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New AIA course for awning professionals

News | December 1, 2014 | By:

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, has added a new course to its American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES) program.

Titled “PAMA 102: Expanding Your Knowledge of Awnings, Canopies, and other Shade Structures,” the one-hour course qualifies as one health, safety and welfare (HSW) learning unit (LU).

The course provides an overview of specialty fabrics that may be used to construct architectural elements such as awnings, canopies, screens, panels, banners and shade sails. It covers the detailed fabrication process, from design considerations to proper installation. Students are given information on the benefits of each fabric and architectural element discussed, including environmental, cosmetic, durability, usability, safety and cost benefits. Detailed case studies, including an in-depth energy study, will also be reviewed.

This course can be taught in addition to, or instead of, “PAMA 101: Enhancing Your Design with Awnings and Canopies,” which covers the history, definitions, styles, frames, fabric, attachments, energy efficiency, UV protection, engineering, codes, permits and regulations of awnings and canopies.

For more information, contact Jill Newman, division specialist, at or +1 651 225 6953.

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