NKBA (National) Upcoming Education Opportunities

Whether you are a novice or experience professional looking to enhance your design or business skills or add to your credentials through NKBA Certification; or a student striving to break into the industry, NKBA's innovative approach to education is perfect for you.


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Rewriting the Rules on Recessed Lighting
Thursday, May 2, 2019
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT (.1 CEU)

Doug Walter, AKBD, AIA – Architect – Doug Walter Architects
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Most kitchens are poorly lit. But designers and lighting experts don’t agree on which lamps work best in which fixtures, and especially where those fixtures need to be located. Since you can’t manage what you don’t measure, Doug first used a light meter app on his phone, to measure delivered foot candles on the countertops of the old kitchens he was working on.
NKBA and IESNA agree that 50fc is the minimum for kitchen counters. But most existing kitchens he measured had less than 20fc. To do it better, he used client kitchens under remodel as his “lab”, and mocked up different types of fixtures, lamps and layouts. He quickly discovered that all lumens are not created equal.  Choosing the right PAR30 lamp for instance, yielded 10 times more foot candles than BR30 bulb, even though both bulbs were rated the same lumen output!
Next, he redesigned the kitchen lighting and then had a lighting engineer model the layouts on a computer, adjusting the layout and beam spreads to achieve target light levels. Finally, he went back after the kitchen remodels were complete to take actual foot candle levels confirming the simulations.
Doug contends that the best kitchen lighting is layered, and comes from a blend of art, with a little bit of science to back it up. He will share a half dozen NKBA national award-winning kitchens that demonstrate great lighting.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Compare the “old” way of laying out kitchen lighting with the new evidence-based way.
  • Discover important lighting terminology and basic principles of good lighting.
  • Apply simple tools and techniques that you can use to model and predict the efficacy of your light layouts.
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Healthy Lighting and How To Take Control
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
3:00pm ET/12:00pm PT (.1 CEU)

Kelly Inglis – Owner – Lighting, Education, Design
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

This session will provide an in-depth look at residential lighting design, from both a technical and design perspective. Discover the lighting possibilities, ahead of your design plan and learn unique product concepts and how you can use them.
In today’s world, we are over exposed by light from the palm of our hands to the endless downlights in our homes. With great impact on our health, light is an essential component for our spiritual and physical well-being. Learn how to create impactful lighting environments that are essential for a better healthier lighting lifestyle.
We will discuss both the successes and failures of the LED light source and how it has impacted your designs up-to-date. Learn tips and tricks on narrowing the window of the overwhelming options in selecting the best LEDs.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Discover how to control lighting integration for a better, healthier lighting lifestyle.
  • Explain how individuals (clients) benefit from natural day light. 
  • Determine how to minimize the complications in understanding LED technology.
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Technology and the Ideal Styling Space Experience
Monday, May 20, 2019
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT (.1 CEU)

Rachael Perry – Communications Leader – Robern, Inc. (A Kohler Company)
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Whether in a home or hotel, the bathroom serves as both a grooming station and refuge. The well-designed styling space saves us time and effort, as well as making the time we spend more enjoyable.
Drawing on inspiration from kitchen design principles, designers can create a bathroom space for relaxing, recharging and preparing for the day ahead. Part of the discussion will include incorporating smart home technology, lighting and storage solutions that are organized, ergonomic, personalized and technology driven to create a streamlined styling space.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Describe the ideal user experience for styling spaces.
  • Explain factors that influence effective lighting for grooming and supporting natural circadian rhythms.
  • Identify types of technology-enabled products for bathroom styling spaces.
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Lighting the Way to Improved Wellness at Home
Thursday, May 29, 2019
12:00pm ET/9:00am PT (.1 CEU)

Doug Walter, AKBD, AIA – Architect – Doug Walter Architects & Jeni Finnigan, OTR-L, CAPS – Principal – Unbounded Spaces, LLC
Registration closes 2 hours before event begins.

Today’s homeowners want it all: wide open floor plans but plenty of wall space for art; more windows and doors, but better energy efficiency; more light, but less glare. As designers, we are challenged to meet the often-competing priorities.
Light is one of the most powerful tools in the designer’s tool chest. Used properly, it not only enhances the appearance of a space, it can compensate for low vision and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of the occupants, and promote healing, rest, and relaxation.
Light has both a visual and non-visual effect on the body, that has nothing to do with the rods and cones we studied in biology. The non-visual effects have only recently been researched (since 1980), and the results are astounding. Did you know, that with exposure to natural daylight, students get better grades, patients recover faster, shoppers buy more, and workers are more productive?
Conversely, lack of full spectrum lighting and disruption of Circadian rhythm caused by exposure to blue spectrum lighting at the wrong time of day has been linked to cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other ailments. Keep up with the latest research and technology in the field of light and health, and how designers can use this information immediately to create kitchens, baths, and whole homes that support healing and growth while appealing to our aesthetic sense.
At the end of this session you will:

  • Discover an introduction to the research about non-visual effects of light on the human body’s chemistry.
  • Identify how light intensity (lumens) and color temperature (measured in degrees Kelvin and nanometers) combine to enhance or disrupt natural Circadian rhythms.
  • Utilize specific useable tips to enhance the lighting, both natural and artificial, for every room in the home, but especially the kitchen and bath.
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The NKBA now offers discounted pricing on bundle packages for the AKBD and CKBD levels of certification. Bundles save you money and include all you need to enhance your professional development and prepare for the NKBA’s certification exams.

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