Austin, TX - Tuesday December 5, 2023

Austin, TX

Event Date
Tuesday December 5, 2023

7:30 am - 5:30 am

Available Credits

Up to 8 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
Up to 2 GBCI General Hour
Up to 1 ADA Accessibility / Barrier-Free Req.
Up to 1 IDCEC HSW CEU(s)
Maggiano's Little Italy Austin
10910 Domain Dr.
Austin, TX 78758
no registration link
Registration Price


Early Bird Discount! $30.00 off if purchased before Nov 21, 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, December 5, 2023

7:30 am

8:00 am

Commercial Sectional Doors
Sponsored By Raynor Garage Doors
Presented By Zdenek Kalabza
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Types of sectional doors, applications, performance factors including thermal performance, building clearances, track mounting & types of tracks, special applications & options, appearance & aesthetics and commercial operators.

Learning Objectives:
  1. How ensuring proper clearances around the door and using the proper track ensure safe operation of the door.
  2. Learn what accessories are available to design into the door to meet the users needs, including safety and security.
  3. How thermal air infiltration and insulation affects energy efficiency.
  4. Select the correct door for the application to meet the needs of the end user from residential/commercial, to commercial, industrial, or specialty applications.
Raynor Garage Doors

9:10 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

10:20 am

Kitchen Cabinets
Sponsored By Wolf Home Products
Presented By Jason Foura
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

A study of the US cabinet market and cabinet construction methods including substrates, composition, hardware, and finishes.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify and compare various substrates and composition of kitchen cabinets. How furniture board and MDF are made with binders and materials that can off gas
  2. Examine the features and benefits of various finish options for kitchen cabinets. How these finishes are applied regarding robotics for paint and stain booths as well as capturing and recycling fumes/off gas. Discussion on off gassing of compounds in Resins such as thermofoil and melamine cabinet finishes
  3. Define and compare framed and frameless cabinets, as well as factory built versus assembled cabinets. Theses differences play a significant roll in how they are installed as well as the sturdiness and safety of hanging heavier weights/cabinet materials
  4. Discuss available and new hardware options as well as best installation practices for safe and sturdy install
Wolf Home Products

11:30 am

Designing Touchless Solutions For Proper Hand Hygiene In Commercial Restrooms (v2)
Sponsored By Excel Dryer, Inc.
Presented By Paul Marquez
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)
1 GBCI General Hour

This course will explore how commercial restroom design can reduce touchpoints, promote proper hand hygienem and reduce the spread of infection.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify how to deign a touchless, hygienic restroom environment that supports health and wellbeing
  2. Define proper hand hygiene techniques, and the role it plays in commercial restroom design
  3. Detail how including hand dryers in your commercial restoom design can mitigte the spread of germs improving workplace health and safety
  4. Recognize key sustainability attributes of hand dryers, and the future evolution of commercial restroom design

12:30 pm

1:00 pm

The Demand for Privacy in The Modern Restroom
Sponsored By Scranton Products
Presented By Renata Oliveira
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Many current issues and trends are changing the way we design commercial restrooms. Join us in this one-hour course as we discuss what users want in a restroom experience, how to address increased demand for privacy, and which materials work best in different applications.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss public restroom evolution and how current trends are changing the way we design restrooms
  2. Explain the increasing demand for higher privacy in restrooms and how specific partitions and accessories can be utilized to promote privacy and personal well-being
  3. Compare and contrast the various partition materials and styles available, focusing on which ones help create a safe and hygienic restroom environment for users with privacy in mind
  4. Discuss the production process of HDPE partitions and how this contributes to a more sustainable, healthier indoor environment

2:10 pm

High Performance Standing Seam Metal Roofing 101
Sponsored By IMETCO
Presented By Jonnie Hasan
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Participants will gain an understanding of the functional performance-based characteristics of a high-performance standing seam metal roofing system. The difference in wind uplift tests methods will be discussed. Examples of the typical materials of construction and advantages associated with each material will be provided.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Identify the functional performance-based characteristics of a high-performance roofing system
  2. Summarize the typical material of construction, and advantages associated with proper material selection for metal roofing
  3. Explain the differences between UL and ASTM testing standards, and the correct application of ASCE 7 wind and uplift criteria
  4. Investigate the proper selection of coating systems that maximize building envelope energy efficiency

3:20 pm

Terracotta + Sustainable Rainscreen Design
Sponsored By IMETCO
Presented By Jonnie Hasan
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

Participants of this program will gain an understanding of the lifecycle and sustainable benefits of terracotta for construction uses. Participants will learn how engineered rainscreen systems with terracotta cladding can contribute to thermally efficient sustainable design and help designers achieve resilient buildings.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand the life cycle and sustainable benefits of terracotta for construction uses
  2. Identify the functional characteristics and specification standards of a high-performance clay based cladding system
  3. Summarize the design process and building science advantages associated with rainscreen design
  4. Analyze various preferred rainscreen details and installation applications

4:30 pm

Accessibility Compliance in Texas
Presented By Elaine Andersen
1 ADA Accessibility / Barrier-Free Req.
1 AIA HSW/LU CE Hour(s)

This one-hour course delves into accessibility compliance in Texas, emphasizing key standards like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Fair Housing Act (FHA). It underscores the role of the Texas Architectural Barriers Act and the 2012 Texas Accessibility Standards (TAS) in construction projects.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Discuss the legal foundations of accessibility compliance in Texas, focusing on key legislation such as the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Fair Housing Act (FHA), and the Texas Architectural Barriers Act.
  2. Describe the specific compliance standards outlined in these regulations, particularly the technical requirements for accessible design, as well as safe harbor documents applicable to the Fair Housing Act.
  3. Identify how to apply accessibility standards to diverse project types, including transient lodging, residential buildings, and mixed-use developments, considering the unique challenges and requirements for each.
  4. Explain the roles and responsibilities of project owners and designers in achieving compliance, navigating the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) process. Additionally, stay informed about upcoming changes in the Texas Accessibility Standards, anticipated to take effect in Spring 2024, and their potential impact on construction projects.
Ron Blank & Associates Inc.
no registration link

State CE Requirements

Texas CE Requirements

Texas Board of Architectural Examiners
(512) 305-9000
Renewal Cycle: 
Total Hours Required: 
12 Hours
Renewal Deadline: 
December 31st
12 HSW (1 hour SD or energy efficient design + 1 hour barrier-free design + min. 8 hours structured + max. 4 hours self-directed)