Building Waterproofing Assemblies

Presented by AIA Northern Virginia in partnership with ECS Mid-Atlantic

Focus on key points and methods to ensure proper Waterproofing installation the First Time. Also highlights common mistakes to be avoided to eliminate potential problems and future water penetration, as well as proper management of communication and coordination of construction sequences for all parties associated with waterproofing.

Presenter: Andrew W. Fix, Facilities Senior Project Manager
ECS Mid-Atlantic

1 AIA LU | Elective; 1 BOMI LU

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Understanding Mechanical Systems

Presented by AIA Northern Virginia in partnership with GPI.

This presentation is a super crash course in Mechanical Systems. We will teach you everything you want to know about HVAC that we can teach in an hour. The information presented is beneficial to building owners, asset managers, and those involved in leasing and project management.

Topics of Learning Include:

Concept of Heating and Cooling
Airside Concept and VAV Distribution
Systems Types
Split System DX
Packaged DX Rooftop Unit
Water Source Heat Pump System
Chilled Water Systems
Newer System Concepts
Dedicated Outside Air Systems
Chilled Beam
Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV)
Lease Review Related to the HVAC System


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Building Envelope Commissioning

Presented by AIA Northern Virginia in partnership with ECS Mid-Atlantic

While commissioning of many building systems has been around for many years, Building Enclosure Commissioning (BECx) is relatively newer to the design and construction industries. This presentation will provide a primer on the practice of BECx and its benefits with real world case studies and then dive further into the various approaches as defined by industry standards and code.

Presented by Keith P. Nelson, AIA, NCARB, CDT, BCXP
ECS Mid-Atlantic.


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LEED v4 Engineering & Architectural Integrated Design

Presented by AIA Northern Virginia in partnership with GPI

Learn about the benefits of coordinating with the project team and owner’s representatives early in a project’s lifecycle, and how preemptive measures can improve comfort levels, energy consumption, and overall health of occupants in a space.

Learning Objectives:

Learn what requirements have increased in difficulty in LEED v4, including exemplary performance credits, to encourage a healthy workplace environment for occupants. Learn how the role of the architect can impact the available engineering credits.
Learn the implementation procedures for credits requiring engineering input and how the health benefits of these credits can outweigh the associated costs/risks.
Learn about how obtaining certain credits can increase simplicity when pursuing additional credits with similar objectives. The increase in ease of attainment of certain credits encourages owners to pursue additional credits, thereby improving the overall health, safety, and wellness of the occupants.


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Indoor Air Quality Testing for LEED Certified Projects

Presented by AIA Northern Virginia in partnership with ECS Mid-Atlantic

With the rigorous documentation required to achieve LEED certification, achieving every point possible in a cost-efficient manner is extremely important. This presentation combines a technical discussion on the process and theories of indoor air quality (IAQ) testing for LEED credit with a practical evaluation of the advantages and disadvantages of the various options available. Then primary focus is project management issues and how IAQ testing can save time and money on the path toward credit achievement. Emphasis is placed on real world scenarios to provide students with a thorough overview on the process.

Presented by Bobby Rhett
ECS Mid-Atlantic


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Interschool Design Competition

Organized by AIA Northern Virginia, AIA Potomac Valley, and AIA DC.

This year’s ISDC will take place at Catholic University.

For more than two decades, the three Washington area chapters of the American Institute of Architects have collaborated to organize the annual Interschool Student Design Competition. These competitions have helped open doors for students to the various local architectural curriculums and the architectural profession.

Participating schools:
The Catholic University of America
Howard University
Morgan State University
Virginia Tech Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC)
University of Maryland
University of the District of Columbia

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The Whole Child: Policy, Program, and the Built Environment for Healthy Schools

There are many developmental facets that contribute to the overall wellness of a child, everything from a nutritious diet, physical activity, and access to nature. The policies, research, and grants that make these accessible for all schools are paramount within the educational ecosystem.

This session will begin with an abbreviated viewing of the video, “The Whole Child: Health and Wellness,” followed by a curated panel discussing progress on various fronts. Panelists will discuss wellness rated topics from architect-led research collaborations with public health and childhood obesity researchers, to implementation of the WELL Health-Safety Rating to bring back in-person learning with confidence. The culmination of research and successful public-private collaborations is in the synthesis of an exciting school building that will uniquely serve the students and community. 

The panelists will offer insights into their work and attendees will be given an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A.


Dina Sorensen, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, Co-Chair AIA National CAE Research Subcommittee; Design Director,

Angela Spangler, MS, WELL Faculty, AEP, International WELL Building Institute 

Michael Kmak, AIA, Associate Vice President, CannonDesign

Katie LaCourt, AIA, LEED AP BD&C, Senior Associate, CannonDesign


Maureen Wiechert, AIA, Board Member, AIA NOVA CAE, Senior Associate, Cooper Carry

This is a free, 1.5-hour, virtual webinar. 

After attending this event, attendees will be able to: 

  1. Describe the educational experience for children that embraces developmental facets of the whole child to promote academic excellence through the advocacy of health and wellness.
  2. Discuss the designs, programs, and policies required to promote an optimal learning environment. 
  3. Identify design and sustainable strategies that contribute to occupant wellness. 
  4. Implement aspects of wellness into projects for all architecture and engineering disciplines. 

Earn 1.5 AIA LU | HSW

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This event is brought to you by the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE). The CAE is a forum for architects, educators, and civic leaders that promotes the exchange of ideas, best practices, and resources around learning environment design. To learn more or to get involved with CAE NoVa email Follow CAE NoVa on Instagram to stay up-to-date with the latest news and activities.