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We have three RIBA approved CPDs fitting into RIBA’s core curriculum as topic 10: design, construction and technology. We would be happy to bring  these hour-long presentations to your office typically over a lunchtime or at a time convenient to yourself.


Reducing Thermal Bridging in Floor/Wall Junction Designs.

Reducing thermal bridging at the wall to floor junction is increasingly important since Thermal Bridging heat loss can account for up to 30% of the building’s total energy loss and because current building regulations state that “there should be no reasonably avoidable thermal bridges in the insulation envelope.”  This avoidable heat loss (the Y value) can often make the difference between complying and not complying with the target emissions rates in SAP / SBEM.  This seminar looks at the various methods to reduce this Y value to help achieve compliance.


This CPD has a reasonably high technical content and is presented in five sections:

  • An introduction to Thermal Bridging, what it is, why it happens, how it is measured.
  • Improvements to insulation in buildings means that reducing thermal bridging is now a priority.
  • We discuss that there are many more consequences of Cold Bridging than simply not complying with regulations.
  • In addition to the national Building Regulations, local authorities are now introducing additional criteria such as BREEAM accreditation which asks for extra attention to be paid to thermal bridging.
  • The Solutions…… not just focusing on our own thermal bridging block this CPD looks at all the other allowable solutions comparing their suitability to different situations. This includes the old accredited construction details, the much improved “enhanced construction details” including various schemes such as those from Robust Details and the BRE. We also discuss what the future may hold in light of Brexit, the nearly zero carbon regulations and explain why thermal bridging at the wall/floor junction needs to be further addressed to meet forthcoming changes.

Because this CPD is focussed on compliance to building regulations and these vary from country to country – there are five separate versions of this CPD available:

  1. England + Wales
  2. Scotland
  3. Jersey + Guernsey
  4. Northern Ireland
  5. Republic of Ireland


Internal and external boards for waterproofing and crack-free tiling

This seminar explains the factors that damage ceramic tiling and can result in leaking wetrooms by describing what the causes of these problems are and how they can be avoided. It looks primarily at the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of tiling substrates available, focussing on foam-cored tile backer boards.

Additionally, it examines how wetrooms, shower areas and even swimming pools can be designed to be leak free.

The presentation discusses the following topics:

  • How isolating movement in the substrate (de-coupling) prevents tiles from cracking.
  • The problems associated with moisture ingress behind tiling and how to avoid it.
  • How to insulate tiled floors and walls to meet the associated building regulations.
  • The advantages and disadvantages of various building boards in different applications.
  • Recommended “good practice” from BS5385 in relation to tiling wall and floors.
  • How shower floors and wetrooms can be created.
  • Specifications for a leak-free tiled bathrooms and wetrooms.


How to stop noise from a tiled floor passing into the room below

Eliminating noise nuisance within shared accommodation is a serious issue, it can sometimes lead to damage to people’s health and laws now exist to regulate it. Tiling floors in apartments or flats can often lead to the transmission of unacceptable levels of impact noise.

This seminar deals with this specific issues, it explains why tiling apartment floors is sometimes not allowed and describes solutions to allow this to happen.

The presentation discusses the following topics:

  • How isolating movement in the substrate (de-coupling) prevents tiles from cracking.
  • The problems associated with moisture ingress behind tiling and how to avoid it.
  • How to solve cold problems caused tiling floors and meet the associated building regulations.
  • An overview of the different types of noise pollution and how sound travel through different materials.
  • Why tiling floors above other living spaces often results in noise pollution.
  • How to solve noise pollution issues and meet the associated impact sound transmission regulations.
  • The two routes allowable to achieve compliance with Building regulations: Part E.