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Latest CPD materials

Here are the latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. They include both new and recently revised, online and in-person CPD seminars.
A Guide to Sealing Façades , Windows & Doors, in Relation to Part L: 2022 Update (Surface Membranes and Tapes)
New & Available Online
Due to the more onerous implementation of Part L 2022, the CPD seeks to highlight the designer's obligations in respect of airtightness and the code of practice for the control of moisture in buildings according to BS5250.
It will give guidance on best practices concerning the tapes, membranes and sealants used to reduce unplanned air loss and the management of moisture migration through the fabric layers.
The CPD is weighted towards structures with framed and sheathed backing walls.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The proper usage and function of sealing materials used around windows, doors and on facades
- The impact of unplanned air loss on building physics & how to meet SAP/SBEM pledges
- Available materials that meet the requirements of Approved Document B
- How to avoid common design mistakes leading to improved and compatible sealing strategies
An alternative solution in non-adhesive workplace flooring
Online Learning, by Shaw Contract
New & Available Online
The changing face of the workforce means that traditional office environments are morphing into more agile spaces. Fixtures and fittings need to be able to flex accordingly. This CPD looks at options for non-adhesive flooring solutions and examines what is available for the commercial workplace, including magnetic flooring systems. Non-adhesive flooring as a system is considered from the perspectives of sustainability, design flexibility and operational impacts.
An Architect's Guide to Concealed Blinds
Online Learning, by Grants Blinds
New & Available Online
With large windows and glass doors, there is an increased need to control heat, light, glare and privacy using different solar shading products. When considered by the architects early in the project (RIBA stage 2-3), windows, shaped windows and skylights can be prepared for concealed blinds by specifying the necessary space and prepare with electrical wiring. In this CPD we go through different design options to avoid retrofit solar shading products.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The benefits of preparing for concealed blinds as part of sustainable architecture
- How to specify solutions to control heat, light, glare, and privacy without impacting on the design
- Solutions for glass doors, windows, shaped windows, skylights, and other specialty situations
- Early project considerations to conceal blinds into building structure and where space might be needed
- Inspiration from seeing many projects with concealed blinds
Assessment and Conservation of Modernist Concrete
New
Concrete technology proliferated in post-war Europe as engineers and architects began producing ground-breaking building designs and civil structures with structural concrete. For modern practitioners and those responsible for stewardship of post-war era heritage, maintaining these concrete structures while making them more sustainable can be technically challenging.

It is important to understand the significance and construction of these concrete structures, including material constituents of the concrete, unique characteristics, and extent and causes of deterioration as well as project requirements and goals. Proper repair techniques and conservation treatments are critical to preserving their significance and value. This webinar will discuss the history and development of 20th century concrete technology with case studies that demonstrate a range of repair and conservation approaches.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to define approaches for the maintenance of heritage concrete, including regular assessment, in order to establish baseline conditions, identify needed repairs, and develop a maintenance program
- How to identify inspection tasks, including monitoring protection systems and review of sealant joints, expansion joints, and protection systems
- How to describe the investigation process, including the importance of laboratory analysis, trial samples, mock-ups, full-scale repairs, and quality control measures
Carbon Neutrality in Building Materials
Online Learning, by Autex Acoustics Ltd
New & Available Online
Building a low carbon future - Decarbonising the building sector through tackling embodied carbon.
Facade Weatherproofing Systems
Online Learning, by EFFISUS
New & Available Online
This short presentation aims to provide an overview of the window wall interface and current performance requirements as per the UK building regulations. It will also provide the end user with awareness of the latest technologies and developments about weatherproofing membranes for façade interfaces, regarding design, detailing, fire and application methods.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The issues regarding wall window interface
- What involves the installation of a different elements in regard to interface
- Improving the project predictability and minimizing problems
- How to raise the façade window efficiency and final quality
- Key codes in regard to interface
High Specification Bespoke Wooden Staircases for Private Houses
Online Learning, by Hetherington Newman
New & Available Online
This CPD aims to assist architects in the specification and installation of high specification bespoke wooden staircases for private houses and includes a review of the relevant building regulations, as well as a historical overview of staircase design."
How to specify technical flooring solutions for pharmaceutical and high technology environments
Online Learning, by Gerflor Flooring UK Limited
New & Available Online
This CPD covers all specialised aspects related to pharmaceutical and high technology environments, including special requirements for cleanroom environments. It incorporates the certification and standards that need to be met and how these are achieved through the correct flooring specification and installation, surface treatments and clean corner system. Electrostatic discharges, maintenance and design are also looked at as part of the webinar.
Modern movement - an essential guide to horizontal and vertical movement in masonry.
Online Learning, by Forterra Building Products
New & Available Online
Understanding movement in clay and concrete masonry is key to accurate specification and effective, robust detailing. The CPD covers the essentials in specific material properties and behaviour of brick and blocks. It also addresses the legislation and standards related to frequency/location in horizontal and vertical planes and avoiding problems through correct detailing and placement of movement joints
PVD Coating
New & Available Online
A coating is a layer of material deposited onto a substrate to enhance the surface properties for corrosion and wear protection. Factors affecting the choice of a coating include service environment, life expectancy, substrate material compatibility, component shape and size, and cost. There is a wide range of coating processes for depositing many different types of material at thicknesses ranging from just a few microns, up to several millimetres. Physical Vapor Deposition or PVD surface treatment technology can be used to achieve high adhesion and hardness and in recent years this technology has been increasingly used for various applications.
Roof Glazing - More Than Just Glass
Online Learning, by VELUX Commercial
New & Available Online
This presentation is structured around five questions and will give an appreciation for the range of glazing materials and solutions that fall under the term ‘roof glazing’.

