Arch Announces New AIA-Approved Continuing Education Course on Impact Systems

Arch Aluminum and Glass Company has introduced a new architectural continuing education course, called Designing for Hurricane Protection. The course will focus on designing and specifying impact-resistant glazing systems to maximize hurricane protection. Architects attending the presentation will earn a one-hour continuing education credit in the American Institute of Architect's (AIA) Health, Safety, Welfare category.

The course is designed to help architects and glazing contractors specify the right product, in the right size and feel confident that the product selected will meet the local and statewide building codes.

"Even though many Florida architects are familiar with the Florida Building Code glazing requirements, there have been recent changes in Florida's code in the Panhandle, which will affect architects in the future," says Jeff Ziesche, director of aluminum operations for Arch Aluminum. "Change is constant. And the Gulf Coast states of Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana are all undergoing significant revisions in their requirements. For architects designing in these areas, there will be special challenges, as even the building inspectors are just now learning what to look for in impact-resistant glazing systems."

The course will be customized with impact code information to fit the needs of local firms throughout the country. In addition to covering impact-resistant glass, it will also provide architects with valuable information on the framing, sealants and fasteners needed to support the system adequately. It will also cover testing requirements and approval processes for meeting local building codes.

Earlier this year, Arch introduced its first AIA course called Aluminum Framing. The course provides architects with information about the design and specification possibilities for aluminum framing. It also covers different types of framing systems and finishing options and discusses how aluminum framing can help meet sustainability goals.

Arch Aluminum is a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education Systems. The hurricane course will be available mid-summer and the Aluminum Framing course is available now.


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