RIBA CPD Showcase

Building conservation and heritage

The following RIBA-approved CPD materials fall within the ‘Building conservation and heritage’ RIBA Core Curriculum topic. They count towards your annual total requirement of 100 learning points and, as they are all RIBA-accredited, you’ll earn double points. 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.
Online Learning, by Stonehealth Ltd
A practical guide to the different methods of cleaning masonry, including advice on effective and sympathetic cleaning practises and those that can be harmful to both masonry and/or the environment. Covers issues such as chemical use, poultices, cleaning machinery and mineral repair mortar.

Stonehealth manufactures well-known and widely used steam and vortex cleaning systems. It also provides consultation services and feasibility studies to contractors and specifiers. Stonehealth prides itself on being the expert in masonry conservation and restoration, with over 25 years’ experience.

Duration: 15 minutes
Seminar, by Brouns & Co
A detailed look at linseed paint, a once popular material that fell out of fashion. Includes practical advice on: how it’s made and how it works (in particular, how it lets moisture wick out and therefore prevents rot); why it’s used by large estates, and how it’s not only environmentally friendly but also cost effective; where and how to use it; application methods and guidelines; and, how to correctly specify linseed paint for use on historic and new buildings.

Brouns & Co is a UK manufacturer of natural linseed paint with a range of historically accurate colours. Based in West Yorkshire, where the flax used as raw ingredient is grown, Brouns was founded by historic building conservation expert Michiel Brouns. He gained his expertise surveying historic buildings in his native Netherlands before moving to the UK in 2006. Brouns & Co linseed paint is made from all-natural ingredients, with no plastics or VOCs. The company works with architects’ practices all over the world. Its high-profile clients include Chatsworth House, the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate, and Channel 4’s Grand Designs team.

Duration: one hour, plus Q&A
Seminar, by Histoglass Ltd
Explores the different historic glazing types, identifying when each type was used (and its associated vernacular). Also looks at how traditional glazing can be incorporated into modern systems to achieve both the correct look and feel and modern acoustic and thermal insulation values.

Histoglass is a market leader in the supply of double glazing to the historic and conservation markets. Its glazing systems include historic glass types where required. High profile projects to which it has contributed include the renovation of the National Maritime Museum, the old War Office, several Oxbridge colleges, and the Belstaff and Chanel flagship stores.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
Examines a realistic alternative to replacing those old sliding sash windows by demonstrating how existing windows can be upgraded to meet modern performance requirements.

Established in 1983, the Ventrolla Group boasts an impressive UK-based manufacturing facility with an unrivalled passion for retaining the obvious appeal and character that period properties offer. Its heritage-inspired products are timeless and high-end while exceeding modern performance expectations. Ventrolla offers a unique renovation service, improving the energy and operational efficiency of traditional timber windows in both commercial and domestic projects, while preserving their charm and heritage. As a market-leading sash window specialist, when it comes to identifying, repairing, and replacing draughty, rotten, and worn wooden windows and doors, Ventrolla’s knowledge and 40-year experience is second-to-none.
Online Learning, by The Rooflight Co.
A very practical seminar packed with useful information aimed at helping the architect to: better understand heritage buildings and their importance; identify which rooflight design is most appropriate to a given set of circumstances; appreciate planners’ and conservation officers’ priorities; and, recognise the value and operation of modern conservation rooflights.

The Rooflight Company manufacturers rooflights to help architects create beautifully designed, naturally lit environments. Founded in 1993 by architect Peter King RIBA, the Rooflight Company created the original conservation rooflight, which continues to be a market leader. Today the company continues to break new ground, most recently in the field of contemporary architecture and interior design. Its latest rooflight innovation features a sleek design and flush edge-to-edge glazing: a unique product with a frameless, minimalist appearance that complements modern architecture perfectly. Designed entirely from the specifier's point of view, its clean lines merge unobtrusively with the roof and provide unobscured views from the interior.

Duration: 45 minutes, plus Q&A
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