What do we mean by the term ‘roof glazing’?
What roof glazing materials are available?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of different roof glazing materials?
How can regulations and standards influence the choice of solution?
How can different sectors benefit from different solutions?

By the end of this presentation, you’ll have greater confidence in understanding what roof glazing is and the role it plays in commercial buildings. You’ll understand what the main ‘glazing’ material choices are, and the pros and cons of selecting them as solutions. And you’ll be able to identify how the different glazing options allow you to comply with standards and regulations, while meeting the specific needs of different commercial sectors.
Security in Buildings
Online Learning, by Schueco UK Ltd
New & Available Online
An introduction into specifying secure glazing systems, looking at the design requirements and what needs to be considered when developing secure buildings. Understanding the specific building regulations and performance standards that are represented, along with Industry schemes that support the overall security planning of a project.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The important considerations when specifying security requirements within glazing systems
- The necessary building regulations related to Security standards.
- Specific product and performance standards related to security.
- The industry schemes and what roles they have within designing secure buildings
Smoke Curtain - An invisible shield of protection
New
Smoke Curtains: An Invisible Shield of Protection is a 1-hour educational seminar carefully tailored by Industrial experts with 30+ years of experience in Smoke barrier design, installation and manufacturing. The seminar intends to educate the attendees on Smoke curtains and their Different types of construction, Classifications, Applications, Role in SHEVS, Challenges in incorporation and Installation, Performance requirements and codes and compliance. Furthermore, the session discusses the application of the Smoke curtains in Void Separation, Channelling and Smoke Compartments. The understanding enables the learner to choose a suitable alternative to aid the Open space design in Modern Architecture.
Solid Surfaces and Hospitality
Online Learning, by LX Hausys Europe GmbH
New & Available Online
Working with Solid Surfaces to create practical and easily maintained areas in Hospitality whilst still allowing a full spectrum of design possibilities. Vanity tops, bar counters and furniture that can be design led and functional.
Specifying Fire Resistant Glazing
New
Covers all aspects of specifying fire resistant glazing, both internal and external and in all applications. This includes:
- Main Threats
- Applications
- Multifunctionality
- Fire resistance and classifications
- Regulation
- Different types of fire-resistant glass and the frame combinations
- Fire testing and certification
- Associated standards.
Specifying luxury vinyl tiles for commercial and residential buildings
Online Learning, by Polyflor Ltd
New & Available Online
This CPD reviews all the key considerations for the specification of luxury vinyl floor coverings such as key product features and applications, technical and environmental credentials, compliance considerations and installation and maintenance.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The construction of LVT and functions of different layers
- The key features of LVT and its wide range of applications
- The key standards and compliance considerations
- The environmental credentials of LVT and its impact on wellbeing
- Installation and maintenance considerations
Specifying to address Risk in Healthcare Environments
Online Learning, by Gerflor Flooring UK Limited
New & Available Online
This CPD is designed to provide specifiers with an overview of the aspects that need to be considered when specifying floors in various healthcare settings by credible evidence as to why this is. These aspects include product performance, such as slip resistance for safety and reduced litigation costs, durability to withstand the cleaning regimes used in healthcare and examples of evidence-based design advice for general healthcare and dementia facilities.
The Changing World of Workplace Interiors
Online Learning, by IVC Commercial
New & Available Online
This CPD will explore how flexibility, sustainability and wellbeing, and company culture is affecting the design of workplaces now and in the future. It will discuss drivers of change in office interiors - from a general viewpoint - but also with a focus on flooring, giving an understanding of flooring innovations and changes within the flooring industry.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The drivers of change in workplace interior design
- Flooring innovations, in the context of future workplace interiors
- The key points to know when specifying flooring for workspaces
The Critical Connection - Open Rainscreen Cladding to Pitched Surfaces
Online Learning, by Nicholson STS Ltd
New & Available Online
Whether your rainscreen cladding material is timber, metal or a composite material, having the option to run your cladding material seamlessly to the vertical walls and pitched roof surfaces, enables both bold creativity and understated simplicity in design. This CPD is not about the multitude of cladding material options that are available. The time is used to focus on the structure, waterproofing and detailing that is so necessary to get right if your creative design is to become reality.

