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AIAD Latest Articles

The Introduction of the NDSA

Architects Laud Introduction of Bipartisan National Design Services Act As Way to Cut Spiraling Student Loan Debt
This article originally appear on AIA National's website.  To see it in its original context, click here.
 
Washington, D.C. – March 12, 2014 – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) today committed to timely passage of the National Design Services Act (NDSA), which will give architecture students the same relief from crushing student loan debt, already granted to young lawyers, doctors and others – in return for community service. The bipartisan legislation, H.R. 4205, was introduced Tuesday by Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-CO) and co-sponsored by Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Gwen Moore (D-WI) and Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) 
 
“Millions of young people aspire to help their communities build a better future – but a lack of opportunity and the crushing cost of education hold them back,” said AIA CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA. “As a result, the design and construction industry faces a severe shortage of talent at exactly the moment America needs to rebuild for the future.
 
“We commend Congressman Perlmutter for recognizing this issue, for introducing the NDSA and for enlisting his colleagues on both sides of the aisle to work for its ultimate passage,” Ivy said. “I promise that they will have the full resources of the AIA as well as the architecture student community behind them when more than 600 AIA members convene in Washington, D.C. next week as part of the AIA’s annual grassroots conference.”
 
"The National Design Services Act will help promote sustainable economic development and jobs by ensuring aspiring architects are able to gain valuable experience while giving back to their communities designing public projects such as schools, health clinics, housing facilities and libraries,” said Rep. Perlmutter. “In return, the bill will alleviate some of the barriers new students face as they pursue their dreams in architecture." 
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EVENT | EPC Joint Meeting with CSI

Specifications 101 - Introduction to Specification Basics

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 6:30pm-9:00pm | 1.5 hours of HSW Learning Units | VisTaTech Center (Room VT 460), Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia

Seminar Description:  The purpose of this presentation is to introduce and educate emerging professionals to the concept of technical specifications as part of a design professional's responsibility in preparing Contract Documents. The purpose, structure and formatting of specifications, relative to MasterFormat, SectionFormat and PageFormat will be presented in detail. Material and product suppliers will also be present to showcase various products, according to specification divisional structuring to also provide a visual connection to the information being presented. The program will consist of a one and one-half hour technical presentation by lead specification personnel from local established architectural/engineering firms followed by a half-hour interactive product display portion.

An attendee of the presentation should leave the seminar with an improved ability to identify and generally understand the following content objectives:

  • Overview the history and evolution of technical specifications and their role and importance to Contract Documents.
  • Review the current industry structure and formatting of technical specifications as it relates to MasterFormat, SectionFormat and PageFormat.
  • Dissect example specification sections and discuss/review the coordination of technical specifications in the greater context of Contract Documents.
  • Relate the content of example technical specifications to actual products, materials, systems and assemblies to establish a better understanding as to the breadth of variety available and why specifications help to establish a desired level of quality.

This is event is free for all AIA Members and Associate members.  Check back here soon for the registration information!

Other Industry Events

ASID Holiday Hoedown Dec 6th

Join the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers on December 6th for a holiday party. Put on your best western wear and mosey on down for a good time, celebrating the Holidays with friends and colleagues. Includes a building tour of Inalfa Roofing Systems, Appetizers, Refreshments, and Raffle Items. For more information, click here.

 

BEC Detroit Program Library

Archive Of BEC Past Programs

2012

January 2012

Selecting Aluminum Fenestration Systems: Storefronts/ Curtainwalls/ Ribbon/ Strip Windows/ Operable Windows - Mr. Dan Goodman, CSI and Mr. Matt Rinkowski

February 2012

Litigation and the Exterior Enclosure - LEED Risks - Mr. Kevin Gleeson

April 2012

Waterproofing - Mr. Jerome Misiolek, Mr. Paul Wild

May 2012

Prefabricated Masonry Systems - Mr. David T. Biggs, PE, SE

September 2012

Advanced Framing: Time to Green-up Your Structure - Mr. Bob Clark

October 2012 - SYMPOSIUM

Achieving High Performance Resilient Buildings and Communities - Mr. Henry Green, Hon. AIA

The State of the Interface: Achieving Building Enclosure Performance - Ms. Fiona Aldous

Evaluating Air Barriers: Test Methods and Standard Specifications - Ms. Theresa A. Weston, PhD

Why Buildings Matter: Part 2: How Long Will it Last? Addressing the Real Challenge of Sustainability - Mr. R. Christopher Mathis

November 2012

Coming November 2012!

Adventures In Building Science
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Vapor Barriers Do Not Protect Buildings,
Vapor Barriers Protect Architects
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Why Buildings Matter: A Perspective on the Past, Present and Future of Building Performance
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October:  The BEC Symposium 2011
Dr. Suess Does Building Science
Fundamentals of Moisture Transport
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Energy Consumption in Buildings
May 2011
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Building Enclosures: Legal Issues
April 2011
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Exterior Wall Assemblies - State of the Art
February 2011
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Optimizing Performance in Commercial Fenestration
January 2011
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Saving Energy with Masonry
November 2010
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DOE Update on Building Envelope Research
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Building Envelope Fundamentals:  When Old is New Again
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October:  The BEC Symposium 2010
GSA and Energy Efficient Building Enclosures
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BIM and Total Building Analysis
September 2010
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Blast Resistant Design
May 2010
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Introduction to Infrared Thermography
April 2010
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Guidelines for Sealant Selection and Application
February 2010
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Specifications to Avoid Three Concrete Problems
January 2010
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ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1
1999 to 2004 Changes
Relative to the Building Envelope
November 2009
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Lstiburek's Enclosure Definitions
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A Forensic Approach to Roofing Failure
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Controlling Masonry Cracks and Leaks
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October:  The BEC Symposium 2009
Solar Solutions for Commercial Roofing
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Thermal and Moisture Migration Analysis
September 2009
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Rainscreen Building Envelopes
May 2009
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Curtainwall 101
April 2009
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ROOFING APPLICATION AND
CONSIDERATIONS
March 2009
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An Introduction to Air Barriers
February 2009
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Preservation of Contemporary, Historic
and Architecturally Significant
Structures
January 2009
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Research and Development
Supporting the Evolution of EIFS
November 2008
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Environmental Loads and Masonry
October 2008
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