For those specifiers who have contemplated using SterlingOSB Zero for a new project, Norbord has produced a CPD video presentation which highlights the features and benefits of the popular, versatile board. There are variants available and applications include roofing, timber framing and interior fit outs.  Available on RIBA’s CPD website, the video presentation, which features a voiceover, begins with learning aims and ends with learning outcomes.


The variants of SterlingOSB Zero are clearly described, with the voiceover, bullet points and images establishing the benefits of SterlingOSB Zero OSB3, SterlingOSB Zero Tongue & Groove, and SterlingOSB Zero Fire Solutions. This is followed by information on why OSB is better than plywood and why SterlingOSB Zero is better than regular OSB; particular focus is paid to SterlingOSB’s zero-added formaldehyde (ZAF).


The presentation also highlights Norbord’s commitment to the environment, showcasing that SterlingOSB Zero is FSC certified, BBA approved, and even recyclable.





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Titon has introduced a new CPD seminar aimed at increasing awareness of how purge and overheating affects everyday quality of life.

The latest seminar has been created to help specifiers and designers within the residential sector interpret the current regulations regarding ventilation and overheating. It will also aid them with identifying areas that need special attention during the design and build of a dwelling.

The CPD, which is designed to last an hour, is an ideal opportunity for specifiers and designers to speak to dedicated engineers who understand and can explain the importance of understanding this hot topic. The seminar aims to cover the forms of ventilation available and how it fits in with Part F and Part L(a), as well as giving an insight into overheating.

The CPD focuses on how purge ventilation design plays an important part within a dwelling. It also covers compliance with Building Regulations, and gives an overview of overheating.

Commenting on the newly created CPD, Lee Caulfield, Sales Director, said: “The issue of purge and overheating in dwellings is a key one, as it needs to be addressed at the earliest stages of building design. We believe this CPD will give designers and specifiers the tools to deliver the best possible outcomes for their projects, as well as a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complex requirements when it comes to ventilation strategies.”

To register for the new CPD from Titon, visit Seminars can be conducted at a specifier’s or designer’s premises, or at Titon’s offices in Essex.

For more information about Titon and its range of ventilation systems, please visit:

Kingspan Insulated Panels is running a RIBA Approved CPD programme on the Fire Performance of Insulated Panels and Rainscreen Façade Systems through a series of workshops and webinars.

Recent high-profile fires have reinforced the vital importance of understanding and selecting a cladding system with the correct fire performance for your building. Aimed at a wide audience, from architects to contractors, the CPD focuses on the fire testing and real-life fire performance of external envelope systems, helping to develop an understanding of the various systems, the requirements they must meet and the proven behaviours of insulated panels in real fire scenarios.

Over the years, Kingspan Insulated Panels has shown a continued commitment to improving the fire performance of its products. From considering how the products are used in different contexts, to testing the limitations of various routes to compliance, the company recognises its responsibility to provide the industry with clear, accessible information in order to facilitate the building of compliant, safe and functional buildings.


The accredited CPD article is free of charge and is worth double points to RIBA Chartered Architects, with webinars being delivered every week until the end of the year. Dates and registration details are available at: To book a face-to-face CPD in your premises, or to express an interest in a webinar at a future date send an email to

Rinnai, the UK’s leading supplier of hot water heating products and systems, has announced its full programme of approved CPD courses which are now freely available to all sectors of the industry – contractors, engineers, specifiers, building services consultants and interior designers.

There are four basic CPD courses: Energy Efficiency On Demand Water Heating; Continuous Flow & The Future Of Water Heating; Continuous Flow and Excellence in Design; Understanding ACOP L8 and Hot Water Design.

All are available in one batch or as individual ‘stand-alone’ topics. Venues for course delivery can be either the Rinnai state-of-the-art Training Suite by accredited tutors. These CIBSE approved courses are free of any charge.

Rinnai supplies the biggest range of continuous flow hot water heater units and systems currently available on the UK market. All products either fully comply or exceed all UK and EU legislation

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Brio, the leading sliding and folding door architectural ironmongery designer and provider, is hitting the CPD trail with a module designed to familiarise architects and specifiers with the different types of sliding/folding interior and exterior door systems.

Brio has signed up with the RIBA CPD Providers Network to offer specifiers the opportunity to view and understand the different applications of each door system, and where they can be used.

