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Latest CPD

Here are the latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. These include both new and recently revised CPD materials as well as both face-to-face and online seminars.
3D Printing for Advanced Bathroom Fittings
Seminar, by GROHE Ltd

This CPD introduces 3D printing in general terms – what it is, different techniques and materials used, areas of application, manufacturing and environmental impacts. In particular, it explores the application in the bathroom fittings sector by looking at metal 3D printing specifically, covering powder formulation, printing process and examples. It also discusses selection considerations for 3D printed bathroom fittings. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- How 3D printing technology has influenced manufacturing processes in many sectors
- How metal 3D printing has entered the advanced bathroom fittings sector and opened up design possibilities and environmental benefits
- Product selection, including touchless technology, water saving and safety features, quality assurance and project planning support
- The impact on sustainability
An Introduction to Regenerative Architecture
Seminar, by Havwoods Ltd

The focus of this CPD is to introduce the audience to Regenerative Architecture. First Regenerative Design is explored as a whole, framed as an evolution of Sustainable Design, with reference to systems thinking and the circular economy. An exploration of Regenerative Architecture follows, supported by a selection of case studies and references to biomimicry, in terms of material, structural and energy efficiency, and carbon storage. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- How 'sustainable architecture' is evolving
- What is meant by 'regenerative design'
- The components of 'regenerative architecture'
- The future of sustainable architecture which can be applied to future projects
- Different aspects of biomimicry in the context of architecture
Applied Window Films - Benefits and Considerations
Seminar, by Glass Films Europe

This CPD examines the benefits and considerations of applied window films. This includes looking at the health and safety aspects of window film, as well as selecting the correct window film for your project. It will also cover new technologies such as cloaking technology film and how this can improve data privacy within a working environment. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- Why window film is used and which environments they are used within
- How to specify/advise on the correct applied window film for your project
- How polarisation works and how this can be applied to cloaking technology film
- The orientations that work with cloaking technology film and the LED screen technology
Benefits of Solid Surfaces in Architectural Applications
Seminar, by Tristone UK

This seminar provides an outline the practical uses of acrylic solid surfacing material in commercial applications. It also covers the features of solid surface, the colour variations, and the bespoke colours that can be developed with solid surface. This CPD will help you to understand the following topics:
- The features of acrylic solid surfacing
- The practical uses of acrylic solid surfacing material in commercial applications
- Colour variations of acrylic solid surface and achievable effects
- The certification attained by conventional acrylic solid surfacing
- The production process of acrylic solid surfacing
- The fabrication and installation of solid surface materials
Building with Colour: The Evolution of Colour Theory

This CPD explores the relationship between colour and architecture across the 20th Century to the present day. It begins by looking at different colour theories, later moving on to the application of colour in modern architecture, with the work of Le Corbusier and the De Stijl movement. It then examines contemporary architecture and application of colour psychology and neuroarchitecture. The presentation concludes with an introduction to how colour is 'made' - the apparatus and methodology of creating colour for powder coating. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Architectural movements that used colour innovatively and how contemporary architecture uses colour
- Implications of colour psychology in relation to architecture (neuroarchitecture)
- Technical aspects of colour production
- The evolution of colour theory
- The process of colour production for powder coating
Glass for Architecture and Facades

This CPD will provide an overview of the different categories of glass available for use in architecture. Each category looks at the benefits of choosing glass with the different properties and how these can help a building meet building standards. At the end of each category there is a project reference to showcase the glass in situ. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Different types of glass including Thermally Efficient glass, Point-fixed glazing, Fire-resistant glass and self-cleaning glass
- Important building standards to consider for each category of glass
- The sustainability of glass
- The difference of each glass category
- The possibilities of performance when using glass from each category
High Performance Powder Coatings For Aluminium Façade Industry

This CPD explores different finishes used today for aluminium facade industry. Topics covered include international standards, how to identify the right finishing option for aluminium used in façade industry and real time examples comparing ‘before and after’ performances. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to compare finishes available against their advantages and disadvantages
- How to specify the right powder coating finish based on the international levels of performance - like AAMA , Qualicoat
- How to choose from different finishes available within powder coatings - glossy, matt, smooth, texture and metallics
How to Specify Risk Appropriate Fencing and Gates in the Education Environment
Seminar, by Jacksons Fencing

This seminar will outline:
- how to specifythe correct level of security around a school environment
- guidance on automatic gates amd design
- understanding the security standards
- best practice in design and layout of fencing and gates
Introduction to Acrylic Solid Surface

This CPD aims to provide a comprehensive guide to Acrylic Solid Surface – a material used for a wide diversity of installation ranging from kitchen worktops to external facades. Topics covered include the behaviour of Acrylic Solid Surface, its performances according to the installation type, and the different types of manufacturing technologies and their benefits. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- What Acrylic Solid Surface is – including composition and existing manufacturing processes
- How it works - including fabrication techniques, adhesive and joints
- Specification - colours, formats, technical performances and how these factors and criteria may affect your specification choices, long term maintenance and health and safety
- Applications - including horizontal, vertical, inside and outside, commercial and residential
- Designing a project integrating Acrylic Solid Surface"
Specifying a Cyber Secure Solution
Seminar, by Heras

In today’s connected world our security systems also need to be resilient against the potential and very real threat of a cyber attack. This CPD examines the risks and solutions to mitigate the threats to a security system. Topics covered include cyber risks and threats to a physical security system, protection techniques to mitigate against said threats, site security layout needs, what elements need to be protected against a cyber threat, and accreditation and certification bodies. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- Types of cyber threats
- What can be done to mitigate threats
- Site layout requirements
- The different elements of the system that need protecting
- Where to look for accredited products
The Use of Natural Fibre Cement in Architectural Facades
Seminar, by Cembrit Ltd

This CPD aims to discuss the origins and use of rainscreen. Topics covered will include the basic principles of rainscreen, the advantages, possible concerns, façade panels, wind tight layers, types of fixings and health and safety. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- What a rainscreen is and its first uses
- Risk of fire and advantages of fibre cement rainscreen
- The production process
- Principles of an open rainscreen and the advantages
- Different subframe options available
- Design ideas
To Slide or to Fold: That is the Question
Online Learning, by Solarlux Systems Ltd
Revised & Available Online

This seminar looks at the evolution of the folding and sliding door. It will help you to understand the following topics
- Understand the different sliding and folding systems available and their advantages and disadvantages
- Understand which application is better suited to which type of door
- Understand the issues to consider when designing and specifying a folding or sliding door
- Understand relevant quality, testing and performance standards
Virtual Reality for Architecture
Seminar, by Graphisoft UK Ltd

This CPD gives an overview of Virtual Reality (VR) - it's history, the available technology types and considerations for whether to use VR in practice or not. Whilst VR can be compelling in the right setting, it's important to understand when and if it's appropriate for the audience. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What the benefits and pitfalls are of Virtual Reality technologies available
- Changes a practice might have to make to accommodate Virtual Reality in it's workflow
- How Virtual Reality use can enhance or detract from how a practice presents itself and projects
- The roots and history of virtual reality
- When and when not to use Virtual Reality for design and presentations
- Whether Virtual Reality is right for a particular practice