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The CPD materials featured below are the most recent to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. They include both new and recently revised CPD materials.
Acetylated Wood: The Optimum Solution for Cladding, Decking, Windows and Doors
Seminar, by Accoya

This CPD focuses on the topic of acetylated wood, its features, benefits, applications, sustainable credentials and the relevant specification considerations. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:

- What acetylated wood is and acetylation
- The benefits of acetylated wood
- The key considerations for specifying acetylated wood
- Common uses of acetylated wood
Achieving Continuity in Concrete Waterproofing to British Standard 8102:2009
Online Learning, by Newton Waterproofing Systems
New & Available Online

Type B waterproofing is the predominant form of water resistance where the structure itself is designed and constructed to be integrally waterproof. As an essential form of waterproofing protection, this CPD considers the most relevant points to consider in waterproofing a concrete structure. This includes: the guidance and requirements offered by BS 8102:2009, the ‘Code of Practice for Protection of Below Ground Structures Against Water From the Ground’ for Type B waterproofing; how to ensure that your below-ground structure is watertight, using some of the predominant waterproofing products available in the UK; and the techniques and aspects to pay attention to in order to maintain the continuity of your Type B waterproofing. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to distinguish between 'Type B' waterproofing and other forms of waterproofing
- Recommendations given by BS 8102:2009 regarding Type B waterproofing
- What the predominant types of Type B waterproofing products in the UK are
- How to maintain continuity between your waterproofing elements
- How best to protect against potentially costly and damaging waterproofing failures

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Concrete – Focus on Sustainability
Seminar, by CEMEX UK

This CPD tackles the key issues facing specifiers who aim to accomplish their sustainability goal while continuing to specify safely and effectively. The presentation will cover the current conversation, the various initiatives from the industry that aim to tackle climate change, and the technologies available within construction materials that are designed specifically to aid these goals. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Initiatives geared towards sustainability in specification
- Material technologies available to reduced embodied carbon
- Comparisons between available material options based on structural requirement
- Examples of construction projects completed with sustainable materials
- How to specify sustainable materials
- Relevant opportunities for using alternative materials to meet sustainability objectives
- Advantages/disadvantages of differing concrete components
- How to interrogate relevant standards for further detailed guidance
Designing to Zero Carbon: Regulations, Future Homes Standard and RIBA Climate Challenge 2030
Seminar, by Xtratherm UK Ltd

This presentation looks at the announced changes to Building Regulations Part L from 2021 in England to achieve Net Zero emissions for new dwellings buildings from 2025; how they relate to the Future Homes Standard, and how they compare to the RIBA Climate Challenge 2030. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The key points as announced by the Government as to their plans for Part L Regulations and the Future Homes Standard
- The timetable for implementation of Part L 21 and the Future Homes Standard
- The Government's commitment to a 'Fabric First Approach' to Zero Carbon under regulations
- Typical fabric specifications to achieve Part L 21 and the Future Homes Standard
- The RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge - including the 3 main target metrics and the importance of embodied carbon
- The comparison for fabric performance under Part L, Future Homes Standard and RIBA Climate Challenge 2030
Designing with Light
Online Learning, by John Cullen Lighting
New & Available Online

This seminar will provide information on:
- How to use different light sources including the latest energy efficient products
- Latest building regulations examined
- Where to position fittings for optimum effect
- Layering light for added interest and flexibility of mood
- Circuiting, control and integration for maximum impact
- Fitnessing of lamps, lenses and control to maximise the scheme

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Fibre Cement Façade Systems: Fire Safety, Building Regulations and Aesthetics
Online Learning, by Cembrit Ltd
New & Available Online

