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From aluminium extrusions and EBC materials to smart technologies and synthetic grass, here’s this month’s hand-picked selection of CPD seminars. Most are available online, but this is not always shown so if a seminar is of interest to you do click on the link and check.
Online Learning, by Arpa UK Ltd
An overview of EBC smart materials, including how they’re manufactured and how they can be used by designers. Includes advice on how to differentiate between smart materials and high pressure laminates and the technical properties that make smart materials unique.

Since 1954, Arpa has designed and produced high-quality HPL panels for a wide variety of applications, from architecture to interior design, healthcare to hospitality, and kitchens to shipbuilding. Today, that 65-year investment in research, manufacturing technology and personnel training underpins its worldwide reputation for excellence, reliability, flexibility and quick turnaround. From its 150,000m2 plant in Bra, in the Piedmont area of Italy, the Arpa name embodies originality and ‘Made in Italy’ creativity.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Online Learning, by Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co KG
How to specify smart projects in the commercial, residential and hospitality sectors. Highlights the benefits of specifying smart, as well as providing an overview of current smart home technologies (IoT, IFTTT, eNet and KNX). Also shares the latest smart home statistics, explores how smart contributes to inclusive environments, and how specifying smart can help projects achieve BREEAM credits.

Gira Giersiepen is a business that revolves around people. Its pioneering system solutions for networked building control set new benchmarks. They include Gira smart home and building systems, user-friendly and secure devices for controlling lighting, climate systems and blinds, as well as door intercoms, multimedia and security technology. Gira development and production processes are socially and environmentally sustainable. They’re designed to work in ways that protect our planet and its resources while achieving aesthetic and functional perfection. Consequently, Gira products are used in projects around world.

Duration: 50 minutes, plus Q&A
Seminar, by TigerTurf (UK) Ltd
A look at the key factors to consider when specifying a synthetic grass pitch. Topics covered include: the requirements of those involved in the specification process; details of EN15330, the European standard for synthetic grass pitches; the varying needs of different sports and how to conduct an effective needs analysis covering the requirements of players, clients and operators; practical design considerations, innovations and construction methods; and, maintenance, environmental issues and lifecycle costs.

Founded in 2000, the UK division of TigerTurf designs and manufactures artificial turf for sport, landscape and leisure applications. It is a major supplier to the European and Middle Eastern markets. TigerTurf’s comprehensive range of artificial turf meets a variety of performance standards, the result of unrivalled investment in product development and innovative manufacturing processes. It uses the most advanced yarns from parent company TenCate, itself a market leader in yarn extrusion. TigerTurf is also a FIFA licensed supplier and maintains close affiliations with the FA, World Rugby, RFU, RFL, GAA and ITF, and has products approved by FIH through the preferred supplier status of TenCate.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Online Learning, by Longboard Products
An introduction to extruded aluminium cladding, including what it is and its various internal and external applications. Also discusses the materials and processes required to make powder coated aluminium cladding, how it can help minimize environmental impact, increase energy efficiency and help projects earn LEED credits. Other topics covered include health and safety, the powder coating process and finish options, the benefits of wood-like finished aluminium cladding, and installation.

Longboard is comprised of extruded aluminium products in a wide range of woodgrain and solid colour finishes. Boasting the durability of metal, look of wood, and zero maintenance, Longboard products are perfect for any commercial or high-end residential home. Longboard is 100% recyclable, non-combustible and VOC free. It is the ideal solution to aluminium sidings and soffits, linear metal ceilings and panelboard systems. Manufacturing extruded aluminum for architectural products is both a science and an art. Longboard strives to deliver the best client care and to translate every architect’s vision into an inspiring façade.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
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