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RoofScreen Mfg. Offers AIA Continuing Education

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- RoofScreen Manufacturing, Inc. has become an approved Provider with the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES).  The initial course offering will include a one hour session titled, "An Introduction to Rooftop Screen Wall Enclosures and Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Racking." It qualifies for one (1) CES Learning Unit (LU) which also qualifies as a Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW) topic.

AIA architect members are required to complete 18 LU hours of continuing education per year for membership renewal and 12 hours must be on HSW topics.  RoofScreen is currently classified as a Basic Provider offering courses in the Southwest region of the U.S.

The current course is offered by Linda Savoie, RoofScreen's Regional Manager for southern California.  Ms. Savoie has conducted more than 400 AIA courses for building products manufacturers over the past seven years. She has more than 15 years' experience in developing curriculum and presenting to small and large audiences.

"Educating architects on the pros and cons of various screen wall attachments as well as proper PV and thermal racking is critical," said Savoie. "Above-roof attachments that are leak free, meet wind load criteria and backed by a 20-year warranty increase the value of a building to its owner. We help to educate architects on how this can be achieved."

The course covers:

  1. Proper screen walling on commercial buildings to conceal roof top units (RTU's);
  2. The Penetration Myth versus the reality of proper screen and solar attachments with a comparison of conventional construction versus modular pre-fab alternatives;
  3. Basic building code requirements including the International Building Code (IBC), California Building Code (CBC), National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA), and the state of California's Division of the State Architect (DSA) and Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD); and
  4. The Structural Engineering requirements for leak free and stable designs of roof screens and solar racking, including the review of building occupancy, earthquake and impact loads, and wind exposure.

RoofScreen Mfg., along with its sister company, Silverback Solar, provide the construction industry with pre-engineered commercial rooftop equipment screen solutions and PV racking. RoofScreen's patented Sprocket Lock Assembly has been implemented in more than 40,000 leak free installations. The system installs from above the roof, works with all types of roofing, and attaches to all types of roof framing.  The company offers a 20-year warranty coupled with professional and structural engineering support to the architectural and construction markets.

Sister company Silverback Solar offers engineered commercial thermal and PV solar racking solutions to the architectural community as well as the greater solar industry.

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