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Latest CPD materials

Here are the latest CPD materials to have been assessed and approved by the RIBA. These include both new and recently revised, and both online and in person CPD materials.
A Specifier's Guide to Construction Products Regulations for Digitally Printed Wallcoverings and Graphics
Online Learning, by Papergraphics Limited
Revised
With so many different types of Digitally Printable products available for use within interiors, are you certain that you are selecting a suitable product?

We will explain the differences between the types of products available and what those differences mean to you as a specifier. We will familiarise you with the relevant sections of the Construction Products Regulations - the UK Building regulations (post-Brexit) and transition from the EU to the UKCA Standards, relating to these products. We will give you the means to ensure your materials; meet BS EN15102 product performance requirements, that the Fire Certificate is valid for its intended use, have a declaration of performance and are displaying an approved CE or UKCA Mark.
Following this CPD, you can be confident when specifying bespoke, Digitally Printed Wallcoverings and graphics for interiors.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Addressing the Performance Gap Using Reflective Insulation
Revised
This CPD reflects on the issues causing the Performance Gap and discusses solutions on how to overcome this industry wide problem using reflective insulation systems. Topics covered include why buildings do not perform as predicted at the design stage, how the performance gap can be addressed, important criteria when selecting construction systems, trustworthy products and systems, and applied construction build-ups and case studies. By the end of the seminar you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to evaluate and specify reflective insulation products
- Performance gap issues and how they can be overcome at different stages of a project
- How reflective insulation products work
- Construction details
- The architect's role in addressing the performance gap

Register to join Addressing the Performance Gap with Reflective Insulation on the second Thursday of every month at 1pm at http://bit.ly/2Wj4YeM

For further information about our CPD visit https://www.insulation-actis.com/cpd.html
Barrier Free Bathrooms. Design and Function for all
Online Learning, by HEWI (UK) Ltd
New & Available Online
This seminar highlights the availability of accessibility/sanitary products and illustrates how contemporary design can be used to create beautiful accessible bathrooms which are not only functional but comply with current regulations and the requirements of people with disabilities. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Why well-designed accessibility spaces do not need to look institutional
- How well designed accessible spaces can contribute to the physical but also the mental wellbeing of their users.
- How to interpret the regulations to promote inclusive design
- The different requirements required to cater for the various demographics- we don't all want the same
Best Practice for Designing End of Trip Facilities
Online Learning, by FIVE AT HEART
New & Available Online
This CPD deals in the best practice principles for designing an End of Trip facility, including concepts of accessibility, integration into other typologies and the street scape, long term flexibility and materiality. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- Correct space planning and briefing of an EoT appropriate to client and building type
- How and where to access local and national planning codes
- The social complexities of why accessibility matters in these spaces
- Appropriate materiality for these types of spaces

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Building Board Solutions: The ultimate 100% waterproof, modular tile backer solution for wet areas
Online Learning, by wedi
New & Available Online
This CPD covers the key design considerations for wet and damp environments. It also provides a thorough comparison of suitable tiling substrates and looks in-depth at the properties and applications of building board and XPS design solutions. The CPD also covers in detail, the installation and fixing processes and any issues to overcome. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
-The properties and the design potential of XPS building boards
-The key benefits of XPS over other tiling substrates
-The key installation requirements for common applications
-Specifying XPS building boards for a wet or damp environment

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Commercial Washrooms - Hygiene in the Commercial Washroom Environment
Online Learning, by Vitra Tiles
New & Available Online
This CPD will provide an overview of the hygiene issues associated with the commercial bathroom environment, looking at sector specific scenarios, for example the hotel environment. By the end of the presentation and case studies, you should have a greater understanding of:
- How product choice can help to reduce or break the chain of infection
- How new innovative ideas can reduce or break the chain of infection
- Environmental sustainability issues
- Hygiene issues associated with the commercial bathroom environment


This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Cutting-edge design for Eco-friendly bathrooms
Online Learning, by PORCELANOSA Group
New & Available Online
This seminar will explore how to achieve cutting-edge design for modern bathrooms with an emphasis on eco-friendly techniques. It will showcase up to date technologies used in the production processes and how to design a tailored bathroom with the view of reducing the human ecological footprint. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to design bathrooms which allow the maximum personalization of space.
- The different production processes to achieve tailored products for the bathroom.
- How to reduce the water and energy consumption in the bathroom.
- The economic impact of reducing the water consumption with Eco-Friendly products.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Electrochromic Glass: Optimizing daylighting design to support human comfort and building energy performance
Online Learning, by Saint-Gobain SageGlass Europe
New & Available Online
This CPD explores the modern design challenges associated with dynamic glass. It describes what Electrochromic glass is and how it can help to respond to those challenges. Within the CPD are details about the performance features and applications of Electrochromic glass and its sustainable benefits. What's also covered, is the design freedom and associated considerations with EC glass as well as the requirements for installation and maintenance. Finally, some successful project experiences are shown. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Modern design challenges, what Electrochromic glass is and how it can help to respond to those challenges
- The performance features and applications of Electrochromic glass
- The sustainable benefits of EC glass
- Design freedom and considerations with EC glass
- Installation and maintenance


