RIBA CPD Showcase

Latest CPD materials

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.
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This CPD will look at explaining approved Document L and how it affects Roofights & Roof Glazing.

By the end of this CPD delegates should:

1. Have an understanding of the update on Approved Document L.
2. Have an understanding of U-Values.
3. Know more on Upstand requirements.
4. Understand SAP Calculations.
5. Know more about the sustainability benefits of AD L.
This CPD seminar focuses on the capabilities, characteristics and applications of fire curtains. During this informative session, you will delve into the following key areas:

Understanding fire curtains
- Discover the fundamental principles behind fire curtains and their effectiveness in preventing the spread of fire and smoke.
- Explore the various types of fire curtains available, their design and how they integrate seamlessly into architectural designs.

Fire curtain applications
- Learn about the wide range of applications where fire curtains can be utilised, from commercial buildings to industrial facilities and public spaces.
- Understand how fire curtains enable architects to create safe, open-plan environments while maintaining compliance with fire safety regulations.

Design considerations
- Explore the design flexibility that fire curtains offer, allowing architects to incorporate fire safety measures without compromising aesthetics.
- Gain insights into the integration of fire curtains into building plans, considering factors such as fire ratings, installation requirements and maintenance.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Fire safety and the specific capabilities of fire curtains, equipping you to make informed design decisions.
- How to integrate fire curtains into architectural designs, enhancing building safety without sacrificing aesthetics.
- The latest regulations and requirements for fire safety in building design, ensuring your projects meet the necessary standards.
- Practical insights into incorporating fire curtains effectively, meeting both legal obligations and client expectations.
- How to improve client satisfaction by confidently integrating fire curtains into your designs, providing a safer environment for building occupants.
Seminar, by VELUX Company Ltd
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We are the Indoor Generation! We spend 90% of our time indoors. Furthermore, the indoor environment is 5 times more polluted than the outdoor. This has a negative effect on our Health, as we are living in unhealthy homes.

Daylight & Fresh Air is vital for a healthier home. This seminar explores a rethink of how buildings can help resolve global climate and health challenges through sustainable solutions and practical action.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How a healthy indoor climate is vital for Health & Well Being
- The Importance of Natural Daylight & Ventilation in Buildings
- Active House Principles
- How the choice of different materials can reduce the CO2 in a building.
This seminar explores available options for rainscreen cladding and the relevant regulations. Within the options it runs through the key points that specifiers need to consider, including: Sustainability, durability, performance, fire safety, aesthetics, installation and maintenance.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What rainscreen cladding is.
- Conventional materials for rainscreen cladding.
- The applications where rainscreen cladding can be used, taking into consideration important factors.
- Important technical points on fire testing for rainscreen cladding on low-rise buildings.
- How to specify a rainscreen cladding product that meets the standards and will stand the test of time.
- The importance of what's behind the cladding.
Seminar, by Soprema UK
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Step into the world of acoustic design considerations with our CPD session. Explore the essence of sound, dissect its impact on spaces, and dive deep into the intricacies of noise, reverberation, and flanking noise. This comprehensive session is designed for architects, engineers, and designers seeking to master the art of acoustic design in various environments. Learn about effective solutions and detailed strategies to create acoustically optimised spaces that elevate comfort and functionality.

By the end of this CPD, delegates ought to understand:

1. What is and how we hear sound.
2. The effects of noise.
3. Specific design requirements for school and houses (BB93 / Approved Document E).
4. Reverberation and Flanking Noise.
5. Solution Details.
Seminar, by Axelent Ltd
This Fall Protection CPD provides a clear understanding of the variables and configurations which should be taken into consideration when selecting a fall protection system provider within a project and facility. Upon completion you will have a greater knowledge within the types of anti-fall protection to consider at specification and design stage, supported with reasoning of application and compliance with relevant safety standards.

By the end of this CPD, delegates ought to:

