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Latest CPD materials

Here are the latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. These include both new and recently revised, and both online and in person CPD materials.
A Guide to Concealing Blinds for Windows and Doors
Seminar, by Blindspace
New & Available Online

Often considered too late in a project when structural elements hinder full concealment resulting in surface-mounted products, side channels and visible wiring, this CPD is designed to create awareness and specific knowledge on how to design and specify for concealed blinds and future-proof windows and glass doors, for later installation of shading products. By providing the space for blinds inside the wall or ceiling, the property owner has the option for later installation of shading products without impacting the architectural design. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Specifying the space needed, or specific products, to conceal blinds in various applications.
- The potential need for shading, heat control, room darkening and privacy.
- Knowledge in different design options for concealing blinds inside walls and ceilings.
- The space required for different applications such as windows, corners, blackout-blinds and dual blinds.
- Future-proof windows for later potential installation of shading products without impacting the design.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
A Revolution in Room Heating? Is there an Alternative to Radiators and Underfloor Heating?
Seminar, by Discrete Heat
New & Available Online

This CPD discusses the advantages and potential disadvantages of thermal skirting in Residential, Healthcare, Student and assisted living, as well as Commercial Environments. It will provide you with an awareness of skirting heating emitters in order to assess the efficacy against other traditional heating methods, and select them for specification where appropriate. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The features and limitations of skirting heating systems
- Skirting heating compared to other traditional forms of heating from a performance perspective
- The efficacy of this form of emitter with renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps
- The energy and carbon impacts of various heating technologies
- The more detailed impacts on construction strategies, weight loadings, and the overall programme


This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
A Technical Guide to Specifying Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Flooring Products
Seminar, by Milliken
New & Available Online

This CPD presents a comprehensive guide to the key construction, performance, safety and aesthetic factors that should be considered when specifying Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) for a commercial interior project. It goes on to provide examples of how LVT can be used for a range of different commercial environments. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- What LVT is and how it compares to other hard and resilient flooring products
- The important performance, safety and design aspects to be aware of when specifying LVT
- How LVT products are tested for performance and safety, and how to interpret the technical specification data
- How LVT can best be used in a commercial environment

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
A Wardrobe, The Design Solution
Seminar, by Lema UK Ltd
New

This CPD will provide an introduction to the process involved when designing a Wardrobe. It will explore the composition of the wardrobe, along with the materials that could be used. Then based on a series of case studies, it will demonstrate different design intent desires and then the practical solutions to give some greater understanding when designing and planning the wardrobes. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The process involved when designing a Wardrobe
- The composition of the materials and manufacturing processes involved
- How to apply knowledge of materials technology to achieve the desired concept
- How to advise clients and developers of best practice for sustainable solutions
- Examples on how best to utilize the design intent through the furniture technology
- How specify the correct solutions, to aid with ergonomic effects, health and safety standards and the sustainable quality of furniture
- How to bring your concepts to fruition within the budget guidelines and requirements of the building
- The history of wardrobes and how the design and requirement has evolved over time
Air Leakage and Fire Performance in Façade Systems
New & Available Online .

This CPD aims to provide an overview of UK and Irish building regulation relating to the compliance of construction membranes, with respect to air leakage and reaction to fire. It will cover adjacent issues of moisture control and hygrothermal assessment, and the implications of air leakage strategies on both energy efficiency and ""as designed"" vs ""as built"" performance. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Heat, Air and Moisture movement in building and relevant building regulations
- Hygrothermal Assessments, Dynamic vs Steady State methods
- Mechanisms and effects of air leakage on building envelopes
- Performance and location of membranes as air barriers in facade applications
- Fire test methods, classifications and BR135
- The relationships between hygrothermal and fire performance criteria and their implications

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Creating a Design Space Using Luxury Vinyl Tiles (LVT)
Online Learning, by Amtico International
New & Available Online

This CPD explains what Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is, and outlines its key features and suitability for commercial use. It discusses the design potential of LVT brought by the wealth of laying patterns available and the creative use of zoning as well as bespoke options. It also covers the important design considerations such as adherence to standards and regulations, cleaning and maintenance, fire safety, sustainability and inclusive design. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- What LVT is and its key features and suitability for commercial use
- The design potential of LVT brought by the wealth of laying patterns available and the creative use of zoning as well as bespoke options
- Important design considerations, such as standards and regulations, cleaning and maintenance, fire safety, sustainability and inclusive design.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Design Integration of AV
New & Available Online

This presentation covers how important is it to consider Audio Visual at the start of a project, how the changing times have affected behaviour and trends, how AV plays an even bigger role within the home and how the Smart Home of the future will look. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to be prepared for future expectations
- Design integration and flow
- Audio Visual solutions for today and tomorrow
- Smart homes worldwide forecast