We will look at the issues relating to the roof build-up, waterproofing layer, insulation, structural connection and cladding support options along with propriety systems that answer the challenges raised. A full set of slides and note along with a certificate of attendance will be provided after the presentation.
The New Synthetics
Seminar, by Chieftain Fabrics
New
In this seminar, I will explore the rise of synthetic fabrics in the twentieth century and those in particular that are currently being manufactured on a large commercial scale.

As we grow increasingly aware of the limited natural resources available, there is a growing urgency to replace those resources with more sustainable alternatives.

What those alternatives are will be examined in this seminar and help to determine if synthetics truly have a place in the future and whether they can replace the synthetics in large-scale production today.
The role of Light Reflectance Value (LRV) when specifying luxury vinyl tile in commercial applications
Online Learning, by Amtico International
New & Available Online
This CPD module is specifically designed to provide a comprehensive overview of Light Reflectance Value and the role it plays when specifying LRV (Luxury Vinyl Tiles). This includes: an introduction to the concept; the emotional side of LRV and how it affects mood and wellbeing; the technical aspects of LRV and related regulations; and the link between LRV and LVT.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Light Reflectance Value (LRV) defined and why Lux values matter
- How LRV can affect mood and emotional wellbeing and the importance of contrast in design
- LRV in commercial design and regulatory contexts
- The link between LRV and luxury vinyl tile flooring
- Real life sector specific case studies of LRV and LVT in action
The Vandersanden Inspiration CPD series - CPD #7 Brick: circularity, sustainability and innovation
Seminar, by Vandersanden Brick
New
In this CPD we focus on providing information to be considered when specifying brick as a sustainable material.
We provide a brief introduction to brick as a building material, and then look at sustainability goals and definitions providing references and useful resources.
We look at how bricks are manufactured to ensure long term sustainability, and look at the important role innovation plays to reduce the use of clay through manufacture of thin bricks and manufactured brick slips, to meet the required standards for the circular economy.

This CPD also provides information on industry standards, health and safety, brick supply, management & handling. An essential CPD for all specifiers
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- key features of clay brick, industry standards, health & safety, brick supply, management & handling
- options for reduced use of clay in manufacturing bricks and brick slips
- the end of life circularity of clay brick - reuse and recycling
- resources available to design to achieve sustainable outcomes/sustainable buildings
- innovations in brick for sustainability - the future of brick
Wood veneered products instead of timber for external use
Seminar, by Technowood UK
New
This CPD introduces an innovative material type: wood veneered aluminium. It goes into details of the manufacturing process and discusses the advantages. During the learning session, candidates will gain a comprehensive understanding of the extended design scope achievable using technologically advanced materials while retaining the same finish as traditional timber.
Zinc - Designing with a Living Material
New & Available Online
The CPD presentation covers the key factors when considering zinc as a roof or facade cladding option. Starting with fundamental material properties, sustainability, technical and design requirements, through to aesthetic and detailing, including:

- The environmental benefits of zinc
- Design Options
- Material Finish Options
- How the materials will evolve over their design life
- Possible constructions and technical considerations
- Options for standing seam, facades panel and flat lock tile systems
- As well as for individual details, such as dormer windows, eaves, hips valleys and soffits etc.
- Innovative ideas for bespoke systems.