1. Understand design and testing in relation to Fall protection Systems.
2. Have an awareness of legislation and standards in relation to fall protection systems.
3. Know key factors to consider when appointing a fall protection system provider.
4. Understand the limitations of fall protection.
5. Understand the application of safety standards.
Seminar, by Euroform Products
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This Fire and Sheathing Technical CPD covers the principles of fire and the new building regulations with regards to high risk and high rise buildings as well as the use of sheathing boards within SFS through wall systems.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The basics on fire principles.
- Current building regulations.
- Sheathing board applications.
- Through wall system design.
This CPD delves into the various causes of roof fires, alongside understanding the inherent risks associated with the installation of commonly used flat roofing systems. It is tailored for architects, specifiers, and stakeholders engaged in the build or refurbishment or management of flat roofs, with a primary emphasis on fire safety considerations. Delegates will be equipped with essential knowledge and strategies for mitigating the risk of fire in flat roofing systems.
By the end of this presentation, you should:
- Understand the Regulatory Landscape and The Building Safety Act, ensuring compliance and safety in roofing projects.
- Gain insights into the workings of BS EN 13501-5 Test 4 and the significance of BroofT4 certification when evaluating roofing materials' fire performance.
- Understand the pivotal role of third-party accreditation in ensuring quality, reliability, and compliance within the roofing industry.
- Discover the benefits of collaborative engagement with manufacturers to optimize the specification process, ensuring seamless project execution.
Online Learning, by Saflex
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Laminated glass has been a recognized design material employed extensively in Europe for many years, its use continues to expand and can provide design benefits. In addition to the safety and security benefits it employs, PVB laminated glass can contribute to the comfort, health, and well-being of building occupants in terms of daylighting, sound control, solar/UV control, structural enhancement, and colour aesthetics.

Laminated glass, which is formed by bonding an interlayer between two pieces of glass under heat and pressure, is a differentiated alternative to the often-specified tempered glass in safety applications. Unlike tempered safety glass, which breaks into small pieces, laminated glass tends to contain the broken glass shards and helps maintain the building envelope. It can provide demonstrated bird protection, security, sound, and storm benefits as well.

As the building industry examines these performance issues, design criteria, and the effect on occupant comfort, architects are increasingly turning to laminated glass because of its many high-performance benefits.

By the end of this CPD delegates ought to be able to:

1. Compare and contrast the performance benefits of PVB laminated versus non-laminated glass for safety and security applications.
2. Describe how health and welfare benefits may result from sound transmission reduction and how laminated glass contributes.
3. Recognize the importance of bird protection in architectural design and how laminated glass can contribute to reducing bird collisions, ensuring compliance with bird safety standards and regulations.
4. Recognize how colour PVB may influence wellness and assist architects and designers in obtaining their design goals.
5. Illustrate the design possibilities utilizing multiple high-performance capabilities in laminated glass to influence efficiency and elevate the human experience.
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This CPD is a guide detailing what criteria an instant hot water tap must have to meet Regulation 4 for specification in residential new build, as well as an overview of the design choices available, how the products work, essential planning/installation requirements and ongoing maintenance requirements.

By the end of this CPD delegates ought to:

1. Better understand what a Hot Water Tap is.
2. Understand how to know if its suitable for a property.
3. Better understand Planning, Installation & Maintenance requirements.
4. Know more about Safety & Sustainability.
5. Recognise the selection of tap choices available
Seminar, by Sto Ltd
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This CPD explains the differences between the different insulation systems you can choose from for the walls of a building, with the focus on external wall insulation systems. Topics covered include: • Why insulate externally and the benefits of using EWIS • How EWIS can meet and exceed Part L of the Building Regulations • Specification criteria and design considerations to ensure the cladding system meets local conditions • Insulation fixings and reinforcing coats • Finish options available, including materials, colour and texture.
By the end of this seminar, you will be able to:
-Understand the difference between an external wall insulation system and cavity wall insulation,
-Consider specification criteria to in relation to wind load, reaction to fire and climate
-Know certification and testing of external wall insulation systems
-Have an overview of insulation choice, fire barriers and the importance of detailing
-Have an overview of the variety of finish options available for an external wall insulation system
The aim of this CPD is to introduce and educate on the use of large format porcelain slabs for design and specification in a variety of market sectors and areas of application, including residential, retail and commercial.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What porcelain is and how it is manufactured.
- The key attributes and benefits of porcelain.
- The benefits of porcelain over traditional surface materials.
- Where to use porcelain and why.
- Installation and Health & Safety.
Seminar, by Hadley Group
Explore the efficiency, sustainability, and versatility of Offsite Pre-Panelised MMC, and gain valuable insights into how it can streamline your projects, delivering a flexible and sustainable steel superstructure on programme.