The course, presented by Brio’s expert tutors, also clearly explains terminology; for example, the different applications of bi-fold, bi-passing, bi-parting, multi-directional, single folding and single run doors to name just a few.

The CPD module also sets out the three basic rules for choosing the right sliding door hardware for any job as well as getting to grips with BS EN 1527 for sliding and folding door hardware. Those three basic rules are that top hung sliding door hardware is specified whenever possible, in preference to bottom roller; door weight should be carried by two hangers only; and, sliding door hardware suitable for the door weight should be specified as system capacity is based on a single door, not the sum of the doors.

The CPD also has useful guidance, for example, on what should happen after deciding on the type of system required, informing course delegates what the next steps are to select the fixing requirement – soffit, face fix or other – then indicate the size of the opening, number of panels required and the panel configuration. Whether timber, aluminium or composite, specifiers will need to know the weight per panel and whether the opening is in or out.

Delegates will also hear why it is important to specify ‘regional’ hardware – is it to be used in a coastal or non-coastal area? Architectural ironmongery that can stand up to salt erosion that is robust enough to handle the constant buffeting of strong winds over its lifetime is essential for coastal areas.

The Brio CPD is a worthwhile and interesting module that will leave delegates more confident about specifying the right architectural ironmongery for the job and with a good understanding of the products on the market that can help them turn their design vision into practical reality.

Information on construction health and safety/CDM, sustainability and environmental issues is also covered in the CPD seminars.

For more information please visit

Rinnai is a registered provider of CPD courses, which it has developed over the past few years, earning praise from the CPD Certification Scheme for the design of the courses. The manufacturer has seen an upswing in demand for its training as specifiers and engineers alike have switched on to the energy saving benefits of the A-rated Rinnai Infinity range.

Rinnai’s qualifications as a provider of CPD courses are impressive: as the UK and European market leader in the supply of gas fired continuous flow water heaters for commercial, domestic and renewable integration, Rinnai is at the forefront of innovative and efficient systems and technology.

As Rinnai UK Managing Director Tony Gittings explains: “The UK water heating industry is facing a myriad of environmental and politically driven market forces, including the need to reduce carbon emissions within new and existing buildings. In the training modules we clarify and engage with the market to assist decision making and understanding of the different messages faced by today’s engineers, installers and designers.

“Rinnai can demonstrate how innovation can reduce the burden on fossil fuels while maximising renewable gains. We also look at the growing support for continuous flow technologies and how this can benefit the industry versus traditional gas fired storage systems and analyse water heating design and specification discussing technical issues associated with product installation.”
“Our training facility and CPD training courses ensure key market personnel at all levels can benefit from nationwide training from our highly skilled team of technical experts. Ensuring they are up to speed with changes in legislation and product developments. Rinnai can also deliver bite-size one- hour courses to suit your needs,” says Rinnai associate director Chris Goggin.

For installers, specific hands-on training can be tailored to cover all aspects of commissioning and servicing processes. The Runcorn training facility has recently been redesigned and enlarged to cope with demand and is fitted with all the latest Rinnai technology so attendees can be assured they are gaining experience on the latest energy saving appliances and systems.

These training events are aimed primarily at engineers and facilities managers. The courses don’t just look at the individual units but also explore system design and how to deal successfully with legionella. The most popular course modules are ‘Understanding ACOP L8 and hot water system design’ and ‘System design incorporating continuous flow and renewables’.

Engineer courses are held on the first and last Thursday of each month at Runcorn. More courses are in the process of being added, including one on the new Rinnai Infinity Solo, which is now awaiting CPD accreditation.

The comprehensive engineer training course line-up for 2017 includes nine modules: Rinnai product overview; Continuous flow and the future of water heating; Intermediate water heater; Continuous flow – Excellence in design; Service and fault diagnostics (Water heaters); Service and fault diagnostics (Energy saver warm air units); Understanding ACOP L8 and hot water system design; Maximising renewable gain in hot water design; and, Continuous flow as an innovative method of satisfying energy and regulatory demands.

CPD Roadshow courses are also available for M&E consultants and specifiers, design and build engineers, facilities managers and gas contractors.

For more information contact Ian Jenkins on +44 (0)1928 531 870 or email

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As a business committed to driving education within the industry, Xpelair is offering two levels of learning – designed to help customers to stay ahead of the game when it comes to modern ventilation and the opportunity it presents.

