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Latest CPD materials

The CPD materials featured below are the most recent to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. They include both new and recently revised CPD materials.
A Designers' Guide to Type C (Drained) Waterproofing Protection to BS 8102:2022
Online Learning, by Newton Waterproofing Systems
New & Available Online
Type C, cavity drain waterproofing systems are considered to be the most highly recommended, reliable and risk-free type of waterproofing where an internal environment must be 100% dry. Where it is accepted that water could enter a building, Type C systems work differently from Types A and B in that, instead of holding back water pressure, they depressurise and manage the water away from the structure. This CPD provides insights into how these systems have evolved and developed over the years, how the significant 2022 update to the British Standard for waterproofing has affected the design of Type C systems, and the importance of factors such as maintainability and sustainability.
A New Vision for Architectural Facades
Online Learning, by Cembrit Ltd
New
A New Vision for Architectural Facades
A guide to fibre cement façade systems as non-combustible, compliant construction solution.
The CPD covers the nature and manufacture of fibre cement façade panels systems, types of panel on the market, colour and texture options, history, composition and fixing systems. The CPD also covers key legislation and standards regarding safety, fire performance, CDM installation practice and testing. In the allowwed commercial slides, it also covers the company and new visualisation models. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Fibre cement facade panels
- The range of products, texture and colours available in lightweight products
- The properties in relation to safety and Part B
-The CDM and safety requirements of product usage
- The product role in lightweight building solutions
Aluminium Roofing and Cladding
Online Learning, by PREFA UK Ltd
New & Available Online
This CPD equips the specifier with a greater understanding of Aluminium roofing and cladding with a focus on the following points:

Benefits of using Aluminium with a focus on sustainability
Typical substructures
Design and detailing
Coating and sound technology
Aluminium within coastal environments
Technical support

This CPD can be delivered to you live or remotely.
An Introduction to Artificial Grass
Online Learning, by Nomow Ltd
New & Available Online
This CPD is designed to cover a number of core areas of artificial grass. It will give background knowledge on the types of artificial grass and how/when these different types should be use. The CPD will also discuss several secondary elements of artificial grass including graphics and how the products are integrated into playgrounds.
Balcony & Terrace Flooring: Design & Compliance
Online Learning, by Ryno Ltd
New & Available Online
A comprehensive guide to selecting flooring and substructure for balconies and terraces. We will cover everything from the history of raised external flooring to the industry as it stands today. By bringing clarity to the changes in regulation, attendees will learn to identify compliant terrace and balcony flooring systems, allowing them to make an informed decision in their specification.
By the end of this seminar, you will have an understanding of:
- How to select the most appropriate flooring system for your specific project application
- How to identify superior flooring products and systems
- The UK building regulations and standards relating to balcony and terrace flooring design
- How to integrate plants and furniture into external flooring system
Combined Pods - Where? Why? Critical success and design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA)
Online Learning, by Elements (Europe) Limited
New & Available Online
This presentation will give an overall understanding of Combined Pods, why we use them, where they go and what are the key drivers and benefits of using them. This presentation also covers Pre-Manufactured Value (PMV%), Design for Manufacture and Assembly and basic design principles including Specification, Pod design and Floor Plan Layouts.
Designing with Light
Online Learning, by John Cullen Lighting
Revised
This seminar will provide information on:
- How to use different light sources including the latest energy efficient products
- Latest building regulations examined
- Where to position fittings for optimum effect
- Layering light for added interest and flexibility of mood
- Circuiting, control and integration for maximum impact
- Fitnessing of lamps, lenses and control to maximise the scheme

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Light and Health: The Facts of Light
Seminar, by Atrium Ltd
New
Explore the benefits of natural light in a physiological sense and understand how homo sapiens have evolved with not only visible light but with non-visible elements of the electromagnetic spectrum. How can we consider this knowledge when designing interior and exterior exterior spaces? Can architecture and interior design have an impact on and deliver a physiological response?
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The physiological impact of natural light
- How our ancestors consumed light and how we consume light today
- That light is a critical part of health and wellbeing
- How to think about the built environment with a human centric approach
- How design can drive our desire to consume natural light

Please note that this is a piece of thought leadership and not a technical specification seminar.
Lighting the New Working Environment
Seminar, by RIDI Group UK
New
The commercial real estate industry is undergoing a structural shift as dramatic as any it has seen in its more than 200-year history.

