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Continuing Education

Continuing education is the cornerstone of advancing your professional development. EDG offers AIA and ASID CEU classes to assist architects and interior designers in the integration of custom home theaters and smart home systems into your projects. Learn how to apply exciting technologies, ranging from home theater rooms and media room layout to elaborate whole house audio and video networks into your designs.
Interested in providing members of your firm with the knowledge they need to stay up-to-date on the every changing technology trend? Contact us to schedule a Lunch-And-Learn event at your office. EDG provides lunch and a seminar at your location at no cost to you, thereby eliminating any down time from your busy schedule.

EDG-LNL101-E : Multiple Choice: Designing Spaces for Multiple Viewing Screens (AIA Only)

From living room and media room design, to boardrooms and training facilities, designing spaces with multiple viewing screens is the hot new topic in custom electronics. Participants will understand the benefits of commercial and home video distribution and explore its practical applications through case study examples. Explore product and system design options, engineering and integration considerations, and common installation challenges. Topics of discussion will include acoustics, lighting control systems and window treatments, video displays, hiding the equipment, ease of use, and proper space planning.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU

EDG-LNL102-E : Practical Applications for Residential Lighting Control (AIA & ASID)

Participants will analyze practical applications and benefits for lighting control systems in residential spaces like the kitchen, foyer, dining room, media room, and landscaped areas. Through examining case studies, students will evaluate various control scenarios and define areas in a project where redesigned lighting controls can improve aesthetics, enhance functionality, and increase efficiency for the end-user. Topics of discussion will include: dimming technology, required components of a lighting control system, reduction of wall clutter, control of preset scenes, integration with other systems, space allocation, time clocks, and security enhancements.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare

ASID: 0.1 CEU

EDG-LNL103-E : Control System Integration for Residential Applications (AIA Only)

Participants will analyze practical applications and benefits of control system integration in a residential application including Audio, Video, HVAC, Lighting, Drapery/Shades, Security, Weather, and Entry Doors. Through examining case studies, students will evaluate various scenarios and define areas in a project where control systems can improve the efficiency, enrich room aesthetics and decor, simplify complicated subsystems and enhance whole house functionality for the residential end-user. Topics of discussion will include: whole house audio and video integration, HVAC integration, controlling subsystems within a single room, and enhancing security features.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare

EDG-LNL104-E : Applications for NY Residential Lighting Control (AIA Only)

Participants will analyze applications and benefits of residential lighting control systems for New York residential spaces. Through case study format, students will evaluate various scenarios and define areas in a project where light control systems can improve aesthetics, enhance functionality, and increase efficiency for the end-user. Topics of discussion will include: dimming technology, required components of a lighting control system, reduction of wall clutter, control of preset scenes, motorized shades, integration with other systems, wireless systems, space allocation, time clocks, and security enhancements.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare

EDG-LNL105-E : Intelligent Design for the Smart Home (AIA Only)

Participants will understand the meaning, components, capabilities, and benefits of “smart home” technology, as well as its relevance to the design process and architectural community. Class members will learn the importance of working with systems integrators, how to determine their qualifications, and to incorporate “smart home” technologies in their media room designs and throughout the house. Through the examination of a case study, students will evaluate and define areas in a project where “smart home” technology can improve efficiency, enrich room aesthetics, enhance functionality, and meet client expectations.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU

EDG-LNL201-C : Building Quiet Environments (AIA & ASID)

In today’s hectic and fast-paced world, homeowners need and want a space that is peaceful and tranquil—a quiet environment where they can relax and enjoy their home without noisy interruptions. This course outlines the fundamentals of sound control and gives examples of noise pollution affecting today’s society. Participants will discuss key principles related to sound isolation and the “why, what, and how” components associated with controlling sound. Construction materials and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing considerations will also be discussed, while the participant is guided through the step-by-step process of building a specialty room. Attendees will learn how to locate an electronic systems contractor (ESC) and what questions to ask when partnering with an ESC.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – Health & Safety

EDG-LNL202-C : Home Theater Design & Construction (AIA & ASID)

