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Sustainable architecture

The following CPD materials fall within the ‘Sustainable architecture’ RIBA Core Curriculum topic area.
Optigreen Ltd - Blue Roofs: What are they and how are they used
Blue Roofs: What are they and how are they used
Article, by Optigreen Ltd
Green roofs have the ability to attenuate water but this can be enhanced with blue roof technology. Blue roofs not only store water, but can also delay water discharge after a high intensity rainfall event. This article looks at how this can be achieved practically and why this type of specification is likely to become more commonplace in the future
Optigreen is a leading specialist supplier of green roof solutions worldwide, with over 40 years’ experience in the market. The company’s mission is to offer a quality range of products for both green and blue roofs, backed by a comprehensive quality management package. Optigreen provides first-class technical support, from initial consultation to installation and aftercare

Approximate viewing duration, reading time or number of pages: five pages
Zip Water  - Hydration in the Workplace
Hydration in the Workplace
Article, by Zip Water
Examines the different drinking water options available – taking into consideration available space, type of end-user, capacity and environmental factors – to help the specifier make a more informed decision when choosing a drinking water system for the workplace. Easily accessible drinking water is a necessity in the workplace. It is extremely important for employees’ health and wellbeing, as well as their productivity. When an employee is properly hydrated they are shown to work 14 percent quicker, creating a far more productive workforce.
Zip Water has created some of the world's most advanced drinking water solutions, perfecting its product range over more than 70 years using the latest technologies and design. As well as its innovative range of filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling drinking water systems, Zip offers a range of hot water solutions for a variety of applications.

Approximate viewing duration, reading time or number of pages: five pages
National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) - Introduction to Daylighting with Rooflights
Introduction to Daylighting with Rooflights
This is an online slideshow with content relevant to stages 0, 1 and 2 of the RIBA Plan of Work. It is applicable to domestic and non-domestic projects. Topics covered include: daylight in the built environment, the role of rooflights in energy saving, rooflight systems and applications, design basics, and legislation and standards.
NARM is the recognised trade body representing UK rooflight suppliers. The NARM Technical Committee advises Government on rooflighting in respect to the Building Regulations.

Approximate viewing duration, reading time or number of pages: 31 minutes
Rointe heating - Lot20: A Lot of Questions
Lot20: A Lot of Questions
Article, by Rointe heating
Energy efficiency preoccupies not only electric space heating manufacturers and installers, but the architects and engineers that specify them and, of course, the consumers who use them. This article looks at the Ecodesign Directive (EED 2015/1188) and the Lot20 legislation. It addresses: what the Ecodesign Directive is, and its aims; which products in the electric heating sector are affected by Lot20; what the Lot20 compliance criteria contains, and; how Lot20 affects manufacturers and consumers.
Founded in 1985, Rointe Heating is a trusted manufacturer of electric solutions for space and water heating. It provides technologically advanced, energy efficient systems that create comfortable homes without excessive consumption or unnecessary costs. Today, Rointe Heating offers a broad range of products including radiators, towel rails, underfloor heating and its latest unvented domestic hot water solutions.

Approximate viewing duration, reading time or number of pages: 15-30 minutes