Collision with glass is the single biggest known killer of birds in the United States, claiming hundreds of millions or more lives each year, resulting in a particularly serious impact on bird populations. This is just one of the many facts that you will learn in this AIA approved continuing education course for architects. The push to make buildings greener has ironically increased bird mortality because it has promoted greater use of glass for energy conservation, but green buildings don’t have to kill birds. This course includes a review of the science behind available solutions, examples of how those solutions can be applied to new construction and existing buildings, and an explanation of what information is still needed. Constructing bird-friendly buildings and eliminating the worst existing threats can mitigate the decline of bird populations, whose existence is of great value to humanity and the eco-system. This course is approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for 3 hours of continuing education for architects. This continuing education course can be completed either online or self-study.
AIA CES Registered Course Number: AIAPDH120
Number of AIA CES Learning Units/HSW: 3.0LU/HSW (3.0 hours)
Learning Objective 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will learn that about 25% of bird species are on the U.S. Watch List, and collisions with buildings are the largest known fatality threat.
Learning Objective 2: The student will know that the Green Building Council’s (GBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Resource Guide, starting with the 2009 edition calls attention to parts of existing LEED credits that can be applied to reduce negative impacts on birds.
Learning Objective 3: The student will learn that in addition to killing birds, overly-lit buildings waste electricity, and increase greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution levels. Poorly designed or improperly installed outdoor fixtures add over one billion dollars to electrical costs in the United States every year.
Learning Objective 4: The student will understand there are many ways to combine the benefits of glass with bird-safe or bird-friendly design by incorporating elements that preclude collisions without completely obscuring vision.