SENIOR Architectural Systems has launched its latest CPD, Designing Sustainable Fenestration Systems, which has just received RIBA approval and is now available nationally through its specification support team.
Many current CPDs cover the selection process of generic products and services used in construction but Senior’s approach is to explain the correct selection process of various elements during the specification phase, including standards, legislation, design issues and material choice. “The importance of getting the process correct will ensure that building owners obtain a cost effective build programme with long term added value,” it said.
The term ‘sustainability’ is discussed and explained, as so often it is given a very wide general definition. The growing use of the ‘cradle to cradle’ term for materials that have life cycles is also examined. Aluminium, for example, can be recycled almost infinitely with long life cycles between uses.
The new CPD leads into the growing use of the BREEAM Certification for new buildings. With careful design and specification, up to 40 credits of the total 109 available for the building can be achieved. The CPD explains where these can credits can be obtained and the methodology required.