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Home school with Velfac remote access seminars

Architects can use the window manufacturer's online design, installation and specification series to add RIBA-approved content to their ongoing CPD programmes

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Room with a view: At-home architects can continue learning with online CPD programmes.
Room with a view: At-home architects can continue learning with online CPD programmes.

Launched this spring, the Velfac remote access CPD seminar series is designed primarily for teams working from home. The Zoom-delivered seminars are identical to those previously run in-house and combine detailed and engaging content with opportunities to interact with colleagues and with the seminar host, a Velfac in-house expert.

Three remote access seminars are currently available, all designed to improve understanding of different window systems and of the window specification process as a whole:

1. Design, detail and installation

We look in detail at how windows interface with common construction methods and build-ups and consider how build sequence can affect the design, installation and sealing methodologies used. We also consider how manufacturers can help architects at different stages, including early stage guidance and support and by providing the full interface details required for successful installation.

Topics covered include methods of wall construction and window detailing, weathertight sealants, the impact of build and window installation sequence on interface detailing, and suppliers’ responsibilities regarding building regulations.

RIBA Core Curriculum: Design, construction and technology. Knowledge level: General Awareness.

2. Third-party insurance: curtain walling and windows

We define the different weather-performance requirements of windows and curtain walling in the context of third-party insurance, particularly in the residential sector where the greatest number of superstructure claims relate to glass and glazing. We explain the difference between windows and curtain walls and the detailing revisions required to ensure a weathertight interface.

We also consider the different requirements of building regulators and third-party insurance companies, such as NHBC, LABC and Premier, and discuss correct window and curtain walling detailing and installation, together with the nature and scope of window and curtain walling testing.

RIBA Core Curriculum: Design, construction and technology. Legal, regulatory and statutory compliance. Knowledge Level: General Awareness.

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3. 360-degree window consultancy and specification building

Early engagement with your window supplier can significantly improve project outcomes. We consider the impact of project-specific requirements on building design and materials specification and how manufacturers can help architects at every project stage, from initial design through to completion and handover.

Topics discussed include energy and indoor climate, acoustic performance, sustainability, BIM, design and installation and detailing. We also discuss suppliers’ responsibilities regarding building regulations.

RIBA Core Curriculum: Design, construction and technology. Knowledge Level: General Awareness.

For more information, or to set up a seminar for your team, contact Velfac specification consultant Neil Edwards on 07391 866914, or visit ribacpd.com/velfac

We plan to continue to offer CPD via Zoom throughout 2020 and will restart our in-house seminar series as soon as possible.


 

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