Emerge by AIAU: Building on What's Already There

Explore what it means to work with existing building stock and how you can build on what’s already there.


The US building stock is increasing every year. As new buildings are constructed, the portfolio of existing structures is becoming larger and larger, and how we treat these existing structures is critical to the longevity of our society. In this course you will learn about the basics of building code related to existing structures, a few sustainable methods and measures you can take when performing building retrofits, and how innovative design affects what’s already there. Join 2018 AIA President Carl Elefante, FAIA, and other experts as we explore what it means to work with existing building stock and how you can build on what’s already there.

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to evaluate a project based on the 3 paths of compliance with the International Existing Building Code.
  • Assess exceptions to the International Existing Buildings Code and whether they apply to your project.
  • Understand sustainable principles as they relate to existing structures and building retrofits.
  • Recognize innovative practices related to existing structures and building retrofits


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This course is part of a series

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 $45  non-member
 $30  member
1.25 LUs
  • HSW
  • RIBA


  • Christopher E. Chwedyk

    AIA, CSI

    Chief Code Conslutant, Burnham

    Chris is a licensed architect and chief code consultant of the Code Consulting Division of Burnham...
  • Carl Elefante


    Principal, Quinn Evans Architects / 2018 AIA President

    A nationally recognized expert on sustainability, Carl Elefante serves as principal for Quinn Evans...
  • Kelly Haigh


    Architect and Partner, designLAB architects

    Kelly Haigh, AIA IIDA is an architect and partner at designLAB architects in Boston, Massachusetts...