Archives: CPD Modules

CPD 8 2020: Specifying acoustic architectural glazing

This TECHNAL sponsored CPD explains what designers need to consider when specifying architectural glazing packages that involve increasingly demanding acoustic requirements Introduction Enhanced acoustic requirements are commonly being stipulated in contract documents for many types of developments to help attenuate a progressively noisy external environment. Clients are therefore looking to their project teams to deliver …

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CPD 5 2020: Natural ventilation; the principles, benefits and practicalities

This CPD, sponsored by WindowMaster Control Systems, looks at the advantages of natural ventilation and technology to optimise performance.DEADLINE TO COMPLETE: 2 July 2020 Introduction: Natural ventilation has the potential to offer considerable energy savings compared with mechanical systems and offers other advantages including better indoor air quality and savings on plant room space for …

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CPD 4 2020: Designing commercial buildings for improved health and productivity

This VELUX Commercial sponsored CPD highlights the impact of daylight on workers in commercial buildings and how this can improve health, wellbeing and productivityDEADLINE TO COMPLETE: 25 June 2020 Introduction The availability of artificial light over the last two centuries and the restructuring of our working day have freed us from the constraints of the …

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CPD 3 2020: Designing daylight solutions for commercial buildings

This CPD, sponsored by VELUX Commercial, looks at how lighting affects health and wellbeing for those working in offices, hotels, transport and industrial buildingsDEADLINE TO COMPLETE: 9 June 2020 Introduction The availability of artificial light over the last two centuries and the re-structuring of our working day have freed us from the constraints of the …

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CPD 2 2020: Understanding PAS 2035 and PAS 2030:2019

This CPD, sponsored by Kingspan Insulation, looks at the role of PAS 2035 and PAS 2030:2019 in the new Retrofit Standards Framework, how these have been developed, and the framework’s requirements for the construction industry Introduction The UK’s housing stock is among the oldest and least energy-efficient in Europe, with more than half of properties having been built before …

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CPD 1 2020: Ambient loop / carbon zero

This CPD, sponsored by Daikin, considers how the ambient loop heating concept can help reduce energy consumption to meet new targets on carbon emissions Introduction Climate awareness is now embedded across most if not all industries, including the construction sector. New legislation aimed at cutting energy consumption and reducing carbon emissions to zero by 2050 …

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CPD 22 2019: Saving water and energy

This CPD, sponsored by Franke Sissons, will consider how to conserve water in buildings and the ways specifiers can help to reduce water consumption Introduction The threat of climate change is exacerbating a shortage of freshwater across the globe. A total of 97% of the world’s water is seawater – salty – and consequently undrinkable. Glaciers …

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CPD 21 2019: Guidance on thermal comfort in the learning environment

This CPD, sponsored by Kingspan Insulation, looks at the requirements of Building Bulletin BB101, how to meet Building Regulations Part L and thermal comfort recommendations in schools to help learners reach their full potential Introduction The environment of any building can have a significant and lasting impact on its occupants, not least in the realm …

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CPD 20 2019: Facades

This CPD, sponsored by Isover, will address a number of the issues facing developers and clients looking to find specific facade solutions to their building needs Introduction As our towns and cities become more densely populated, there is an increasing call for either the building of new medium and high-rise buildings or the renovation of …

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CPD 19 2019: Corrosion protection

This CPD, sponsored by Steel for Life, looks at how corrosion affects steel and how the lifespan of structures can be maximised by protecting them against the elements, from surface preparation through to coating and maintenance Introduction Cost-effective corrosion protection of structural steelwork should present little difficulty for common applications and environments if the factors that affect …

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CPD 17 2019: Natural slate

This CPD, sponsored by Cupa Pizarras, examines the strengths of this ubiquitous material and its suitability for roofing and cladding purposes, as well as going through the steps that are needed to ensure quality is maintained from source to the end result. CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 8 NOVEMBER 2019 Introduction Slate. A material familiar to many, …

