RIBA CPD Showcase eBulletin

Sustainable Architecture

The following CPD materials fall within the ‘Sustainable architecture’ RIBA Core Curriculum topic.
An Overview of Insulated Formwork (ICFs) - A Permanent Solution
Seminar, by Nudura Inc
Learn how ICFs can provide the ideal solution for your building envelope: a proven high performance system, used worldwide. Be it energy efficiency, sound attenuation, fire resistance, mother nature or manmade disaster resistance, ICFs are the way forward.

Buildings today demand reliable, energy-efficient building envelopes that provide superior performance benefits to minimize energy costs, reduce carbon emissions, and maximize property value. NUDURA structures offer superior strength, storm resilience, sound, and four-hour fire resistance. The design community, developers and contractors around the world continue to choose NUDURA integrated building technology as a proven alternative to traditional building methods. Its insulated concrete forms provide design professionals, architects, homeowners and contractors with the freedom and versatility to design and build a structure the way it was envisioned.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: one hour
LPG Off-grid Gas Supply
Seminar, by Calor Gas Ltd
Explains where LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and LNG (liquefied natural gas) can be installed as an alternative to oil, factors that affect their use, and environmental benefits and financial incentives available. Gain a better understanding of: the types of LPG available; where LPG can be physically installed (siting and safety issues); the Green Deal and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI); how a metered LPG supply can be used on a housing development; key legislation and codes of practice, and; how LNG works as an off-grid energy solution for large industrial customers.

Founded in 1935, Calor offers all the benefits of mains gas to businesses and homeowners where mains gas is not available. It is one of the UK's leading suppliers of LPG. Calor combines more than eight decades of specialist expertise with an impressive customer support infrastructure to operate the only nationwide LPG distribution network. This includes one of the UK’s largest LPG storage facilities and 16 strategically positioned bulk distribution depots supplying 11,000 cylinder stockists. Wherever in the UK customers are based, security of supply is assured.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: 40-60 minutes
PVC- U Windows: The Past, The Present, The Future
Seminar, by Eurocell plc
Covers sustainable PVC-U window specification, energy ratings, recycling and sustainability of PVC-U, Approved Document Q, noise attenuation and value engineering.

Eurocell is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, distributors and recyclers of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline systems, offering one of the widest product ranges of any single brand. With headquarters in Alfreton, Derbyshire, Eurocell has a turnover of approximately £220m and employs 1,400 people throughout the UK.

Eurocell supplies a nationwide network of fabricators and installers with a comprehensive range of PVC-U systems, including windows, entrance doors, inline patio doors, bi-fold doors, conservatories and cavity closers.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: 45 minutes
Specifying Natural Roofing Slate
Seminar, by Cupa Pizarras
Identifies the key design and technical issues when specifying natural slate. Explains the manufacturing process, the importance of traceability, vital testing standards and accreditations, classifications of slate, and factors to consider when specifying natural slate. Improve your awareness of the benefits of natural slate and gain a greater understanding of the different fixing methods and the importance of the CE mark.

Cupa Pizarras is a world leader in natural slate. It owns and operates 17 quarries and 22 processing plants in Northern Spain. Cupa Pizarras offers full traceability on all of its slates, from extraction to onsite delivery, and has an experienced UK-based specification and commercial team.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: one hour
Structural Waterproofing Design Strategies to BS 8102: 2009
A comprehensive overview of the modern methods available for protecting below-ground structures against water. This includes the different forms of waterproofing systems available, how to fulfil the key requirements of the British Standard for waterproofing, and how combination systems can be specified to achieve desired results.

Newton is one of the largest independent designers and suppliers of guaranteed waterproofing systems in the country, offering a complete waterproofing design and supply service for architects, specifiers, homeowners, contractors and developers. Its exceptional products are offered in tandem with a network of Newton specialist contractors who offer a guaranteed installation service – wherever you are and whatever the size of your project.

Approximate duration excluding time for questions/answers: 40 minutes