Stuff It or Wrap It: Understanding Advanced Wall Designs with Continuous Insulation

This one hour educational session will cover the latest in building enclosure technology for energy efficient buildings. A ROCKWOOL expert will provide an in-depth discussion of emerging wall designs that provide durable, cost-effective and thermally-efficient performance.

Learning objectives:

  1. Review and understand recent changes to local building and energy codes that impact building enclosure design strategies and whole building energy efficiency.
  2. Understand the building enclosure design requirements for wall assemblies and how the selection of the right materials is critical to reliable long-term performance.
  3. Learn about several emerging design strategies including various cladding attachment systems that are being used for the construction of highly insulated wall assemblies and how to apply these technologies to projects.
  4. Understand how these new systems are installed in the field with minimal changes to current construction practices.

Earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW ;  1 GBCI CE HOUR

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Key Retirement Planning Strategies for Architects and Firm Owners

“RETIREMENT PLANNING IS LIKE A GAME OF CHESS”: Key Retirement Planning Strategies, Lessons, and Moves for Architects and Architectural Firm Owners to Help Build and Achieve a Life-long Winning Retirement Game Plan for Themselves and Their Families.

Author Allan Rufus once said, “Life is like a game of chess. To win you have to make a move.” As this is true in chess, so it is also true in life and in creating and achieving a winning financial and retirement plan for yourself, your family and business if you are a principal owner.

But in an increasingly changing world, how do we know what moves to make? Our current times have been labeled as the “4th Industrial Revolution.” This “revolution” is being described as one that will usher in incredible changes in the way we work and the way we view work. How will this effect your industry, your investment choices, and your personal retirement planning?

This webinar presentation will include relevant historical evidence and solution-based strategies to help solve the complex issues of investment, tax, and legacy planning for you and your family. The goal of presentation is to share some insight into how to better prepare for these potential changes and address what specific moves it takes for you to build, implement and maintain a solid, comprehensive retirement and legacy plan that is adaptable, preemptive, and well positioned for success given your unique situation.

Earn 1.0 AIA LU | Elective

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2021 AIA Virginia Prize Panel Discussion

The 2021 AIA Virginia Prize competition — which took place over the weekend of Jan. 22–25 — was inspired by the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project and challenged students to design a pillar installation for the City of Alexandria’s Market Square. Each school’s faculty reviewed the submissions and sent up to 10 finalists for final consideration by the jury

In a new initiative this year, AIA Virginia is convening a post-competition conversation with the students from the 4 schools, the jurors, and designers from the region. The virtual panel discussion takes place at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 16.

Register to see the winning submissions, hear jury comments, and join the discussion.

Submitted for AIA CES approval.

Virtual Tour of HB Woodlawn – the Heights School in Arlington

Available through April 30.

Join the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) and AIA Virginia for a virtual tour and panel discussion about the new Heights Building, an Arlington Public School (APS) facility in Northern Virginia. The panel discussion features speakers from Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane. Free.

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Landscapes of Learning: The Heights Building

A Panel Discussion with Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A. Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane

Join the AIA Northern Virginia Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) and AIA Virginia at noon on Friday, March 5, 2021 for a virtual tour and panel discussion about the new Heights Building, an Arlington Public School (APS) facility in Northern Virginia.

The structural masterpiece is inspired by the values and educational mission of APS and serves as a model example for innovative solutions to school design. Green terraces at each floor become an extension of the classrooms, creating an indoor-outdoor learning landscape for both students and teachers — an educational oasis rather than a traditional school setting, addressing the academic needs of the school’s program while forming a vertical community within its dense urban context.

Explore the AIA Northern Virginia Virtual Tour site. Register online.

The panel discussion features speakers from Bjarke Ingels Group, Leo A. Daly, Arlington Public Schools, Silman, and Gilbane.