Elevate your expertise and stay ahead of the curve in the evolving construction landscape. Join us on this transformative journey and reshape the way you build.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The benefits and advantages of Offsite pre-panelised MMC.
- System components for design efficiencies.
- Building performance and regulations.
- Sustainable construction.
- Design, Production and Install journey.
This CPD covers the design, principles and benefits of specifying rainscreen, looking into the history of rainscreen it’s different applications and how it’s use has developed with the ever evolving construction industry demands. We will look at different fixing and support options as well as what other considerations drive the design of rainscreen facades.
By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What rainscreen cladding is and why it’s used.
- Different support structures for rainscreen.
- The factors that influence rainscreen layouts & applications.
- The difference between well known fire classifications.
- What Equitone is & the assistance on offer through specification.
Join this CPD session on Restraint Ties and Fixings to enhance your understanding on the options available, best practice, and the correct materials to specify to ensure your projects stand the test of time. We will discuss the different types of restraints for securing masonry and options for fixing back to concrete, SFS, and a range of other internal structures, plus gain insight into the different systems for restraining stone and all the relevant standards. We will also be sharing the results of new, independent research, which confirms the correct specification and installation of brick tie channel systems from Sandberg - the world's most respected construction material consultancy with over 160 years' experience in testing the quality and performance of materials.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What the purpose of a wall tie is.
- What the different types of wall ties are and where they can be used.
- Which standards and legislation to refer to when looking at wall ties.
- The importance of correct material specification when it comes to wall ties within an external leaf.
- How to specify the correct restraint product for each application.
Seminar, by Leviat
In this seminar, we discuss best practice in the selection and installation of common masonry fixings, focusing on cavity wall ties, frame cramps, channel restraint systems and head restraints.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The importance of wall ties and how they contribute the structural stability of masonry walls.
- The correct way to specify a wall tie, based on tie type, length and density.
- What is best practice for the installation of wall ties.
- How head restraints contribute to the structural stability of masonry panels.
- Wall tie thermal efficiency and allowance for movement.
Seminar, by Safehinge Primera
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Effective design within the mental health sector can be a complex and challenging subject, with numerous important factors to consider. Service-user and staff requirements are constantly evolving alongside new methods of treatment, innovative technological advancements, key legislation, environmental improvements and other measures, with the objective of reducing inpatient suicide and injury, whilst aiding recovery. This CPD has been created to review the design and specification process for doorsets and architectural hardware, encapsulating all of the above, highlighting the key subjects that all stakeholders may need to consider, in order to achieve that objective.

By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Product design and innovation - past and present - out-dated products versus new technology.
- The importance of co-production, consultation and co-operation for all stakeholders.
- The stages of the design and specification process.
- What results can be achieved through effective consultation, design and implementation.
- The future - new innovations.
Seminar, by Vectorworks UK Ltd
Sustainable architecture is becoming more important than ever as the AEC industry is working to reach carbon reduction and sustainability targets. The presentation discusses standards, guidance, data sources and legislation driving embodied carbon to the front of the sustainable construction conversation, and delves into the standard methodology to calculate it in architectural projects. It will show how to approach assessments from early design stages as well as in advanced stages, and how to assess carbon for the whole lifecycle of projects.
By the end of the seminar you will be able to:
-Understand project lifecycle stages and how carbon is assessed for projects’ whole lifecycle,
-Know the difference between embodied and operational carbon and their importance to reducing carbon footprints,
-Calculate embodied carbon using material properties, material quantities and embodied carbon data
-Assess embodied carbon in product, transport, construction, use and end of life stages
-Know how to do early and advanced stage assessments and where to find data sources for embodied carbon.
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This CPD provides an overview of ventilated facades. Topics covered include the benefits of ventilated facades, the chimney effect and thermal bridges, a comparison of porcelain stoneware against other elements that can be used for ventilated facades, types of ventilated facade, technical solutions, and the importance of mechanical fixing for preventing tiles from falling. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The main advantages of ventilated facades
- The chimney effect and the thermal bridge
- The systems of facades – including visible and invisible
- Technical solutions that can be achieved - including indoor, outdoor, round and flat facades
- Why it is important to have a mechanical fixing in your glued façade

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Seminar, by Abloy UK
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This is a CPD to explain what wireless access control is, what are the trends, benefits, different types of wireless locking available and the cost efficiencies that can be achieved.

The CPD will cover Principles of designing a wireless access control system, how wireless locking works, the technologies available and how these solutions can extend beyond the door to include other applications such as lockers, server rack cabinets etc.

A number of case studies will be highlighted at the end to identify the use case examples.

By the end of this CPD delegates ought to:

1. Understand what wireless access control is, good principles of designing a system and considerations to take account of.
2. Understand the true benefits of these solutions in respect of ease of installation, sustainability, and cost efficiency.
3. Appreciate the different types of solution available, different technologies and communication methods used and standards that apply.
4. Be able to identify the additional applications beyond the door, that these products can be used to achieve solutions.
5. Understand real life applications where these solutions are utilised.
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