021 and beyond? In this session we interview global color expert Dee Schlotter to identify emerging color themes, trends, and exterior palettes.

The session provides an overview of external factors influencing color and design themes, how these themes translate to color trends and palettes, and how these color trends apply to exterior building design.

Watch the AIA CES Nano course, score 100% in the assessment and receive 0.5 LUs.

Covered in 30 minutes

  • External factors influencing color and design trends
  • Emerging themes driving exterior design
  • Emerging color palettes and design features
  • Residential exterior roof and wall color trends

Additional Course information

  • AIA Course Number: SSNAN03
  • Credit: 0.5 LU/HSW
  • Delivery Format: Video and presentation slides (30 minutes)
  • Assessment: 3 Multiple Choice Questions. Must achieve 100% in the assessment to pass.

Course Overview

Accelerated corrosion can be a concern when installing metal roofing and siding in marine environments. In this course, we review the harsh characteristics of marine environments and the performance enhancement options available to designers and installers. This course also outlines other design considerations, such as which materials to avoid mixing, to avoid unintentional corrosion on metal roofing and siding surfaces.

Watch the AIA CES Nano course, score 100% in the assessment and receive 0.5 LUs.

Covered in 30 minutes

  • Definition of what constitutes a marine environment
  • Modification and enhancement options to improve metal’s performance
  • Review of substrate options for marine environments
  • Review of warranty implications of marine environments
  • Discussion of important design and installation consideration when installing metal in marine environments
  • Checklist of items to review when considering a marine installation

Additional Course information

  • AIA Course Number: SSNAN04
  • Credit: 0.5 LU/HSW
  • Delivery Format: Video and written material
  • Assessment: 3 Multiple Choice Questions. Must achieve 100% in the assessment to pass.

COMPLETE COURSES

Steelscape offers two AIA-approved complete courses focused on expanding essential pre-painted metal knowledge. These courses break down important technical topics, review design considerations, and provide specification tips when selecting metal roofing and siding. Each course offers 1 AIA Learning Unit (LU). These courses are available in a variety of formats to enhance the flexibility offered to students.

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Earn Learning Credits

Format options:

  • On Demand (1 hr course) – Self paced e-learning course available through AEC Daily here.
  • Webinar (Hosted online) – Interact live with experienced metal industry specialists. Requires a minimum of a 4-week advanced notification, subject to group minimum size (10) and presenter availability. Inquire using the form link below.
  • In Person – (Onsite) Take the course in person at either of our production facilities (Rancho Cucamonga, CA or Kalama, WA). Requires a minimum of a 4-week advanced notification, subject to group minimum size (10) and presenter availability. Inquire using the form link below. Includes a tour of steel production and coating facilities to see key course concepts in direct application.

Course Description:
The surface coating is the first line of defense in pre-painted metal, and one of the most important elements to consider when specifying metal roofing and siding. Selecting the right coating, finish, and paint system can affect product lifespan, energy efficiency, and aesthetic appeal. This course discusses the composition of pre-painted metal, its application, performance, and also examines building and environmental factors that may influence the type of paint system specified.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand pre-painted metal fundamentals, the paint application process and the advantages of this process relevant to exterior building applications.
  • Identify the three common types of paint systems, their differences, and appropriate applications.
  • Recognize the enhancement options available for pre-painted metal and how they can be modified specifically to project needs.
  • Identify pre-painted metal durability issues, their causes and applicable warranty considerations for end building users.

AIA CES Learning Units:

1.0 AIA/CES Learning Units/HSW/SD (No fee)
Earned credits are based on attendance and updated upon completion of the webinar.

Speaker: 

During the live event, you will get a chance to participate in the Q&A with Michelle Vondran of Steelscape.

Michelle VondranMichelle Vondran is Technical Manager for NS BlueScope Coated Products, North America. Michelle graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. She started her career as a research chemist with Morton (later BASF) coil coatings with a focus on polymers. This position also included lab development as well as lab-to-production scale-up and manufacturing quality and process control.

Eventually, Michelle’s focus shifted to cool pigmentation where she brought the first cool coil coatings to market. She was active in the Cool Roof Rating Council and Energy Star Roofing Program. She joined Steelscape as a Quality Engineer for the Rancho Cucamonga, CA paint line. While there, she has held the Quality Systems Manager role and now, in her current position, as Technical Manager. She oversees quality systems and technical service for BlueScope Coated Products North America, which is comprised of Steelscape and ASC Profiles.

Michelle is an active member of the National Coil Coaters Association, sitting on the technical committee, as well as the Zinc Aluminum Coaters Association.

Course Description:

An Aluminum-Zinc metallic coating (Al-Zn), commonly known by the trade name Galvalume® or ZINCALUME®, reflects coated steel which is designed to provide superior, long lasting corrosion resistance. Aluminum-Zinc metallic coated roof products can come in many forms, including bare and painted products, and can be formed into a vast array of shapes and sizes including standing seam roofs, corrugated profiles, and stamped metal shingles. Today these products are used extensively throughout the US. This presentation provides an overview of this coating, its advantages as well as design and installation best practices.

Course Objectives:

  • Understand what an aluminum-zinc metallic steel coating is
  • Identify common aluminum-zinc metallic coated steel roof types
  • Recognize how to design an aluminum-zinc metallic coated steel roof for longevity
  • Appreciate how to install and maintain an aluminum-zinc coated steel roof for longevity

AIA CES Learning Units:
1.0 AIA/CES Learning Units (No fee)
Earned credits are based on attendance and updated upon completion of the webinar.

WEBINARS

Steelscape offers webinars throughout the year on a variety of topics essential to understanding and designing with pre-painted metal.

Explore Upcoming and Previous Webinars

June 17, 2021 – Strategies for Success with Aluminum Zinc-Coated Roofs with Metal Architecture

August 12, 2021 – Understanding Pre Painted Metal with Architectural Record

Registration links will be provided as we get closer to the event, please check back.

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