Durability by Design

Protection approaches and options
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Inpro
Presented by Mark Alan, CDT, LEED Green Associate

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explore how the proper installation of wall protection materials – when specified with standard wall construction options – determines their effectiveness in interior applications.
  2. Recognize when to specify wall cladding vs. targeted wall protection.
  3. Examine the best-practice options for achieving effective and aesthetically pleasing interior protection.
  4. Discover strategies to successfully design for the long term by avoiding the trap of first- cost value engineering.


1 AIA LU/Elective
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia
This test is no longer available for credit

Architects and interior designers pour their hearts into creating beautiful spaces. Facility owners and managers want their new buildings to look good long after the ribbon is cut. How can durability be built into the initial design?

This course offers an in-depth examination of the materials and systems used for all levels of wall and door protection in interior applications. It also presents placement strategies for effective protection based on damage potential, and argues that first-cost value engineering ends up costing building owners more in the long run.

Durability Design

Photo courtesy of Inpro Corporation


Mark Alan has 25 years of experience as a senior leader serving the last 13 years as the Senior Vice President of Product Management and Development at Inpro. He also oversees corporate sustainability and compliance and has led the company’s efforts toward disclosing both Environmental product declarations and Health product declarations. Mark maintains credentials as a LEED Green Associate and is an Advisory Board member for the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.


Inpro Founded in 1979, Inpro® is a global provider of high-performance, design-forward architectural products for building professionals.

Inpro's product categories include door + wall protection, washrooms, expansion joint systems, privacy, elevator interiors, architectural signage, and commercial window treatments.


Originally published in April 2020