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I to agree. I have said this for many years. I was on the AIA board in another city and said something similar and it was not well received or tolerated.
Another point that is often over looked is that the owners budget is part of their program. Most people can create nice projects if they do not have to worry about what it cost.
Paul T. Pierson
And, regarding your precepts about the Architect's understanding of water intrusion through the envelope – try obtaining training related to the ASHRAE 90.1 Energy Code. It is not available from Ashrae, Colleges, the AIA nor anywhere that I can find, Mr. Altenhofen. That, in spite of the ridiculous mandate for continuing education driven by states and the AIA. Proves that the actual "education" content is unimportant in that cottage industry.
Steve Cox, Architect
Cox Architecture, P.A.
P.O. Box 65
McComb, MS 39649
You might want to look at the information available at www.buildingscience.com. They have a tremendous amount of free information of very high quality. Much of their work was funded by the US Department of Energy's Building America program.
Architect, AIA, LEED AP B, D, + C
Energy Center Technical Specialist | Architecture Program Coordinator
PG&E Pacific Energy Center | 851 Howard Street | San Francisco, CA 94103
I agree with Mr. Chavez that some courses/seminars should be worth more than one CEU/hour, and Mr. Altenhofen is correct that some manufacturers offer minimal education with veiled advertising. I would not like to see manufacturers be charged more to provide credits. During the 20+ years that I practiced I greatly appreciated the information that manufacturers provided. In the 13+ years that I have represented a manufacturer I have grown to appreciate it even more, as do our customers in the A/E community. While architects need to know about so many specification divisions we can be an expert resource on one. Our experience is practical, from design to manufacturing to construction and commissioning. The seminars that we provide (speaking only of the company I represent now) are highly technical, created by architects, engineers and contractors. We often provide reading assignments prior to our seminars. All of our territory managers have been trained by many credible sources including Dr. Joe Lstiburek of the Building Science Corporation. We participate in our local Building Enclosure Councils, CSI chapters, sit on code committees and attend many industry association symposiums to further our education. Manufacturers can be industry expert resources. At least we are. We invest a great deal of money in educating our resources specifically to deliver knowledge to the design community.