Allana Buick & Bers, Inc. (ABBAE) offers seminars and training classes in a variety of formats. From 60 minute ‘lunch and learns’ to half and full day seminars. All of these courses provide AIA Continuing Education Learning Units. Below is a summary of our most popular classes.

AIA Credits           CMCA Credits           RCI Credits


Critical Review of the Life Span of TPO and PVC

– Review the issues that impact the effectiveness and longevity of single ply PVC and TPO roofs.

– Present a forensic evaluation of some of the oldest PVC roofs (18 years old) and TPO roofs (11-12 years old).

– Discuss how physical forces (water, sun, rain) affect TPO and PVC.

– Discuss how design and use affect the life of TPO and PVC


Understanding Metal Roofing Systems

– Review difference between hydrokinetic and hydrostatic metal roofing

– Describe the 3 basic types of metal roofs

– Review requirements for each roof system

– Understand metal roofing underlayment

– Learn from several metal roofing forensic case studies


Proper Selection of Roof Types- 12 Roof Types Considered

– Deciding which roof type is best for your project

– How geography affects roof type

– Design issues

– How roof type affects materials selection

– Aesthetics vs. Durability


Roofs Can Last in Excess of 30+ Years- But Most Do Not

– Examples – 30+ year sustainable traditional BUR

– Visual essay – bad roof construction vs. proper details and methodology

– Forensic evaluation – 18 year old PVC

– Evaluation – 12 year old SBS roof membrane premature failure

– Case Study – 12 year old copper roof; failure and repair


Waterproofing for Garden Roofs

– Overview and history of Garden Roofs

– Extensive vs. Intensive

– Systems & components overview

– Best type for roof garden

– Systems selection for waterproofing protection and roof insulation



Air Barrier Assemblies and Continuous Insulation

– Air Management vs. Moisture Management

– Moisture Movement in Walls

– Air Barrier Principles

– Air Barrier Design Considerations

– Why the Need for Continuous Insulation?

– Continuous Insulation Design Considerations

– Local Code Requirements


Introduction to Curtain Wall and Window Wall System Issues

– Review of U.S. curtain wall assemblies

– Design Issues

– Thermal Loading

– Wind Loads

– Seismic

– Live Loads

– Rainscreen and barrier elements

– Energy performance

– Curtain wall testing

– Structural and seismic elements

– Window wall failure case study


Glazing Essentials

– History of Architectural Glazing

– Manufacturing of Float Glass

– Post Production Processes

– Thermal Treatments

– Applied Coatings

– Manufactured Glazing


Glass: It’s Not Just A Pane

– Overview of Curtain Wall Systems and Assemblies in the United States

– How Glass is Manufactured and Where Each Major Type is Used

– Drainable Wall Assemblies and Metal Wall Panels


Waterproofing is Not Skin Deep Lath and Plaster Systems

– Understanding moisture management in stucco wall assembly

– Suitable substrates for stucco in Type III and Type V buildings

– Proper lathing and flashing techniques

– Understanding scratch, brown and finish coats for 1 and 3 coat plaster systems


Understanding Exterior Walls and Code Changes

– New building code and construction document requirements

– Differences in exterior wall types and systems

– Shift in responsibilities, scopes of work and standards

– Real facts on building science and properties of materials

– Critical details for the interfacing of components



Below Grade Waterproofing – Design Considerations and Common Failures

– History, properties, types and applications

– Advantages to using a bentonite waterproofing system

– Blindside construction procedures and their impact on bentonite based waterproofing systems

– Case study of failed blindside waterproofing system with review of repair procedures


Plaza Deck Waterproofing

– Illustrate the importance of plaza deck design and how it integrates into other systems.

– Discussion will cover these general Plaza Deck types:

– Protected Membrane

– Split Slab

– Traffic Bearing

– Surface Applied

– Roof Garden

– The plaza deck training course will cover the following topics:

– Plaza Deck Configurations

– Structural Considerations

– Waterproofing Membranes

– Drainage

– Protection and Root Barriers

– Insulation

– Warranties



Building Envelope Commissioning Process and Case Study

– Define “NIBS” Building Envelope commissioning, that grew out of ASHRAE commissioning, originally intended only for mechanical systems

– Provide a case study of where the Building Envelope Commissioning process was used in a rapid paced, fast track Apartment project

– Walk step by step through this building envelope commissioning process


Calgreen Code Impacts on the Building Envelope

– Planning and Design

– Energy efficiency (and alternative energy)

– Water efficiency and conservation – usage reduction by fixture changes and low water landscaping.

– Material Conservation and Resource Efficiency -construction waste diversion from waste stream.

– Environmental Quality



Achieving Savings through Mechanical System Upgrades

– Review of critical mechanical systems

– Benefits of upgrades:

– Reduced Repair Costs

– Lower Electric Costs

– Increase Life Expectancy


How to Know When Plumbing Systems Go Bad…. and How to Plan For It.

– Plumbing 101 – understanding basic plumbing components and what can cause reserve underfunding

– Show examples of easily accessible plumbing components and the more expensive components hidden behind walls

– Show examples of plumbing problems hidden within the pipes themselves

– Look at a case study of a recent HOA/AOAO projects

– Describe the remaining useful life of plumbing systems per most reserve studies, and according to some recent experiences


Prevention of Concrete Spalling

– Understanding causation of concrete spalling

– Preventative measures for preventing spalling

– Provide a review of what items to include in cost estimating for the reserve study

– Review repair techniques

– Review the types of other repairs that should be done at the same time as spall repairs, and the implication for cost estimating


What To Look for In A Property Walk

– Provide an overview of what constitutes ongoing maintenance, corrective maintenance, preventative maintenance and predictive maintenance (forensic investigation)

– Introduce you to maintenance terminology for HOA’s/AOAO’s and similar common interest communities

– Show examples of the most common maintenance issues found in HOA’s/AOAO’s

– Introduce you to the maintenance planning process – management by walking around



An Engineering Approach to Renewable Energy Master Planning and Critical Best Practices Protocols for Solar PV

– Holistic approach to achieving energy conservation measures and implementation of renewable/alternative energy programs

– This presentation will discuss the many types of PV systems now on the market, design impact on the water tightness of roofs and what PV installation means to building longevity and sustainability

– Implementation of best practices, quality assurance monitoring, post installation diagnostics, and operation and maintenance requirements


Power Optimization

– How much power can it save my facility?

– Is there any risk to my critical systems or operationally when installing this on my facility?

– Five Solutions:

– Magnetic Phase

– Passive Power Factor Reaction

– Transient Energy Conversion

– Proprietary Chokes

– Carbon Footprint Reduction