Continuing Education

Continuing Education Courses

We offer free, continuing education courses for architects, engineers, and construction professionals available in two convenient formats:


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Available Courses

Biomimicry: Design By Nature

This course provides an overview of biomimicry, the approach to innovation that seeks ​sustainable solutions by following nature’s strategies. We illustrate the relationship between today’s shading design principles and nature's solutions to light, heat, and glare control.

Learning objectives include:

  • Define the basic practices of biomimicry.
  • Discuss the application of biomimetic principles in design.
  • Identify the relationship between shading principles and nature’s solutions for heat, light, and glare control.
  • Conceptualize a preliminary design application for shading based on the principles of biomimicry.
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The Impact of Window Treatments on Commercial Daylighting Design

The course outlines daylighting strategies, including the relevance of daylight factor calculation and fabric characteristics. Case studies demonstrate the impact of shading on LEED certification.

Learning objectives include:

  • Identify at least four daylighting design strategies.
  • Discuss relevance of daylight factor calculation in determining whether there is an appropriate amount of light in the work space.
  • Understand how shade fabric characteristics impact aesthetics and thermal load of the indoor environment.
  • Identify the impact of shading on commercial LEED certification.
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