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Sustainable architecture

The following RIBA-approved CPD materials fall within the ‘Sustainable architecture’ RIBA core curriculum topic. This covers the legal and regulatory basis and principles of climate change mitigation and adaptation. It also embraces low carbon and low energy design. The RIBA CPD Core Curriculum is accompanied by an extensive CPD primer (PDF), which provides context and a framework for each of the ten topics. While the primer is comprehensive, it is not exclusive; you are encouraged to engage with topics in the way that best suits your needs. Many seminars are now available online using Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams etc. This is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, please click on the link and check.
How Cradle to Cradle Contributes to Sustainable Design
Seminar, by ROYAL MOSA
Everything you wanted to know about cradle to cradle, including what it is, when and where (and how) to implement it, sustainability ratings and where it fits in relation to BREEAM and LEED.

Mosa is passionate about ceramics. For over 130 years, the company has manufactured tiles using the purest materials and the very best in Dutch innovation and design. Mosa was the first ceramic tile company in the world to achieve cradle to cradle (C2C) Silver Certification for almost its entire tile collection. The C2C label enjoys widespread recognition and contributes to positive scores towards Dutch and international green building labels such as BREEAM, LEED, DGNB, and HQE. By embracing the cradle to cradle philosophy and being committed to offering the best support, Mosa helps clients around the globe create signature buildings that last. Mosa tiles enrich the walls, floors, façades and terraces of private, commercial and public sector interiors and exteriors in over 50 countries across four continents.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Integration of Solar Systems into the Building Envelope
Online Learning, by BIPVco Limited
Looks at the integration of solar technology onto buildings. Includes advice and information on solar systems terminology, building-integrated and building-applied methods (including how to identify when to integrate and when to apply solar systems), different photovoltaic cell technologies, and installation best practice.

BIPVco manufactures building integrated photovoltaic systems. Its modules are extremely lightweight and flexible, making them ideal for integrating onto metal and membrane roofing systems.

BIPVco solar modules contain a self-cleaning top sheet to deter mildew, dirt and other obstacles, and are also cost-effective, reducing overall installation costs and saving money on energy bills.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Sense and Sustainability: Deciphering Sustainable Language, Standards, and Goals for Contract Materials
Online Learning, by Ultrafabrics
Sourcing sustainable fabrics might appear to be easy, but as sustainability categories and certifications evolve the process becomes more complicated every day. This seminar has been created to help the architect and designer specify with confidence, by demystifying the codes, application of architectural standards and terminology, and by addressing common mistakes.

Ultrafabrics is a pioneer in performance fabric innovation, creating the materials of tomorrow. Melding Japanese craftsmanship with state-of-the-art technology, Ultrafabrics manufactures intelligent fabrics designed to do more. With half a century of experience to draw on, it is on a quest to reshape the world of animal-free performance fabrics, one surface at a time. Its tagline – touch the future – is no hollow statement, it’s a promise.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Understanding Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery for Commercial Applications
This seminar outlines: why we need to improve air quality in civic, educational and commercial buildings; the benefits of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, and how different technologies work; current legislation, Building Regulations, industry guidelines and sector-specific advisory documents; controls, on-demand ventilation scenarios and how to maintain a low energy policy; and, developments in MVHR techniques and how they can be applied in a low carbon environment. It also includes detailed case study examples.

Founded in 1955, Airflow Developments is today part of an international group of companies based in High Wycombe. Airflow has blossomed into a thriving manufacturing and research group and world leader in ventilation. It has achieved this by developing innovative, quality products that meet or exceed current legislation and standards, including UK Building Regulations, ISO9001, ISO14001, 2016 ErP Ecodesign Directive and 2018 draft ErP Regulations. The Airflow range also includes products that meet stringent Passive House standards.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A