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AAC Releases Anodizing 101 Educational Course for Architects

The Aluminum Anodizers Council (AAC) released a new online learning course for architects, designers, engineers, building developers, and professionals. The course is available on AEC Daily, a continuing education website for building and construction professionals.

The Anodizing 101: Building, Construction & Design course was approved for continuing education units (CEU) by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the USGBC’s Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI), The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), and 20 other building and construction organizations. Anodizing 101  provides an excellent overview of the characteristics, technical information, and benefits of aluminum anodizing as used in building and design, as well as providing an overall understanding of the use of aluminum as a building material, alternative finishing methods, sustainability, and application possibilities.

Developed by a subgroup of the AAC Promotion Committee, the course includes material that:

  • Provides technical information regarding the benefits of aluminum and anodized aluminum used as a building material in terms of strength and durability
  • Outlines the sustainable characteristics of aluminum and anodized aluminum building products
  • Presents solutions on how to address some of today’s building design challenges in light of the increasing demand for green buildings
  • Showcases various building and construction applications and innovations using anodized aluminum
  • Provides specific details on how to properly specify these materials as part of the design process.

“This educational course has been in development for some time, so we are glad to be able to provide architects and designers with detailed information that will help them understand and consider the use of anodized aluminum for their projects,” said Paul Laurin, president of A&D Prevost in Quebec, Canada, and current AAC chairman. “We have been told that there are many design professionals that are not familiar with the excellent characteristics that make anodized aluminum one of the best material choices for functional, aesthetic, sustainable and efficient designs. This course will provide these professionals with a better understanding of the many benefits anodized aluminum offers in building and construction applications.”

The Anodizing 101 course was developed as part of the council’s ongoing mission to raise awareness and understanding of anodized aluminum as a sustainable, practical, cost-effective solution to design. Through its industry promotion efforts, the council is committed to bringing comprehensive education and information about anodizing’s characteristics, applications, environmental and design benefits, to the B&C communities.

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