CPD Seminars

Finding time to keep up to date with the latest product innovations, how and where to use different building products and so on, can be challenging when you’re busy with your day job. That’s why Forterra’s CPD seminars can be delivered on site or online to make learning as convenient as possible.

In addition to our standard topics, we can create seminars tailored to your needs.

Riba-approved CPD seminars

Materials specification and workmanship

Seminar duration: approximately 45 minutes plus 15 minute Q&A

Covers the manufacture, design and construction of clay masonry whilst ensuring compliance with the appropriate regulations. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of:

  • the manufacturing techniques and physical properties of clay bricks manufactured in the UK
  • British Standard BS EN 771 1 (European Standard for Clay Masonry) and its influence on brick specification
  • how to specify the correct brick to suit a building’s geographic location, brick position within the structure and architectural detailing that may be required within the masonry façade
  • best practice for clay masonry in terms of design and detailing
  • best practice in terms of workmanship onsite, including storage, protection and construction of clay masonry

Movement in masonary

Seminar duration: approximately 45 minutes plus 15 minute Q&A

Covers the design and installation of movement joints within masonry (clay brickwork, aerated and aggregate block) whilst ensuring compliance with the appropriate regulations. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of:

  • the different clay types within the UK and their influence on the global expansion rates
  • the different block types within the UK and their influence on the frequency of movement joints
  • areas of BS 5628 part 3 and PD6697 that relate to movement in masonry
  • the frequency and design detailing of vertical movement joints for horizontal movement
  • the frequency and design detailing of horizontal movement joints for vertical movement
  • the difference between re-strained and lightly re-strained masonry in terms of movement joint frequency
  • how to reduce the number of movement joints in a structure

Standard seminars (Non-RIBA approved)

The whys and wherefores of cavity walls

Seminar duration: approximately 45 minutes plus 15 minute Q&A

Serves as a refresher on how the basic cavity wall should be designed and constructed to ensure that it functions efficiently, in a compliant manner, and whilst reducing the risk of potential future issue. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of:

  • the development of the external wall, from a solid structure to a composite cavity wall
  • specification of materials
  • design and detailing of a cavity wall to ensure compliance with the appropriate regulations
  • best practice in terms of construction and workmanship of the cavity wall

Product innovation

Seminar duration: approximately 45 minutes plus 15 minute Q&A

Covers modern developments within the clay masonry market with an insight into brick slip systems, small prefabricated elements to complete walling systems. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of:

  • points to consider when designing non-standard brickwork such as stack bonded masonry
  • prefabricated elements such as prefabricated arch sets
  • the development of thin joint masonry onsite through to prefabricated masonry wall development
  • an introduction to brick slip systems
  • how the early inclusion of the material supplier at the design stage of a project may contribute to a simplified, cost effective solution which suits site specific requirements of the project in a compliant manner

An introduction to SureBrick

Seminar duration: approximately 45 minutes plus 15 minute Q&A

Covers all aspects of the SureBrick brick slip façade system. Attendees will leave with a greater understanding of:

  • what SureBrick is and what are the individual material components of the system
  • what testing has been conducted and what performance results are declared on the SureBrick system
  • how to design and detail using SureBrick