Continuing professional development coursesBuilding Envelope CPDs

Seminars where the primary interest is the building envelope - includes refurbishment and visits to the manufacturing site for cladding products.

Building Envelope CPDs

Primarily aimed at architects, these free seminars last around 50 minutes, ending with a question & answer session.Delivered by our experienced regional teams, they are designed to be presented around the lunchtime period.

A full listing of available seminars within this subject area along with a brief description are given below.

To express interest in any of these inhouse seminars please use the inhouse CPD request form.

Building Envelope CPDs 

NEW!! Colour in the built environment

  • Covers the scope of colour in our environment
  • Reviews the power of colour
  • Looks into different regional preferences of colour
  • Takes into account planning requirements
  • Highlights how a colour is formed and different elements and their effects on the colour space
  • Shares the various colour classification systems available
  • Identifies the different external factors on colour performance
  • Demonstrates the benefits of a colour selection tool for inspiration

CDM regulations 2015 and their impacton steel building envelope specification.

  • History and background to the CDM Regulations and key principles.
  • Role of the HSE and enforcement.
  • Key changes implemented in 2015.
  • Roles and responsibilities.
  • Focus on the Principal Designer and Client Roles.
  • Implications for building envelope specification.
  • Design phase, construction phase and in use / maintenance phase.
  • Correct specifications and case studies.

Roof mounted photovoltaic systems for non-domestic buildings

  • Drivers for renewable technologies and roof mounted PV
  • Different types of PV system
  • Factors affecting PV performance
  • Implications for roof mounted systems
  • Installation, inspection and maintenance
  • Guarantees for both PV and roof substrate
  • Financial incentives (UK Govt)
  • Funding mechanisms
  • Payback periods

Part L 2014: The role of the building envelope in compliance for buildings other than dwelling
Drivers for changes to Part L including:

  • Review of revisions to Part L since 2002 to present day
  • Proposed changes, Methodology and Calculations
  • BER and TER
  • Assessment of building envelope parameters and variations
  • The impact of correct/incorrect detailing
  • Cost effective routes to gaining compliance
  • Sourcing low and zero carbon (LZC) energy and its impact

Importance of air-tightness in non-domestic buildings for Part L compliance
Drivers for changes in air-tightness levels and Requirements of Part L2 2010:

  • Proposed changes for air-tightness levels in Part L
  • Impact of air-tightness performance
  • Assessment of steel building envelope systems
  • Achieving air-tightness for different building envelope systems
  • Correct and incorrect detailing and its impact
  • Site practice and installation

Sustainable low carbon non-domestic buildings
This seminar covers legislation and the drive towards zero carbon, such as:

  • General approach to low carbon buildings and basic principles
  • Materials of construction and embodied energy
  • Deconstruction, recycling and end of life
  • In use phase and operational energy
  • Compliance with current legislation and guidance
  • Impact of the building envelope
  • Incorporating renewable energy
  • BREEAM overview

Sustainable refurbishment solutions for non-domestic buildings
Main reasons and drivers for refurbishment, including:

  • Part L2B and key requirements
  • Main types of refurbishment solutions available
  • Technical processes involved in delivering refurbishment solutions
  • Main hazards and risks that can be encountered during refurbishment
  • How these risks can be managed and overcome
  • The sustainable nature of refurbishment
  • Payback periods for refurbishment projects
  • Integration of renewable technologies in refurbishment projects

Building Integrated Renewable Technologies for non-domestic buildings.
Legislation and the drive towards zero carbon buildings

  • Comparison of renewable technologies
  • Options for integration of renewables into building envelope such as Transpired Solar Collectors and photovoltaics

Steel for roof and wall cladding

  • Steel substrate and properties (Gauge, Galvanising, Different paint system properties and performance)
  • Structural performance
  • Fragility, Health and Safety and compliance with CDM Regulations
  • Aesthetics, Durability & testing and Fire performance
  • Part L and contribution of systems
  • Acoustics, Sustainability and Guarantees

Steel building envelope systems for non-domestic buildings
Overview of different steel roofing and cladding systems

  • Structural performance, Internal and external environments
  • Weather-tightness and installation
  • Conservation of heat and power
  • Fire performance, Insurance requirements and Acoustic performance
  • Sustainability
  • Integration of renewable technologies


Pre-finished steel for Standing Seam roofs and the code for Sustainable Homes
Review of standing seams as an alternative to other roofing materials.

  • Main points arising from the coded for the sustainable homes
  • Water Harvesting
  • Fabric First approach
  • BS5250 Warm/cold roofs
  • Integration of renewables
  • Eco benefits of Prefinished steel

Factory tour - Colorcoat lines at Shotton Works
This CPD takes the visitor on a tour of Europe's largest pre-finished steel manufacturing facility, at Tata Steel Limited, Shotton Works, Deeside.

The guided tour encompasses all aspects of the production process. The tour is completed by a technical presentation, which provides additional detail about the manufacture, testing specification and utilisation of the products. The total duration of the visit is half a day.

Factory Tour – Insulated Panel Line at Shotton Works
The main objective of the tour is for the visitor to gain technical knowledge and understanding of the manufacturing process of the Tata Steel ‘s Trisomet® System.

The state-of-the-art insulated panel production line is one of the most automated and efficient in Europe in terms of manning, yield loss, energy use and volume output.

Colorcoat® product update.
Relative product performance and positioning.

  • Colorcoat HPS200 Ultra® & Colorcoat Prisma®.
  • Technical properties (Corrosion resistance, Resistance to UV, Testing)
  • Internal environments - Aggressive environments and warranties
  • Rainscreen applications
  • Confidex® Guarantee - Features and conditions
  • Sustainability features
  • Renewable energy

The seminar covers typical refurbishment solutions available and their financial, social, economic and environmental aspects. The seminar also discusses various detailing, evaluation and assessment processes, relevant Building Regulations and how to achieve their requirements effectively.

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