This American Institute of Architects (AIA) approved continuing education course provides architects with safe room designs that will show how to design and construct a safe room for a home or small business. Design options include safe rooms located underneath, in the basement, in the garage, or in an interior room of a new home or small business. Other options also provide guidance on how to modify an existing home or small business to add a safe room in one of these areas. These safe rooms are designed to provide near-absolute protection for families or employees from the extreme winds expected during tornadoes and hurricanes and from flying debris, such as wood studs, that tornadoes and hurricanes usually create. This course is approved by AIA for 4 HSW Learning Units for continuing education for architects.
AIA CES Registered Course Number: AIAPDH119
Number of AIA CES Learning Units/HSW: 4.0LU/HSW (4.0 hours)
Learning Objective 1: Upon completion of this course, the student will understand that “near absolute” protection means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room built according to this guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.
Learning Objective 2: The student will know how extreme winds can damage a building, will understand the basis of the safe room designs presented in this course, and will know how to best locate a safe room in a home or small business.
Learning Objective 3: The student will have access to several sample safe room plans.
Learning Objective 4: The student will have a better understanding of the approximate costs to add a safe room to an existing building as well as to include one in new construction.