RIBA City CPD Club 2020 St Albans Day 4, St Albans Museum + Gallery, Thursday, 15. October 2020

City CPD Club St Albans Day 4

We have updated the 10 mandatory RIBA CPD Core Curriculum topics in response to the skills our members need to practice architecture, now and in the future. The ten Core topics will help you maintain competence, update your knowledge, acquire new skills, future-proof yourselves and your businesses and deliver socially purposeful architecture.

The RIBA City CPD Club 2020, an innovative schedule of seminars and workshops covering the 10 mandatory topics, is designed to help you achieve your annual CPD requirements.

Design risk management: design coordination and the challenge of culture change 

This seminar will give an overview of building and life safety for architects on small projects and will look at examples of risk and liability, regulatory oversight and competence in practice. Focusing on different procurement routes and construction contracts, the seminar will address key examples of design co-ordination, fire, contract administration, risk, negligence, contracts, liability, quality control, specification of materials, transfer of design responsibility, inspection duties, practical completion and practical issues facing architects.  


The seminar will focus on the following issues:  


Building a Safer Future Consultation Report 

The Hackitt Review 

The report of the independent inquiry into the Construction of Edinburgh Schools 

Inspection duties 

Practical completion 

Construction contracts 

Hazards and risks 

Risk management 

Regulatory oversight  

Design coordination and the challenge of culture change 

Practical examples on site for small scale projects 


Speaker: Matthew Cousins, Sense StudioMatthew is a RIBA chartered architect and expert witness at Sense Studio in London. He has wide ranging experience as an architect in practice. Matthew is a visiting lecturer at Westminster University and a professional studies advisor at the University of Cambridge. Matthew is a RIBA expert member in the RIBA Regulations and Standards Advisory Group and is the author of the Architect’s Legal Pocketbook.


Core Curriculum topics
1. Business, clients and services2. Health, safety and wellbeing3. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance

Energy retrofitting historic buildings

80% of the current building stock will still be in use in 2050. To meet the UK’s carbon targets, an estimated twenty-five million existing homes will need to be energy-retrofitted over the next 30 years, including historic, listed and other hard to treat buildings.  

Although a range of deep energy retrofit strategies and standards have evolved like Carbon Lite, EnerPHit and Energie-Sprong, there is no one-size-fits-all solution with historic buildings. Projects are often limited by materials, construction, the condition they are in or existing structure.   

Successful energy retrofits are about striking the right balance. Understanding the opportunities and benefits in terms of energy savings, comfort, wellbeing and related costs for each individual measure is key to allowing designers and clients to make informed decisions.  

On an item by item basis, this seminar will illustrate the key energy saving opportunities within existing buildings and how to tailor a retrofit master plan. Knowledge will be shared based on completed examples, including deep energy retrofits to EnerPHit, Carbon Lite and Energie-Sprong standards. This seminar will cover the following:  

What retrofit standards are out there and what’s the difference 

What design tools to use, good practice guidance and industry standards 

How to avoid the pitfall: potential risks from insulating historic construction and best practice guidance relating to rising damp, condensation and radon  

On an item by item basis, comparison of which measures have the greatest impact on heat loss, comfort, costs and energy saving  

Potential impacts and benefits for ventilation, air quality, humidity, mould and wellbeing 


Speaker: Tomas Gaertner, SE3DTomas is a chartered architect and a director of SE3D, a RIBA chartered practice specialising in human centered, high performance, healthy design. Having specialised exclusively in low energy building design rooted in building physics throughout his career, Tomas was involved in a range of deep energy retrofits to Carbon Lite, EnerPHit and Energie Sprong standards. He is a founding director of the Building Biology Association, a certified Passivhaus designer and building biology consultant IBN and a regular speaker at RIBA and Green Register events, the UK Passivhaus conference and Ecobuild.  

Core Curriculum topics
1. Building conservation and heritage2. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance3. Sustainable architecture

Embedding sustainability into the RIBA Plan of Work

This seminar will provide guidance on how to develop and manage sustainability strategies for construction projects, using the RIBA Plan of Work, from inception to operation. The approach to setting sustainability objectives, with a focus on outcomes, will be applicable to both new build and refurbishment projects. Reference will be made to the recent review of the RIBA Plan of Work to show how architects and other professionals can establish project sustainability goals, implement a sustainability strategy, review the handover process and monitor intended outcomes. Examples will be given for evaluating energy/carbon targets, climatic design, resilience, water/waste management, material sourcing and wellbeing factors.  

This session will be delivered by a member of the RIBA Sustainable Futures Group that has been working on the integration of sustainability into the Plan of Work and will include case studies and an interactive session. Whole life evaluation of projects will be considered and the training will be relevant to projects and developments of various sizes. 


Speaker: Ashley Bateson, ***** LeaA chartered environmentalist with over 20 years’ experience in sustainable design and planning, Ashley is the head of sustainability at ***** Lea and works on a range of projects, from individual building refurbishments to masterplans. He is active in post occupancy evaluation and has research interests in zero carbon development and the impact of building design on the health and wellbeing of occupants. Ashley is active in several industry groups including RIBA Sustainable Futures Group, CIBSE Technology Committee and UK-GBC Advancing Net Zero Steering Group. He sits on design review panels for the Design Commission for Wales and the Cambridge Quality Panel.

Core Curriculum topics
1. Business, clients and services2. Sustainable architecture3. Design, construction and technology

Other booking options
For more information on these or other topics included in the RIBA City CPD Club 2019 programme, please see programme page or booklet.

Core/City (PAYG)  

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Thursday, 15. October 2020, St Albans Museum + Gallery, RIBA City CPD Club 2020 St Albans Day 4

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