The following educational opportunities are available to industry professionals through Build with Strength and NRMCA.


PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Build With Strength and NRMCA offer several courses on the design and construction of high performance concrete buildings. Courses can be tailored to different formats—from  all-day seminars, half-day seminars, lunch-and-learns to webinars.

On-demand Webinars

These are the same highly attended live webinars we offer but in a recorded format so you can take them at your pace, on your schedule. The webinars are free and offer AIA-CES Learning Units for architects and Professional Development Hours (PDH) for engineers. Click on the titles below to register:

New on-demand courses will be added every week.

We also have many on-demand courses available through Hanley Wood University:

Live Webinars

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AIA-CES: 1 HSW LU (1 Hour) | 1 PDH | 0.1 CEU

In this course, we’ll examine what “resilience” means and how effective planning and application of progressive structural design, practices and building materials—particularly Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)—can fulfill a two-pronged sustainability objective: improving a building’s energy efficiency while fortifying it against nature’s inevitable hazards.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand emerging risks and opportunities as human and economic losses from disasters increase.
  • Implement the design principals of energy and disaster resilience.
  • Identify the advantages of ICF building system in strengthening disaster resiliency and sustainability.
  • Recognize the short-term ROI of disaster resilient ICF construction as well as the long-term benefits in terms of reduce operating, insurance and maintenance costs along with improved occupant health and safety.

Who Should Attend?

Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Developers, Building Owners and Product Manufacturers

Instructors

Lionel Lemay, PE, SE, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability, NRMCA

Paul Camozzi, Director of Commercial Business Development, Amvic Building Systems

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AIA-CES: 1 HSW LU (1 Hour) | 1 PDH | 0.1 CEU

Concrete is the material of choice for the tallest buildings in the world and infrastructure designed to last centuries. To meet demands for these cutting-edge projects, concrete must be stronger, more durable and more workable than ever before. This presentation explores how new products, manufacturing methods and research are developing innovative concretes to meet these new challenges. Bendable concrete, smog eating concrete and carbon capture are just a few examples of new technologies enhancing a product that is nearly 5,000 years in development.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand new technologies used in concrete manufacturing.
  • Discover how innovative concrete products can improve project performance.
  • Learn how to implement the latest concrete innovations in building and infrastructure projects.
  • Demonstrate the importance of incorporating new technologies to enhance resilience and sustainability in the built environment.

Who Should Attend?

Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Developers, Building Owners and Product Manufacturers

Instructors

Lionel Lemay, PE, SE, LEED AP, Executive Vice President/Division Head, Structures and Sustainability, NRMCA

Donn Thompson AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Senior Director, Building Innovations, NRMCA

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AIA-CES: 1 HSW LU (1 Hour) | 1 PDH | 0.1 CEU

This course presents information and tools architects and engineers can use to select and design Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). ICFs combine the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the energy efficiency of rigid insulation, providing an ideal solution for multi-family, commercial and institutional applications. The presentation will explore the evolution of ICFs and their growth from single family in the late early 1990s to a mainstream structural system for single story retail to high-rise residential. The presentation will discuss preliminary wall sizing and placement along with structural design considerations including design details and construction inspections.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the attributes of insulating concrete forms and when to select it as the building system for a project.
  • Understand the basic design and detailing of Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs)
  • Explore the evolution of ICFs as a structural system for low-, mid-rise applications.
  • Understand how ICFs improve occupant safety, fire resistance and noise transmission for office, hospital, school and retail buildings, among others.

Who Should Attend?

Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Developers, Building Owners and Product Manufacturers

Instructors

Lionel Lemay, PE, SE, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability, NRMCA

Scott Campbell, PhD, PE, Senior Vice President, Structures and Codes, NRMCA

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AIA-CES: 1 HSW LU (1 Hour) | 1 PDH | 0.1 CEU

Concrete is used in nearly every structure we build today, including buildings, bridges, homes and infrastructure. With greater emphasis placed on sustainability, design professionals are faced with the challenge of meeting traditional design criteria with evolving criteria that support green building and efforts to reduce impact on climate change. Performance-based specifications for concrete represent an important synergy with sustainability initiatives because they provide the opportunity to optimize mixtures for performance that can also reduce environmental impacts. Prescriptive specifications often adversely impact the environmental footprint of concrete structures. This presentation outlines how concrete performance can be improved while lowering environmental footprint by implementing performance-based specifications.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the difference between performance-based specification and prescriptive specifications
  • Discover how performance-based specifications can improve performance and lower environmental impact of concrete structures.
  • Learn how to implement performance-based specifications in projects.
  • Demonstrate the importance of balancing structural and architectural performance of concrete with green building strategies.

