American Institute of Architects (AIA) Education Sessions


PRSM has seen a growth of retail facilities maintenance professionals that are licensed architects and engineers. To provide additional continuing educational opportunities to its members, PRSM has partnered with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to offer Learning Units as part of the 2017 PRSM Mid-Year Conference education program. Each face-to-face class below is 1 LU/HSW hour.


Thursday, September 7

9:00 am – 10:00 am
5 Tips for Cutting Energy Costs and Improving the Store Experience

1 LU/HSW Hour

You're well beyond the LED lighting upgrades across your store portfolio. What's next? Join the U.S. Department of Energy to update your energy management to-do list with innovative suggestions addressing benchmarking, HVAC refrigeration, leasing practices, and distribution centers. 

By attending this session, you will.

  • Understand how next generation energy management information systems (EMIS) can help you turn thousands (or millions) of system alerts into real energy savings.
  • Learn how to develop a proactive approach to your RTU portfolio, which can reduce store downtime and increase customer comfort.
  • Discover how a great working relationship with your company's real estate team can bring energy savings.
  • Learn about "no-brainer" refrigeration technologies you can employ today in new and existing stores, as well as new technologies in development.
  • Understand increasing importance of distribution centers in the retail portfolio and the top energy reduction opportunities for new and existing facilities.

10:15 am – 11:15 am
Case Study: A Dialogue Between Facilities and Store Design

1 LU/HSW Hour

Do you find that your company's design team typically develops a great store concept, but hardly ever stops to think about Facilities Maintenance? In this case study, you will review how a retail facilities maintenance professional earned a seat at the design table and how his input made a distinct difference in the outcome of the design. This session will show the value FM professionals bring to the table and provide tactics to ensure you have a chair with your name on it during the store design process. Discussions will include insight on how to best to communicate total cost of ownership and asset lifecycle.

By attending this session, you will:

  • Review best practices in building a relationship with store design and development.
  • Learn how to be proactive in preparing intelligent data to present your case in total cost of ownership.
  • Understand how FM can provide overall cost reduction by being involved in the store concept phase.
  • Translate the value that FM brings to the brand during the design process to internal stakeholders.

How do I fulfill (AIA) Requirements?

PRSM will provide sign in sheets at the completion of each session for you to complete. In order to earn LU/HSW credits you must complete the sign in sheet in order to obtain attendance acknowledgement. PRSM will provide a certificate of attendance within 6-8 weeks after the event. It is strongly recommended that you maintain a copy of the certificate as part of your AIA records.

For additional information on AIA continuing education requirements, click here.

About the American Institute of Architects

Founded in 1857, members of the American Institute of Architects consistently work to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. Through nearly 300 state and local chapters, the AIA advocates for public policies that promote economic vitality and public well being.  Members adhere to a code of ethics and conduct to ensure the highest professional standards. The AIA provides members with tools and resources to assist them in their careers and business as well as engaging civic and government leaders, and the public to find solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world.