The combination of a severe recession and a global pandemic has caused workers and businesses to reconsider how often to use their offices, how to use the office differently in the future, and how much office space they will require. The effect on the design of the
interiors of these new Office places is dramatic.
Office lighting will no longer be such a cold and anonymous one in the future, as has been the case so far, as work and living will mix with one another.
Lime in Building Conservation
Online Learning, by EcoRight Limited
Revised
This seminar allows you to appreciate the history and manufacturing of lime and gives you an understanding of the types of limes that are available for use in the repair of historic and traditional buildings and structures. It will give you confidence to specify the correct material and help you to understand the following topics:
- Lime production and chemistry
- The types of lime and correct choice and application of particular limes and mortars
- Historical and traditional uses of lime
- Hot mixed lime
- The properties and benefits of lime

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Lime in Construction Today
Online Learning, by EcoRight Limited
Revised
This seminar looks at the applications and correct use of lime in construction. It will help you to understand the following topic:
- What is lime and how it is manufactured
- The historical use of lime
- The different types of lime available
- The various applications using hydraulic lime mortars with reference to case studies
- The key benefits and characteristics of lime mortars
- The design and specification considerations you need to be aware of

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely"
Lime Renders and Plasters
Online Learning, by EcoRight Limited
Revised
This seminar looks at design and technical issues around lime renders and the differences between traditional and modern lime renders and cement based materials. It will help you to understand the following topics:
- The history of lime and lime renders
- The benefits of a lime based render system
- The types of render best suited to particular applications and substrates
- Texture and surface finishes
- Design considerations and how to avoid common failures

