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Latest CPD materials

Here are the latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. These include both new and recently revised, and on- and offline CPD materials.
Condensation in Buildings
Online Learning, by Safeguard Europe Ltd
New & Available Online

This seminar offers a detailed insight into the causes and effects of condensation and the wide range of modern-day treatments available. The benefits and drawbacks of each treatment method in relation to the severity of individual condensation cases are discussed. By the end of the presentation you should have practical knowledge to go out and solve condensation and mould problems and a greater understanding of:
- Water, air and materials
- Estimating and measuring condensation risk
- The consequences of condensation and mould on health
- The signs of condensation and the associated mould growth
- How to survey and isolate the sources of moisture within a property
- How to develop an appropriate plan for the building occupants to limit moisture production through lifestyle changes
- Appropriate methods and materials to change the environment to limit the occurrence of condensation.
- Appropriate materials and products to remove existing mould and maintain the new environment

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Demystifying Linseed Paint
Seminar, by Brouns & Co

This CPD will discuss linseed paint. It will cover this history of the paint; why and where it was originally used and why it fell out of fashion. It will then move to explore why it works so well and why it should be used again on both historic and newbuild properties. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How linseed paint is made and how it works technically - in particular why it lets moisture wick out and therefore prevents rot
- Why it is used by large estates
- Why it is not only environmentally friendly but also cost effective
- Where and how to use it
- Basic application methods and guidelines for application
- How to write successful NBS specifications for the use of linseed paint on historic and new builds
Designing for Dementia
Online Learning, by Altro
New & Available Online

By 2021 it is estimated that over one million people will be living with dementia in the UK, an increasing figure. This interactive CPD examines common symptoms and how the built environment can exacerbate these or help those with dementia to live well. The session will include industry best practice guidance, including information and input from the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC). By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
-What dementia is, common symptoms and its impact on the senses
-The effects of visual impairment
-The use and measurement of light reflectance values (LRV)
- Rules, regulations and best practice
- Design principles
This CPD can be delivered to you live or remotely.
Entrance Matting for Hospitals and Healthcare
Article, by INTRAsystems

With hygiene and wellness being the highest priority in hospitals and healthcare, entrance matting is your building’s first line of defence against dirt and contaminants. This article examines the key considerations for entrance matting specification and provides guidance for specifying commercial entrance matting in a hospital or healthcare setting. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The nuances of specifying entrance matting in an hospital or healthcare setting
- The factors and features that affect performance
- How to create a zonal system
- How to write an entrance matting specification that meets both aesthetic and performance requirements
- Essential insights into sizing, performance ratings and standards
External Tiling System for Porcelain Tiles
New & Available Online

This CPD reviews the changing trend in external tiling and the popularity of 20mm porcelain tiles as a paving and decking option. From this, the presentation makes recommendations on modern external tiling systems that are best suited for external tiling with porcelain. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The changing trends in external paving
- Why the new generation of 20mm porcelain tiles are superior to traditional paving or decking options
- The design potential and suitability of 20mm porcelain tiles for external use
- The potential issues for external installation of porcelain tiles
- How to overcome these issues with a 3-step system solution
- The performance features of the products forming the system solution
- System selection and correct installation

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
External Wall Insulation Systems
New & Available Online

This CPD aims to discuss External Wall Insulation (EWI). It covers what external wall insulation is, the benefits, the key performance considerations when specifying EWI, and the architectural freedom and design benefits that these systems can offer. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Key performance considerations when specifying EWI
- The design benefits of using EWI systems
- Application information and technical details for the EWI systems
- How to access expert technical support for calculating Wind Loadings, U-Values, Thermal Benefits and Condensation risks
- System and product warranties
- Durability and Maintenance

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Facades Interface Waterproofing – EPDM Still an Alternative?
Article, by EFFISUS

EPDM (Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer) is a very durable synthetic rubber membrane and is widely used worldwide in various applications on façade walls. It has very stable properties such as vapour, air and watertightness along with elongation of >400% - allowing it to accommodate building differential movements. There are many important considerations in using EPDM in the UK and this CPD covers the specific technical requirements to be followed, as well as new developments in the industry. By the end of the article you should have a greater understanding of:
-The benefits of using EPDM membranes in interfaces
-The main characteristics and usage of EPDM membranes
- The standards EPDM's have to comply with including CE marking and tests
- The technical requirements needed to apply EPDM in the UK market
- Current EPDM available and new developments for the future
Fire Performance of Polyester Powder Coating
Online Learning, by Akzo Nobel Powder Coatings Ltd

This CPD explores how architectural polyester powder coating cladding complies with Part B Documentation. Topics covered include the role of coatings and finishes in contributing to fire performance, BS EN 13501-1 reaction to fire tests, powder coating formulation and its impact on durability, an analysis of how competing cladding finishes perform in through-the-wall fire testing and the commercial implications of A1 & A2,s1-d0 classified systems. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to determine the differential in fire performance of A1 and A2, s1-d0 classified systems
- How to recognise all individual tests within BS EN 13501
- How to specify a safe Polyester Powder Coated cladding system