Who Should Attend?

Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Developers, Building Owners and Product Manufacturers

Instructors

Lionel Lemay, PE, SE, LEED AP, Executive Vice President, Structures and Sustainability, NRMCA

Colin Lobo, PhD, PE Executive Vice President, Engineering, NRMCA

A prime ingredient of sustainable architecture is longevity. If a building doesn’t last, it wastes of a lot of energy, from both a human and a resource perspective, not to mention the economic value. Durability is the ultimate profitability. Builders are realizing that the promise of low first-cost is insufficient for portfolio value generation. From energy efficiency, lower insurance costs, and moisture resistance, barriers to a concrete structure increasingly collapse when industry professionals are equipped with the right design tools and knowledge.

Building materials also play a big role in deciding the safety and resiliency of our structures. From Edgewater to Houston to Los Angeles, the increased incidences of apartment fire conflagrations have provided a glimpse of what it looks like when the predicted effects of inferior building materials and code trade-offs work in tandem. The results are not pretty. Through design solutions demonstrated in this workshop, we can focus on strength rather than disaster response, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value to the owners.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

This presentation provides guidance for architects, engineers and builders on how to design and build high performance reinforced concrete multifamily residential buildings using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility of highly engineered rigid insulation, ICFs provide ideal solutions for apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories and assisted living facilities. With increased attention to occupant safety and comfort, design professionals can take advantage of concrete’s inherent fire resistance and noise reduction qualities, important features when designing multifamily residential buildings. This presentation will address how the thermal properties of ICFs, combining the high R-value of rigid insulation with the thermal mass of concrete, offer building owners significant energy savings over the long term. The article will also provide guidance on how to minimize the cost of ICF concrete construction to take full advantage of these benefits, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value to building owners.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs), combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with the versatility and energy efficiency of rigid insulation, provide an ideal solution for commercial and institutional buildings. With a lower first cost than wood and steel construction, ICFs improves occupant safety, fire resistance and noise transmission for office, hospital, school and retail buildings, among others. This presentation will address how the thermal properties of ICFs, combining the high R-value of rigid insulation with the thermal mass of concrete, offer building owners significant energy savings over the long term. The presentation will also provide guidance on how to minimize the cost of ICF construction to take full advantage of these benefits, resulting in investments that are secure and generate long-term value.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

This presentation provides insight on the economic benefits of building multifamily residential with concrete using Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs). Combining the strength and durability of reinforced concrete with high performance rigid insulation, ICFs provide ideal solutions for developers of apartments, condos, hotels, dormitories and assisted living facilities. ICFs are remarkably cost competitive with wood frame construction on a first-cost basis and offer operational cost savings through lower energy bills and reduced insurance costs. ICFs offer fire resistance and noise reduction qualities, important features with substantial cost saving. The presentation provides guidance on areas where ICFs can reduce construction schedules further improving the bottom line. Cost comparisons are presented to demonstrate how building with ICFs can increase your return on investment from a first-cost perspective and long-term income strategy.

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.

Other AIA-Approved Programs

NRMCA has other AIA-approved programs available to help designers, owners and developers to utilize concrete for their projects.  These other AIA-approved courses are:

A Developer/Builder’s Perspective: Panelized ICFs + Helix Rebar

Architect’s Perspective on Building with Concrete Using ICF & Passive House Case Study

Buildings-Related Research at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub

Environmental Advantages of Concrete Systems

Life Cycle Assessment of Concrete Structures

Opportunities in NetZero School Design

To arrange for a webinar or course, contact: James Bogdan, jbogdan@nrmca.org or (412) 420-4138.