National Seminar Series 2015

Refuel CPD Provider Network

  • Have you developed educational programs suited to the architectural profession?
  • Do architects ask if your educational programs offer CPD points?
  • Can you demonstrate your ability to deliver high quality and relevant CPD for architects?

If the answer is 'yes' to any of the above you would benefit from joining the Refuel CPD Provider Network.

The Institute's Refuel CPD Provider Network offers external providers recognition and endorsement of CPD events and activities, you will gain permission to use our Refuel logo as well as promotion on our website and direct marketing to our 12,000 members.

Interested companies or organisations that have read the handbook and reviewed the AACA/AIA Joint Policy on CPD as well as the Memorandum of Understanding, may submit an application to join the Refuel CPD Providers Network.

Detailed information on the Refuel CPD Provider Network can be found in the Refuel Provider Handbook.

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Refuel CPD providers & programs

Activities and providers listed here have been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects.

Participation in recognised activities will accrue formal or informal points.

Refuel CPD providers

Active Mobility – The integration of room covering ceiling lift and tracking systems in today's modern aged care facility

Allduro – Design, consultation and specialist material supplier to the Architectural, Civil and Construction industries

Altro – Inventors of traditional safety flooring

Arcadia – Ventilation and sunscreen specialists

Archicentre Pty Ltd – the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects

Ardex – provides CPD training in the areas of “Specifying under tile waterproofing with confidence” and “Floor preparation issues and solutions for floor finishes”  

Armstrong World Industries (Aust) Pty Ltd
– Manufacturing locally since 1969 Armstrong is Australia’s only manufacturer of commercial vinyl flooring

Autodesk – Tools and technology you need to bring design ideas to life

AWS – Architectural Window Systems

Big Ass Fans – Leader in industrial, commercial and residential air-movement solutions

BlueScope

Blue Turtle Consulting

Bondor – Australia's leader in complete thermal building solutions and lightweight architectural panels

Boral– Build something great

Bradford – Improving living and working environments through greater thermal and acoustic comfort

Breezway

CADDS Energy

Capral Aluminium
- Windows and Doors - Maximising Performance

CASF – DuPont™ Corian® Solid Surfaces in Healthcare Environments

CSR - CSR is the name behind Gyprock™ plasterboard, Bradford™ insulation, Monier™ rooftiles and Viridian™ glass to name just a few.  

Davies Laminated Glass Consulting – Designing with Structural Laminated Glass Interlayers

Diversified Exhibitions – Truly unique exhibitions, designed to excite and innovate

Dulux – Dulux offers five one-hour modules, each accredited with 1 formal CPD point

Earp Bros – Innovative tile solutions

Elmich – Landscape engineering solutions

ERCO – ERCO Lighting

Exner Education -  Exner Education is an integrated education and consulting firm with over 25 years of experience providing an extensive range of professional management services to the building, construction and engineering industry.  

Floth – Sustainable building consultants

Galvanizers – Galvanizers Association of Australia (GAA)

GBCA – Green Building Council of Australia

GN Consulting – Fire safety engineering and design

Graphisoft – IFC training courses

Hill-Rom – Mobile and Ceiling patient lift manufacturer

IATA – Institute of Access Training Australia, training in access to the built environment

IQPC – International Quality and Productivity Center

Keim – Mineral paints Australia

KingspanFour Refuel CPD seminar options available with formal points to help architects understand the insulation options for thermal efficiency and design appropriate thermal solutions for the building fabric.

Knauf

Luxmy - Award winning custom furniture and joinery manufacturer

Object: Australian Design Centre - Making Demands: How do we adjust our cities to work for us?

Parchem – Parchem Construction Supplies

Partners Energy Management– “NCC / BCA Section J – Pathways to Compliance” - 2 CPD points

Planned Cover

Pointsbuild – Leading provider of over 65 online CPD courses

Proctor Group Australia

Real Flame  –
 Leaders in Gas Fireplace Technology

SAS International

Shaw Contract Group– Commercial flooring solutions

Solar By Design - Australian Solar Council

Supawood – Architectural lining systems

VM Zinc – VMZINC is the international brand name of rolled zinc products manufactured and sold by the Umicore Group

Wood Solutions – Timber design ideas and advice

 



Refuel Provider programs


Active Mobility is an Australian family company established in 1995 for the import and distribution of European assistive technology to the healthcare industry.

Specialities include fixtures and furnishings for hospitals, aged care and accommodation for the disabled – offering a balance between elegant form and excellent function. A fusion of design and accessibility for the less able – we call it 'Archability'.

