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Latest CPD

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, ranging from articles to workshops, and blogs to live online seminars.
Colour and Contrast for Workplace Flooring Solutions
Seminar, by Shaw Contract

This CPD discusses the important role of using colour and contrast in inclusive design. It explores the key consideration factors for workplace flooring design and provides an overview of aesthetic and practical workplace flooring solutions, including modular carpet tile and LVT systems. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The role of colour and contrast in workplace flooring design.
- The concept of inclusive design and its application.
- Relevant regulations and standards.
- The use of LRV and specification guidelines.
- Colour and contrast strategies for flooring design.
- Modular flooring systems as workplace flooring solutions.
Designing Hotel Sanitary Facilities
Seminar, by Geberit Sales Ltd

Hotels have been hugely affected by COVID-19, from guest en-suites to public washrooms - architects and specifiers now face a new challenge when designing hotel sanitary facilities. This CPD will discuss the changes hotels will need to make in order to provide a positive guest experience in the new norm. Topics discussed include regulations and standards for hotel washroom design, the requirements of the applicable regulations and standards for hotel washroom design, embedding acoustic considerations into hotel washroom projects, and water saving solutions available for washrooms in hotels. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The impact of the recent COVID-19 global pandemic and the impact that it has had on hotel washroom design.
- The importance of embedding acoustic considerations into your washroom project.
- The water saving solutions available for washrooms in hotels as well as the water saving regulations that affect hotel specification and prevent water wastage.
- The solutions available for increased washroom hygiene and easier maintenance, and how these can reduce operational expenditure.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Designing Washrooms for Mental Health Facilities
Seminar, by KWC DVS Limited

The CPD covers the facts and issues within mental health facilities and the targets for change set by the Government. It considers a number of factors when specifying products for high security environments, including documentation and guidelines currently available, materials, design and testing of various products. The CPD also identifies the importance of specifying well designed ligature-resistant products for ensuite bedrooms. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Current statistics and future targets for inpatient suicides.
- The specific requirements and regulations for washroom design in mental health facilities.
- The products available to meet these requirements.
- Current documentation and guidelines when specifying products for mental health environments.
- Which ligature-resistant products to specify.
- Which products meet the current guidelines.
- The importance of specifying the correct products in specialist washroom environments.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Fire Rated Systems and Safety for a Commercial Space

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.
Fire stopping service penetrations, a design and installation guide

This best practice guide has been produced to assist in the design, specification and installation of building services penetrations through fire compartment walls and floors in new buildings to ensure that fire compartmentation is maintained. Cavity barriers and linear seals are excluded from the scope of this guide. This guide is based on Building Regulations current in England at the time of writing and will provide you with a greater understanding of:
- The design process for the selection of firestopping of service penetrations.
- The nine golden rules and how to apply them.
- The importance of early engagement at Stage 1.
- The terms and definitions used in fire stopping.
- The key questions to ask to ensure a compliant installation of firestopping.
- How to define roles and responsibilities.
- How to use a fire strategy drawing.
- How to read the data provided by the fire stopping manufacturer to ensure a compliant installation at design.
- How to design service openings.
- How to select compliant fire stopping products.
Good Practice and Compliance in Fire and Sprinkler Design
Seminar, by BlazeMaster

This CPD will discuss fire sprinklers and compliance. Topics covered include how fire sprinklers work, the CPVC supply chain, fire sprinkler design, fire hazard classification, training and certification, legislation that controls the installation of fire sprinklers, BIM objects for sprinklers, a cost comparison of CPVC, installation guidance and best practices, and quality assurance. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Fire sprinklers statistics and facts.
- How to specify fire sprinklers with confidence.
- Where to look for further guidance.
- what the law requires regarding sprinkler installation.
- The risk and danger fire can pose.
- What options there are concerning the choice of fire sprinkler material.
Handmade Bricks – Manufacturing Tradition for our Modern Built Environment

This seminar covers the history of handmade brick manufacture and usage in the UK, from their origins in Roman times, through to the present day - where their versatility and durability as a modern building material is more relevant than ever. Topics covered include the working processes of historical and modern handmade brick manufacture, the relevance, benefits and potential of using handmade bricks in our modern built environment, and the use of handmade bricks in modern methods of building systems and off-site building solutions. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The history of one of the worlds oldest and most enduring building materials.
- How handmade bricks are manufactured, both historically and in a modern production environment.
- The technical and aesthetic benefits of specifying handmade bricks in our modern built environment.
- How to specify UK manufactured handmade bricks with confidence.
- How to manufacture your own clay handmade brick in real time (if social distancing and time allows).

