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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.
Acoustic Systems for Interior Noise Reduction
Online Learning, by Kvadrat Ltd
New & Available Online

This CPD will explore how noise influences people in various ways and effects work performance, communication, the general well-being and the enjoyment of the space. With strong focus on basics in acoustics, the presentation will discuss how you can incorporate absorbing materials in your project design. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Reverberation, diffusion, absorption and NRC
- How you can manipulate acoustics with choices of different materials and their locations
- Why each functional space needs different approach
- Why textile acoustic panels are a great tool to minimise reverberation and how they create pleasant acoustics

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
An Introduction to Acoustic Ceilings for Architects and Interior Designers
Seminar, by Rockfon

This CPD will explore acoustic principles in the built environment whilst discussing topics including compliance and regulations in various sectors, acoustic challenges, functional suspended ceiling design, fire safety, product durability and sustainability. It essentially aims to underscore the advantages of stone wool over other materials. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The key performance characteristics of stone wool - Fire, Acoustics, Hygiene, Sustainability, Humidity
- How to control acoustics in Health, Education, Leisure, Office
- The importance and effect of good acoustics and the challenges faced in the built environment
- Common acoustic design mistakes and the solutions
- How to demonstrate compliance with Approved Document E, Requirement E4, BB93 Acoustics Designs of Schools, BATOD and the Equality Act
- How to demonstrate compliance with Approved Document B, Requirement B2 and the essential use of non-combustible materials
- The benefits of stone wool ceilings and walls
Below Ground Waterproofing in Accordance with BS 8102 2009

This CPD covers the British Standards “BS 8102 2009 - Code of practice for protection of below ground structures against water from the ground”. It will discuss all the aspects of below ground waterproofing required to ensure a successful design and installation. Topics covered include types of waterproofing materials available, the grades that the structure must conform to, remedial measures in the context of a failure, and Heath and Safety requirements. The presentation will also include a case study. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
-The BS 8102 2009 and other complimentary documents
- How the water table shall impact the overall design
- How to select the correct waterproofing system given the proposed design
- The forces imposed on the structure and the implications of these forces on the designs
- The design and preparation requirements of new and remedial systems
- The importance of having approved and insured contractors carrying out the works
Circular and Sustainable Lead Replacement
Online Learning, by Leadax B.V.

This online CPD presentation will develop your understanding of sustainable and circular lead replacements. It will discuss the reasons for developing a sustainable and circular lead replacement, the importance of the circular economy and using waste materials to prevent future waste, the applications and benefits of sustainable lead replacements, issue of lead theft, and how lead replacements can be used to combat this rising crime. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How sustainable lead replacements benefit the environment, by utilising existing waste materials and creating a wider impact
- How circular lead replacements and manufacturing processes can reduce the consumption of raw materials and material waste
- How, why and when to use sustainable lead replacements
- How to ensure that a high-performance sustainable lead replacement is used and what to look for and ask when specifying
- How to reduce lead theft, particularly from churches by using lead replacements
- Case studies which demonstrate the use of sustainable lead replacements in churches and listed buildings
Design and Construction of Box in Box Systems
Seminar, by Mason UK Ltd

This CPD will discuss box in box systems from design to construction and explore what steps can be taken to improve project efficiency. Topics covered include an overview of why cinemas and auditoriums often require noise and vibration isolation, how test data is relevant, details on the physical space likely to be consumed by isolation measures and the construction methods undertaken to achieve a total box in box enclosure. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The implications of box in box design in terms of architectural envelope and structural stability
- Vibration and controlling factors
- The benefits of establishing an early acoustic design strategy
- Floating floor constructions
Design with Autism in Mind
Seminar, by danfloor UK Ltd

This CPD will explore the impact of interior design and elements specified for a building upon people on the Autistic spectrum. It discusses the sensitivities those living on the Autistic spectrum experience, and how internal spaces can affect the way these individuals relate to people and their environment. The presentation then introduces the ASPECTSS Design Index, as a conceptual framework used to address the elements of acoustics, heating, colour and pattern, and the zoning of spaces, and discusses how carpet can met the requirements of the Index. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The benefits of Autism Design principals
- How a thoughtfully designed environment will positively impact all children and adults with special needs
- How an interior design scheme will impact the way an individual on the spectrum will function and communicate with others
- Design recommendations as not limited to special schools and residential facilities
- The role of carpet in autistic inclusive environments
Designing for Dementia Facilities
Seminar, by Tarkett Ltd

Alzheimer facilities are becoming a public health policy priority for the UK. Whilst suitable medical treatment may be central to the quality of care, a comfortable environment in also closely linked to patient’s well being. This presentation provides an overview of the overall care environment and provides guidance in planning interior spaces, adapted for the care of people with Alzheimer and in particular in the choice of interior design, flooring and colour.
Electric Locking for Fire and Escape Doors
Online Learning, by Abloy UK
New & Available Online

