RIBA CPD Showcase

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.
The seminar is designed to provide and overview on air source heat pump technology, including an insight into Regulations and standards, so that attendees understand the correct operation of heat pumps.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What an ASHP is
- The basic installaton requirements for an ASHP
- The need for an ASHP to be correctly sized for the application
- Relevant installation standards and regulations
Online Learning, by Schueco UK Ltd
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An Introduction into the importance of thermal performance in glazing systems, its impact on the environment and links to net zero carbon emissions. Taking a look into the building regulations Approved Document L, important considerations within that related to glazing systems, including looking at testing and standards that make up the evidence of compliance.
Seminar, by Rutland
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With the new Building Safety Act and new Fire Safety Act, principal designers, principal contractors and duty holder's want to learn how they can influence the protection of life within their buildings. This CPD training seminar on Design Considerations for Fire Door Control and Understanding Today’s Fire Door Challenges has been written to RIBA guidelines, and it sits within the “Being Safe, Health & Safety – designers’ responsibilities, Fire safety legislation” segment of the RIBA CPD core curriculum study guide.
This presentation can be delivered as a seminar or on-line and should take approximately 45 minutes with opportunities for questions and further discussion at the end.
Seminar, by Halspan Ltd
The Building a Safer review commented on the Building Regulations and Fire Safety. One of the many recommendations has been the Golden Thread initiative which should ensure access to reliable, up to date information of the building's life cycle from design, specification, construction, maintenance, and inspection. The methodology of having real time information is contained within BS8644-1, Digital Management of Fire Safety Information. This CPD relates to how a specifier can utilise up to date technology developed within the Fire Door Industry supply chain to ensure, specification, detailing, fabrication, installation, inspection, and maintenance can be used to satisfy the needs of new legislation and the Golden Thread. It is a step by step guide as to how this technology can be easily utilised by the specifier to ensure their clients ensure they have fire resisting doors that are compliant.
The presentation aims to provide an overview of the new Part L 2021 edition and the proposed future homes standard performance requirements. There is also an introduction to the RIBA Climate Challenge 2030 and an outline of the target criteria including embodied carbon. The presentation aims to inform attendees about the process and conventions involved in a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The recent Govt announcements on the Part L 2021 and the proposed Future Homes Standard
- An introduction to embodied carbon as a metric - Future regulations
- The principles of the RIBA Climate Challenge 2030
- What an EPD is and what role it has in calculating embodied carbon
-The assessment of embodied carbon on 4 dwelling types
Seminar, by ENVO
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This CPD discusses how hidden door solutions can be made to be highly functional, long-lasting and meet all the requirements of modern design and architecture. The heritage and history of these door systems combines installation and site experience from joiners, meticulous attention to detail from the Ironmongery industry and accomplished manufacturing expertise from mechanical engineers.
Topics discussed include the composition of sliding and concealed door frames, the importance of using correct mechanisms for specific applications such as external grade doors, fire rated doors, and health and safety regulations regarding fire and acoustic compliance to British Standards. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
• How the evolution of architecture and design affects the design of modern doors
• How the technical structure of sliding and concealed doors can allow you to specify the correct product according to needs
• How the materials used for producing doors affect the performance and the environmental impact
• The requirements of a certified fire and acoustic door
• How to specify a door which complies with UK British Standards and guarantees safety for people using the building
Seminar, by Hanson Plywood Ltd
Habitual specification of Marine plywood is common when high quality plywood is required. This CPD aims to educate specifiers regarding the key features of well made, fit for purpose construction plywood, fully in line with current European Standards, leading to informed product selection. By the end of the session you should have a greater understanding of:
- The key features and origination of plywood within a global context
- The legal and environmental framework that impacts on plywood specification
- The key aspects and variability of the plywood manufacturing process
- The origination of Marine Plywood and the disconnect with current European Plywood Standards
- The European Technical Standards that underpin robust plywood specification
- The key features of the different birch plywood face grades available
- Reaction to Fire European Standards applicable to plywood

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
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This presentation encourages architects to consider how the garage door can be treated as a key feature of the building, rather than an afterthought, unlocking new design potential in the same way that glazing and facade choices do. It covers the different types of bespoke garage doors that are available and how to integrate these into a building design, before going on to explain the key specification considerations, which materials and finishes available and some of the technical detailing regarding the interface with the surrounding structure. The presentation concludes by showing some examples of the different types of bespoke garage doors to offer inspiration to architects and demonstrate what can be achieved in comparison to using standard garage doors.
This seminar looks at the Scotland Building Standards Technical Handbook Section 6 on energy efficiency. It will help you to understand the following topics:
- Understand the goals set within Section 6 for fabric performance, the fabric first approach and how to achieve compliance in your specification
- Understand the advantage of good detailing to achieve good fabric performance
- Understand the thermal bridging factor, the Y-value and how it is calculated
- Understand how to calculate target U-values and the reference house
- Understand how to get towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), Zero Carbon House and Passive standards
Seminar, by Sika Limited
In todays construction industry there are more stringent regulations and environmental requirements than ever before, that's why it is key to understand what these are and which flat roofing system is the best solution for each individual project. This CPD is aimed to understand all design and technical considerations required to build a strong specification, focusing on: Design of flat roofs, technical design considerations, sustainable solutions in flat roofing, roofing technologies, installation and quality assurance.
Seminar, by Lutron EA Ltd
Choosing the right roller blind system and fabric is essential to ensuring a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and aesthetically pleasing solution. By selecting the right fabric, the shading system can have all of these valuable capabilities. You can increase daylight harvesting and in turn, reduce electric light consumption. Occupants’ comfort and productivity can be greatly improved with greater glare control. Additionally, codes and standards such as BREEAM and LEED can be exceeded by maximising energy efficiency, daylight and views, and environmentally-friendly materials.
Both BREEAM and LEED are recognised in the UK & EU.
Online Learning, by Schueco UK Ltd
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An introduction into using Steel Glazing systems. Taking a look at the features and benefits of using steel over other materials, covering an overview of its fire performance as well as security, thermal and structural capabilities including application of steel systems and where these are best used.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The features and benefits of steel glazing systems against other materials
- The necessary fire regulations and how steel glazing systems can help meet these standards
- The necessary thermal regulations and how steel glazing systems can help
- The application of steel glazing systems and when to you them for project solutions
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Take an in-depth view on the makeup of, and key considerations to look for when specifying stainless steel. Understand its benefits and green credentials, as well as the full range of material finishes manufacturers can offer for projects.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The different grades of stainless teel
- How to confidentially specify the correct grade of stainless steel of its intended use
- The 100% recyclability of stainless steel and part of the circular economy. Understanding the design life and benefits of stainless steel
- The ColourTex (the process of coloured stainless steel)
- The difference of PVD stainless steel (Physical Vapour Deposition)
Seminar, by Actiu
History and evolution of a project presentation and representation, showing the evolution of the project design and presentation, comparing and learning between how it was represented in the past and what current and future trends and also the latest tools that are available to enable the client to understand how their environment will look like virtually, and how they can do changes to it before placing the order.
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