This CPD focusses on fibre cement, concentrating on current and pending building regulations changes in relation to Approved Document B and change of regulator to HSE. Further reflecting on these changes, it analyses the difference between fire reaction and fire resistance and examines product testing within rainscreen and full system testing of rainscreen cladding systems. Whilst discussing these key technical points, the CPD also highlights various aesthetics that can be achieved using fibre cement facade materials. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Building Regulations Changes - Amendment to ADB
- Fire Safety – What is the difference between Fire Resistance and Fire Reaction
- The significant difference between testing a products performance compared to testing a systems performance
- Further Building Regulatory Changes – HSE involvement and the importance of 'The Golden Thread'
- Aesthetics and whether you need to compromise on the aesthetic whilst using fibre cement as a material

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Floor Levelling Solutions
Seminar, by Cellecta Ltd

This CPD will discuss how levelling floor solutions can benefit the designer, engineer and client. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Why uneven floors occur in construction
- Why uneven floors are a problem
- What solutions are available
- UK regulations
- The health and safety benefits of these types of floors
From Inspiration to Decision: 15 guidelines for specifying sliding doors
Seminar, by Minima Sliding Ltd

This CPD provides 15 practical guidelines for architects specifying external glass sliding doors on domestic projects. The presentation aims to equip attendees with the knowledge needed to avoid costly mistakes as well and create beautiful finished projects. By the end of the CPD you should a greater understanding of:
- Bi-folding doors vs. sliding doors
- How to use less panes and fixed panes for maximum aesthetic impact
- How to use pocket doors where glass disappears into the wall
- Why frame colour is more important than you might think
- Glass spec and its security and weight implications
- How to nail the finishing touches which make a perfect installation
How are Taps Made?
Online Learning, by VADO
New & Available Online

This CPD explains the brassware manufacturing process. From raw material to casting, forging, stamping and machining, this presentation covers all the keys areas, as well as bespoke detailing and industry leading finishes depending on the desired quality. This CPD will also highlight what is necessary to gain WRAS approval. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The composition of brass
- How the casting process works to create the brass body
- The differences between the forging and stamping process
- The benefits of knurling and etching on brassware
- The differences between electroplating, PVD and powder coating, as well as their benefits

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Key Considerations When Specifying Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilators (NSHEVs)
Article, by Bilco UK

This CPD article discusses Natural Smoke and Heat Exhaust Ventilators (NSHEVs). These are installed in the roof to provide essential ventilation in the event of a building fire and open either by sensors or remote control, to exhaust smoke and noxious fumes. It is a simple concept, utilising simple physics, to make a dangerous situation safer and it is applicable in almost all building typologies from auditoriums, to universities, to warehouses. By the end of the article should have a greater understanding of:
- How smoke behaves in a building fire
- The role of NSHEVs in protecting building occupants
- Compliance requirements for NSHEVs
- Design options to consider when specifying NSHEVs
Less Stress with Pre-Stressed

This CPD explores the difference between precast concrete lintels and prestressed concrete lintels. Topics discussed include the different types of prestressed concrete lintel available and their applications, concrete as a building material, fire resistant prestressed concrete lintel, building regulations in regard to fire rated lintels, and correct installation of concrete lintels. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to specify prestressed concrete lintels
- Building Regulations 'Document B' in regard to fire rated concrete lintels
- The difference between precast and prestressed concrete lintels
- where to seek help and technical support from
Mapping your way to Better Projects
Online Learning, by Passinc Ltd T/A MapServe
New & Available Online

This CPD aims to provide an understanding of the use of mapping in each stage of the RIBA plan of work and discusses the range of geographical information available to architects. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- New mapping and geospatial data relevant to architects
- How to select the correct mapping type in each stage of the RIBA plan of work
- How to select and apply new map types and geospatial information to projects

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Natural Slate Rainscreen Cladding System
Seminar, by Cupa Pizarras

This CPD will provide an overview of the production and application of Natural Slate Rainscreen Cladding Systems from technical and practical viewpoints. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How cladding slate is produced, from the quarry to the façade
- Benefits of natural slate as an external façade solution
- Slate quality and how to detect potential problems
- The advantages of using rainscreen cladding systems
- Practical guide to installation of the system and its components

