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Featured CPD

As usual, we’ve searched around for the timely and the unusual. This month’s featured mix explores everything from 3D workflows and home automation to leather wall applications and natural wood flooring, plus more. Click on the links and enjoy. Most seminars are now available online but this is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Cavity Barrier in Ventilated Facades
Online Learning, by Siderise Group
Looks at common external wall types, the key functions of ventilated façades, and UK regulatory requirements for fire protection within ventilated façades (including the most recent changes in fire classifications). Also examines the functional performance of cavity barriers, suitable applications and important principles, testing and certification, and routes to compliance when installing cavity barrier components into a façade system. Installation guidance and typical problem areas (and how to overcome them) are also addressed.

Siderise Group has three main divisions in the UK: fire protection, thermal, and acoustic enhancement products. Siderise is a leading UK manufacturer of curtain walling façades, rainscreen fire stops and cavity barriers, and has fire protection products for every construction application.

Duration: 50 minutes, plus Q&A
Infection Prevention Control and Interior finishes: Flooring Considerations
Online Learning, by Tarkett
Discusses IPC (infection, prevention and control), the threat that antimicrobial resistance poses and how this is leading to an increase in healthcare associated infections. Learn how to properly identify and evaluate high- and low-risk areas or surfaces, and then use this to determine what floor finish should be specified. Looks at antimicrobial assays, what these standards actually mean and the importance of the responsible use of antimicrobials, as well as examining the Clean Hospitals initiative.

Founded in 1886, Tarkett is a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions. Whether your project is public, commercial or residential, a sports facility installation, new construction or renovation project, the combination of Tarkett’s expertise, product portfolio (spanning safety, homogeneous vinyl, sports, acoustic, heterogeneous, luxury vinyl, linoleum, laminate, carpet, wood and accessories), and intimate understanding of customers’ needs enables it to create distinctive flooring experiences – all with the benefit of an outstanding environmental profile.

Duration: 30-45 minutes, plus Q&A
Re-assessing the implications of copper press-fitting as an alternative to copper brazing for building services
Online Learning, by Conex Bänninger
Copper as a material is used for conveying hot and cold water, and offers many proven benefits for building service engineers. Long service life, natural antimicrobial properties and superior recyclability help reinforce its popularity among building owners and operators. Traditional jointing methods, such as solder and braze, and more recent innovative techniques such as press- and push fit are commonly employed to join this excellent material. This presentation describes the benefits both traditional and innovative technologies bring, and what lessons can be learned from these.

Conex Bänninger is a specialist provider of high-quality fittings, valves and accessories. Since 1909 its innovative approach has led to some landmark achievements in product design. Its product knowledge, expertise and quality standards are trusted throughout the residential, commercial, industrial, air conditioning and refrigeration building sectors. Its comprehensive product portfolio includes well-known brands and ranges of water, gas, solar, carbon and inox fittings. As part of the IBP Group, Conex Bänninger has access to world-class manufacturing facilities, extensive research and development, and the expertise of employees based around the globe.
The Cube: Exploring Levels of Develoment and a 3D Workflow
Seminar, by Vectorworks UK Ltd
This seminar looks at 3D modelling and how to transition from 2D to 3D. It includes practical advice and guidance on: levels of development and how much detail to model at what stage; streamlining workflows and how to provide associative deliverables such as schedules and sections; managing data and integrating British Standards and PAS information; the advantages of working in 3D; and, how to organise data for BIM development.

Since 1985, Vectorworks Inc has served the architecture, landscape, and entertainment industries, drawing inspiration from the world around it and encouraging the more than half a million designers who use its software to create experiences that transform the world.
The Future of Home Automation
A fascinating insight into what true automation is, what it looks like, why we need it, and the benefits it can bring. Discusses the common reasons why automation is often not considered for projects and addresses some of the myths that lead to non-specification. Includes practical guidance on: automation and low-energy homes; how to identify and specify ‘easy-to-use’ solutions; and, the differences between central systems and Internet of Things (IoT) systems.

Loxone delivers projects that provide full building control, whether the requirement is for an effective, centrally-managed, next-level smart home, a hotel in need of the ‘wow factor’, or an efficient, easily monitored commercial space. Loxone provides the control systems that bridge the gap between all contractors, ensuring that clients always get the solution that best serves their needs. Nor does the company only deliver great projects – it maintains them too, with over 40 years’ combined experience in the technology support world.

Duration: 60-90 minutes, plus Q&A