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Modern render systems for framed construction and other MMC solutions
Seminar, by Saint-Gobain Weber
New
All builds require a suitable finish and render is a popular solution – but there are different options depending on the type of construction. This CPD looks specifically at framed construction and other MMC solutions and what you need from a render system for it to deliver the required performance. It will focus on the technical challenges that it has to meet, and how you make sure it looks right once installed.
Part L 2021 edition: the role of the building envelope in compliance for non-domestic buildings
Seminar, by Tata Steel
New
The CPD will provide the attendee with guidance on the key changes between Part L 2013 and Part L 2021 edition as an interim step before the Future Buildings Standard in 2025. This is an update from our previous RIBA approved Part L CPD which was based on 2013 edition but covers the considerations around methodology and compliance covering National Calculation methodology, SBEM and the Notional building. It covers the main themes for new build but also features considerations for refurbishment. The focus of the CPD is not to show different scenarios with modeling but a highlight of the main changes, what they mean and the implications to consider as a result.
This looks at the changes from a holistic/general approach to compliance from a building envelope perspective.
Pitched Roof Design Considerations: Energy, Moisture & Air Permeability
Online Learning, by A Proctor Group Ltd
New & Available Online
This CPD gives an overview of pitched roof design considerations and regulations in the UK and Ireland, along with discussing the type of construction membranes used as pitched roof underlays and the effect their performance has on design. It also discussed the implications of hygrothermal focussed roof design on the overall building energy performance.
Responsible Sourcing and Specification
Online Learning, by Carlisle Brass Ltd
New & Available Online
This CPD, Responsible Sourcing and Specification, is not a guide to either. It's instead intended to raise awareness of outside influences that can inhibit an architect's initial concept to considerations for those involved in the sourcing or specification or construction products. The objective is to guide attendees around modern day slavery, touch on management standards, to look at environmental initiatives relating to certified timber and packaging reduction, and design considerations for door hardware. We will also give an insight into the Supply Chain Sustainability School, what it offers, and how to access the resources.
Seamless acoustic ceilings for modern interior design
Seminar, by Rockfon
New
A seamless acoustic ceiling is a much different proposition to a traditional modular acoustic ceiling. It is smooth. It is discreet. It can be shaped into something unbelievably creative or used in an historic building and no-one will notice. But it provides Class A sound absorption. We will show you how it works and how to deal with the practicalities of dealing with things like in-ceiling AV equipment, how to access services and how it transitions into a plasterboard ceiling. Through the use of case studies across Europe, we will show you when and when it is not appropriate to specify and whether a seamless acoustic ceiling contributes to a circular business model and building rating schemes.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to confidently specify an acoustic seamless ceiling
- Appropriate projects where it can be used
- How in-ceiling services should be detailed, including accessing BIM objects
- How to assess its contribution to building rating schemes and the circular economy
- Where to find more information
Shading for Gables and other Challenging Windows
Online Learning, by Grants Blinds
New & Available Online
When considered early in a project, products for controlling heat, light, glare and privacy, can be incorporated into the most challenging window situations giving better results. This CPD demonstrates 12 challenging glazing areas and 12 different shading products, and their suitability in the different situations. The course provide an understanding also for when to engage a shading specialist early to ensure suitable provisions are made.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Shading products available for gable ends and other challenging window situations
- The benefits of preparing for concealed blinds as a solution to incorporate shading without impacting on the design
- Early project considerations to conceal blinds into building structure and where space might be needed
- Challenges and disadvantages when shading is not considered early in a project
- The large number of projects with challenging window situations
Specification essentials and building regulations on cavity closers and fire cavity barriers
New & Available Online
The CPD gives an overview of the principles and functions of cavity closers and fire cavity barriers and their function in construction. It covers the development of cavity closers and the control of fire through examples/cases and their critical importance in the protection of life and property. It covers the legislative background, relevant regulations and standards and introduces issues covered by the Building Safety Bill and upcoming Future Homes/Building Standards. It also discusses the sustainability issues surrounding product usage in limiting heat losses. The CPD then looks at types of closer/barrier and typical details/applications in low, medium and high rise construction, advising on approach to specification
Specifying Washrooms
New
This presentation discusses the criteria that specifiers need to consider when designing washrooms. This covers usage; design; hygiene and maintenance; installation; building regulations and standards; and budget.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What materials to specify in various commercial washroom settings
- The design considerations across all sectors
- How to choose suitable materials for toilet cubicles, vanity units, panelling, lockers and more - with maintenance and hygiene in mind
- How to make informed decisions about the products you specify in relation to speedier and more cost effective installation
- Relevant regulations and building standards
Sustainability, Office Evolution & Hydration: Designing a Happy and Healthy Workspace
Online Learning, by Billi UK
New & Available Online
A unique insight into the evolving workspace and how sustainability and hydration contribute to employee wellbeing and happiness. We will introduce different solutions to hydration needs in the workspace and will explore how the design of these options create an engaged workforce in a sustainable environment. We will touch on factors that can contribute to creating a healthy workspace such as moving away from single use plastic, factoring energy efficiency into office design and the importance of employee wellbeing. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to identify factors that contribute to a sustainable workspace and how to provide a sustainable & energy
- How the design of an office, and the amenities provided can contribute to employee productivity.
- How to identify the different factors that contribute t employee wellness and understand how hydration affects
The Party Wall Act for Architects
Online Learning, by E K McQuade
New & Available Online
Introduction to the The Party Wall Act (what is it? and where does it apply?)

What is a Party Wall

What are the different Party Wall Notices and when must they be served.

Who are the Surveyors involved in the process and what is their role?

The Key documents and their purpose

Key Timescales

Important considerations for Architects - Temporary Works, Structural Design, ""Special Foundation"" and Security for Expenses.

Tips on ""suitable"" and ""non suitable"" construction detailing

What can architects do to minimise the Party Wall Fees and timescales/delays

Top Tips for Architects for facilitating the Party Wall process at early design stage.