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CPD 16 2019: Understanding non-fragile glass in rooflights

This CPD, sponsored by Glazing Vision, examines what constitutes fragility and non-fragility, how glass is tested for fragility, suitable locations and uses for certain types of glass, roof assembly tests and standards for application CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES Introduction Glass is a versatile material, enabling views from within a building to the outside world and offering protection …

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CPD 15 2019: Fire testing, certification and inspection for cladding fire safety

This CPD, sponsored by Thomas Bell-Wright International Consultants, explains the correct tools to use passive fire protection methods to ensure fire-safe facade systems CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 25 OCTOBER 2019 Introduction The global construction industry has been forced to confront the issue of fire testing cladding as reports of fires in building cladding have …

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CPD 14 2019: Fenestration on buildings

This CPD, sponsored by Eurocell, will discuss areas that are important to consider in fenestration specification CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES Introduction There’s a misconception that when discussing fenestration on building projects that it simply refers to windows and doors. In fact it covers all glazed areas including windows, doors, wall panels, curtain walling, skylights, vents …

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CPD 12 2019: Facade design – safety, aesthetics and practicalities

This CPD, sponsored by Siderise, outlines developments in cladding used in high-rise residential tower blocks and examines the testing involved prior to installation CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 11 OCTOBER 2019 Introduction The materials and products used in cladding high-rise residential developments continue to be put under scrutiny, along with the testing regimes such products …

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CPD 10 2019: Using timber decking to sustainably maximise space

This CPD, sponsored by Marley, will look at the benefits of using different types of decking and why timber decking is a sustainable product. It will also explore possible hazards and solutions to consider at planning stage, alongside profile choices CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES Introduction Sustainable softwood timber decking is a versatile material for designing …

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CPD 9 2019: Structural thermal breaks

This CPD, sponsored by Farrat, will examine applications, options for structural thermal breaks, energy transfer and loss, materials, BRE analysis, thermal and structural performance and fire assessment. Introduction In construction thermal breaks prevent or reduce the flow of thermal energy between elements of a building. Structural thermal breaks help prevent thermal bridges in structurally loaded building …

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CPD 8 2019: Understanding the hidden costs of ‘cheap’ insulation

This CPD, sponsored by Kingspan Insulation, looks at different types of insulation products for masonry cavity walls, how energy efficient they are and the cost implications of choosing one product over another for projects of varying sizes CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 5 JULY 2019 Introduction Achieving value for money is a fundamental ambition for …

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CPD 7 2019: Specifying suspended ceilings for health and wellbeing

This CPD, sponsored by Armstrong Ceiling Solutions, focuses on how a working environment can promote health and wellbeing through the design and specification of suspended ceiling solutions, leading to greater productivity CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 28 JUNE 2019 Introduction There is increasing awareness of how the design of buildings impacts the health and wellbeing …

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CPD 6 2019: Design considerations for potable water pipework

This CPD, sponsored by Viega, looks at the issues around ensuring that piping systems carrying drinking water meet current regulations, alongside the design, manufacture, installation and risk of contamination for pipework CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 10 MAY 2019 Introduction Ensuring that a building has a supply of water suitable for drinking and food preparation is vital. While …

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CPD 4 2019: Performance characteristics of glazing in rooflights

This CPD, sponsored by Glazing Vision, will look at the installation of non-fragile glass in rooflights, including standards, safety testing and assembly specifications, alongside how to maximise acoustic performance and reduce condensatio CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 6 MAY 2019 Introduction At face value, the role of glazed rooflights or roof windows seems straightforward. They …

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CPD 3 2019: Solid surface facade system

This CPD, sponsored by Avonite, will outline the design of solid surface facade systems, their installation and maintenance, and examine regulatory requirements CPD CREDITS: 60 MINUTES DEADLINE: 19 APRIL 2019 Introduction The attributes of a solid surface facade system include aesthetic appearance, ease of maintenance and colour fastness. Being compatible with virtually any insulation system, substrate and …

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