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Featured CPD

Our handpicked selection of CPD seminars covers an eclectic mix of subjects, from cleanrooms to cladding and steel panels to secure entrances. 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.
Active Smoke Barriers
Online Learning, by Coopers Fire Ltd
Discusses fire curtain barriers, detailing how they may be used in cleanroom environments and the governing standards that regulate their use. From compartmentation to protecting a means of escape, this presentation illustrates when and where fire curtain barriers can be specified within the built environment – and particularly in cleanrooms. A review of a fire barriers’ operation, installation and continuous servicing requirements provides the specifier with the opportunity to ask pressing and topical questions.

For over 30 years, Coopers Fire has worked with leading architects, designers and contractors to protect all types of buildings’ occupants from fire. The company is a leading manufacturer of fire curtain and smoke curtain barriers and recognises the importance of manufacturing and installing fully tested and approved products.

Duration: 45 minutes plus Q&A
Aluminium Roofing and Cladding
Online Learning, by PREFA UK Ltd
Discusses the use of aluminium in the construction industry and why it is a suitable and economic product. Topics covered include: the benefits of aluminium and a review of the full range of aluminium façade and roofing products available; metal roofing and rainscreen cladding build ups and what materials to use to comply with Building Regulations and standards.

PREFA has been in operation for over 75 years and prides itself in supporting architects, planners, domestic clients, metalworkers and roofers with its building projects. The company has production plants in Austria and Germany and distributes to over 20 countries, including the UK and Ireland.

PREFA manufactures a complete range of roof and façade products, including rainwater goods. It also manufactures flood protection systems and solar panel mounting systems. The vast majority of PREFA products are made from alloys which undergo a coil coating procedure. In addition, it offers a wider range of powder coated aluminium alloy-made products

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Design Guide For SFS (Steel Framing Systems)
Online Learning, by Metsec (voestalpine Metsec)
Looks at the various steel framing systems (SFS) systems and their applications, including how they comply with Building Regulations, particularly in relation to fire performance. A review of the design process demonstrates the various stages of specification and how they can assist design teams to achieve aesthetic and performance targets.
Voestalpine Metsec is one of the UK’s largest designers and manufacturers of cold-rolled steel systems for the building industry, providing a range of innovative products that deliver high performance, efficient and economic construction solutions. The company produces Metframe and SFS framing systems, bespoke cold-rolled sections, purlins, dry lining and cable management systems from its Oldbury headquarters in the West Midlands. Supported by a renowned in-house design and technical team, these products deliver value-engineered solutions for a wide variety of projects throughout the building industry, from distribution centres to high-rise apartments, and data centres to sports stadiums. A market-leader in the digitisation of construction, voestalpine Metsec has developed software packages to assist customers with product specification. The company is also at the forefront of Building Information Modelling, being the first tier two designer and manufacturer to hold BIM Level 2 accreditation and one of the first to achieve the PAS 1192-2 kitemark from the British Standards Institution.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Function and Reliability of Entrance Design
Explores how user expectation influences door design, before linking this with hardware selection, entrance configuration and floor finishes to improve client statisfaction. Includes practical help and guidance covering: the differences between residential, light commercial and main entrance doors; how expectations influence door design and weather performance; commercial door construction, and the design considerations created by low thresholds; issues concerning ease of door opening versus closer action, and weatherproofing the entrance; an overview of entrance framing systems and their influence on aesthetics; and, relevant safety legislation, Building Regulations and British standards.

Comar Architectural Aluminium Systems is one of the largest British, privately-owned aluminium systems companies in Europe. Comar designs, extrudes and distributes over 700 integrated profiles to a nationwide approved fabricator network for use in aluminium curtain walling, window, door and ground floor treatment applications. Comar has built a reputation on delivery: over £6m of mill, white polyester powder coating, silver, bronze and anodised profiles are kept in stock. This means that 99% of orders are fulfilled via weekly customer deliveries. Comar can powder coat aluminium systems to your RAL, BS or Syntha Pulvin colour to complement your façade. Comar’s integrated systems ensure a cost-effective, aesthetic façade with security and safety as standard.
Movement in brickwork
Seminar, by Vandersanden Brick
Examines how to design to accommodate movement in brickwork and the possible causes and types of movement, including where to position vertical and horizontal movement joints in clay brickwork to allow for movement and prevent cracking. This very practical seminar outlines the various movement joint materials and explains how including bed joint reinforcement in brickwork may be helpful in designing to accommodate movement. It also covers other important considerations when designing and building with brick, including industry standards, health and safety, brick supply, management and handling.

Vandersanden is a clay brick manufacturer renowned for its innovation, sustainability and craftsmanship. The company produces a vast array of high-quality clay bricks, brick slips and brick solutions in different finishes and colours, ranging from reds and browns to greys, creams and buffs that inspire and encourage the design and construction of beautiful buildings. All Vandersanden bricks meet the EN771-1 standards as well as F2/S2 ratings for durability. As a company, Vandersanden is focused on sustainable manufacturing and all its brick factories are certified to ISO 14001, the recognised standard for environmental management. The bricks are made from completely natural materials including clay, sand and water, and 100% of the raw material is turned into brick. This means the production efficiency is 100%, with zero waste. Customers are at the heart of everything Vandersanden does and its aim is to build longstanding, collaborative relationships with them and to truly understand their requirements.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
The Future is Lightweight Recyclable Products
Weight has a major impact on the use of energy and sustainable use of materials at all stages of the construction process. This is a complex problem. As an industry, we need to adjust our thinking and be open-minded to new, innovative, lightweight solutions as part of the drive towards reducing carbon. It also means using materials that form part of the circular economy. Lightweight materials have impacted the evolution of our built environment and will continue to do so. This seminar compares common surface finishes and asks questions about our current specification choices, set against the legislative, maintenance and technical constraints within which we must all operate.

Be-plas is one of the UK's leading suppliers of interior surface solutions for hygienic applications. With an extensive range of internal wall and ceiling lining systems and ancillary products, Be-plas offers complete hygienic environments. Whatever your industry, from healthcare, education and food and drink manufacture to hospitality and retail, Be-plas has a solution to meet your requirements. All Be-plas products are available on a supply-only basis or fully installed by its network of approved installers. Be-plas supplies hygienic cladding all over the UK and around the world. It can help throughout the construction process, from initial concept through to completion. Its experienced staff have the knowledge and skills to guide you every step of the way.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A