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Sustainable architecture

The following CPD materials fall within the ‘Sustainable architecture’ RIBA Core Curriculum topic (and may also fall within other core curriculum topics too). Chartered members are obliged to undertake a minimum of 20 of their yearly 35 hours CPD from this curriculum, with two hours of CPD time in each of ten key topics. Many seminars are now available online using Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Microsoft Teams etc. This is not always shown here so, if a seminar is of interest to you, do click on the link and check.
Contract Fabrics and Enviromental Sustainability
Seminar, by Chieftain Fabrics
Examines how contract fabrics might be made more sustainable through the replacement or removal of certain chemicals as an alternative to high-volume, commercially produced fabric. In addition to answering the question, ‘What makes a contract fabric?’ this seminar explains how to distinguish between harmful and beneficial added chemistry, which fabrics are best from a sustainability point of view, and explores current and future developments in biomimicry and fabric design.

Chieftain Fabrics has been an established family-run company for over 60 years. It specialises in contract fabrics and takes pride in using top-quality ingredients, high-performance fabrics and delivering excellent customer service.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Integration of Solar Systems into the Building Envelope
Online Learning, by BIPVco Limited
A practical guide to solar technology and buildings. Covers: the terminology used in connection with solar systems; building-integrated and building-applied methods; how to identify when to integrate and when to apply solar systems; the different photovoltaic cell technologies available; and, installation.

BIPVco manufactures building-integrated photovoltaic systems. BIPVco modules are extremely lightweight and flexible, making them ideal for integration with metal and membrane roofing systems. BIPVco solar modules also contain a self-cleaning top sheet to deter mildew, dirt or other obstacles. They’re highly cost-effective, saving money on energy bills.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A
Specifying Energy and Water Saving Bathrooms
Seminar, by Franke Sissons Ltd
Examines water scarcity from a global perspective before focussing on how this will impact the UK. Parts of the UK already face the threat of long-term water shortages, the causes and consequences of which are discussed alongside ways in which specifiers can help reduce water consumption in general, and specifically in relation to water and energy-saving products/systems used in washrooms.

Franke Sissons has provided innovative, practical and durable solutions to contractors and specifiers for over 230 years. It is a world leader in delivering washroom solutions for all industries, including education, leisure, hotels, transport and stadia. With standard and bespoke sanitaryware (grade 304 stainless steel and granite composite), accessories and brassware, Franke Sissons caters for all project types and sizes.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Sustainable Timber Doors, Windows and Cladding with a Minimum Service Life of 60 Years
Online Learning, by Accoya
Accoya is a leading high technology long life wood. The Accoya wood production process takes sustainably sourced, fast-growing softwood and enhances nature, creating a modified wood that matches or exceeds the durability, stability and beauty of the very best tropical hardwoods. A new world of high-performance, sustainable, low maintenance products is opened up by Accoya wood. Accoya is helping to protect the world’s precious hardwood resources. It’s guaranteed for 50 years for exterior use and 25 years when used in the ground.

Duration: 22 minutes