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Design, construction and technology

The following RIBA-approved CPD materials fall within the ‘Design, construction and technology’ RIBA Core Curriculum topic. The Core Curriculum acts as a learning framework. 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.
A Revolution in Room Heating? Is there an Alternative to Radiators and Underfloor Heating?
Online Learning, by Discrete Heat
Examines the advantages and disadvantages of thermal skirting in residential, commercial, healthcare, and student and assisted living environments. Includes guidance on: the features and limitations of skirting heating systems; skirting heating performance compared to other traditional forms of heating; combining skirting heating with renewable technologies, such as air source heat pumps; and, the energy and carbon impacts of various heating technologies.

Thermal skirting combines heating and skirting board in one. With 50,000 systems installed worldwide, Discrete Heat’s thermal skirting system is a viable alternative to radiators and UFH – a radically simple, innovative radiant heating system disguised as a stylish, sleek and unobtrusive skirting profile. No more storage heaters, no more panel radiators and no need for underfloor heating. Available in wet and electric versions, and supplied to both the domestic and commercial sectors, Discrete’s thermal skirting is manufactured using a highly conductive aluminium alloy that radiates heat up to five times more effectively than steel.
Best Practice for Air and Windtight Structures
Online Learning, by PARTEL
Focuses on the importance of air and wind tightness in low-energy building design, and on the risks associated with airtight buildings and how best to overcome these. Also examines the significance of external and internal membranes, their sealing, and how to specify and install them.

PARTEL is a leading developer and supplier of high-performance, sustainable building envelope systems and materials for the low-energy building sector. PARTEL provides an integrated range of air- and windtight systems, thermal bridging solutions, and ventilation systems.

PARTEL is also able to combine its architectural, engineering and technical expertise to develop customised solutions for any type of building.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
How to Specify Sustainable, Innovative Drinking Water Systems
Online Learning, by Aqua Libra Co
A guide to reducing single-use plastic by designing tea points and water-filling stations with re-usable drinking vessels in mind. Also highlights the design principles that help reduce energy consumption, water miles and carbon footprints, the contribution that instant dispense water systems can make to sustainability accreditations, and the differences between water filtration and water purification, and their impact on water safety and taste.

Aqua Libra’s mission is to reduce single-use plastic and to support the principles of a circular economy. Aqua Libra claims that its systems are 50% more efficient than others – the product of its own patented technology – and that it is the only company in the industry to use purified water in the boiler, thereby improving water quality, eliminating limescale, and reducing faults and breakdowns.

Duration: 40 minutes, plus Q&A
Specification, Performance and Features of Concealed Hinges and Sliding Systems for Doors in Residential and Commercial Spaces
Online Learning, by Krona Koblenz SpA
A look at concealed hinges and gears for doors in residential and commercial settings. Topics covered include the fire and corrosion performance of stainless steel, steel and zamak versions of concealed hinges, hinge maintenance, and new developments in concealed sliding door equipment.

Krona Koblenz is a leading Italian manufacturer of architectural hardware and door suspension systems. Its specialist product range includes fully adjustable concealed hinges for flush doors and sliding pocket door equipment, patented concealed tracking for sliding doors, and swing/pivoting door leaves for mobility-impaired users.

Duration: 30 minutes, plus Q&A
Specifying Architectural Hardware for Inclusive Design
Online Learning, by Hafele UK Ltd
Covers the hardware used to hang, operate, lock, close and protect doors. Also looks at building standards relevant to door ironmongery products and solutions, and examples of doorsets for common specification requirements.

When it comes to specifying ironmongery, Häfele is the expert in its field. Its team includes Dip GAI certificate holders and Registered Ironmongers (Reg AI) with years of experience. Together, they are well-equipped to provide design consultation, door-by-door scheduling, estimating services and technical advice on the best integrated solutions available.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Specifying Hygienic Drinking Water Solutions in a Post Covid World
Seminar, by Zip Water
Following COVID, our workplaces will never be the same again. By focusing on creating space, using the latest technologies, and understanding additional drinking water hygiene solutions, this seminar represents the latest thinking in hydration solutions.

Zip Water has created some of the world's most advanced drinking water solutions, incorporating the very latest technology and cutting-edge innovation. With workplace hygiene at the forefront of people’s minds, Zip offers several touch-free drinking water solutions, including mains-fed dispensers (ideal for office and reception areas), as well as countertop and on-wall boiling solutions.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A