This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely
Facade Compartmentation, Cavity Barriers
Online Learning, by FSi Limited
New & Available Online
This technical seminar covers the UK regulations and guidance surrounding cavity barrier use and design as stipulated by Approved Document B, CWCT and NHBC. The talk also goes into the British Standards associated with fire barriers such as BS EN 13501-1, BS 476-20, ASFP TGD19, BS EN 8414-2 & BRE135 classifications. Finally, the seminar looks at additional endorsements such as third-party test accreditation and certification of products and installers. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to define cavity barriers, where they are used and on what buildings
- Detailing barriers, ventilation, fixings and insulation
- Specifying cavity barriers, to what test standards, BS 476-20, EN1366-4, TGD19
- Full system testing - BS EN 8414-2
- The use of third party accreditation for testing and installation

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Facade Weatherproofing Systems
Online Learning, by EFFISUS
New & Available Online
This CPD aims to provide feedback from the field on the technology that is available in regards to weatherproofing membranes and also main considerations that we should take when designing and installing weatherproofing membrane systems (air, vapor, fire, water). It will provide an understanding of the importance of interface membranes and improvements utilizing prefabrication/bespoke solutions.
By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- Future-proofing buildings in regards to weatherproofing
- Fire performance test methods on weatherproofing membranes systems
- How to benefit from pre-fabrication technologies on different façade applications
- How to raise the façade efficiency and final quality.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
High Performance Cladding Envelopes: Form, Legacy, Light
Seminar, by Euramax Corby Ltd
New
This CPD provides an explanation of the most common coating options available for metal envelopes and explains the advantages in choosing coil-coating as the option. It also provides essential information for the audience/specifier to assist them in making the right decision when selecting a metal coating including type, sustainability, warranty periods, reaction to fire and helps explain the way that various pigments and base materials interact with light using completed project references.
Innovation in Flush Fronted Washrooms
Seminar, by Sylan
Revised
This seminar aims to inform specifiers on the key information required for specifying flush fronted washrooms. Key learning aims include:
- Consider the key material finishes available, their features and benefits and how they can influence washroom design
- Receive guidance on how the selection of fixing systems can impact on the design of high end, flush fronted washroom
- Advice on budget and value engineering
- Explore the key considerations around equality and accessibility
- Discuss the importance of a tried and tested system
Ironmongery and Fire Safety
New
This CPD presentation looks at fire safety legislation and guidance that impacts the specification of architectural ironmongery. It also covers legislation and guidance that is relevant post-handover, with a focus on risks to consider in respect of fire doors and the correct specification of ironmongery. By the end of this CPD you should have a greater understanding of:

- The definition of fire safety in addition to some historical context
- Legislation applicable to the ironmongery industry which relates to pre-handover ie during planning, construction and sign off
- Legislation applicable to the ironmongery industry which relates to post-handover of a building
- Risks to consider in respect of fire doors and the correct specification of ironmongery as well as potential consequences of ignoring these risks
- Examples of differences to regulatory regimes which were caused by specific occurrences and fires
Layers of Light
Online Learning, by Delta Lighting Design
New & Available Online
This CPD is directed at architects, interior designers and landscape designer. It offers tools and techniques to facilitate approaching lighting design from an aesthetic, spatial and scientific point of view. It’s a design orientated CPD, so technical solutions are not addressed in this material.
Life Cycle Assessment and Embodied Carbon– Making the Most Sustainable Choices
Online Learning, by Sherwin-Williams
New & Available Online
This session will explain life cycle assessment and environmental product declarations, how they relate to leading green building standards, and how project teams can consider these deliverables when assessing the impact of a project. Topics discussed include the benefits and limitations of life cycle assessment, how life cycle assessment is valued by green building programs, the differences in methods between life cycle assessment, whole building life cycle assessment, embodied carbon and other, and a sense of what the future holds for environmentally footprinting. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to better read the results of a life cycle assessment
- How the results of a life cycle assessment or EPD can be utilized
- How to ensure life cycle assessments or EPDs meet the criteria align with green building standards
- How to avoid pitfalls around inaccurate sustainability claims stemming from life cycle assessment
- The rigor, complexity, and limitations of EPDs and life cycle assessments


