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Featured CPD

From aluminium curtain walling to urban design and perforated metal to parcel deliveries, our featured CPD picks this month are both useful and unusual. Many seminars are now available online. This is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
An Introduction to Specifying Aluminium Curtain Walling
Seminar, by Reynaers Aluminium
Provides a broad overview of aluminium curtain walling and its various applications. Topics covered include: what aluminium curtain walling is; the design and aesthetics of aluminium curtain walling; relevant regulations, standards and performance issues; and how to identify the type of aluminium curtain walling most suited for your project.

As one of the UK’s leading suppliers of innovative and sustainable architectural aluminium systems, Reynaers prides itself on delivering high-quality window, door and curtain walling systems for residential and commercial projects. Expertly engineered, each system is designed to meet the highest requirements when it comes to critical characteristics such as design, functionality, performance and aesthetics. Paired with this, Reynaers provides consultations to architects and building professionals at every stage, from conceptualisation and specification to fabrication and installation. Based in Birmingham, Reynaers is ideally placed to support projects across the UK. Alongside its Knowledge Centre and warehouse, Reynaers’ showroom provides a space for customers to explore products and receive hands-on training. Part of the Reynaers Group (headquartered in Duffel, Belgium), the building envelope specialist has a global presence, and has seen its products used in more than 30 countries.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Creating the Cycle Parking Infrastructure to Support Cycling in the UK
Online Learning, by Falco UK Ltd
A full overview of the issues involved in designing and specifying cycle parking. Cycling is a booming activity and is increasingly being incorporated into planning requirements, as well as other frameworks such as BREEAM. This presentation takes a hierarchical look at the planning system and current requirements, describes the different types of cycle parking solutions available, and discusses the pros and cons of each cycle facility.

Falco is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of high-quality cycle hubs, shelters, racks, lockers and advanced products. Falco has worked closely with architects and specifiers for over 25 years, delivering creative design solutions to compliment architectural schemes around the UK.

Duration: 45-60 minutes, plus Q&A
Designing for Dementia and Elderly Care
Online Learning, by Saint-Gobain Ecophon
Explores the effects of ageing and dementia on memory, sight and hearing and what this means for design, using examples of good and poor design to illustrate each point. Includes guidance on: the number of people with dementia and the ageing population; the effects of dementia on the body and mind; the effects of ageing on our eyes and ears; how both can impact our interactions with our interior surroundings; and, how to design interiors that are easier for those with dementia, and sight and/or hearing loss to use.

Ecophon is part of the Saint-Gobain Group, a global supplier of acoustic ceiling, wall panel systems and screens. Ecophon’s efforts are guided by its vision of achieving global leadership in room acoustic comfort through the design and manufacture of sound-absorbing systems that enhance end-users’ performance and wellbeing. Ecophon maintains an on-going dialogue with government agencies, organisations and research institutes, and is involved in formulating national standards in the field of room acoustics. It is, of course, also committed to sustainability.
Parcel Deliveries in Multiple Occupancy Dwellings. How to Cope with the Growth?
Online Learning, by DAD - DECAYEUX
By 2040 it’s predicted that 95% of purchases will be facilitated by e-commerce, a trend that’s been gathering pace with the recent COVID-19 pandemic. This seminar discusses the new solutions available to facilitate home delivery in multiple occupancy residences, including a digital solution that futureproofs buildings, helps reduce carbon emissions, and can ensure secure and contactless deliveries.

DAD has been designing and manufacturing steel security products since 1872 and was among the first mail and parcel box manufacturers in Europe Today, it manufactures over one million units each year. DAD also designs solutions for secure mail and parcels delivery such as smart electronic parcel boxes and TS009-compliant mailboxes.
Perforated Metal: The Hole Story
A fascinating presentation that looks at the additional processing of metal, including functional and aesthetic considerations, specifications and designs, opportunities and limitations, and British standards. Gain a better understanding of how current technologies are being used to create amazing, perforated installations.

Graepels is a family-run company that specialises in engineered metal products for a huge range of industries and applications, including the architectural, construction and engineering sectors. It has almost 60 years’ specialist experience, spanning materials, technology, tooling and machinery. Graepels understands the level of detail and planning involved in construction projects, and works hard to ensure that its products are manufactured to exact specifications and requirements – turning your vision into reality.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Requirements for Door Hardware on Fire Doors
Seminar, by dormakaba UK Ltd
Examines the relevant legislation, Building Regulations and standards when choosing door hardware for fire doors, the requirements for door closers and their correct application to fire doors (including, CE Marking and what classification codes mean), and additional requirements for door hardware such as third-party fire certification.

Dormakaba is a global leader in entrance systems, security and access solutions, with a comprehensive range that includes revolving doors (fully automatic, assisted, manually activated and high security), sliding doors and operators (single/bi-parting, telescopic, curved, low energy, high security), swing doors systems and operators (automatic, balanced, low energy, concealed, frame/frameless), sensor barriers, tripod barriers and gates, and half- and full-height turnstiles, to name just a few! Dormakaba also provides a comprehensive specification support service, delivered by an experienced, specialist team able to provide advice on application-specific products and solutions.

Duration: 15 minutes
Specifying the Right Floor When It's a Question of Sport
Online Learning, by Gerflor Flooring UK Limited
A practical guide to sports floor specification. Discover how the right floor can help reduce sports injuries, the different types of sports floors available, their properties and where they should be used, innovative sports floor design options, how to select the right floor and which European standards it should comply with (including some of the EN14904 headline tests), and maintenance issues.

Gerflor manufactures and markets innovative, design-led and eco-responsible solutions for flooring and complementary interior finishes, anticipating the needs of users, specifiers, installers and distributors around the world. Gerflor has a broad portfolio of vinyl, linoleum and carpet flooring products that are ideal for a range of contract and residential applications in both refurbishment and new build projects.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A