Posted by Kevin DeHaven on May 8, 2020

AIA Update and Continuing Education


You can't predict the weather, and as we're learning this year, you can't predict a pandemic either.


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has made the difficult decision to cancel the AIA Conference on Architecture that was scheduled for next week. According to their website, there are no plans to reschedule A'20. But with any luck, we'll see you there again in 2021!


Continuing Education for Architects

Just because the conference is off this year, that doesn't mean you can't still add to your architectural tool belt. And you can do so right from home with VELUX!


Currently, VELUX is a Registered Provider with the AIA and American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) Continuing Education Systems. Two of the five available courses offer an AIA CEU credit, while every course offers 1 LU | HSW credit. All applicable credits are earned upon completion of each program and will be reported on your behalf by the VELUX Program Administrator. We can also provide Certificates of Completion upon request.


CEU Courses and Descriptions

Top Daylighting: A Circadian Health & Wellness Perspective (Commercial Focus)

Credits received: 1 AIA CEU, 1 LU | HSW

This course illustrates how top daylighting design strategies produce positive biological responses impacting employee health based on scientific research and emerging medical discoveries. Participants will examine how exposure to "skydome dynamic daylight" throughout the workday provides all biologically relevant criteria for positive circadian system impact.


Benefits of Daylight and Fresh Air in Residential Design (Residential Focus)

Credits received: 1 AIA CEU, 1 LU | HSW

This comprehensive educational program communicates how skylights can contribute to and provide the benefits of natural ventilation, daylight, and energy efficiency, which ensures good health and wellbeing in residential applications. The course also evaluates the importance of indoor climate and the aspects of creating better living conditions.


Daylighting High-Performance Schools with Toplighting Strategies (Commercial Focus)

Credits received: 1 LU | HSW

This course provides an overview of the role natural lighting plays in bio-chemical health and provides a synopsis of current innovations. Throughout the program, you'll review the definition of High Performance Schools as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and examine toplighting and skylighting as a tool for proper daylighting strategies.


High-Performance Design with Polycarbonate Glazing Systems (Commercial Focus)

Credits received: 1 LU | HSW

In this course, you'll learn about polycarbonate glazing systems as a durable, cost-effective alternative to traditional glazing, as well as the role they play in improving light quality, health, performance, and productivity while delivering unparalleled durability and extended service life.


Emerging Toplighting Technologies (Commercial Focus)

Credits received: 1 LU | HSW

Throughout this program, you'll review the influencing factors that impact daylighting in commercial buildings, as well as emerging technologies in the field. The course also focuses on improving the natural lighting environments where people learn, work, and socialize.



Ready to hit the books? Sign up for one or all of these courses over on our Continuing Education Seminars page.