RIBA CPD Showcase

Latest CPD materials

The very latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA, including both new and recently revised seminars.
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This CPD provides an overview of 20mm porcelain stoneware pavers and its applications. It covers a general presentation of the material, how it’s made, technical performance, a comparison of 20mm porcelain stoneware against other outdoor materials, installation systems and the key advantages of each, and an overview of special raised floor systems - for modular laying and as well for decking. Finally, the seminar discusses special pieces, such as pool borders and outdoor furniture, to highlight the other application possibilities available with porcelain stoneware. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What 20mm porcelain stoneware is and where it should be used
- The main benefit of 20mm porcelain stoneware
- Possible installation systems for 20mm porcelain stoneware
- Possible outdoor applications outside of flooring
Seminar, by Optigreen Ltd
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There are many advantages to the combination of green roofs and photovoltaics, often referred to as biosolar roofs. The evaporative cooling effect of the vegetation leads to an increase in the efficiency of the photovoltaic system.

At the same time, the green roof makes an important contribution to preserving the natural water balance and increasing biodiversity. The varying amounts of sunlight and water in front of, underneath and between the modules provide a varied habitat for different plant and animal species

This CPD session covers topics such as the principles of combining solar and green roofs, the benefits it can provide and the importance of the planning process.

By the end of this CPD delegates ought to know:

1. What is Biosolar.
2. How does Biosolar work.
3. Environmental and ecological benefits of combining solar with green roofs.
4. The importance of the planning process.
5. Fire safety and maintenance requirements.
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This CPD reflects on the issues causing the Performance Gap and discusses solutions on how to overcome this industry wide problem using reflective insulation systems. Topics covered include why buildings do not perform as predicted at the design stage, how the performance gap can be addressed, important criteria when selecting construction systems, trustworthy products and systems, and applied construction build ups and case studies. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to evaluate and specify reflective insulation products
- Performance gap issues and how they can be overcome at different stages of a project
- How reflective insulation products work
- Construction details
- The architect's role in addressing the performance gap
Seminar, by Studmarc
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This seminar seeks to inform on the uses of architectural studs as a means to preventing anti-social behaviour in communal and shared spaces. It will go in-depth on architectural studs as a tool in dissuading these behaviours and actions while examining the societal attitudes towards them and their ethical uses.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How Architectural studs are used to prevent anti-social behaviour.
- What to look for when selecting an architectural stud.
- What best practice is when installing them.
- What the societal attitudes towards architectural studs are.
- What to consider when thinking about utilising them in an installation.
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Improving the level of insulation of a property is often cited as being the easiest way to reduce the levels of emissions and we do not disagree but will demonstrate that the reduction in emissions should not be seen as the only key measure. This CPD explores the wider impact of improving the insulation envelope and the opportunity that exists to change the way we insulate. Maintaining a focus on traditional insulation solutions will not meet the increasing standards without having a wider impact on the project nor be the most economically viable option. Through worked examples and details of how to complete an effective solutions this CPD demonstrates how multilayer foil insulation can make a significant difference.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to recognise multilayer foil insulation solutions have significant advantages of traditional insulation solutions.
- The advantages of formulating an insulation solution during the initial design phase.
- Multilayer foils are effective solution's in retrofit as well as new build projects.
- How effectiveness is linked to the quality of the installation.
- The key elements to successful installations.
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This CPD provides a review on fibre cement cladding and the utilisation of large format fibre cement panels as safe and enduring façade systems.
Seminar, by Altro
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Inclusive design is paramount when creating spaces as it ensures that everyone, regardless of age, ability, or background, can fully participate and benefit from their surroundings. By embracing inclusive design principles, spaces become more accessible, accommodating diverse needs and preferences. This CPD talks you through all the areas that need to be considered and guides you through what is inclusive design, what are the barriers for architects and specifiers, guidance and legislation, and building design principles.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What inclusive design is.
- Building design principles.
- How to create usable and convenient environments for everyone.
The aim of this presentation is to provide architects involved in selecting products for use in building design with a clear understanding of third-party certification and how this fits into the framework of the UK Building Regulations and the Construction Products Regulation.
The presentation will then provide guidance on CE and UKCA marking and compare and contrast these with voluntary third-party fitness for purpose certification such as Agrément. The presentation will then go on to provide clarity on what is involved for a manufacturer to achieve and maintain an Agrément Certificate and how someone making a decision on product selection can get the information they need from an Agrément Certificate.
The presentation concludes with an overview of examples of other types of third-party certification.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What third party certification is, and why is it important.
- The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) and CE/ UKCA Marking.
- The difference between CE/UKCA Marking and voluntary third part certification (such as Agrément certification).
- What is involved for a manufacturer to achieve and maintain Agrément certification for their product?
- How to get the information you need from an Agrément certificate.
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This seminar provides an understanding of architectural powder coatings, often known by the acronym PPC (Polyester Powder Coatings) in specification, and how they are used to provide long-term decorative protection for aluminium and galvanised steel components.

