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.


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


Architectural Sheet Metal Roofing & Flashings

  • Review the major types of sheet metal and see how they differ in corrosion resistance, finishing, joining, and where to use
  • Cross compare the various types of sheet metal
  • Review how common components such as parapets, gutters, flashings, stops and edge material are incorporated


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


Understanding and Design of Garden Roofs

  • Review examples of intensive and extensive roof garden systems
  • Provide examples of structural and drainage components
  • Understand examples of fluid applied and sheet membrane systems and examples of insulation and protection


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


Curtain Wall Seminar

  • Overview of what a Curtain Wall system consists of. Review of Curtain Wall Assemblies in use in the United States.
  • Structural Elements. Rainscreen and Barrier Elements: Barrier Wall Systems. Rain Screen Systems.
  • Drainable Wall Assemblies. Metal Wall Panels. GFRC.
  • Glass. Design Issues. Sealants.


Introduction to Curtain Wall and Window Wall System Issues

  • Review of U.S. curtain wall assemblies
  • Design Issues associated with thermal, wind, seismic, and live loads
  • Rainscreen and barrier elements
  • Energy performance
  • Curtain wall testing
  • Structural and seismic elements
  • Window wall failure case study


High Performance Buildings

  • What is a high performance building?
  • Understand how to lower energy costs while increasing operating income


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


Waterproofing Basics

  • Provide an overview of basic primer on Thermal and Moisture Protection issues
  • Review ground water control, dampproofing, waterproofing, precipitation control and roofing materials
  • Review condensation control, thermal control, flashing and expansion joints

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



Air Barrier Assemblies and Continuous Insulation

  • Air Management vs. Moisture Management
  • Moisture Movement in Walls
  • Air Barrier Principles and Design Considerations.
  • Why the Need for Continuous Insulation?
  • Continuous Insulation Design Considerations and Local Code Requirements


Air and Water Testing of Building Envelope Assemblies

  • Understand what building envelope tests are code required or are just a plain good idea
  • Differences in standards for water testing, testing methods for horizontal waterproofing assemblies
  • Differences in test methods for sealat and coating adhesion and peel tests and standards in air barrier testing
  • See live videos of window, air barrier testing and AFVM and what should be done when testing provides inadequate results


Life Expectancy & Longevity of Building Envelope Systems

  • Review the significant lifespan variation for similar building assemblies
  • Review qualities that impact lifespan and maintenance
  • Understand the cost-savings, ROI analysis of higher quality building envelope systems
  • Take steps to ensure an optimized building lifespan to meet the owner’s objectives
  • Impact of maintenance and operating cost on lifespan

Advanced Hygrothermal Analysis

  • Understand traditional methods of hygrothermal analysis.
  • Learn why traditional approaches to hygrothermal analysis are bound to fail.
  • Understand where to use ASHRAE Standard 160 “Criteria for Moisture-Control Design Analysis in Buildings”
  • Understand how Fraunhofer WUFI hygrothermal analysis software tool is perform ASHRAE Standard 160 analysis


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


Emerging Energy Reduction Technologies

  • Understand reducing energy consumption with building envelope treatments
  • Review emerging energy reduction (conservation) technologies
  • Understand the deeper expense reduction with demand flexibility and the emerging solar generation and storage combinations
  • Understanding the return on investment (ROI) for conservation and generation


Life Cycle Cost Analysis

  • Develop a better understanding of the average longevity of typical, major building components managed by community managers – roofs, lighting, HVAC, landscaping, plumbing, on site drainage, pavement, etc.
  • Learn some basic techniques for the correct evaluation of utility bills and the associated savings from typical conservation or generation measures
  • Learn some tips including financial and practical calculations, for deciding whether to perform major maintenance, or instead, to replace major building components


The Fundamentals of Proper Energy Conservation Design

  • Understanding energy efficient design for new construction projects
  • Review various energy conservation measures and prioritizing measures that make the most financial sense to a building/owner
  • Understanding ROI (return on investment) for analysis and ranking of conservation measures