The AIA recognizes that continuing education in architecture is crucial to advancing and improving the profession. Architects need continuing education to maintain competency, to prepare for the future, to fulfill the continuing education requirements for AIA membership, and frequently to renew state licensure.
Available AIA/CES Courses
Sto Corp. has developed a suite of AIA/CES Learning Units designed to help you stay up-to-date on best business practices and specifications. Our instructor-led individual courses cover a wide range of topics. Register below and we will schedule a lunch and learn or webinar that will bring our experts to your team.
Explore our courses:
Air & Moisture Barriers
Understanding Critical Considerations for Air & Water Barriers, Continuous Insulation and Stucco
Course #STO14301AMB | Credit: 1.0 LU hour (HSW)
- Identify important criteria to collaborate on prior to the installation of air & water barrier, water-managed drainable EIFS, and Portland cement stucco.
- Learn that the air barrier material selection can have unintended consequences due to the reality of substrate conditions of the back-up assembly, out of plane transitions, etc.
- Understand the critical details for maintaining a continuous air barrier.
- Understand the critical details and design requirements related to ware managed, drainable EIFS and Portland cement stucco.
Air Barriers for Exterior Walls
Course #STO601 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour (HSW)
- Understand the causes and effects of air leakage on the structure and occupant
- Review what an air barrier is, the components, and its integration into the building design and how it differs from a vapor barrier
- Summarize the standards and building codes that affect the use of air barriers.
- Identify the advantages of fluid applied air/moisture barriers
Advanced Cavity Wall Systems: Integrating Air Barriers, Drainage and Continuous Insulation in Wall Assemblies
Course #STO620 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Summarize building code requirements related to air barriers and continuous insulation and describe primary purpose of each in building enclosure design
- Describe the importance of drainage and drying in wall assemblies
- Summarize fire testing requirements related to Water Resistive Barriers (WRB) and Continuous Insulation (c.i.)
- List the three components of Advanced Cavity Wall Systems and weigh the advantages of a systems approach to incorporating them into the building enclosure design
Building Envelope Series – Part 1 of 3: Air Barriers
Course #06010 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Review the causes and effects of air leakage.
- Recognize what an air barrier is and the components that comprise it, as well as comprehend the difference between an air barrier and a vapor barrier
- Summarize the standards and building codes that affect the use of air barriers.
- Be able to weigh the advantages of fluid applied air/moisture barriers.
Building Envelope Series – Part 2 of 3: Detailing
Course #06011 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Understand the Leak Triangle and restate the three components: Water, Force, and Path
- Define the five forces that cause bulk water entry.
- Comprehend and combine the 3-D Approach: Deflect – Drain – Dry with the Leak Triangle
- Identify building details and integrate a fluid-applied air/moisture barrier to prevent bulk water entry.
Building Envelope Series – Part 3 of 3: Water Vapor
Course #06012 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Discuss how forces such as gas pressure and energy (heat) affect water vapor transport.
- Summarize what Relative Humidity is and recall the difference between Dew Point and Condensation Plane.
- Understand how water vapor moves through a wall section.
- Distinguish the difference of how various water transport calculations and models work.
Modern Prefabrication and Panelization
Course #STO13701BLS1 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Recall the history of prefabrication
- Understand the benefits of panelization and how these benefits positively impact quality and efficiency while providing a variety of aesthetic options
- Discuss the key items necessary for potential candidates of panelized construction
- Review how to integrate panelization into design to ensure successful implementation during the construction of a project
Restoration Fundamentals for Continuous Insulation, Stucco and Masonry Claddings
Course #STO630 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Identify major objectives for restoration of EIFS / Stucco and Masonry exterior claddings and solutions for repairing them
- Understand the four basic levels of exterior cladding restoration and identify purpose of each
- Review the application of specific restoration solutions to projects and understand the benefits that can be achieved
- Learn about the resources that are available to restoration professionals to support restoration projects
Solutions for Continuous Insulation and Air Barrier Systems
Course #STO603 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Identify the components of an Continuous Insulation (ci) system and summarize the benefits including re-use and light-weight design.
- Learn about the results of the Department of Energy (DOE) testing of various types of exterior wall claddings including Continuous Insulation.
- Understand how Continuous Insulation (CI) and Air Barriers (AB) can help meet new code requirements.
- Summarize how Continuous Insulation and Air Barriers can save energy through a third party whole building energy modeling study.
Design and Detail for Continuous Insulation and Air Barrier Systems
Course #STO13101EIF1 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Understand the components of an Continuous Insulation (ci) system and visualize the various looks that can be achieved with specialty finishes in a light-weight cladding
- Understand how the attention to critical details by the use of flashings, sealants and sequence can lead to a well-designed worry-free cladding
- Learn the proper detailing for a successful Continuous Insulation installation
- Comprehend how Continuous Insulation (ci) and Air Barriers (AB) can help meet new code requirements
Critical Details for Continuous Insulation and other Wall Coverings
Course #99001 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour (HSW)
- Identify different types of Continuous Insulation Systems and their components.
- Summarize the design of different types of Continuous Insulation Systems and compare their features and limitations.
- Review basic design requirements for Continuous Insulation.
- Understanding flashings and sealant with Continuous Insulation to create a weatherproof building envelope.
Continuous Insulation : The Next Generation
Course #STO06003 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour (HSW)
- Understand the difference between traditional Class PB EIFS and the next generation of Continuous Insulation systems.
- Be able to differentiate the features and limitations of Class PB EIFS and the next generation of Continuous Insulation systems.
- Be able to identify and specify critical details for the next generation of Continuous Insulation systems.
Cement Board Stucco
Cement Board Stucco Systems
Course #STO14201STC1 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Recognize the components of cement board stucco systems
- Summarize the features, benefits and limitations of cement board stucco systems
- Discuss the different types of cement board stucco systems and where to use them
- Identify keys to successful installation and performance of cement board stucco systems
Protective Architectural Coatings
Course #06004 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Understand the definition of “Protective Architectural Coatings”
- Recall the three primary components of protective architectural coatings and their functions
- Review the key physical properties that indicate coating performance
- Review the process for selecting an appropriate protective architectural coating
Color in Architecture
Course #STO605 | Credit: 1.0 LU hour
- Learn how color can beautify, integrate, orient, inform, accommodate, vary, accentuate, dominate, and/or unify a structure.
- Recognize that color increases curb appeal; heightens owner satisfaction; and enhances visibility and recognition of buildings.
- Summarize all architectural issues are not black and white.
- Identify the use color in exterior architectural applications.