About the Panel

Tony-Saba Shiber AIA | Senior Architect, Designer at Bjarke Ingels Group
Daniel Sundlin | Partner, Bjarke Ingels Group
Aran Coakley, AIA | Project Manager, Bjarke Ingels Group
Tim Duffy, AIA, LEED AP, CSI | Vice President, Leo A. Daly
Andrew Graham, AIA | Associate, Leo A. Daly
Dr. Casey Robinson | Principal, Arlington Public Schools
Jason Myers, PE, SE, LEED AP BD+C | Associate, Silman
Tyler Swartzwelder, DBIA, LEED AP | Senior Project Executive, Gilbane
Jenine Kotob, AIA | Chair, AIA Northern Virginia CAE

Earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW. This event is free.

Register online.

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An Architect’s Guide to Sound Isolation

Program Outline:

  • Define noise and STC Ratings
  • Describe various products for sound isolation
  • Outline basic design guidelines and describe what needs to appear on construction documents
  • Compare and contrast Viper Stud STC rated assemblies

Earn 1.0 AIA LU | HSW

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Presented in collaboration with Marino\WARE.

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Financing in Virginia

Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) provides affordable, long-term financing to commercial property owners to pay for energy efficiency, water efficiency, and onsite renewable energy upgrades. Commercial property owners receive funding for energy savings upgrades and make repayments through their property tax bill. Ideal for private sector projects, C-PACE can be used for new construction, retrofits, and resiliency efforts. As an additional advantage, soft costs like A/E fees are included.

During the 2020 General Assembly, legislation was passed for the Commonwealth to create a statewide C-PACE program run through the Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy (DMME). Virginia DMME is now in partnership with the District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) and the Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC) to form the Mid-Atlantic PACE Alliance. As architects play a key role in C-PACE projects, we are proud to have DMME partner with AIA Virginia its outreach efforts.

The seminar will cover the following key elements:

  • What is Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Financing? (C-PACE is a tax assessment-based tool for building owners to finance clean energy- and water-related improvements to their properties. C-PACE assessments are typically collected by localities on property tax bills, and repayment directed to the lenders by the locality. C-PACE financing is advantageous because it is secured by the property, not the owner’s credit, and is transferrable upon sale.)
  • What are the eligible building types? (Generally privately-owned or non-profit; commercial, hospitality, industrial, mixed-use or multifamily with 5 or more units, agricultural; retrofit, substantial renovation and new construction projects may utilize C-PACE)
  • What measures and project costs are financeable through C-PACE programs? Typical energy and water conservation measures, as well as solar PV, EV charging  The C-PACE value proposition is that utility savings and long term financing (up to 20-25 years) will allow owners to mostly if not entirely offset the loan payments with the utility bill savings.  If a renewable energy system is installed, this will reduce utility cost by crediting the electricity production from the system to the owner’s bill. Virginia’s code also allows for resilience, flood prevention/storm water management, and living shoreline improvements to be financed.
  • How can C-PACE combine with other incentives and financing (utility DSM programs, traditional bank loans, private equity) or programs (Opportunity Zones, Main Street, etc.)? C-PACE can be integrated with all available financing/capital sources for the project; it may also be a source of financing for organizations that may typically have difficulty in obtaining financing.
  • Provide examples (case studies) of successful projects (we have several from Maryland and DC)
  • How can C-PACE assist building owners with indoor air and environmental quality issues including those associated with COVID-19? IAQ measures such as UV-C lighting systems are generally financeable if installed along with other energy-saving HVAC system upgrades
  • What is DMME’s role (as the Virginia State Energy Office) in supporting C-PACE program implementation and availability of C-PACE financing in the Commonwealth?

DMME has worked with stakeholders and industry partners for several years to enable C-PACE financing and programs.  Implementing C-PACE at scale statewide is well-aligned with DMME’s mission to ensure a transition to a vibrant and equitable clean energy economy for Virginians.

Earn 1 AIA LU

Presented by Virginia PACE Authority.

Virginia PACE Authority (VPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that designs and administers C-PACE loan programs for Virginia communities. We offer a uniform, cost-effective and highly innovative C-PACE program platform that fosters greater economic development activity and promotes the Commonwealth’s clean energy goals. As the program administrator, VPA works with commercial businesses, property owners, contractors and local governments to facilitate the financing of energy efficiency, renewable energy and resilient projects on both existing buildings and new developments.

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