What is a home theater? This may sound like a simple question, but is it? Participants in this course will come away with a very distinct definition of what a home theater is—and what it isn’t! Discussions will also include basic acoustical physics, common mistakes in design and construction, “points to remember” to achieve a solid, repeatable process, and spatial and usage considerations. This course will provide guidance related to what goes in the room—from equipment, to wall treatments, to lights—and how to analyze common problems associated with home theater design and construction. Additionally, attendees will learn how, when, and why to engage a trained electronic systems contractor (ESC) early in the design and build process.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL203-C : Home Audio Made Easy: Residential Speaker Solutions (AIA & ASID)

There are many residential speaker solutions available for your client; how do you know which one is best? This course will help participants sort through speaker choices and placement considerations so that they will be better prepared to assist clients with finding the best options! Attendees will learn how speakers produce sound, what factors most influence sound quality, how to position speakers for optimum performance, and the best methods for integrating speakers into décor. This course will help attendees identify the proper electronics professional for the job and how to engage that professional early in the process.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL204-C : Understanding the Need for Home Technology (AIA & ASID)

Participants will walk away from this course with a comprehensive overview of current home technologies available in today’s connected homes. The in-depth discussion will focus on wired vs. wireless, integrated systems—what they are and how they work—and engaging a trained, certified professional electronic systems contractor (ESC). This overview will also help attendees plan for proper wiring infrastructure and other profitable electronic systems that today’s savvy clients are looking for, dispel common misperceptions regarding home technology, and assist them in navigating the technologies market by providing a list of “do’s and don’ts”..

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL205-C : Lighting Control (AIA & ASID)

Lighting control has become a standard in new home construction…people who have it love it and wonder how they ever lived without it! Participants will walk away from this course with a basic understanding of lighting control terminology and the benefits and solutions related to lighting control—presented in simple, easy to understand language. Additionally, attendees will be active participants in discussion surrounding common misconceptions and lighting control design considerations. This course will conclude with an informative checklist of questions to consider when interviewing and hiring an electronic systems contractor (ESC) for electronic systems integration in the home.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL206-C : Planning for Residential Electronic Systems (AIA & ASID)

As with other rough-in trades (mechanical, electrical, and plumbing), electronic systems should be planned for well in advance of construction and documented at the construction drawing phase of design. Participants in this course will discuss the roles, responsibilities, and functions of an electronic systems contractor (ESC), be able to identify different types of residential systems, and analyze the benefits of working with an ESC. Attendees will examine specific design considerations, such as space, framing, electrical, and ventilation requirements. This course will help attendees identify the proper ESC for the job by providing them a checklist of questions to ask and items to consider when engaging a home electronics partner early in their next design and build project.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – Health & Safety

EDG-LNL207-C : Managing Electronic Systems Contractors (AIA & ASID)

What is an electronic systems contractor (ESC) and how do you fit him/ her into your design and build project? These questions (and more!) will be answered during this course! Discover what an ESC will bring to your next project, from “insider” tips to successfully negotiating a contract with this vital subcontractor, to questions to ask during the interview process when locating your trained, professional electronics partner. Participants can expect insightful discussion regarding locating, hiring, and collaborating with the ESC best suited to your project..

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – Welfare

EDG-LNL208-C : Home Technology Within the Design & Build Process (AIA & ASID)

What is an electronic systems contractor (ESC)? How does an ESC impact other crucial subcontractors and their work? The answers to these questions and more will be discussed as you learn how electronic systems can be seamlessly integrated into a home’s design and build process with the help of a trained, electronics professional. Some of the areas addressed include framing, HVAC, millwork, paint, lighting, window treatments, and security, just to name a few! This course uses multiple visual examples to showcase the quality work that an ESC brings to each and every project.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL209-C : Hiding technology – 1 LU HSW (AIA & ASID)

Home electronics should integrate seamlessly into a home’s design and décor. This course reviews the three-pronged approach to hiding technology—advance planning, design philosophy, and product selection—which are available for minimizing the visual impact of electronics without compromising performance. Specific challenges and recommendations related to hiding video displays, projectors, speakers, controls, cameras, and equipment racks—among others—will be addressed. This course speaks to innovative and creative ways to lessen the visual impact of electronics by making them low-profile, hidden or camouflaged, or even invisible! Attendees will also walk away with an understanding of how to properly engage a trained electronic systems contractor (ESC) in their next project.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL210-C : Control Systems Impact on Building Green (AIA & ASID)

