AIA Continuing Education

Course Summary


Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) is a masonry wall system with the ability to capture complex facade skins and high-performance designs. This course will explain the manufacturing process, system capabilities, and design flexibility in order to allow architects, engineers, and consultants to maximize the capabilities of Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete to meet design, performance, and budget objectives.

Course Summary


Recladding and overcladding existing buildings allows for performance and aesthetic improvements but these projects face challenges with weight, attachment, tolerances, and movement. Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete (GFRC) can address these challenges and provide features not offered with most masonry wall systems. In this course you will learn about the GFRC manufacturing process, barrier and pressure equalized cladding designs with GFRC, air, vapor, and thermal performance features in a GFRC wall, anchorage and attachment methods, and GFRC curtain wall systems.

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This course will educate the participant about terra cotta rainscreen and sunshade systems and their components in new construction projects. Participants will come to understand the various design options for both systems and the factors which drive costs. This course will demonstrate why terra cotta is a sustainable and durable material that can be used in various construction practices. Finally, participants will explore how digital technology is changing terra cotta design and production.

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Building Blocks is approved by the American Institute of Architects as a provider of continuing education for practicing architects. Each of our courses is worth one AIA Learning Unit. Courses are also available to engineers and facade consultants.

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