This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Making Brick Work
New
This CPD is designed to give a brief introduction to facing bricks history, the methods of manufacture and their technical characteristics - giving the specifier the knowledge to select the right bricks for the correct applications. The presentation additionally looks at good site workmanship. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The heritage and longevity of clay facing bricks
- How to identify the types of brick by their manufacturing method
- The technical properties of a brick – including sizing, tolerances, range, frost rating, salts and compressive strength
- How to select bricks based on geography and the topography of the site
- The importance of bond pattern and mortar selection
- The importance of good site practice and working with the contractor to achieve the desired finish
Navigating Your Appointment: Key issues to watch out for
Online Learning, by CLYDE & CO LLP
New & Available Online
This seminar looks at the key legal and commercial issues that architects need to be aware when agreeing their appointment terms, such as:
- standards of care;
- payment mechanisms;
- scope creep and additional services issues;
- novation vs. assignment;
- intellectual property; and
- limiting liability.
Outdoor Concepts: Creating the New Normal
Online Learning, by Renson Fabrications Ltd
New & Available Online
This CPD discusses the impact the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic had on all of society and how it kick-started a new interconnection with the natural world. It emphasises how connecting this to our designs and plans can have a fundamental benefit to the occupants’ psychological and physical health, and the evolution of man and nature along with the trends that have arisen because of the pandemic. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- The flaws COVID19 highlighted in design and build
- Improving health and wellbeing through design
- How to connect the inside with the outside
- The benefits for occupants’ health and wellbeing through the connection of nature
- Outdoor living as a concept
- How outdoor living can provide pre-2010 houses and spaces with better ventilated spaces
- The versatility in application of outdoor living
Reinventing Radiant Surfaces
Online Learning, by PARC, a Price Company
New & Available Online
This CPD will introduce the concept of radiant heat transfer and radiant panel technology as an energy efficient and highly comfortable means of heating and cooling a building. The presentation provides a technical background to the benefits of radiant heating and cooling, as well as introducing the different aesthetic solutions available for radiant panels, including metal, textile and special finishing. These options are then presented alongside their different technical benefits. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- The process of radiant heat transfer
- Which applications are most appropriate for the application of radiant technology
- The different design solutions available with radiant products and the benefits of each
- Rules of thumb to help design radiant ceilings
- The tools available to help design projects with radiant solutions

The CPD can be delivered in person or remotely.
Section 6 2020 Scotland: Fabric Performance and towards Passive
Seminar, by Xtratherm UK Ltd
Revised
This seminar looks at the Scotland Building Standards Technical Handbook Section 6 on energy efficiency. It will help you to understand the following topics:
- Understand the goals set within Section 6 for fabric performance, the fabric first approach and how to achieve compliance in your specification
- Understand the advantage of good detailing to achieve good fabric performance
- Understand the thermal bridging factor, the Y-value and how it is calculated
- Understand how to calculate target U-values and the reference house
- Understand how to get towards Nearly Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB), Zero Carbon House and Passive standards
Specifying 20mm Porcelain Stoneware Pavers With A Focus On Raised Installation Systems
Online Learning, by MIRAGE GRANITO CERAMICO S.P.A.
New & Available Online
This CPD provides an overview of 20mm porcelain stoneware pavers and its applications. It covers a general presentation of the material, how it’s made, technical performance, a comparison of 20mm porcelain stoneware against other outdoor materials, installation systems and the key advantages of each, and an overview of special raised floor systems - for modular laying and as well for decking. Finally, the seminar discusses special pieces, such as pool borders and outdoor furniture, to highlight the other application possibilities available with porcelain stoneware. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- What 20mm porcelain stoneware is and where it should be used
- The main benefit of 20mm porcelain stoneware
- Possible installation systems for 20mm porcelain stoneware
- Possible outdoor applications outside of flooring
Specifying Luxury Vinyl Tiles in Commercial Environments
Online Learning, by Amtico International

New & Available Online
The CPD explains what Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) is, and demonstrates its suitability in commercial environments. It outlines LVT’s benefits and technical features suitable for commercial use and then compares these features to other types of flooring such as stone, ceramics, sheet vinyl, wood and carpet. It also outlines the straight-forward installation and maintenance process of LVT as well as exploring the many specification considerations of LVT. Sector-specific case studies are also illustrated in this CPD.
Sustainable and High Performance Liquid Screeds
Online Learning, by LKAB Minerals
New & Available Online
The purpose of this presentation is to introduce, inform, educate and offer guidance on liquid screed applications, key features and specification points of interest in relation to the overall floor construction. We firstly consider the various types of liquid screeds (and binders used to produce these products) which are in a rapid phase of growth within the industry. Secondly we aim to show how architects can best consider how these screeds can support their design and function criteria of screeds/ floors. This is backed up with references to accreditations, case studies illustrating some areas of architectural interest and keynote explanations of function. We also within this presentation try to make appropriate references to the sustainability of these products, within context of product and also in overall construction.

