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Latest CPD

Here are the latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. These include both new and recently revised CPD materials, as well as face-to-face and online seminars.
A Sound Effect on People - Acoustics Podcast

"A sound effect on people" a podcast that explores how we are affected by sound. We explore how while poor acoustics can be harmful, a room with good acoustics can help you learn, work productively, even heal. Listeners will learn how our responses to sound aren’t just psychological but physiological too; different sounds spark different responses within our brains and bodies. This podcast series will explore how we can make our lives better, simply by improving the acoustic of the rooms we are in.
A Specifiers Guide to Subfloor Acoustic Mats
Online Learning, by Interfloor Ltd
New & Available Online

The presentation covers why acoustics are important in the built environment. It explores the relevant types of acoustic problems and how subfloor acoustic mats can help to manage these. It also covers manufacturing, how the system works and is installed, and the acoustic improvements you can expect from this type of construction. As well as this, it looks at how to specify the right product, the benefits of correct specification and environmental considerations. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Types of acoustic problems possible
- Suitability of products for given projects
- How the system is integrated in the floor build up
- Acoustic benefits
- How to specify the correct product
Advanced Technology For Achieving Part L1A Air Tightness
Online Learning, by Intelligent Membranes
New & Available Online

This CPD explores the benefits of liquid-applied, airtight membranes and how they can be used by main developers, house builders and contractors to achieve better airtightness performance. It takes a look at current solutions and technologies for achieving airtightness, as well as presenting a balanced overview of their pros and cons. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Liquid applied airtight vapour control membranes and their benefits
- The airtightness technologies available
- The latest regulations around airtightness
- What makes a liquid applied membrane effective
Application and Benefit of Antibacterial and Antiviral Porcelain
Online Learning, by Iris Ceramica Group
New & Available Online

This CPD will discuss the photocalytic properties of porcelain treated with Titanium Dioxide and doped with silver. The seminar will explore how a photocalytic surface works and the four main properties of photocaltyic surfaces as antibacterial, self-cleaning, anti-odour and anti-pollution. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How photocatalysis works on hard surfaces, specifically on porcelain
- How a photocalytic porcelain slab is created
- The application of photocalytic porcelain in different environments

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Carbon and the Built Environment

This CPD will explore carbon in the built environment. Topics discussed include the effect of carbon on climate change, the impact of the built environment on global carbon footprint, the difference between embodied carbon and operational carbon, and how to design with carbon in mind. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Why we need to take action to reduce negative impacts of carbon in the built environment
- How, if used correctly, carbon can be used in a positive way
-The different initiatives at global, national, regional and industry specific levels to combat climate change
- Market leaders which are leading this conversation by action
-The tools available to measure the embodied carbon of a design/specification
Kitchen Design: Back to Basics
Online Learning, by Symphony Group
New & Available Online

This interactive webinar discusses the minimum elements required within kitchens, and the minimum space required to be able to include these elements. It concludes with actionable tips for architects to aid kitchen designers in providing functional and attractive kitchens. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Existing standards and regulations applicable to kitchen design
- The elements that end users expect in addition to the minimum elements required
- The specific sizes of the minimum elements required for a functional kitchen
- How to ensure appropriate space is provided within a property to provide a functional kitchen
- How to apply actions to improve the kitchen spaces provided in residential properties
Smart Showering – A Catalyst For Change In Bathroom Design
Online Learning, by Aqualisa Products Ltd
New & Available Online

This CPD explores the rise of internet connected shower and bath fill technology. It will cover the smart shower proposition from its unique control and personalisation features to installation and cost-benefit considerations. The presentation also touches on domestic plumbing systems and the quality mechanisms applied to smart showers. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Domestic water supplies and plumbing systems
- What smart showers are
- What the design and installation advantages of smart showers are
- The importance of compliance and quality criteria for shower controls and fittings
- Installation and bathroom design considerations
Specification of Safety Vinyl Floorcoverings
Seminar, by Polyflor Ltd

This CPD will cover the following topics:
- Health and Safety issues
- Legislation
- Safety florring characteristics
- Slip resistance test methods
- Applications
- Industry standards
- Detailing
- Maintenance
- Sustainability
The Importance of Third-Party Testing and Certification of Building Envelope Products
Online Learning, by UL
New & Available Online

This on-demand webinar will introduce you to the third party testing and certification schemes. The CPD explains what the schemes are, how they work, where and when they can be used, which products are commonly included and finally how these schemes can be used as a tool for the construction industry. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- CE Marking for building envelope products
- The third party certification process for building envelope products and the benefits of certification
- The testing drivers involved in building envelope products
- The European Standards for building envelope products
- What is required for meeting product scrutiny for building envelope products
Understanding and Specifying Invisible Sound Solutions
Online Learning, by Amina Technologies Ltd

This CPD explores the options available to architects and interior designers to include sound sources into their projects, for entertainment, ambience, education or safety. It will discuss the properties and benefits of DML (Distributed Mode Loudspeakers), how invisible sound solutions can be created with zero visual impact, sound reproduction and how the listening experience is impacted by the presence, or otherwise, of different parts of the frequency spectrum, speaker requirements for different applications including 3D sound, and options for fire barriers and voice evacuation where required. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to speak with confidence to clients about invisible sound solutions in both residential and commercial projects
- What materials can be used in an interior design to render speakers invisible besides a plaster skim and likely impact on sound quality of differing options
- How to provide outline specification of options to clients for sound solutions using DML