After this seminar, attendees will:

- Understand the different applications of these products in the built environment and the aesthetic options in terms of colour range and finish.
- Have an insight as to how the products are manufactured.
- Understand the importance of the correct application process.
- Be aware of the standards and testing procedures that apply to PPCs.
- Be familiar with the performance classifications of the products, their typical applications and guarantees.
- Be informed on the sustainability credentials of the products.

This seminar can be delivered live, either face-to-face or online.
Seminar, by DCM Surfaces
This seminar is designed to offer a comprehensive overview of the different types of outdoor surfacing options available. Participants will gain valuable insights into the standards and requirements essential for outdoor surfacing in playgrounds, sports pitches, and landscape areas. It will guide attendees in selecting the most appropriate outdoor surface, focusing on options such as wetpour, bound gravel, artificial grass, and rubber mulch. It will also cover the specification and installation of each outdoor surfacing option.

By the end of this CPD, delegates ought to be able to:
- Understand the difference between Wetpour, Rubber Mulch, Bound Gravel, Artificial Grass, and how they are installed.
- Provide learners with the skills to select the most appropriate outdoor surface for playgrounds, sports pitches, and landscape areas.
- Learn techniques to avoid common issues like shrinkage, UV colour changes, surface crumbling, and surface undulations, ensuring the durability and aesthetics of the outdoor surface.
- Explore how design and efficient layout can lead to significant cost savings while maintaining safety and quality standards.
- Identify and apply surfacing standards to ensure compliance and safety in outdoor surface design and maintenance.
Seminar, by Grespania UK Ltd
The large slabs of technical stone is an innovative product made from natural raw materials with exceptional mechanical and aesthetic properties.

Thanks to the introduction of lamination pressing technology, it is now possible to produce large formats with a thinner thickness. This product offers more possibilities than traditional tiles. Furthermore, with a photocatalytic coating you can achieve an antibacterial product that stays clean for longer.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Technical stone (minimal thickness and large format material).
- Correct installation process.
- Bactericide tiles.
Seminar, by DuPont™ Tyvek®
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The British Construction Industry is changing for the better with a clear focus on safety and energy efficiency.
Membrane systems have long been used in framed constructions to:
1. Improve building longevity by protecting the frame from the harmful effects of uncontrolled moisture
2. Improve thermal perormance by reducing air leakage
This CPD deals with the nuances of these systems when incorporated into high risk buildings

The presentation considers regulatory framework (Parts B, C and L), system performance and how these systems are incorporated into designs and then built.

In addition to considering the present, the presentation also considers the past history of these systems and the role of manufacturers in collaboration for a better and safer future.

By the end of the CPD, delegates ought to:

1. Understand the primary functionality of vapour permeable and AVCL type membranes.
2. Understand the regulatory framework surrounding these systems.
3. Understand the installation of these systems, especially nuances added by the amendments to Part B in recent years.
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This CPD is to make the end user aware of all the different aspects to consider before choosing the correct door system for the project and also which material will work best for them

Also knowing about the current legislations and the the sustainability if the material they will use for the chosen system is the correct one.

Understanding accreditations and what to take into consideration when choosing the correcy supplier to carry out the works.

By the end of this CPD seminar, delegates ought to know:

1. Which door system will work for them.
2. The sustainability of the product.
3. Cerfifcation of their chosen system.
4. Configuration of the door system they choose.
5. What to look for in a company to carry out the works.
The CPD is an overview of moderns renders and the factors affecting your build choices and achieving and superior, problem free finish.

It explains the types and benefits of modern renders, and the key standards and building regulations which regulate the build process when using renders. It discusses the design considerations when using renders including the type of build, substrate and exposure location.

It covers the detailing advice and range of aesthetics to achieve the style and flair which the architect desires. It also covers the certifications and warranties available for reassurance and protection.

Finally, it will take you through best practice techniques before and during the build process and provide a range of case studies to help with design inspiration and practical results.
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