AIA / CES Programs

Choosing Sustainable Finishes


Choosing Sustainable Finishes presentation

As a registered American Institute of Architects’ Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) provider, Linetec now offers “Choosing Sustainable Finishes".

This sustainable design presentation includes the informed selection of materials, products and manufacturers to reduce environmental impacts and improve building performance.

Following the coursework, participants can earn 1.0 Learning Units (LUs) for Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)).


Those who successfully complete “Choosing Sustainable Finishes” will gain a full understanding of:

Why aluminum is chosen as a building product. The Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) found that construction and demolition projects contribute to more than 40% of the waste sent to United States landfills each year. It is necessary to reduce the solid waste stream by selecting longer life-cycle products and recyclable material to divert it from landfills.

Sustainable considerations of architectural finishing: anodize, PVDF paint (Kynar), powder coat. AAMA weathering and testing specifications and warranty information for each. Each coating type offers key environmental and weathering characteristics to longevity and endurance of the building’s exterior.

Environmental considerations in choosing a coatings provider. Applicator should employ a Strong Environmental Policy. Providing leadership in green building through practical yet distinctive products and services to enclose green commercial buildings, delivered through sustainable business practices. The should be in full compliance of all environmental regulations, with a documented roadmap for continual and progressive, sustainable business practices

Architectural finishing contributes to the LEED rating system. The U.S. Green Building Council and its LEED rating systems take a holistic, integrated approach to sustainability and creating high-performance buildings. Although factory-applied architectural finishes do not have a direct impact on the Indoor Environmental Quality LEED credit Low Emitting Materials, there are other ways finishing services can help buildings seeking LEED certification.


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Program Specifics

Choosing Sustainable Finishes


Length:  One hour

Credits:  1 LU/HSW credit

Cost:  Free, there is no cost to bring this program to your firm or chapter meeting or to take the on-line course

Description:  This sustainable design presentation includes the informed selection of materials, products, and manufacturers to reduce environmental impacts and improve building performance.

Objective:  Participants will learn why aluminum is chosen as a building product and what are the sustainable considerations of each aluminum finish: anodize, PVDF Paint (Kynar), and powder coat.

AAMA Specifications and warranty information of each finish type is discussed as well as environmental considerations in choosing a coating applicator.

The presentation concludes with how architectural finishing contributes to the USGBC LEED rating system.

Point of Contact:  For more information or to schedule a in-house presentation (lunch-n-learn)contact Linetec at sales@linetec.com or (715) 843-4100.




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