Continuing professional development coursesSustainability CPDs

Seminars where the primary interest is sustainability and the sustainability of steel construction.

Sustainability CPDs

Primarily aimed at engineers and architects, these free seminars last around 60 minutes, and comprise a presentation followed by a question & answer session. Delivered by our experienced team of Regional Engineers, 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.

1. 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

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

  • 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

3. 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

4. Sustainable low carbon non-domestic buildings
Legislation and the drive towards zero carbon

  • 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

5. Sustainable refurbishment solutions for non-domestic buildings
Main reasons and drivers for refurbishment

  • 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

6. 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
  • Transpired Solar Collectors
  • Photovoltaics

7. Sustainability and Steel Construction
After a brief introduction, the sustainability of steel construction is considered through the different stages of a building - preliminary design, design development, construction, operation and end of life. Drawing on work by AECOM and Sweett Group on the Target Zero project and Gardiner & Theobald, Peter Brett Associates and MACE for comparative studies published in Building, it also gives an overview and examples of embodied carbon assessments, successful use of thermal mass and how to achieve the required BREEAM rating most cost effectively.

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