Pilkington has unveiled four new RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) approved online CPDs (Continuing Professional Development). The narrated multimedia presentations are entitled: “Glass and Structural Glazing Systems” “Glass for Energy Management”, “Glass for Fire-Resistance” and “Self-Cleaning Glass”. These allow chartered RIBA members to gain credits for RIBA CPD Core Curriculum, and with a certificate issued on completion, the user has evidence available for their professional development diary.
“Glass and Structural Glazing Systems” focuses on fittings, connections, support structures and is based on the experience gained in the supply and development of Pilkington Planar™. It examines in depth the principles involved in a suspended assembly glass wall system and highlights the aesthetic credentials that glass can bring to any building. Architects will gain a full insight into how structural glazing gives them the freedom to create the stunning glass buildings and canopies that are such a feature of the modern landscape.
“Glass for Fire-Resistance” uncovers standards and classification, how to specify, demystifies integrity and insulation and shows exactly what happens in a fire test and why fire-resistant glazing is so important for the safety of the building’s occupants. Architects will learn the effects of heat on glass and how products, including Pilkington Pyrostop™ and Pilkington Pyrodur™ can help meet Building Regulations such as England & Wales Approved Document B.
“Glass for Energy Management” delves into thermal insulation, solar control and high performance Insulating glass units. Architects can learn about Window Energy Ratings (WERs) and their relevance to Building Regulations and the homeowner. Architects will also be one of the first to get the low-down on the changes to Part L of the Building Regulations in 2010 and how glass can offer solar control performance and thermal insulation to meet the demands of each application.
“The Self-Cleaning Glass” CPD reveals the technology involved in products such as Pilkington Activ™, explaining how the self-cleaning process works and how it can help reduce maintenance costs for both domestic and commercial building owners – an important consideration for all architects.
Anne Quayle, Marketing and Sales Support Manager, Pilkington, said: “As the leading glass manufacturer in the UK it is important we offer architects our knowledge and expertise and educate them in the advantages of glass to the building envelope and its occupants. Glass is an essential element to any building, whether it is used for safety reasons, such as installing fire-resistant glass, or used to meet the requirements of Building Regulations, such as Part L.”
CPD is obligatory for members of RIBA and highly recommended for all practicing architects. Its purpose is to help qualified professionals maintain their competence to practice and keep-up-to-date within a rapidly changing profession – particularly in the areas of legislation, regulations and changes in the industry.
A person undertaking CPD should be ensuring what they choose is relevant to their jobs as architects, their business needs, specific projects and to future career development. The RIBA CPD model gives an architect confidence, knowing they are fulfilling their responsibilities in a professional and responsible way, and offers users the added bonus that each RIBA certified CPD presentation earns double points.