Installers and contractors seeking to develop their skillset can now benefit from three different BPEC courses, all of which conform to the new Summit Skills syllabus for ventilation and are certified by the independent training organisation (BPEC). Through both theoretical and practical training, attendees can learn about the main types of domestic ventilation systems and how to install them safely and efficiently, then test them afterwards. On completion of the BPEC training, installers are certified to install all four ventilation systems for five years – including mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR).

In addition, Xpelair is also offering a free, industry-approved CPD seminar which covers the principles of heat recovery, meeting Passive House standards and best practice for domestic heat recovery – ideal for those seeking to gain a basic understanding of the MVHR opportunity within a limited time frame.

The BPEC course is housed within Xpelair’s purpose-built state-of-the-art training facility in Peterborough, whilst the CPD seminars are delivered across the UK. Both courses are run by the business’ team of ventilation experts who provide support and guidance to attendees beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Lee Stones, Category Manager for Xpelair, said: “As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and developers in ventilation systems, we feel it’s only right that we share our expert knowledge with the industry and our customers.

“As we all know, the ventilation category has changed drastically in recent years; amid legislation reforms, the rise of the green agenda and a shift towards MVHR systems – which many installers still have had little to know experience of.

“As such, we’ve developed these courses specifically to cut through the confusion, helping them to stay fully up to date with industry changes and best practice in developing new systems, such as MVHR. We’d encourage all customers to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure they have the right skillset to meet future demand and grow their business.”

For any enquiries regarding Xpelair’s BPEC training courses and CPD seminar please email or visit

Giacomini is now a CIBSE approved CPD course provider and is offering two courses that CIBSE members can take to contribute towards their CPD qualifications.

The first in underfloor heating explores heat transfer, design factors and component applications and gives participants an understanding of how and why underfloor heating systems work. The 1 hour presentation covers:

  • Theory behind underfloor heating
  • Benefits of underfloor heating
  • System components
  • What influences the output?
  • System design
  • Types of floor build up

The second course focuses on Giacomini’s other specialist subject, heat interface units, and in 1 hour participants will learn about:

  • Central plant heating systems
  • The role of heat interface units
  • Types of heat interface units
  • Unit components
  • System design
  • Heat metering
  • System performance

Attendees will receive a certificate that will contribute towards CIBSE CPD requirements.

To arrange a seminar, or for more information, please contact Helen Gibbons, Giacomini’s technical support manager 07824 595527/01454 311012 or email

Marflow Hydronics has scheduled in a new date for its CPD training course on Pressure Independent Control Valves.

The CPD course is being held in Birmingham on 4th May and is free for anyone to attend. The half day session provides delegates with knowledge on how PICVs work, innovative pipe layouts and how to make systems more economical, including the introduction of electronic balancing. It’s aimed at consultants, designers, specifiers and key influencers who want to learn more about the products, improve their skills and specify, purchase or commission a PICV.

Nick Martin, Technical Manager at Marflow Hydronics says “PICVs are growing so much in popularity due to their numerous benefits, but to really get the best out of them then a user needs to fully understand them. Our course is set up to provide delegates with the knowledge they need to truly optimise the many advantages of the product.”

Places are limited, strictly on a first come first served basis, so immediate registration is recommended. To register or for more information visit, call 0121 358 2012 or email

After yet another hugely successful run of courses earlier this year, Marflow Hydronics announces new dates for its CPD training courses on Pressure Independent Control Valves in October.
The free CPD courses are aimed at consultants, designers, specifiers and key influencers who want to learn more about the products, improve their skills and specify, purchase or commission a PICV. The sessions are designed to provide delegates with knowledge on how PICVs work, innovative pipe layouts and how to make systems more economical, including the introduction of electronic balancing.
The half day sessions are free for anyone to attend, but delegates should have a good prior knowledge of water distribution systems to get the most out of the day.
Nick Martin, Technical Manager at Marflow Hydronics, says “We had excellent feedback from those who attended the courses in April and May and we’ve been getting numerous requests from people asking us when our courses are going to be repeated. It’s so great that people are learning so much from these training sessions and that they’re able to take what they’ve learnt and use it in their jobs.”
Places are limited on these popular courses, strictly on a first come first served basis, so immediate registration is recommended. To register or for more information visit, call 0121 358 2012 or email