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Designing the Ideal Hotel Guest Room: A Holistic Approach to the Electrical Installation
Seminar, by Vimar SpA
New & Available Online

This CPD will cover the topic of electrical and media solutions in hotel rooms. In the design process, for local and international projects, several issues should be considered: starting from different electrical standards around the world, passing through hotel owners’ and guests’ expectations, to the different technologies used for the electrical installation. A hotel room today can be a simple place to sleep, or a comfortable room where relax, work, and feel like home: this is possible thanks to modern technology. Everything should be considered to have the desired outcome, down to the design a modern switch or socket can provide to your project. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Different electrical standards for International Markets
- How to take guest and hotel operator expectations into consideration in the design process
- Different technologies for the installation: traditional, local room control, smart and fully centralized
- Critical areas in the hotel for wiring accessories
- Wiring accessories for the ideal hotel room

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Entrance Matting Design and Specification for Schools, Colleges and Universities
Article, by INTRAsystems
New

With medium to heavy traffic levels and frequent intense periods of footfall across multiple entrances, schools, colleges, and universities have some of the busiest entrances of any sector. With most educational projects centrally funded, budget is often limited or very tightly managed. This makes specifying entrance matting for educational establishments some of the most difficult specifications to get right. This article examines the key considerations for educational buildings and provides guidance for specifying commercial entrance matting in an educational setting. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The nuances of specifying entrance matting in an education setting
- How to create a full or modified zonal system
- How to write an entrance matting specification that meets both aesthetic and performance requirements
- Sizing, performance ratings and standards
External Wall Insulation Systems
New & Available Online

The purpose of this CPD is to develop attendees’ knowledge, understanding and skills related to external wall insulation (EWI) systems. It covers types of render, types of insulation, the most common system build-ups, an install guide and building regulations. By the end of this session, learners should have acquired the underpinning knowledge and skills required to install external wall insulation systems, from preparation to the necessary tools and products required to achieve a stand-out finish. The CPD also touches on health and safety, sustainability and long-term maintenance to ensure full understanding of the various possible hazards on-site and how to mitigate them. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The features and benefits of EWI systems
- Different types of render and insulation
- Different types of system build-ups
- Health and Safety and Compliance regulations
Fire Rated Systems and Safety for a Commercial Space
Revised

This CPD will discuss the key factors to consider when specifying fire rated partitioning and screens. It will help specifiers design with fire safety in mind for a commercial setting; exploring topics including fire terminology, regulations, classifications, and the testing process. Beyond this, it discusses the performance, applications and building design considerations for fire rated glazed partitioning and doors, fire screens and fire rated timber doors. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The key terms, ratings and classifications for fire safety
- How to specify fire rated products, including fire rated partitioning, fire screens and fire rated doors (glazed and timber)
- Key design considerations for fire safety best practice in a commercial setting
- The limitations and importance of test evidence for fire rated systems

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Internal and External Boards for Waterproof and Crack-free Tiling
Seminar, by Marmox (UK) Ltd
New & Available Online

This seminar focuses on the factors that damage ceramic and natural stone tiles when fixed to various substrates. It will look at the advantages and disadvantages of tiling on different substrates, the creation of shower floors, the installation of foam cored boards and how they can also be used for heat insulation and impact sound reduction. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Why ceramic and natural stone tiles become damaged when fixed to different substrates
- British Standard BS5385 in relation to the fixing of ceramic and natural stone tiles to board and sheet materials (wall and floor installations) highlighting the importance of waterproofing and decoupling
- The advantages and disadvantages of tile backer boards
- The differences between expanded and extruded polystyrene boards and how they act as an effective decoupling layer
- How guaranteed leak-free shower floors and wet-room solutions can be created using of pre formed shower boards
- Which types of building boards can provide heat insulation and impact sound reduction
- Concepts of basic wet room design

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Reaction to Fire - Everything you need to consider when choosing External Wall Insulation Systems
Seminar, by Saint-Gobain Weber
New & Available Online

The CPD explores the main objectives of the building regulations, what changes have recently taken place including some of key differences across the UK for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Following on from this the CPD reviews what reaction to fire actually means and how products are tested to demonstrate compliance. Finally, it examines some considerations necessary for architects to ensure due diligence in specification and detailing. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How fire resistance is different to reaction to fire in principle and practice
- The three principles of fire resistance: Insulation, integrity and load bearing capacity
- The two principles of reaction to fire: Spread of flame and Heat from burning material/system
- The regulatory framework – The Building Regulations and how they are developing post Grenfell
- The various tests required, what each mean, and how they relate to the relevant standards
- Considerations necessary by architects in their work to ensure due diligence in specification and detailing
- How it is critical to demonstrate diligence in specification of materials – even colour!
- Regional differences in UK that may follow similar principles, but differ in practice