This material aims to increase understanding of:
- What are screed binders and types available for the specifier
- Otions to specify for particular criteria; eg High rise, acoustic, visual finishes to floors with screed in mind
- Contextualizing how a high performance screed will perform within an architect's design
- Options to reduce CO2, propose more sustainable and safe products.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Sustainable Surface Materials: A guide to new innovations in tile production and material composition
New
This CPD will explore a number of points relating to sustainability in tiles - it is a journey, so we will explore what the tiling industry is doing to become more sustainable, how different tiling materials play a role, focusing on recycling as well as recycled content, and also some tips on questions to ask when specifying tiles for a more sustainable outcome
Sustainable Surface Materials: A guide to new innovations in tile production and material composition
Seminar, by Strata Tiles
New
This CPD will explore a number of points relating to sustainability in tiles - it is a journey, so we will explore what the tiling industry is doing to become more sustainable, how different tiling materials play a role, focusing on recycling as well as recycled content, and also some tips on questions to ask when specifying tiles for a more sustainable outcome
Textured Brickwork
Online Learning, by Vandersanden Brick
New & Available Online
This CPD will help specifiers understand how texture can be used to enhance building aesthetics when designing with clay bricks. It will provide an introduction to well known example projects, the main brick types available, the relevant bonding patterns & technical considerations, and an overview of the texture effects that can be achieved when specifying and designing brick facades.

This material aims to increase understanding of:
- Where clay bricks come from and how they are made
- The anatomy of a brick and the different brick types
- Using well known architectural projects to provide design inspiration
- The commonly used bonding patterns used to achieve textured facades
- The basics of movement in brickwork and other key technical considerations.

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Understanding Lighting - Lighting for Historic Buildings
Online Learning, by Llumarlite Ltd
New & Available Online
This CPD aims to discuss lighting for historic buildings. Historic buildings range from 10 year old offices through many styles of architecture - including heritage buildings, landmarks and sites. This presentation will help you navigate questions like ‘should I repurpose, re-use or replace lighting?' It will also discuss how meet current needs whilst embracing the surroundings and examine bespoke vs ‘on site’ upgrade solutions. By the end of the CPD you should have a greater understanding of:
- How to recognise the needs of the building and building users whilst avoiding pitfalls
- How to maximise on opportunities that enhance your project whilst refurbishing it
- When to embrace technology
- Ideas and solutions for different aesthetic applications
- How to specify lighting needs for historic buildings

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Ventilated and Glued Facades with Porcelain Stoneware
Online Learning, by MIRAGE GRANITO CERAMICO S.P.A.
New & Available Online
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.
Wellbeing and Productivity in Office Environments
Online Learning, by Ocee Design Limited
New & Available Online
CPD takes you through the correct research approach to identify the key areas within employee's environments that affects their wellbeing and productivity.
CPD will take you through a modern definition of wellbeing, high quality research and show you how user centred designs can improve wellbeing and productivity.
- Different forms of distraction affecting wellbeing and productivity

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.
Wellbeing Design and Specifying Paint Systems
New
The CPD from PPG Architectural Coatings will explore the key aspects of Wellbeing design. We will cover it's application to architecture & design, the legal and regulatory requirements for inclusive design and the requirements of voluntary assessment schemes including WELL. We will then consider the role of coatings and colour, focusing on applied colour psychology and the importance of Indoor Air quality when making material choices.

- Principles of Wellbeing design
- Building Regulations & Legal Requirements
- Voluntary assessment schemes including WELL Building Standard
- Colour & Design
- Indoor Air Quality

Learning aims:
- The role of the built environment
- Voluntary Building Assessment schemes including WELL
- British Standards - Designing for inclusivity
- Considering Indoor Air Quality when making material choices
- Psychological properties of colour

Learning outcomes:
- Understand the role of LRV's and colour usage in Wellbeing design
- Interpret BREEAM and WELL voluntary standards and understand where paint fits in
- Understand the importance of Indoor Air Quality when making material choices
When Intelligent Technology Meets Breathtaking Design
Online Learning, by Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co KG
New & Available Online
Beauty is not aesthetics alone. One of the most important principles of good interior design is that form and function should be considered in equal measure. A beautifully designed smart system can bring comfort, convenience and environmental consciousness into your life. This CPD will walk you through real life examples of intelligent technology meeting breathtaking design. You will also learn more about KNX, an open protocol system, and the myths that surround it. By the end of the presentation you should have a greater understanding of:
- How beautiful spaces can impact your life and make you happier and healthier
- KNX - what it is and what are the myths surrounding it
- Open vs closed protocols with regards to smart home technology
- Real life examples of intelligent technology meeting breathtaking design
- Benefits of specifying smart with a focus on sustainability and inclusivity

This CPD can be delivered to you live and remotely.