RIBA CPD Showcase

Sustainability and technology

Increasingly, sophisticated digital technologies are being harnessed to improve comfort and reduce unnecessary wastage within buildings. Here are just some examples of how that translates into practice. Most CPD materials are available online but this is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest, click on the link and check.
Seminar, by Control4
Examines how smart home operating systems can unify your clients’ smart devices to create genuine benefits, enhancing sustainability and wellbeing aspects of their home lives. Also offers guidance on how to collaborate with a smart home integrator to achieve a user-friendly automated home.

Control4 is a leader in smart living technology, providing cutting-edge home automation that can be integrated into the very fabric of clients’ homes. Many different devices and systems in the home can be seamlessly connected and integrated for easy, intuitive operation from one stylish interface.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Seminar, by Somfy Ltd
An introduction to the automation and control of solar shading (such as blinds) and how it can contribute to a daylight management strategy in all types of commercial building. Discusses how automation captures the positive benefits of daylight and manages its negative impacts, such as glare and overheating. Also explores how occupant wellbeing and productivity can benefit and how shading can work with other building services to contribute to a building's energy efficiency.

Somfy’s activities are based on the automatic control of openings and closures in buildings. The company is a constant innovator, developing controls that offer greater comfort and security while contributing to energy savings.

Duration: 50 minutes, plus Q&A
Online Learning, by Lightwave RF Technology Ltd
This webinar explores the energy saving capabilities of advanced smart home systems, including programmable automations and energy monitoring at device level. This means that energy data from each individual lighting circuit, appliance or heating device can be used to understand consumption behaviour and automate efficient ways to reduce energy wastage.

Lightwave provides modular and scalable smart home solutions to control and monitor lighting, heating, power and security. Its hardware and software is designed, engineered, serviced and supported in the UK, while its products integrate with Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Samsung SmartThings, as well as premium brands such as Control4, ELAN, Savant and RTI.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Delves deep into the six areas that architects should consider when specifying lighting products to ensure compliance with regulatory obligations and guarantee sustainability.

For over three decades Cree Lighting has converted new science into market-changing products, with one breakthrough after another. Cree is internationally recognised as the LED lighting pioneer that revolutionised the lighting market. Today the Cree brand still stands for innovation, performance and quality engineering.
Online Learning, by KP Acoustics Research Labs Ltd
Discusses the concept of sustainability in acoustic design, starting with the principles of sustainability and the UN and RIBA’s sustainability goals. Also examines the areas of sustainability most impacted by acoustic design and products, before exploring the most commonly used acoustic products and sustainable alternatives for both sound absorption and sound insulation purposes.

KP Acoustics is the global expert in acoustics. The company’s offering encompasses four distinct areas: consultancy, environmental monitoring, research and training, and the development of a revolutionary acoustic monitoring technology. Its experts offer professional advice, solutions and support for a wide range of acoustic-related issues, including acoustic design and vibration analysis.

Duration: 45-60 minutes, plus Q&A
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