This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Specifying Natural Stone
Seminar, by Polycor, Inc
New & Available Online

This CPD discusses the features and benefits of natural stone products. Topics covered include stone quarrying and stone fabrication processes, applications of natural stone, characteristics of certain natural stone, and how building with natural stone helps reduce carbon and time while keeping your design intact. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to choose the right material for your project
- The tools needed to defend the specification of chosen material
- How to design around stone sizing parameters for better yield, and cost efficiency
- The structural, load-bearing capabilities of natural stone, versus stone as a surface veneer
- The specification process for natural stone and working with stone ranges
- What makes natural stone sustainable


This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Specifying Seamless Resin Terrazzo
New

This seminar covers the specification of seamless resin terrazzo flooring. It will help you to understand and learn about the following topics:
- The origins of terrazzo
- The characteristics of seamless resin terrazzo flooring and comparisons to terrazzo tiles
- The specification criteria and the benefits of seamless resin terrazzo flooring
- How to clean and maintain a seamless resin terrazzo floor
- The life cycle costs and cost analysis of seamless resin terrazzo flooring
Structural Waterproofing for Podium Decks and Buried Roofs
New

There are many common pitfalls when it comes to designing a waterproofing system for podium decks, buried roofs, balconies and terraces. These complex constructions require an in-depth knowledge of construction along with structural waterproofing. From differential movement to drainage, both should be key considerations as part of the building design process. The aim of this CPD presentation is to provide Architects/Designers and Specifiers with a technical approach to the concepts of successful design. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What Podium Decks, Buried Roofs and Terraces are and their uses, along with types of structures and approaches to these
- Regulations and requirements
- Why waterproofing systems are specified
- The importance of drainage consideration and components of waterproofing and drainage systems
- Design principles and causes of failed systems when design principles are not applied
The Guide to Flat Roof Refurbishment
Seminar, by Axter Ltd
Revised

This CPD will discuss flat roof refurbishment. Topics covered include the importance of roofs, maintaining them and how to proceed when things go wrong, safe roof access strategy and inspection procedure - structure, insulation, waterproofing, and flat roof refurbishment options - repair, overlay or replacing the existing roof covering. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to design of more dynamic roofs, transforming them into functional, sustainable active spaces that better serving people, their communities and the environment
- How to safely access a roof, the roof make-up and the logic behind when to repair, overlay and/or completely refurbish a flat roof
- The legislation governing roof refurbishment, fire Safety and relevant codes of practice
- How to drive best value, reduce environmental impact, mitigate design and installation risk and indemnify the building owner of any future risk via the insurance backed guarantee scheme
- The importance of sustainable architecture and using the roof space, turning a passive roof into an active roof
The Journey of Wood Flooring
Seminar, by Havwoods Ltd
New & Available Online

This CPD examines the materials and production processes of wood flooring – exploring the journey from a forest to a floor. It aims to emphasise the importance of the sourcing of wood; well managed forests, deforestation vs. responsible sourcing, and how this is regulated or certified. You will learn about flooring types, the processes of production, and their manufacturing techniques. The CPD highlights important aspects of successfully specifying wood flooring. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The production process of wood flooring - journey from a forest to a floor
- Certifications and regulations related to responsibly sourced wood
- The difference between engineered, solid and reclaimed wood flooring, and grading terminology
- Key points relating to installation and maintenance
- Important aspects of successfully specifying wood flooring

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Types of Render
New & Available Online

The purpose of this CPD is to develop attendees’ knowledge, understanding and skills related to render. It covers the features and benefits of rendering, different types of render, render-only system build-ups, thin-coat renders and a guide to installing render. By the end of this session, learners should have acquired an understanding of the different types of render and the underpinning knowledge and skills required to install a render-only system. The CPD also touches on health and safety, sustainability and long-term maintenance to ensure full understanding of the various possible hazards on-site and how to mitigate them. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The features and benefits of render
- The different types of render
- The different types of render-only system build-ups
- Health and Safety and compliance regulations
Waterproofing Existing Basements
New

This CPD aims provide a technical insight into structural waterproofing existing basements and cellars. It touches on client requirements when designing and specifying waterproofing systems whilst discussing the levels of protection which can be achieved, along with the features, benefits and options available for a robust solution. The presentation focuses on a solution which meets British Standard 8102:2009, the code of practice for the waterproofing industry and ensures designs conform as a minimum. Topics covered include how different levels of protection can be achieved, why some waterproofing systems fail, and what can be done to remedy failed systems whilst remaining compliant with standards. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to recognise different usages of basements and cellars and that different waterproofing systems solve different problems
- The importance of BS 8102:2009 and how to design waterproofing systems which meet requirements
- Tools and techniques for understanding types of waterproofing systems
- Why waterproofing failures happen and how to avoid them with correct Product Specification
- Design Principles