A “green home” is more than energy efficiency; one must look at the big picture. Participants in this course will discuss their understanding of what it means to “go green”. Discussion will include efficient use of resources, including electricity and water, and how electronic devices can work with these resources to contribute to reducing a home’s carbon footprint. Additionally, attendees will discuss how a green home can be a comfortable and healthy environment for its occupants and identify methods such as engaging a trained electronic systems professional, choosing the right building materials, and providing proper air quality and ventilation in order to achieve clients’ “green goals”.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – Health & Safety

EDG-LNL211-C : Video Displays: The Value of Proper Installation for Comfort & Safety (AIA & ASID)

Video displays are found in virtually every area of the home today and properly installed video displays bring added entertainment, enjoyment, comfort, and safety to the home’s occupants and guests. Attendees of this course will walk away with basic knowledge regarding proper display height, distance guidelines, and detailed information regarding different display types. Participants will be able to speak with clients regarding strategies for hiding displays so that technology can be integrated into the home’s décor without compromising the integrity of the design space, and will recognize the essential criteria for engaging a trained electronic systems professional to achieve these goals. Additionally, participants will be able to define specific terminology and speak intelligently regarding the value of properly calibrated and installed displays throughout the home.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – Health & Safety

EDG-LNL212-C : Introduction to Electronic Home Entertainment (AIA & ASID)

This education course highlights the current trends in digital entertainment, the different types of entertainment available, such as such as personal video recording, movies, digital audio, and gaming, and explores whole-house application options. Additionally, infrastructure choices for distributed home entertainment will be discussed, along with available software applications, such as wired vs. wireless systems, network options, and user control options available to clients. Attendees will also participate in discussion related to identifying the most qualified electronic systems professionals and how and when to engage these individuals in the design and build process.

Session Length: 1.5 Hours

AIA: 1.5 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare

ASID: 0.1 CEU* – General Knowledge
*The IDCEC does not recognize half credits. Courses over one hour are rounded down to the lowest full-hour.

EDG-LNL213-C : Introduction to User Interfaces (AIA & ASID)

What is a user interface and what type will fit your clients’ needs the best? Participants will find answers to these questions and more while participating in this introductory course. Attendees will discuss remotes, keypads, and touchscreens and the pros and cons of each, as well as what characteristics make user interfaces effective and easy to use. Additionally, such topics as subsystem control, home automation, and systems integration will be touched on. The all-important client interview will be discussed and participants will be schooled on recognizing the essential criteria for engaging a trained electronic systems professional.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1.5 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU - Health & Safety

EDG-LNL214-C : Electronic Systems Infrastructure Requirements (AIA & ASID)

Supporting the multitude of technologies found in today’s connected homes requires planning, specialized installation, and a solid infrastructure in place. Attendees will discuss the trends and future technologies and their impact on today’s homes, as well as be able to understand the basic infrastructure requirements needed to support these technologies so that they perform at maximum capacity. Participants will be able to define the components of a structured wiring system and list the benefits that correctly installed systems offer to their clients’ technology needs. Attendees will also engage in discussion related to partnering with a trained electronics professional in the planning and installation of these complex systems.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU - Health & Safety

EDG-LNL215-C : Integrating Audio Into Homes for Performance & Aesthetics (AIA & ASID)

Whole house audio is a trend that has been increasing in popularity during recent years. Participants of this course will discuss how whole house audio systems can and are used, and the benefits these systems provide to the homeowner—including the advantages of integrating them with other electronic systems in the home. Additionally, attendees will walk away with an in-depth knowledge of what technologies are utilized and the components required for proper installation and performance of these complex systems without compromising the home’s aesthetic beauty and design. Participants will learn about how to engage an electronic systems professional and the benefits of including this trade early in the design and build process.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL216-C : Media & Game Room Design (AIA & ASID)

The demand for home entertainment spaces is growing at a rapid pace—don’t be uninformed and left behind! Participants in this course will be educated on the differences between media rooms and game rooms from a usage standpoint as well as specific design characteristics relative to equipment, furnishings, power requirements, ventilation, lighting, and acoustics. Attendees will also walk away with the knowledge of how and when to engage an electronics systems professional in the design and build process.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare
ASID: 0.1 CEU – Health, Safety & Welfare

EDG-LNL217-C : A Practical Guide to Incorporating Technology Into Your Next Project (AIA & ASID)

The demand for home entertainment spaces is growing at a rapid pace—don’t be uninformed and left behind! Participants in this course will be educated on the differences between media rooms and game rooms from a usage standpoint as well as specific design characteristics relative to equipment, furnishings, power requirements, ventilation, lighting, and acoustics. Attendees will also walk away with the knowledge of how and when to engage an electronics systems professional in the design and build process.

