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2016 Workshops

Do you still need HSW credits before the licensing deadline on August 31? Are you looking to master new skills on the computer? Earn AIA continuing-education credits and stay up-to-date on industry issues with BSA workshops this summer.

The BSA is offering a series of professional workshops this summer including a variety of codes sessions and Revit workshops for emerging and experienced professionals. Members save 50 percent and have their credits reported on their AIA transcript. Register for any or all of these workshops below.

Thank you to our collaborative partners AKF Institute, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., and JRT.


The 2015 International Energy Efficiency Code (IECC)
August 15, 2016 | 8:00 AM—10:00 AM
Price: $60 for BSA members ($120 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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The energy code is changing in Massachusetts! Learn how this will impact your project, whether low-rise residential or commercial. Don Vigneau AIA and A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from AKF Group LLC, will explore the prescriptive requirements of the 2015 IECC and the performance-based approach utilizing ASHRAE 90.1, as well as the latest version of the Stretch Code.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 2.0 LU/HSW.

Daylighting Strategies and Code Requirements
August 15, 2016 | 10:00 AM—12:00  PM
Price: $60 for BSA members ($120 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) now requires daylighting under certain circumstances.  But it is always a good idea.  Studies show that daylight (and views) facilitate healing, learning, and job satisfaction while reducing absenteeism.  In this seminar Don Vigneau AIA and A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from AKF Group LLC, will walk through the code and design elements that together constitute effective daylighting.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 2.0 LU/HSW.

Resilience Before the Storm:  Preparing New and Existing Structures for Longevity and Extreme Conditions
August 15, 2016 | 12:00 PM—1:00 PM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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Much like “sustainability” before it, the term “resilience” has come to the forefront of discussion about our built environment and communities. This presentation by Alec Zimmer PE, senior project manager, at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., will explore how resilience is defined, why it is now “a national imperative,” according to the National Academy of Sciences, how risks are evaluated, and methods to mitigate risks from a structural engineering perspective. The presentation will also look to the future in assessing the resilience of our building stock. Most importantly, the presentation will consider resilience in the buildings we design and to have candid discussions with building owners and users about their expectations for building performance when faced with extreme events.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1.0 LU/HSW.

Why Sustainable Flooring Design requires more than Life Cycle Assessment
August 15, 2016 | 1:00 PM—2:00 PM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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In recent years, manufacturers have developed new products and reformulated materials in an effort to improve sustainability of flooring system components. This includes using renewable resources, using recycled content, reducing embodied energy, and decreasing VOCs. Unfortunately, these changes are often at the expense of durability. The consequence of using “green” materials without sufficient understanding of their limitations can be flooring failure or a significant decrease in the floor’s lifespan. The subsequent repair or replacement of the floor has a significant environmental (and monetary) cost.  

This workshop presented by Matt Fuhrmeister PE, senior staff I – building technology, at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger inc., will use case studies to show flooring failures of “green” materials and calculate the environmental impact of replacing a flooring system. We will review environmental regulations and LEED credits available for each component of a flooring system and examine how the system can be specified and detailed to meet these requirements without sacrificing durability.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1.0 LU/HSW.

Impact of the 9th edition on Commercial Environments
August 16, 2016 |  8:00 AM—10:00 AM
Price: $60 for BSA members ($120 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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With the 9th edition Massachusetts jumps to the 2015 International Building Code, with amendments. This seminar focuses on the impact of the new code on Commercial buildings, both existing and new.  Join Jay Lerardi PhD and A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from AKF Group LLC, as they explore the new regulatory environment impacting this important building sector.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 2.0 LU/HSW.

Impact of the 9th edition on Campus Environments
August 17, 2016 | 8:00 AM—10:00 AM
Price: $60 for BSA members ($120 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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This seminar focuses on the impact of the proposed 9th edition on Campus buildings, including healthcare facilities, both existing and new. Get a heads up on what lies ahead with presenters Jay Lerardi PhD and A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from AKF Group LLC.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 2.0 LU/HSW.

NFPA 101 and NFPA 99: The Changing Regulatory Landscape for Healthcare Design
August 18, 2016 |  8:00 AM—10:00 AM
Price: $60 for BSA members ($120 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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Recent changes to these NFPA documents create new challenges for design teams and healthcare facility operators. Learn what is new and how to adjust in this seminar with Caitlyn Angelini P.E. and Rob Cunningham P.E. from AKF Group LLC's code and engineering disciplines.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 2.0 LU/HSW.

Understanding the Influence of the Building Enclosure Commissioning Process
August 18, 2016 | 12:00 PM—1:00 PM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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Building enclosure commissioning (BECx) has recently become a large part of the design / delivery process for many construction projects. BECX is generally required by many state and federally funded government projects, and projects seeking LEED credits, but often includes sophisticated, risk-averse owners seeking high quality, technologically advanced enclosure systems. Much like the more widely known mechanical commissioning process, a BECx agent is retained to monitor the quality of the work and verify that the owners project requirements are fulfilled at the onset of design and installed, tested and operated /maintained per designated performance requirements.  Although the BECx process is different from building enclosure consulting, the BECx agent must be an expert in all aspects of building enclosure design, including building science. BECx agents who have additional experience in forensic engineering and building investigations add value to the commissioning process.  

This presentation by Matthew Carlton AIA, senior staff II – building technology, at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., provides owners and architects an understanding of the overall BECx process and current industry standards. The course endeavors to show the value of the BECx process during early design phases through construction close out.  

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1.0 LU/HSW.

The Four Barriers of the Building Enclosure 
August 18, 2016 | 1:00 PM—2:00 PM
Price: $30 for BSA members ($60 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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One of the difficult challenges facing building enclosure designers is detailing critical interfaces between various building enclosure assemblies and systems. This presentation by Francesco Spagna PE, senior project manager, and Matthew Carlton AIA, senior staff II – building technlogoy, from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., first reviews the basic concept of the four barriers of the building enclosure, and then introduces design objectives for integration of the four barriers at roof/wall, window/wall and other interfaces, and discusses detailing concepts for various applications. Technical and practical limitations of various building materials used are discussed, and the potential consequences of inadequate detailing and construction are illustrated through case studies.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 1.0 LU/HSW.

The 2015 International Building Code (IBC): Soup to Nuts
August 19, 2016 | 8:00 AM—5:00  PM
Price: $200 for BSA members ($350 for non-members)
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston
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There is something to be said for exploring the building code in its entirety. Jerry Tepe FAIA from JRT, has done so at AIA Conventions for many years and has been a part of the BSA Summer CEU program for over a decade. Join Jerry and A. Vernon Woodworth FAIA from AKF Group LLC, as they take a step by step journey through the sequential requirements of the International Building Code.

Sign in at the workshop to earn 8.0 LU/HSW.