This CPD is available to be delivered online or remotely. To book an online CPD, please visit https://www.cupapizarras.com/uk/book-a-cpd/
Polyurethane Fabric - High Performance Solutions For Contract Applications
Online Learning, by Ultrafabrics
New & Available Online

High performance coated fabrics are an increasingly important category for contract interiors and polyurethane fabric is one category of coated fabric available for this market. This CPD will provide you with the knowledge base to successfully specify polyurethane fabrics for commercial interiors. It covers the history of polyurethane; how it’s manufactured and the breadth of surface design options available. It then discusses how to appropriately specify this unique material – including what performance characteristics to look for, how to clean these products and how polyurethane fabric can make a contribution to sustainable interiors. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The manufacturing and performance of modern man-made polyurethane fabrics
- The appropriate applications and uses of polyurethane fabrics across contract markets
- The requirements needed when specifying polyunsaturate fabrics in architecture and design
- The pros and cons of using different upholstery products in design and how these will affect a project's appearance and the continued lifespan of the design

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Segmental Retaining Walls
Seminar, by Tobermore
New & Available Online

This CPD aims to discuss Segmental Retaining Walls. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Typical retention solutions
- The advantages and disadvantages of Segmental Retaining Walls
- Segmental Retaining Wall considerations throughout the design stages
- How to identify applicable sectors for Segmental Retaining Walls
- Other considerations and issues surrounding Segmental Retaining Walls

This CPD can be delivered in person or remotely online.
Specifying Hygienic Drinking Water Solutions in a Post Covid World
Seminar, by Zip Water

Following Covid, the workplace will never be the same again. Focusing on creating space, utilising the latest technologies, and understanding additional hygiene features that are available for drinking water solutions, this CPD discusses the latest thinking around ideal solutions for hydration solutions in this new world. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to specify different types of drinking water solutions in different areas of the workplace to make the best use of the space
- How to specify the right touch free drinking water solution based on an understanding of the different types of technology available and the pros and cons of each
- How to specify a hygienic drinking water solution understanding the enhanced features now available
Specifying Safer Industrial Workplaces: Protecting People and Assets in the New Industrial Landscape
Seminar, by Brandsafe

With distribution and logistics centres coming under pressure from increasing demand, it is important that these buildings and their occupants are properly protected. This seminar outlines everything that you need to consider when specifying safe and efficient industrial workplaces for your clients. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The current and future trends in distribution and logistics
- The factors to consider when specifying industrial safety products
- How to protect people and assets in the industrial workplace
- The available industrial workplace safety products and solutions
- What to consider when selecting systems and suppliers
The Dawn of Sintered Stone Age
Online Learning, by Lapitec S.p.A.
New & Available Online

This CPD introduces sintered stone - an A1-rated, man-made stone slab offering bespoke solutions for applications like façades, floorings, kitchen and vanity tops, swimming pools and spa areas. It explains the technology behind it and explores its design potential. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How sintered stone looks
- The manufacturing process and technical details of the material
-The sustainability advantages of using it
- The variety of applications that are possible and how these are achievable
- How sintered stone will help build healthy sustainable environments

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
The Guide to Flat Roof Refurbishment
Online Learning, by Axter Ltd
New & Available Online

This CPD will discuss flat roof refurbishment. Topics covered include the importance of roofs, maintaining them and how to proceed when things go wrong, safe roof access strategy and inspection procedure - structure, insulation, waterproofing, and flat roof refurbishment options - repair, overlay or replacing the existing roof covering. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:

- How to design of more dynamic roofs, transforming them into functional, sustainable active spaces that better serving people, their communities and the environment
- How to safely access a roof, the roof make-up and the logic behind when to repair, overlay and/or completely refurbish a flat roof
- The legislation governing roof refurbishment, fire Safety and relevant codes of practice
- How to drive best value, reduce environmental impact, mitigate design and installation risk and indemnify the building owner of any future risk via the insurance backed guarantee scheme
- The importance of sustainable architecture and using the roof space, turning a passive roof into an active roof