Session Length: 2 Hours

AIA: 2 LUs – Health, Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.2 CEUs – General Knowledge

EDG-LNL218-C : Digital Signage in the New Economy (AIA & ASID)

Digital signage is one of the fastest growing segments of the installed audio/ video industry! Digital signage is ubiquitous, from the 6-inch screen on the gas pump at your neighborhood service station to the 50-inch HD screen in an upscale salon and spa. Participants will have “digital signage” defined and will examine how this exciting industry is projected to grow and change over time. Attendees will walk away with a working knowledge of the infrastructure requirements that allow a digital signage system to operate and evolve, as well as how these systems can be managed for maximum return on investment. Additionally, participants will look at the value of working with trained electronic systems professionals and when to engage that trade in the planning process.

Session Length: 1 Hours

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design
ASID: 0.1 CEU -Health, Safety

EDG-LNL219-C : Electronic Systems Integration for Convenience, Comfort, and Safety (AIA only)

Technology touches virtually every surface of the home today—learn about how technology influences your clients’ convenience, comfort, and safety, and how advances in electronics will result in these technologies becoming more and more ubiquitous. Electronic systems integration can bring multiple benefits and features to the homeowner; become educated by understanding the difference between automation and systems integration and how offering real options and enhancements to clients’ lives are ways to set yourself apart from your competition. This course will provide basic understanding of current and future technology options, as well as help establish the benefits of partnering with a qualified electronics professional

Session Length: 1 Hours

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design

EDG-LNL220-C : Making Home Technology Profitable in the Remodeling Market (AIA only)

According to a recent Joint Center for Housing of Harvard University report, three growth areas are projected in the remodeling sector; energy management, the aging population, and home entertainment. During this course, participants will discuss these growth areas, with specific focus on technology systems. Attendees will walk away with talking points to use with homeowners that include how to approach the clients’ needs and wants related to monitoring energy usage, addressing their aging in place requirements, and providing entertainment options. Additionally, attendees will discover how and when to include the electronic systems professional in the design and build process.

Session Length: 1 Hours

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare; Sustainable Design

EDG-LNL301-N : Boardroom 101 (AIA only)

This program is designed to help architects and facility managers in designing and installing boardrooms and meeting rooms into new and existing structures. The seminar will highlight a variety of products for the best electronic display in a particular room. In addition, examples of optimum screen size, the best screen for the project, inputs into the system, and overall control of the systems for easy and end-user operation will be discussed. There will be a brief discussion of the audio needs and space requirements for conduit and equipment. Planning for the future will also be presented. Objectives: learn to optimize space, set appropriate time lines for installation of electronics, describe general system control requirements.

Session Length: 1 Hours

AIA: 1 LU

EDG-LNL302-N : Sound, Lighting and Video in Contemporary Worship Facilities (AIA only)

Attendees will learn the critical issues involved with integrating audio, video and lighting into worship spaces. Objectives: learn to recognize worship technology applications, understand the purpose of technology, determine how worship styles affect technology, evaluate technology systems, and integrate technology applications into the design process.

Session Length: 1 Hours

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare

EDG-LNL303-N : Safe and Effective Use of Electronic Surveillance in Schools (AIA only)

This session will look at the different types of equipment being utilized in schools, and highlight the design considerations that must be made when installing and integrating these systems in buildings. Objectives: learn to explain how and why electronic surveillance systems should be integrated into the design process, describe the different types of electronic surveillance equipment available to schools, and communicate surveillance needs of end-users to technology consultants and others involved in the design of a school security project.

Session Length: 1 Hour

AIA: 1 LU

EDG-LNL304-N : Specifying Technology Using ’04 Master Format (AIA only)

This session will deliver unique perspectives on how the new divisions – 25 for building automation, 27 for communications, and 29 for security/life safety – will effectively streamline technology in the building process. It includes a review of the CSI Master Format ‘95 and ‘04 versions and the impact of the new ‘04 version on the operation and composition of the design team. Also included will be a detailed discussion of an actual project spec issue using the ‘04 format.

Session Length: 60 Minutes

AIA: 1 LU – Health, Safety & Welfare