ON-DEMAND Continuing Education Library

The new ON-DEMAND library gives you a range of free online CE webinars hosted by our Allied Member community. This dynamic resource continues to grow every day, so check back often to stay informed and on top of your annual continuing education requirements.

Advancing Light Quality for Human Preference and Well-Being

Light sources in commercial spaces are usually driven by maximizing efficacy, often at the expense of light quality.

This course will review how today’s technology allows the quality of light to be more tailored to human preference, especially when it comes to designing interior spaces using lighting. It will focus on recent studies on human preference lighting and the key metrics used to assess a luminaire’s quality of light.

It will also provide an overview of TM-30-18, the latest test method released by the Illuminating Engineering Society to measure light quality. (1.5 LU/HSW)

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand how the efficacy of light sources has evolved over time, and the methods historically used to measure light quality.
2. Learn about the latest scientific research in color preference as it pertains to lighting.
3. Explore methods for lighting interior spaces for human preference.
4. Learn why TM‐30‐18 is an improved metric for assessing quality of light, and how to use it to specify a light quality that better matches human preference.


Controlled and Connected Luminaires and Design Integration

This course will review the components and uses of connected luminaires, their specification, and the standards and protocols involved in current lighting controls application. Further, this course will review the emergence of the Internet of Things, and how it will impact future lighting controls application. (1 LU/HSW)

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the basic components of a lighting control system and uses with LED technology.
2. Understand the definition, components, and function of a connected luminaire.
3. Understand the specification of connected luminaire systems.
4. Review the applicable standards and protocols for controls.
5. Understand how connected lighting systems interact with the Internet of Things (IoT).


Flexible by Design: Integrated Lighting and Sound Management Solutions for Today’s Interiors

This course will review the fundamental principles of sound management, explore how to design interior spaces to maximize occupants’ comfort, and review emerging tools to solve for both sound and lighting.

It will also focus on the standards that govern acoustic requirements for diverse applications. (.5 LU/HSW)

Learning Objectives:
1. Understand the fundamental principles of sound management and the basics of sound absorption.
2. Identify the acoustic requirements for different applications and the applicable standards used for designing with acoustics.
3. Explore strategies to optimize spaces for sound and light with integrated lighting and sound management systems.


Pultruded Fiberglass Windows and Doors

Composite materials have been used for thousands of years and new applications are identified each year. As one of the first modern composite materials, fiberglass is at the forefront of this innovation. This course will familiarize you with the basic aspects of fiberglass composites, specifically pultruded fiberglass, and target their usefulness and environmental advantages in the window and door industry.  (LU/HSW)

Learning Objectives
  • Discuss how composite materials provide predictable, sustainable and superior performance characteristics over other materials.
  • Explain the production of fiberglass composites and the advantages of the pultrusion process.
  • Identify the performance characteristics of pultruded fiberglass for doors and windows and how it compares to other materials.
  • Discuss finishes for pultruded fiberglass windows and how they meet AAMA quality standards.
  • Describe case studies of pultruded fiberglass windows and doors in various projects for performance, resiliency, and sustainability.


Powder Coating: Plenty of Durable Options

Powder coating is a dry finishing process known for durability, performance, and a smooth application process on many products from everyday appliances to tough machinery. This learning unit will take an in-depth look at powder coatings while outlining the history of their development. It also illustrates the powder-coating application process, the differences between powder and liquid finishes, and other powder-coating specifications. It concludes with the features and benefits of powder coatings while emphasizing the advantages to health and the environment as VOC free. The benefits of using nontoxic exterior powder coatings with unlimited color options over liquid coatings are also included. (1 LU/HSW)


Restorative Impact of Perceived Open Spaces

In this course we explore the accumulated research that has revealed the adverse impact of enclosed interiors and deep-plan buildings on human performance.

Gain insights into human perception, and how architectural cues can be staged to trigger many of the same beneficial responses otherwise obtained by genuine biophilic elements.

Discover the roles circadian light and perceived open space play in shaping human cognitive function, as well as how our psycho-physiology changes in interior environments.

Uncover a new design framework that proposes the restorative value of perceived open space in its two essential orientations: perceived zenith and perceived horizon line.

In contrast to how we perceive these spatial reference frames outdoors, in enclosed interiors where such reference frames are often not visible, we can stage architectural cues to alter our perception of interior space.

Restoring these spatial reference frames through a valid multisensory illusion restores a range of wellness benefits otherwise associated with interiors applying biophilic design principles.

(1 HSW/LU)



Biophilic Illusions

In this course, we explore our inherent connection and attraction to nature, identified as The Biophilia Hypothesis, and the ways that our lives are dependently and beneficially intertwined with nature.

We look at the growing trend towards Biophilic Design, and how it can integrate therapeutic attributes of nature into interiors and thereby enliven Biophilia’s restorative properties.

In particular optical illusions, illusions of nature, and illusory skies are examined in relationship to architectural design and Biophilic Design. We also delve into the purpose, creation, and applications of multisensory illusions of nature.

Learn how biophilic illusions can be integrated with architecture to infuse the healing, comforting, and refreshing properties of nature into the built environment.  (1 HSW/LU)



Developing an Effective Lighting Controls Sequence of Operation

Lighting controls can have a significant impact on energy savings and the owner’s bottom-line in the modern built environment. This course will provide insight into how codes, design trends and system integration influence the design and implementation of effective lighting controls strategies based upon a desired sequence of operation. (1 HSW/LU)


Light for Satisfaction

Light for Satisfaction dives into lighting as a key factor of wellness. Two current building industry trends – Human Health + Wellness and Transparency – are compelling designers to gain a better understanding of daylighting, the impact of light on our circadian rhythms, and related tools available to designers. The course will explore a few of the building standards that take a deeper dive into lighting as it connects to the human being, as well as technology and strategies that allow designers to better mimic the 24-hour circadian clock within the built environment. (1 HSW/LU)


Five Ways LED Lighting is Transforming America’s Downtowns

There are many facets to a vibrant downtown: this course will discuss how exterior lighting may just become the platform for revitalizing your city from the inside. In this presentation, we will walk through five ways that LED Lighting is Changing America’s Downtowns. (1 HSW/LU)