Material Considerations: CPD Programme 2016

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Throughout 2016 Material Considerations: A Library of Sustainable Building Materials presented a series of CPD events focusing on sustainable building materials.

The CPD programme was delivered in collaboration with partners Scottish Traditional Building Forum, Forestry Commission Scotland/ Wood for Good and The Concrete Centre. 208 professionals and students attended our 14 CPD events, held in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Topics ranged from traditional roof slating, use of lead on traditional buildings, to solid timber laminate systems and the vertical timber city (see list of topics below). The seminars allowed participants access to expertise, as well as networking opportunities.

Karen Coulthard, Graham Construction, said, “The timing of the SepTimber series was fortuitous as we had recently been focusing on an anticipated increase in demand for engineered timber schemes across the UK.  Peter Wilson’s series of talks and the solid timber laminate systems seminar at the Lighthouse afforded networking opportunities and access to expertise that we have utilised and appreciated.”

Other participants fed back that they found the event ‘inspiring’, ‘very timely’ and that it provided a “great range of speakers – from technical to aesthetic”.

Peter Wilson, Timber Design Initiatives, one of the contributors to the sessions, said A&DS’ ‘SepTimber’ series of events highlighting contemporary applications of timber technologies provided an invaluable opportunity for architects and other construction professionals in Scotland to avail themselves of up to date, objective information on timber products and systems they may not themselves yet have had the opportunity to use.”

In addition to the lunchtime CPD sessions, A&DS also hosted a half-day seminar on Solid Laminate Timber Systems. Dr Robert Hairstans, Centre for Offsite Construction + Innovative Structures, Edinburgh Napier University, said, “The solid laminate timber systems seminar brought together a diverse range of high quality speakers which complimented the applied research findings of Edinburgh Napier University with real life experiences and additional technical knowledge. The programme attracted a mixed audience of professionals and the presentations created good conversations. The feedback from the seminar was very positive and we are now moving forward with the follow up publication which we hope will be ready in the first quarter of 2017.” 

John McKinney from the Scottish Traditional Building Forum said A&DS decided to look at engaging the whole supply chain to instigate communication of best practice and to identify, and address, challenges which are often faced during contracts. It is hoped that this positive dialogue will encourage ongoing discussions across the supply chain. Those attending benefited from hearing from experts in roofing and stonemasonry across a full range of classifications from traditional building elements to modern construction.”

In 2016 our CPD topics included:

  • Traditional roof slating
  • Engineered wood products for modern methods of construction
  • The use of lead on traditional buildings
  • Low carbon, resilient design with concrete and masonry
  • Timber cladding and innovation
  • Roof sheeting and cladding
  • Glu-Lam V laminated veneer lumber
  • The vertical timber city
  • Flat roofing
  • Solid timber laminate systems
  • Hardwood or modified wood

Keep an eye on our website, follow us on Twitter (@ArcDesSco) or sign up for our newsletter to find out about any CPD sessions in 2017.

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