AIA / CES Courses and Descriptions


Traco has designed a variety of innovative training seminars to keep you up-to-date with rapidly changing industry standards. Traco is a registered Passport Provider with the AIA Continuing Education Program. The Traco courses listed below are currently registered through the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


AIA/CES Passport Provider: Traco J155


Traco 1: AAMA Specification

This presentation covers the major performance aspects of the AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08 North American Fenestration Standard/Specification for windows, doors and skylights. This will also include the current AAMA rating system, what factors should be considered when selecting the proper window performance characteristics and a comparison of the current AAMA Specifications to the previous versions. Participants will also discover the benefits of including the current AAMA Specifications and AAMA Certified products in their bid documents, while maintaining the original quality and integrity of the overall project.
1 hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco 3: Window Installation Guidelines And Detailing

This session presents proper window installation and detailing of various window products and accessories. From new construction to historic replacement, the various components and options will be discussed. This format includes prime window application, receptor systems, subsills, pannings and interior trims. Participants will gain a better understanding of how these components work, how they interface with surrounding substrates and optional accessories available to assist in reducing the overall cost of the project.
1 hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco 4: Plant Tour

The plant tour compliments the learning gained in many Traco AIA/CES sessions. Participants will see first hand the following processes:

  1. How a simple aluminum billet is converted into a complex extruded architectural shape and structurally enhanced through the heat treatment process.
  2. How an architectural shape is finished to give it long-lasting beauty and color stability with anodizing or unlimited paint color choices.
  3. How an architectural shape is rendered energy-efficient by a process of a thermal break system which separates exterior metal from the interior.
  4. How an architectural extrusion is given shape by a unique process in application where curves are used.
  5. How the addition of inert gas into the glass airspace creates a highly efficient and long-lasting insulating glass unit.
  6. How all of these pieces are cut, fabricated and assembled into a cohesive product to be used in any building construction. In addition, there is a comprehensive tour of the AAMA-certified test procedures and the testing of windows at Traco to meet these stringent requirements. Traco will provide an informal, written test to check participants’ understanding of the various facets of the tour. (Dependent upon proximity to one of Traco’s manufacturing facilities.
    2 Hour = 2 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)

Traco 5: Paint And Anodized Finishes
This presentation explores the various finish options currently available for aluminum window and door products. Discussions will include different paint options and anodized finishes. This session will stipulate guidelines for the use and application of each finish, provide an understanding for current AAMA Finish Specifications, compare finish performance and demonstrate how to properly include this information within your written specifications.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco 6: Glass And Energy
This program provides a background for understanding how glass works in terms of heat loss, heat gain, shading coefficient and acoustic applications involving sound transmission coefficients (STC). Discussion includes available options such as tinted, reflective and Low-E coatings. This session also provides additional information on how to reduce sash weights while maintaining glazing performance, possible effects on mechanical systems and utilizing glazing performance specifications.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco 7: Historic Window Replacement
This presentation includes Historic Window Replacement Guidelines as established by the National Park Service. This session explores the evaluation process and whether to preserve, repair or replace the existing windows. Learn why an in depth survey of the existing conditions early in the rehabilitation process can be instrumental in determining which options should be considered and fully explored. Discussion also includes options and accessories available for replication, encapsulation and complete replacement of existing fenestration products.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco 9: Efficiency In Window Design
The presentation is designed to understand changes in regulatory codes, what influences these changes and discuss effective ways to improve commercial window thermal performance. Specifically; industry evolution utilizing high performance glass, glazing systems and structural thermal barrier systems will be discussed and compared to traditional platforms/solutions in terms of tested performance differences. This presentation is registered with the AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. Questions related to specific materials, methods and services will be addressed at the conclusion of the presentation.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW/SD) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco 9A: Impact Resistant Glazing Systems
Participants of this course will learn about the need, origins and evolution of the impact resistant glazing systems. This course will cover the different options of impact glazing systems, their advantages and disadvantages with cost inclusive. Important information such as how hurricanes destroy homes, homeowner’s demands, government response to those demands, building codes and test requirements will also be shared during the class.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco B: Improving Thermal Performance In Structural Windows
This presentation discusses two very important and effective ways to improve the thermal performance of windows used in non-residential applications. The presentation explores the materials available for use in thermal barrier systems in terms of both thermal and structural performance. Additionally, the presentation will reinforce the use of warm-edge glass spacers as an effective way to reduce condensation and improve overall thermal efficiency in insulated glass window systems.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco C: Designing With Broken Glass
Participants will discuss and have a better understanding of the “New” performance requirements for Hurricane/Impact rated fenestration products in coastal applications. This includes discussion on the effects of the current International Building Codes (IBC) and how it has been influenced by ASCE-7. Each participant will gain knowledge on the application of these new codes and regulations, how they will affect manufacturers, bid documents and how to properly approach design and performance objectives.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco D: Aluminum Entrance & Storefront Design
This presentation will be a general overview of Aluminum Entrances & Storefront design. Learning objectives include: Basic requirements to accommodate traffic, plus the effects of wind, rain and temperature variations; Checklists for safety, security, ease of operation and construction; Suggestions for good entrance design; Data on frames and framing, as well as selection of various types of entrance systems and their operating features.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco G: Designing With Blast Resistant Windows
This presentation covers Blast Mitigation and its consequences for fenestration in buildings. An introduction into bomb/blast effects will demonstrate the specific design response required for a given threat level. Learning objections include understanding force protection and the role that windows play, how blast resistant products differ from traditional fenestration, and the performance and testing standards required. The importance of proper installation and anchorage will be covered as well.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco H: Thermoplastic Spacer Systems
The participants of this presentation will gain a better understanding of the benefits of Thermoplastic Spacer Systems in lieu of metal spacers. The four learning objectives are: What is TPS?; The options and flexibility in design that only TPS can bring to your designs; What makes TPS so effective?; The ultimate “warm edge” system.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW/SD) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco I: LEED® Certification: Green Buildings Incorporating Fenestration Products
This presentation takes an innovative approach to optimizing the use of Aluminum Fenestration products as an integral component of a LEED® Certified project. Objectives include an overview of environmentally friendly manufacturing practices, as well as, the impact of fenestration and daylighting on design, energy consumption and productivity. Participants will acquire a better understanding of how, and in which category, aluminum fenestration products can contribute towards achieving LEED® points and certification.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW/SD) Learning Unit (LU)


Traco J: Window Wall
This presentation will provide an overview and awareness of a window wall system along with demonstrating its application in the market. The learning objectives of the presentation are to define what a window wall system is, how it compares to storefront and curtain wall, the features and benefits of the window wall system, and review case studies demonstrating its application.
1 Hour = 1 Health, Safety & Welfare (HSW) Learning Unit (LU)

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