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Firestop Health check - 10 Lifesaving questions to ask about your firestop
Online Learning, by Protecta (Polyseam Ltd)
New & Available Online

The Hackitt report has called for a seamless Golden Thread of Fire Safety Information to be cascaded from specifiers down to building maintenance teams. Manufacturers have been tasked to be more transparent with respect to their verified products’ fire resistance. This CPD focusses on the key differences between BS476 Part 20 tested against CE Marked firestop products; based on a CE Marked firestop product. It gives listeners a basic tool kit of ten questions to ask themselves to establish if the fire seal they have does actually ‘do what it says on the tin.’ By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The need for specifiers to take a closer look at claims made in manufacturer's publications and do their due diligence
- The differences between products fire tested to an ad-hoc fire standard versus firestop products to a holistic product standard
- The differences in fire test standards
- Holistic performance essential characteristics that have been identified by ETAG 026:Part 2 for service penetration seals
- 10 key questions to from a basic tool kit/tick list to assess if an installed product is actually fit for purpose
- CE Marked Firestop - Third party verified cradle to death chain of custody to ensure that the product that was tested is the product that is sold in the market
- Where to find the information to confirm whether the installed seal to be used is approved or not
- Key information which needs to be cascaded from the specifier to the built environment to provide the 'Golden Thread'

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Historically Accurate Glazing with Modern Build Values
Seminar, by Histoglass Ltd

This CPD will explore different historic glazing types and which types were used in which era (to which vernacular it belongs). From there, the presentation will demonstrate how historic glazing can be incorporated in modern systems to achieve both the correct historic look and feel as well as modern acoustic and thermal insulation values. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to identify historic glazing (which type it is and which era it belongs to)
- How to specify the correct historic glass type in combination with either thin double glazing or laminated systems
- How to identify which U and dB values are achievable for glazing in historic windows
Homes and Shared Living Spaces
Seminar, by Tarkett Ltd
New & Available Online

This CPD explores the concept of sustainable design. It reviews the floorcovering specification considerations and some key product categories centred around the human and sustainable factors for homes and shared living spaces. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Sustainability in building design and flooring specification including regulatory guidance
- Key considerations for flooring specification
- The main features of some key flooring products for home and shared living spaces
- The impact of correct installation and cost associations
- The general guidelines for specifying floorcovering, including industry standards

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
How to Avoid Brick Stains and Efflorescence
Online Learning, by Vandersanden Brick

This CPD will help specifiers to understand the main reasons that brick stains and discolouration occur, and how they can address these issues either post construction or at the building design and specification stage. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The issues and what you need to consider during the specification stages
-The available options to rectify and eliminate the issues both prior to and after construction
- Solutions to ensure that the beauty of a brick façade and therefore the architecture can withstand the rigours of time

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Smart Lighting – Enabling the Flexible Building

This CPD provides an overview of how Smart Lighting Control Systems can enhance creative lighting designs that contribute towards a more inspirational, energy efficient and productive workplace environment. Topics covered include key drivers to reduce energy consumption, achieving the balance between cost effective, efficient lighting and delivering uplifting/comfortable working areas, the flexible use of control systems and natural daylight, benefits of using lighting to create zones according to the use of the space at any one time, and how financial payback can be achieved. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Industry best practice including Light Guides LG14 and SLL Code of Lighting
- How best practice lighting helps to improve the occupants experience as well as saving energy
- The key fundamentals of lighting control including current and future technology
- How and where to implement best practice
- How lighting best practice can provide a financial return on investment
Solid Surfacing Healthcare Solutions

This CPD is aimed at educating and informing about how Solid Surfacing can be specified within Healthcare Projects to create safe, hygienic and user friendly environments. The presentation will explain what Solid Surfacing is made of, how it is put together and how to design with all the various colours and shapes. Importantly it covers disinfection and cleaning and how to design out potential problem areas. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Solid Surfacing and how is it made
- Typical product ranges
- Fabrication techniques explained
- Cleaning, hygiene and disinfection processes
- How to design and specify safe and hygienic environments with no problem areas
Sustainable Architecture and the Role of Paint Systems
Sustainability is a key factor in the design of any building, from waste management and wellbeing factors to designing for durability and material sourcing; specifiers must develop and manage sustainability strategies to minimise environmental impact of construction projects now and in the future. With a focus on paint systems, this CPD explores the role of paint in sustainable design, providing guidance on making sustainable and durable specification choices to protect and beautify the spaces we live and work in; in line with the requirements of green building assessment methods including BREEAM and LEED. By the end of the presentation you will have a greater understanding of:
- Sustainable design principles
- Green building rating system requirements
- The role of coatings in sustainable outcomes
- Indoor Air Quality and Material Life Cycle Analysis
- Developing fit for purpose durable specifications
Together We Build Greatness Podcast Series: Episode 1
Podcast, by Vandersanden Brick

This podcast series aims to inform and inspire architects and specifiers in the potential of brick as a building product. It covers everything from the basics of brick and the different brick options available, through to demonstrating the potential of brick through design inspiration and technical innovation.