CPD Module Category: Free

CPD 03 2024: Exploring the A to Z Essential Principles

This Rockwool-sponsored CPD module examines the A to Z Essential Principles relating to passive fire safety by RISCAuthority, highlighting the importance of going above and beyond the Building Regulations to better protect buildings and their occupants RISCAuthority is an annually funded research scheme supported by a group of UK insurers. Underpinned by extensive research and …

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CPD 02 2024: Specifying natural slate rainscreen cladding systems

Sponsored by Cupa Pizarras, this CPD will examine the considerations for specifying natural slate rainscreen cladding systems, including the material’s sustainable credentials, responsible sourcing and installation guidance A smooth, fine-grained metamorphic rock that can be split into layers, natural slate is formed under great pressure and heat. Using a process that began 400-500 million years …

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CPD 09 2023: Understanding third-party certification processes for insulated panels

This CPD module, sponsored by Kingspan, explores the benefits and processes involved when seeking third-party certification from FM Approvals We must construct our buildings to stand the test of time and to perform well — both in everyday operations and in case of events such as fire. Insurer-approved third-party certification is a good way of …

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CPD 07 2023: Specifying steel standing seam systems for residential projects

This Catnic-sponsored CPD module looks at the use of steel standing seam systems, exploring their design features, advantages and limitations in residential applications, as well as relevant guidelines considerations during installation Modern standing seam roofs were first developed in the 1960s, using metal instead of asphalt, tile or slate. Known for their durability and resistance …

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CPD 05 2023: Brick circularity, sustainability and innovation

This CPD module, sponsored by Vandersanden, explores the innovations in brick manufacturing, with a focus on the material’s green credentials A brief history Bricks are, without doubt, one of the oldest known building materials. The earliest bricks discovered are estimated to be from 7,000 BC. Uncovered around the ancient city of Jericho in modern-day Turkey, …

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CPD 04 2023: Specifying metal web joists

Designed to give you a better understanding of specifying metal web joists in your projects, this MiTek-sponsored CPD module will discuss the material’s properties, alongside possible applications, relevant regulations and various design considerations Popular among architects, specifiers, housebuilders and contractors, metal web joists (MWJ) have long been used in the UK construction industry. Prior to …

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CPD 02 2023: Sustainable steelwork procurement

This CPD, sponsored by Steel for Life, examines the central role sustainability plays in procurement strategies and explains the key recommendations for procuring sustainable structural steelwork Sustainable procurement is set to become an increasingly important part of the drive towards net zero carbon within the construction industry. This will mean that sustainability considerations are given …

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CPD 01 2023: Waterproofing techniques

This CPD sponsored by RIW explains the latest requirements on waterproofing structures such as basements as provided in the updated British Standard, BS 8102: 2022 The code of practice for the protection of below-ground structures against water ingress; BS 8102: 2022, has recently been updated to reflect new practices and materials, provide increased clarity and …

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CPD 16 2022: Ensuring social housing windows are fit for purpose

This Eurocell sponsored CPD examines the specification options for refurbishing or replacing window units in social housing alongside the best practice methodologies for ensuring they are fit for purpose Introduction Windows play an integral part in keeping homes warm, dry and secure. They must be well made, installed correctly and able to provide enough light, …

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CPD 15 2022: Utilising value engineering

This CPD module, sponsored by Eurocell, will explore the scope of value engineering, its application and how utilisation can benefit a production process Introduction Widely used in the construction industry, value engineering (VE) is a conscious and explicit set of disciplined procedures designed to seek out optimum value for both initial and long-term investment. The …

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CPD 14 2022: Incorporating biophilia and biodiversity

This CPD sponsored by TG Escapes Modular Eco-Buildings explains the issues around biodiversity and how buildings can help restore an environmental balance by including biophilic features IntroductionThose delivering the built environment are fully aware that their projects need to enhance the wellbeing of occupants. Encompassing aspects of nature within the design of buildings – including …

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