This CPD will discuss electric locking for fire and escape doors. Topics covered include Building Regulations, legislation, and best practice and standards. It will also discuss the traditional requirements for Escape and Panic doors - as defined in BS EN 179 for Emergency Escape Hardware and BS EN 1125 for Panic Escape Hardware - and the newly published BS EN 13637 standard for Electrically Controlled Escape doors. This seminar will help to ensure correct design that maintains the fire and escape strategies for the building. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The different types of Access Control Systems and basic requirements and considerations for fire safety when incorporating Access Control in commercial buildings
- The difference between the requirements fire doors and escape doors
- Relevant harmonised standards, CE certification and Construction Products Regulation and its impact on correct specification
- Dynamic Lockdown and how this can be considered in the specification
- The electric locking options available to suit different risks
- How to ensure that electric locking specifications meet the specific requirements of Fire and Escape door applications
- The relevance of CE certification, Standards performance testing and correct application

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Emergency Lighting - Whodunnit?
Online Learning, by 299 Lighting
New & Available Online

Based on a murder-mystery style investigation, this seminar takes us to a fictitious place that has been affected by a serious fire incident. The unfortunate event led to many injuries and a vast material damage. With 4 main suspects, all very likely responsible for the failure of the emergency lighting, the seminar participants are invited to investigate who is responsible for the disaster. Written and presented in an interactive and fun way, this seminar looks deeper into the importance of designing emergency lighting. The investigation process will encourage a deeper understanding of the current Emergency lighting standards and reinforce the position of responsibility in the design and procurement process. Find out who is the one cutting corner and learn the pitfalls of the first stage of installing emergency escape lighting in the consultation and design stage. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to design emergency lighting to comply with current regulations
- Requirements for emergency lighting
- How to specify the right product for your project or property
- How to spot inefficiency in emergency lighting design
- How to design/appoint a lighting designer to design a compliant emergency lighting scheme
- The consequences of inappropriately designed schemes

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Indoor Sports Surface: A guide to specifying sports flooring
Seminar, by Tarkett Ltd

Topics include:
- Indoor sports surface standard: EN 14904
- Key test methods
- Performance standards of sports floors with reference to shock absorbency
- Requirements for different levels of sports competition, age groups and safety
- Selection criteria, installation, maintenance, environmental issues and life cycle costs
- A guide to correct specification for different types of use
Marmomac Restart Digital 2020
Online Learning, by Veronafiere
New & Available Online

The ReStart Digital 2020 project is a digital platform providing three days of meetings, networking, B2B and events where the natural stone community will have the chance to develop relationships within a global online format. During the digital event it’s possible to take part in the educational program known as Marmomac Academy, organized, for this special edition, in collaboration with the Iuav University of Venice and many other professionals of the sector, in both the technological and design field. This CPD will improve your understanding of:
- Physical/chemical properties of rocks and implications for the choice of stone materials
- Stone laying and installation, care and maintenance of natural stone material; processes and uses of the stone
- E-commerce in the stone sector; the Scandinavian marble market; North American stone market; the circular economy in the stone sector
- Stone applications in fashion and design: stereotomy and parametric in stone design; seriality in stone design
- Conservation and restoration techniques of buildings and stone claddings
- The potential and limits of quarries in terms of both production efficiency and sustainability
Minimising Fire Risks within Flat Roof Construction and Safe2Torch
Seminar, by Garland UK

This CPD discusses the risks associated with flat roof design across specification and application. In particular, it addresses hot works associated with the installation of built up roofing systems. It will discuss how these risks can be reduced by implementing safe design practices; safe specification and application methods. The presentation also addresses the recent changes to regulations as a result of the Hackitt report following the Grenfell tragedy. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The risks associated with hot works
- Your responsibilities and duties under CDM 2015
- How to identify risks associated with flat roof design, construction and application in relation to fire
- The importance and message behind the NFRC Safe2Torch Campaign
- How to reduce fire risks using safe design practices, safe specification writing and application methods on-site
Perimeter Security - Physical and Electronic Protection
Seminar, by Heras

This CPD discusses the process of designing a total perimeter security solution, highlighting the pertinent aspects, risks and potential solutions to mitigate the threats to a site. Topics covered include the variants of perimeter security, protection techniques to mitigate risks of persons entering the site boundary, site security layout needs and what detection technologies are available. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Accreditation and certification bodies
- How perimeters impact clients sites
- How to use natural as well as man made boundaries to protect sites
- What types of PIDS can be used on sites in relation with physical perimeter boundaries
- Merging physical with electronic PIDS to provide a solutions package
- Where to look for accredited products
Public Seating
Online Learning, by Tecno Spa
New & Available Online

