Christmas 2014

The Customer Centre will be closed from 12.30 on Wednesday 24 December 2014 until 9.00 on Monday 5 January 2015. During this period we are unable to provide telephone support.

In the meantime you can access a wealth of online CPD at and you can book a place on a CPD Roadshow by visiting

We wish all our customers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Essential CPD information for the construction industry

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Here are the latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA.  read more...

Latest online CPD

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This module on timber cladding is the second of three videos covering the core objectives, concept design and technical design stages of the RIBA Plan of Work.

Video 2 of 3: RIBA Plan of Work Stage 2:
This 16 minute video covers choosing the right timber for cladding and selecting the right board dimensions and profile. It also offers advice on board profile and surface, board fixing, treatment and coatings and sustainable timber procurement.

The module of three videos will help you understand and learn about the following topics:
- Understand how to design using timber as an external cladding and the design effects that can be achieved
- Understand how to ensure the sustainability of timber cladding and the procurement of legal and sustainable timber
- Understand how to specify and detail cladding
- Understand how to issue fixing instructions to the contractor
- Understand how to issue coating and maintenance advice to the contractor and customer
- Learn about the relevant British Standards and Building Regulations relating to timber cladding
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Experts from the timber industry take you through the ways timber systems can help meet your quality objectives, including:
• Accuracy, insulation and air-tightness
• Thermal Performance
• Building Performance
• Offsite manufacture

Get the facts about how timber can help you meet sustainability goals, including information on:
• Renewability and certification
• Carbon storage
• Recyclability
• The Code for Sustainable Homes

Learn about the different timber options available to you, including:
• Timber frame (open and closed panel)
• Post and beam
• Cross Laminated Timber
• Glulam

Timber industry experts give advice from different perspectives about how to achieve best value out of a timber frame project.
Product area: Floor beams - timber
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This semianr highlights the importance of considering the health & well being of occupants at design stage and identifies key elements in supporting health & well being in thermal comfort and indoor air quality.
• Identifies use of essential natural elements to support this – daylight and fresh air
• Provides overview of the need for climate renovation – refurbishment of existing building stock
• Provides introduction to the Active House principles
• Offers simple solutions with the use of simulation software to check design proposals
Product area: Roof windows, northlights

External management: clients, users and delivery of services

- Critical thinking and foresight needed when making sustainable choices so green objectives are understood and met.
- Better understanding on green issues and options with respect to remodeling and renovation.
- Sound comprehension of building science, indoor air quality, energy conservation, and energy efficiency principals.
- Better deliver sound recommendations to clients regarding green elements of residential remodeling and renovation.
- Design or deliver project that employ the house as a system philosophy; projects that incorporate health, safety, durability, sustainability, affordability and comfort to occupants.
- Make informed recommendations on green materials and practices.
Type:  Advanced degree , Online Learning
This seminar looks at areas of structural waterproofing, the hot melt rubber system, installation and typical applications.
Type:  Seminar
This seminar looks at:

- Sources and applications of digital ordnance survey mapping
- Sources of enviromental data including case studies
- Sources of planning data
- Historical mapping
- Aerial photography
Type:  Seminar
An introduction to NBS Landscape, for landscape architects who create and edit landscape specifications.

This introductory course covers how to effectively use the software, along with supporting guidance on best-practice specification writing.

As well as receiving CPD accreditation on completion of the course, attendees will find time spent with an experienced NBS trainer a valuable asset to their development. A product-specific training manual will also be given to attendees to take away with them at the end of the course.

On completion of the course you will be able to:
- Understand the structure of work sections which is based upon the Common Arrangement Work Sections (CAWS)
- Create and edit a specification and set of preliminaries using clause editing tools, the NBS Guidance and manufacturers’ information
- Understand the basics of Office Standards as a useful basis for project specification, saving time in the specification writing process and ensuring consistency
- Track changes to your specification by using Revisions
- Format, print and export the specification
- Define user access to specifications and preliminaries
Type:  Course , Online Learning

Featured CPD Material

This seminar gives the architect a better understanding of the use of colour, features within flooring, how this will affect the surroundings and how different colours may affect people's mood.
Type:  Seminar
The main focus of this CPD presentation is for the attendee to gain an understanding of how to specify the right expansion joint cover for the building’s use. It will help you to understand the following topics:
- Understand what expansion joints are and why they are required
- Understand what an expansion joint cover is and its function within a building
- Understand building movement expressed in various ways
- Be aware of the different types of expansion joint covers available
- Understand factors that influence selection and specify the correct expansion joint cover for the building’s needs
Type:  Seminar
Taking the current trend in "green construction" and "global warming" as the focus, this presentation considers the UK position as a part of the global whole and, by way of comparison, in isolation; green design philosphy, materials performance, "material miles", green design principles, unique ways used to achieve a "superior" end result, an explanation of the environmental credentials and benefits of wood, the carbon "footprint", the Canadian forest resource and its management, sustainability and certification.
Type:  Seminar
This seminar looks at how the various systems on offer tend to perform based
on the requirements of clients and the various building
regulations and standards.
Type:  Seminar

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A unique opportunity for all construction and design professionals to gain up-to-date knowledge and enhance personal proficiency on a wide range of subjects, as well as earn CPD points from some of the top companies in their fields.
Core CPD seminar on Building Regulations in Chelmsford ...
Core CPD seminar on Integrating building services in historic buildings in Cambridge ...

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Thursday 19 February
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