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Design, construction and technology

The following materials fall within the ‘Design, construction and technology’ RIBA Core Curriculum subject area, which covers technical, design, engineering, services and technological issues, trends and changes. You must undertake at least two hours of CPD on this topic every year. Many seminars are now available online. This is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Contract Fabrics and Enviromental Sustainability
Seminar, by Chieftain Fabrics
Explores alternatives to high-volume commercially-produced fabric and how contract fabrics might be made more sustainable through the replacement or removal of certain chemicals. Also discusses future trends, especially those based on naturally occurring phenomena, and innovations in fabric production.

Chieftain Fabrics has been an established family-run company for over 60 years. It specialises in contract fabrics and prides itself on its top-quality ingredients, high-performance fabrics and excellent customer service.

Duration: 35-40 minutes, plus Q&A
Specifying Sustainable Floorcoverings
Seminar, by Tarkett Ltd
A discussion on sustainability and sustainable floor coverings that identifies current problems and potential solutions, including reduced energy use, reduced wastage and recycling. Topics covered include the cradle-to-cradle philosophy, material transparency, health and wellbeing initiatives, third party certifications and sustainable building labels.

Founded in 1886, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions. Whether a project is public sector, commercial or residential, new build or renovation, Tarkett’s wide-ranging expertise, broad product portfolio (embracing safety, luxury vinyl, sports, acoustic, heterogeneous, linoleum, laminate, carpet and wood flooring, plus accessories), and intimate understanding of its customers’ needs enables it to create distinctive flooring experiences, with the added benefit of an outstanding environmental profile.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Sustainable Choices in Decorative Coatings
Practical guidance on how to make more informed and sustainable choices when selecting paints.

Dulux Trade is one of the UK’s leading paint brands for professionals, providing a comprehensive range of premium quality decorative finishes, exterior and specialist products. The company is committed to delivering innovative solutions through its range of pioneering products and integrated design and specification services. A champion of colour, Dulux Trade transforms buildings into beautifully designed living spaces that enrich people’s lives. In the UK, Dulux Trade incorporates an extensive range of high profile sub-brands that also deliver unparalleled decorative performance.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Sustainable Roofing Design
Seminar, by Garland UK
What does sustainable design mean? This information-packed seminar includes advice on green-roofing, reflective coatings and membranes, photovoltaic technology, water harvesting and recycled content in manufacturing.

Garland UK provides high-performance waterproofing systems for the commercial, residential, industrial and public sectors. Working in partnership with architects, surveyors and commercial landlords, Garland delivers robust, proactive long-term waterproofing solutions for all roofing assets. For 20 years, its technical managers have developed partnerships with over 4,500 schools, NHS trusts, councils and private companies across the UK, providing a single point of contact for each customer.

Duration: 35-40 minutes, plus Q&A
Understanding the Function and Selection Criteria for Roof Tile Underlays
The primary function of underlay is aerodynamic, in other words, to act as a wind and air tight barrier. This seminar outlines the composition and use of roof tile and slate underlays, particularly in cold pitched roofing. It also discusses the associated regulatory requirements and relevant standards, before exploring roofing underlay application.

From its two state-of-the-art UK facilities, Hambleside Danelaw manufactures GRP and injection moulded roofing products. Its product range straddles three areas of expertise: roofing and ventilation, rooflights and cladding, and flat roofing. Its roofing and ventilation portfolio includes original dry fix and traditional valley troughs, bonding gutters, soakers and verges. The company also manufactures injection moulded roof ventilation and ancillary products, such as flush-fitting slate and tile roof vents, eaves and soffit vents, and cavity and underfloor vents. Its component-based flat roofing system is suitable for flat, low-pitch and vertical applications on domestic, commercial and heritage buildings, providing an ideal alternative to lead and other metals.

Duration: 50-60 minutes, plus Q&A