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Inclusive environments

The following materials fall within the ‘Inclusive environments’ RIBA Core Curriculum subject area, which covers the legislation and principles that apply to creating inclusive environments which meet the diverse needs of the people who want to use them. It also covers the knowledge and skills to develop and implement inclusive design strategies and methods. At least 20 of your 35 mandatory CPD hours must fall within with the ten RIBA core curriculum CPD topics. Many seminars are now available online using Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams etc. This is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Colour and Contrast for Workplace Flooring Solutions
Seminar, by Shaw Contract
Discusses the important role colour and contrast plays in inclusive design, and key aesthetic and practical considerations when specifying workplace flooring. Also covers: relevant regulations and standards; the use of LRV and specification guidelines; colour and contrast strategies for flooring design; and, modular flooring systems as workplace flooring solutions.

Shaw Contract is an innovation and design leader in the flooring industry, with 60 years’ experience.
Designing for Dementia
Seminar, by Altro
In 2021 it was estimated over one million people in the UK were living with dementia. Today, that number is rising. This interactive CPD examines common symptoms and how the built environment can either exacerbate these or help those with dementia to live well. The session includes industry best practice guidance, including information and input from the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC).

Altro has been at the forefront of construction innovation for almost a century. Today, working closely with architects, clients, engineers, designers and contractors around the world, Altro's insight and expertise helps them to transform everyday spaces into environments that improve end-users’ wellbeing. By consistently turning creative thinking into practical, real-world solutions – that maintain the highest standards of safety and durability – Altro has become synonymous with quality. Altro’s approach to designing for the demands of 21st century life puts people’s real-world needs first.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Designing for Dementia and Elderly Care
Explores the effects of ageing and dementia on memory, sight and hearing and what this means for design. Also looks at examples of good (and poor) design and how to change or amend existing interiors to make them easier for the elderly and those with dementia to use.

Ecophon is part of the Saint-Gobain Group, a global supplier of acoustic ceiling, wall panel systems and screens that improve room acoustics and support a healthy indoor environment. Its focus is on offices, education, healthcare, retail and industrial manufacturing premises.

Ecophon maintains an on-going dialogue with government agencies, organisations and research institutes, and is involved in formulating national standards in the field of room acoustics. It is also actively committed to sustainability. The majority of the glass wool in its acoustic absorbers is made from recycled glass, giving them a high post-consumer recycled content level of at least 44%. It works closely with suppliers to maximise the recycled content of the steel in its connect grids, its cardboard packaging has a minimum recycled content of 30%, and its ceiling tiles are fully recyclable.
Intersection of Dementia + Design
Practical guidance on how to incorporate dementia design principles into a project or space, from inception to handover and use. Using a mixture of theory and practice, this program identifies key design considerations in support of those diagnosed with dementia and/or suffering from cognitive impairment. A variety of learning and delivery channels are available, including lectures, workshops and discussion groups.

The Dementia Services Development Centre, Stirling’s CPD program has been developed to cover a range of design subjects, including new build and renovation projects. It’s the ideal introduction to issues relating to the effective commissioning, project management and designing of internal and external environments, including lighting.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A