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
How Resin Comfort Flooring Delivers Soft and Durable Finishes for Industrial and Commercial Situations
Article, by Sherwin-Williams

This CPD discusses resin comfort floors as an option that marries extreme durability and robustness with a soft and comfortable finish. This flooring type is designed with footfall and wear in mind and bears a tough finish suitable for industrial areas as well as commercial and domestic facilities. Upon completion of this article you should have a greater understanding of:
- The different types of resin comfort flooring according to thicknesses as well as degrees of bounce and flexibility.
- The application techniques of comfort flooring.
- How to clean and maintain resin comfort flooring.
- Sustainable aspects of resin comfort flooring; using natural materials and being monolithic.
- Methods for cleaning of resin comfort flooring.
How to Avoid Brick Stains and Efflorescence
Seminar, by Vandersanden Brick

This CPD will help specifiers to understand the main reasons that brick stains and discolouration occur, and how they can address these issues either post construction or at the building design and specification stage. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The issues and what you need to consider during the specification stages.
-The available options to rectify and eliminate the issues both prior to and after construction.
- Solutions to ensure that the beauty of a brick facade and therefore the architecture can withstand the rigours of time.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Inclusive Design – Why Should You Care

This CPD covers the importance of inclusive design in today's world. It discusses the true cost of not complying with BS 8300-1:2018 and BS 8300-2:2018, Approved Document M and the Equality Act 2010, and provides guidance on specifying door hardware to help buildings be inclusive and accessible to all. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Duty of care.
- What is meant by ""inclusive design"", the benefits to users, and the key market drivers for specifying with this in mind.
- Three main policies covering inclusive design that decision makers should be aware of.
- Who is responsible if there is a discrimination claim.
- Key recommendations on accessibility, opening and closing forces, effective clear widths, door fittings with lever/pull handles, locks, keys and thumb turns, and visual considerations.
- BS EN 1154:1997 when specifying for inclusively designed environments.
- Managing the fire risks.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Natural Slate Factory Tour
Factory Visit, by Cupa Pizarras

The tour of Cupa Pizarras' quarries and production plants in Northern Spain along with a presentation of our RIBA approved Natural Slate CPD will offer an insight into the characteristics of natural slate and a detailed overview of the production and selection processes.

Please speak to your local Specification Manager if you are interested in attending this Quarry Tour - allowing 3 days for the trip with 1 full day for the Quarry Tour and two days for travel.

The quarry tour aims to increase your understanding of:
- What slate is and its basic characteristics and benefits.
- How to recognise the natural composition of slate and therefore able to identify slate quality and detect potential problems.
- The production process from extraction through to selection.
- The technical standards and quality control involved.
Nature Refined: Engineered Hardwood Flooring and Interior Joinery Solutions
Seminar, by Schotten & Hansen

This CPD will provide an overview of engineered hardwood flooring and interior joinery solutions. It will discuss trees and timber – with a particular focus on legality and sustainability, the surface of timber, and colours in timber surfaces and the NCS. The presentation will then move on to explore case studies into the regenerable surface and the specification process. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- When and how to specify engineered hardwood flooring.
- Trees, timber and the concept of legality and sustainability.
- The surface of timber – including drying and bonding, and washing techniques.
- The basic manufacturing processes involved to increase the lifespan of timber based products.
- The basics of colour and colour harmony.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Showroom Tour: A Journey to WELL Platinum Certification
Factory Visit, by Milliken

This CPD reviews the criteria required for achieving the International Well Building Institute’s WELL Building Standard and presents Milliken’s journey to achieving Platinum Certification for its London Showroom space.

Delegates can book onto the CPD by calling the Milliken London Showroom Manager on: 027 336 7290.
Specifying Your Smart Project

This CPD aims to educate architects about how to specify Smart Projects for the commercial, residential and hospitality sector, depending on the complexity of the project. It will highlight what the benefits of specifying Smart are and give an overview of the Smart Home technologies that exist in the market today. It will also give insight into Smart Home statistics, how it makes for an inclusive environment, as well as BREEAM and how specifying Smart can help your project get BREEAM credits. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Smart home technologies and what is available in the market (IoT, IFTTT, eNet, KNX).
- The different levels of smart specifying and when to use them.
- A system integrator's role and how it affects your work.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
The WELLv2 Building Standard and How Floor Covering Impacts Health and Well-being
Seminar, by Milliken

Health and well-being is becoming an increasingly important consideration for architects when designing new spaces. This seminar explores this theme and the significant role that the WELL Building Standard is playing in progressing health and well-being for the built environment. Delegates will learn about the recent Version 2 enhancements of the Standard and about the impact floor covering can have for projects aiming to achieve the WELL v2 Standard. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The key reasons for designing spaces with a primary focus on human health and well-being.
- The WELL Building Standard and the key features and ways to certify your next project.
- How the WELL Living Lab is contributing to future WELL Building Standard features.
- Ways that floor covering can contribute to the WELL Building Standard and how to design spaces with a focus on human health and well-being.