New York, NY - Tuesday August 15, 2023

New York, NY

Event Date
Tuesday August 15, 2023

7:30 am - 5:30 pm

Available Credits

Up to 8 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
Up to 3 GBCI General Hour
Up to 1 IDCEC HSW CEU(s)
Up to 1 RCEP PDH(s) for Engineers
Up to 1 ICC CEU
New York University - Wasserman Center for Career Development
133 East 13th Street
New York, NY 10003
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Registration Price


Early Bird Discount! $30.00 off if purchased before Aug 1, 2023


Ron Blank & Associates bridges the gap between design professionals & building product manufacturers through online, face-to-face, and webinar AIA/HSW and SD continuing education courses, USGBC/GBCI continuing ed. for LEED AP's, direct product representation, and product rep/installer training services.

Event Agenda

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

7:30 am

8:00 am

Maintaining Temperature & Humidity in Critical Zones
Presented By Michael Walters
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
1 RCEP PDH(s) for Engineers

The battle to maintain temperature and humidity within critical zones has given HVAC engineers headaches for years—but not anymore!

Learning Objectives:
  1. Recall the three main zone variables—temperature, humidity, and particulates—and discuss their impact on a building’s indoor air quality and occupant health
  2. Explain how implementing a reheat design improves upon the standard heating and cooling scenario to provide optimal humidity levels
  3. Define neutral air and discuss its role in providing ideal zone conditions with optimal temperature and humidity levels
  4. Illustrate how to incorporate emerging technologies into new and existing projects in order to control temperature and humidity
Rheem Commercial HVAC

9:10 am

Firehouse Door Operators and UL 325 Compliance
Sponsored By Chamberlain Group
Presented By Brian Valdez
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Identify the different types of commercial doors and commercial door operators that are best for a fire house or station. Define the UL 325 standard and its importance, describe the importance of photo eyes and their placement, and identify available accessories that are available to make the installations UL 325 compliant

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain how different types of safety sensors are installed and function to ensure the safe operation of an automatic commercial door
  2. State the safety requirements for UL 325 compliance, specifically as they relate to firehouse door applications.
  3. List the various types of commercial doors and commercial door operators available, as well as their applications
  4. Describe the various safety and performance accessories available to suit the needs of a firehouse and state how they contribute to a safe and effective work environment.

10:20 am

When the Walls Close In
Sponsored By Noble Company
Presented By James Medina
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

It is undeniable that the options for wet area wall surfaces are growing, literally. Whether choosing large-unit porcelain tile, one-piece ceramic wall surfaces, or other solid surfaces in shower applications, the fact remains, the fundamentals of wet-area waterproofing must still be followed.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Examine the history of large-format finished surfaces in wet areas/showers.
  2. Review the nature of vapor migration in wet areas and the role waterproofing membranes play in vapor containment, as well as best practices.
  3. Highlight misinformation, misperceptions, and ineffective installation practices which are fueling the increase in shortened life cycles of shower enclosures.
  4. Project Planning & Design
  5. Building Systems, Materials, & Assemblies
Noble Company

11:30 am

How to Use the Tools in Your Tool Box - TCNA Manual
Sponsored By Noble Company
Presented By James Medina
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

This course is designed to help the Architect and Designer comfortable in using the TCNA and ANSI manual to their advantage. The attendees with understand key section and details that the TCNA manual provides. This knowledge will assist in the specification and detailing of projects.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the changes and developments in the TCNA manual and why these changes were necessary to the industry.
  2. Understand why the changes that were developed have benefitted the overall detailing and design criteria.
  3. Identify common mistakes that are neglected during design and construction and explore how to avoid those issues by using the TCNA's guidelines as tool for a successful project.
  4. We will create a methodical approach that will be able to be used for each project. The approach will cover the condition of the substrate to the installation methods.
Noble Company

12:30 pm

1:00 pm

Firestopping Key Points
Presented By John Mazzarella
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

In this one-hour seminar, the basics of life safety and code compliant design for firestopping installation are covered. Additionally, this course covers major issues in design such as the coordination of different trades responsible for firestopping.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define the main type of firestop systems
  2. Describe the UL System approach to managing firestop compliance
  3. Recognize the basics of life safety design, such as when, where and why to firestop
  4. Identify codes and standards and discover the steps necessary to design compliant firestop solutions
  5. Identify firestop systems by trade
Specified Technologies Inc.

2:10 pm

Through-Wall Flashings and Transition  Membranes: Selection and Installation
Presented By Bobby Bleistein
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
1 GBCI General Hour

This presentation will cover a detailed explanation of the challenges and solutions facing through-wall flashings and transition membranes, provide a thorough description of the characteristics of several types of membranes, emphasize the importance of compatibility, and explain proper installation techniques.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand how to design a resilient and durable flashing system that will minimize life cycle costs
  2. in the performance criteria used to specify through-wall flashings and transition membranes
  3. Define the attributes of a variety of membrane materials
  4. Understand the compatibility between cavity wall components
Air Barrier Association of America

3:20 pm

Managing Condensation, Water Intrusion, and Energy in the Real World - 1
Sponsored By PROSOCO
Presented By Alley Mathson
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
1 GBCI General Hour

Window opening air and water leakage has been a difficult problem for the construction industry. This course evaluates building failures, conventional construction approaches, and new developments in waterproofing techniques to show a path forward for designers seeking higher-performing wall assemblies.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain why job-site conditions should be used as systems engineering requirements in construction product development.
  2. Compare and contrast the similarities and differences between silicone, urethane, and STP sealants.
  3. Describe the multi-step weatherproofing process of conventional window installation and how such installations fare in real-world testing conditions.
  4. Explain new window weatherproofing techniques using liquid flashing membranes.
  5. Instruct others on construction defect remediation using STP technology through case-study examples.

4:30 pm

Basics of Brickwork Detailing
Presented By Jonathan Taylor
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Water penetration is responsible for many of the problems encountered in masonry walls today. The successful performance of a masonry wall depends on limiting the amount of water penetration and controlling any water that does enter the wall system.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Workmanship - What to expect from the mason.
  2. Airspaces - Why is the airspace so important and what are the minimum requirements for proper performance.
  3. Expansion Joints, Control Joints, Building Expansion Joints - Is there really a difference, or is it just semantics.
  4. Joint Spacing - Is there an appropriate ‘Rule of Thumb’ - or can such a rule lead to cracking?
  5. Compressible fill - Where should it be used and why.
  6. Shelf angle details - What must occur at shelf angles to allow for the expected movements?
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COVID-19 Protocols

Just like you, we are excited for the opportunity to resume live events. That being said, the health and safety of our attendees and presenters is our prime concern so, in addition to specific venue infection prevention procedures, we are doing the following:

  • Requiring that any presenter or attendee with any COVID-19 symptoms not attend the event (full refunds given, no matter how late the notice)
  • Working with venues to allow for social distancing while seated at the event
  • Providing hand sanitizer at the entrance to the presentation space
  • Following best practices for food distribution at the event
  • Monitoring and following local guidelines/mandates for infection prevention

State CE Requirements

New York CE Requirements

New York State Education Department: Office of the Professions
(518) 474-3817
Renewal Cycle: 
Every 3 Years
Total Hours Required: 
36, 18 of which must be live interaction either in person or
Detailed Hours Required: 
24 HSW
Renewal Deadline: 
Last day of the month preceding birth month