This CPD will discuss the main elements and characteristics of public seating. It will underline the importance of ergonomics, versatility, reversibility and modularity of seating systems over time. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How seating systems can be reconfigured for heavy traffic areas
- Technological integration
- How to guarantee comfort, technological support and ergonomics in a system
- How to support travelers' needs
- Why public seating should be certified
- Why public seating should be fire tested
- Sustainability aspects to be aware of
- How guarantee long life to public seating
Specifying Physical Entrance Security
Online Learning, by Meesons A I Ltd
New & Available Online

This CPD looks at the specification of physical entrance security from the perimeter of a site, to the building façade and through to internal zones of the building. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Key security considerations for perimeter, façade and internal entrance control
- The solutions available and their associated advantages and disadvantages
- The methods of operation
- Associated security standards and approvals
- Installation considerations

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Specifying Sustainability; Protecting People, Planet and Prosperity

This CPD will explore how in recent years design sustainability and the implementing of design features has evolved into a more people-centric approach with places, health, and wellbeing at the core of the design process. Topics discussed include how a building's occupants are directly affected by specific elements within the built environment, Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), how design should be considered at the beginning to improve the overall experience of the occupants over the lifetime of a building, and different design solutions and their sustainability. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The effects natural and man-made design elements can have to occupant health, both physically and psychologically
- The different elements of IEQ and the preventative solutions that can be taken to control the source
- How to assess the positive and negative impact on occupant experience and how this can be altered through building design
- The scope of design solutions that can be implemented
- How to assess the sustainability of these design solutions - understanding what green practices can be put in place and how through sustainable solutions we are protecting our resources: people and planet, to ensure a prosperous future
Specifying Your Smart Project
Online Learning, by Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co KG
New & Available Online

This CPD aims to educate architects about how to specify Smart Projects for the commercial, residential and hospitality sector, depending on the complexity of the project. It will highlight what the benefits of specifying Smart are and give an overview of the Smart Home technologies that exist in the market today. It will also give insight into Smart Home statistics, how it makes for an inclusive environment, as well as BREEAM and how specifying Smart can help your project get BREEAM credits. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Smart home technologies and what is available in the market (IoT, IFTTT, eNet, KNX)
- The different levels of smart specifying and when to use them
- A system integrator's role and how it affects your work

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Tech X Design Summit
Online Learning, by CEDIA
New & Available Online

This CPD provides an opportunity for interior designers to find out more about the smart home industry with a new series of virtual education events. Tech X Design, planned for Wednesday 23rd September and Tuesday 6th October, will offer two unique full-day programmes to provide designers with an unparalleled opportunity to learn how technology can add value to their projects and drive new business. The global event will feature a full schedule of CPD courses and panel sessions across all sections of technology, from lighting to entertainment to technology trends. Learn how you can go beyond standard connected devices to a home that is truly smart and integrated to the lifestyle of your client. By the end of the event you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to select the appropriate technology for your product
- How to engage a specialist where appropriate
- The key timings of the project to work with partners to ensure success
- Technologies that are coming now and soon into the residential space, and how to apply them to projects.

View the full agenda and register for the event at https://cedia.net/education-events/tech-x-design-summit
Testing and Certification of Building Products (Reaction to Fire)
Online Learning, by UL
New & Available Online

This on-demand webinar will introduce you to the third-party testing and certification of reaction to fire construction products. The course explains the differences between the British and European Standards. It will outline the reaction to fire classifications and explain the tests involved. It will discuss the factors affecting test performance. Lastly it will explain how primary test evidence needs to match the supplied product. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What is involved in the third party testing, inspection and certification of construction products
- The reaction to fire testing process and classifications
- The factors affecting performance and the impact of inclusion of retardants
- How to interpret a test report
The Glass Planet (Practical Design + Specification Guide)
Online Learning, by Radii Partitioning Ltd
New & Available Online

- Demonstrates the thought processes necessary when specifying the Architectural use of Glass.
- Makes the designer think about glass as a “material” for building……not just a “product”.
- Provides guidance as to what specifications fit performance requirements.
- Helps the designer marry the technical resource with the aesthetic “design intent”.

Please note that for the foreseeable future this CPD seminar is only available in London and Southern locations. Alternatively, it can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Waterproofing Design and Installation
Online Learning, by Maclennan Waterproofing
New & Available Online

This CPD will discuss how to protect your client and company, comply with standards and deliver a project successfully. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to interpret British Standards BS8102
- The different types and grades of waterproofing
- What legal precedence affects the waterproofing design
- Which systems can fail, how they can fail and remedial options
- How to avoid pitfalls and protect your client
What have the Romans ever done for us? Public health, well-being and sustainability in the washroom
Seminar, by Dyson

Public awareness of washing hands to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses has increased following the Coronavirus Outbreak. This CPD covers the history of public health engineering and how problems in history were solved. It touches on personal hygiene and habits and considerations for washroom design of the future. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How public heath engineering started and why
- The building regulations applicable to public health engineering and use of BIM
- The potential consequences of poor design/engineering
- What consideration you should give to future washroom design