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Continuing Education

Assisting AIA members to stay at the top of their field, DBR offers presentation opportunities for continuing education and we are ready to provide lunch & learn opportunities to you and your staff.

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DBR is pleased to offer both in-house Lunch & Learns as well as virtual Webinar courses for your convenience.

Courses We Offer

Building Commissioning

This presentation is for the members of the building design team. It is an introduction to the commissioning process and a guide to the design team responsibilities within the commissioning process. The presentation will describe each step in the commissioning process and explain how the designer will fulfill their role during those steps. Ideally, the designer will come away with a better understanding of the commissioning process and how it is a benefit during the design phase of a project.
The landmark 2004 study by Evan Mills “Building Commissioning, A Golden Opportunity for Reducing Energy Costs and Greenhouse Emissions” presents a study of the cost/benefit of commissioning, existing buildings and new construction. Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory updated the study with new results and findings resulting in what is considered as the world’s largest data base of commissioning cost/benefit studies for commercial buildings. This presentation will review the data for existing buildings and include a case study of an existing, public, high school commissioning project.
This presentation is for the Building Owner that is considering commissioning, as an introduction to the commissioning process. The presentation will provide an overview of the commissioning process and how the owner will participate in the different phases. The presentation will guide the owner through the course of identifying provider characteristics and qualities. The deliverables and their information will be explained so the owner’s team will know what to expect from their provider. The health, comfort, and energy savings benefits to the owner and occupants will be discussed. Ideally, the owner will come away with a better understanding of the commissioning process and will be an informed customer getting the most benefit from their commissioning budget.

Energy Code Compliance

Energy Codes continue to become more stringent, reducing the amount of power allowed for use in interior spaces. As the energy codes, governed by either AHSRAE or IECC, reduce lighting power levels and increase lighting control requirements, the use of more efficient fixtures and fixtures with more features is becoming a higher priority design criteria. But the quality of interior lighting remains critical for occupant productivity. There are also conditions that are exempt from energy code compliance. This presentation will shed some light (pun intended) on common and uncommon requirements and educate about features available to simplify the selection process.


Reducing carbon emissions is a critical strategy to mitigate climate change. Buildings account for 50% to 75% of carbon emissions in American cities. We will discuss how Net Zero Energy buildings contribute to lower carbon footprints. We will define NZE and EUI and we will discuss specific design strategies which can be used to reduce energy consumption. We will discuss how renewable energy can be incorporated into a building project to offset energy use and achieve Net Zero Energy.
There is a growing trend of regulations regarding the operational carbon emissions of building. The real estate community across the US is watching closely as jurisdictions ban the use of fossil fuels and set goals for carbon neutral buildings. The general public is more aware than ever before of the impact that buildings have on human health and climate change. What does this mean for public building owners? How will this impact the operation and maintenance of existing buildings? This course will provide recommendations to help public building owners and their consultants to plan for a carbon neutral future.

Low Voltage Design

This session will cover Class 4 power, cabling and equipment, how it works, and applications when designing a Fault Managed Power System (FMPS). Designers need to know Class 4 FMPS as stated in the new 2023 NEC under the new Article 726, the adoption of the new UL standards 1400-1 and 1400-2, and their application in the designer’s project specifications. It is critical for the designer to know the increased AC and DC power transmission limits for application and distance, and the FMPS safety protocols.


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