Active Mobility has sought CPD status to formalise the presentation provided by our partners from the Danish manufacturer Ergolet. We have been granted up to 1.5 points for the topic 'The integration of room covering ceiling lift and tracking systems in today's modern aged care facility'. The author is Dan Betak – planning architect and project manager with Ergoletlink to resume.

The presentation covers the following material:

  • A short introduction and summary of the issues and challenges to be resolved in a typical project.
  • Three case studies – successfully completed projects, each of which highlights methods in which the integration of ceiling lift and overhead tracking systems were seamlessly and successfully implemented.
  • The entire process described in detail, from the planning stage to the end result.

For more information go to www.activemobility.com.au or contact James Pridham.


Allduro

Allduro is an industry-recognized design, consultation and specialist material supplier to the architectural, civil and construction industries of waterproof membranes, roof-garden systems, insulated-roof systems, greenstar-rated industrial floor coatings, concrete admixtures, soil-stabilisation systems, decorative and protective wall finishes and acoustic flooring solutions.

We at Allduro also offer something that many construction supply companies won't … or can't. It's our unique hands-on approach. Since our inception, we've made it our top priority to truly understand our customers' needs so that we can partner with them to deliver the best solutions for their projects.

Allduro constantly implement new innovations to provide better commercial construction materials at the best value quickly and conveniently. And, our design and sales teams are simply the best in the business. We pair our technical expertise and product knowledge with fast, personalized service and unmatched after sales support to deliver exceptional results to every customer.

Our team offers a CPD presentation on insulated and green-roof systems.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to design and specify a suitable insulated or green roof for various structures and substrates.
  • Be able to understand the long-term economic benefits of an insulated or green roof.
  • Know the various components incorporated in an insulated or green-roof system.
  • Understand how an insulated and or green roof can increase the lifespan of a roofing membrane.
  • Understand how a green roof can filter pollutants from rainwater.
  • To help professionals meet their clients' needs we offer our assistance in helping in the selection and design of acceptable insulated and green-roof systems.

For more information click here or contact us on info@allduro.com.




Altro – inventors of traditional safety flooring

Founded in 1919, Altro is a UK family-owned manufacturer and supplier of floor and wall coverings. We have been in business for over 90 years. We specialise in slip-resistant flooring and are experts in this field.

Our presentation is aimed to educate and aid specifiers and designers on the occupational health and safety issues faced when designing buildings. The focus in this presentation is slips and falls, and the preventive measures that should be considered in the design stages. We detail the testing methods and guidelines set out by Standards Australia to meet duty of care requirements, providing you the knowledge to get your project specifications right the first time.

Some of the topics covered include:

  • OH&S statistics
  • The compensation culture
  • Specific requirements for flooring
  • Your role and duty of care
  • Understanding slip ratings
  • Prevention and solutions

For further information please call 1800 673 441, email info@asf.com.au or visit www.asf.com.au.




Group Arcadia is an Australian leader in external façade sun shading, louvres and natural ventilation for commercial, multi-residential and industrial buildings. Our reputation for knowledge, quality and reliability is based on our innovative technologies, ongoing product development and unrivalled products and services.

Controlling your environment naturally, Arcadia is committed to sustainable practices through utilising recyclable materials from sustainable sources. We assist our clients by harnessing the natural elements to answer the global challenge of sustainability. We design naturally ventilated buildings and provide sustainable solar shading to reduce carbon footprint.

Arcadia's most recent CPD focuses specifically on natural ventilation. As a registered Refuel provider, Group Arcadia offers 1 formal CPD point as recognised under NCSA Unit 1 Design.

Throughout the presentation we cover the following topics:

  • Defining natural ventilation
  • Design principles, parameters and benefits
  • How to calculate ventilation requirements
  • BCA and code requirements
  • Case studies
  • Operating ventilation systems
  • Sustainability
  • Building for cyclone regions

The 60-minute seminars are calculated to provide engineers, architects and specifiers an enhanced understanding of the principles of natural ventilation and the importance in selecting the appropriate products to achieve the required outcome. Our experienced team of designers and engineers are highly qualified and dedicated in sharing their knowledge and experience from over 60 years in natural ventilation with you at no cost.

To book a presentation or for any project specific enquiries please call our sales team on 08 9458 4955 or email sales@grouparcadia.com.au. We look forward to seeing you soon or you can visit www.grouparcadia.com.au.




Archicentre Pty Ltd is a wholly-owned Institute subsidiary that has been helping people buy, build, renovate and maintain property since 1981.

During this time we have learned a lot about clients, buildings and the viability of non-core architectural service. This knowledge has been distilled into three practical courses that offer particular value to new and emerging practices:

  • Clients…and how to get your foot in their door
  • Housing faults…and how to recognise them
  • Architecture…and thinking outside the square
Each course offers members 1 CPD point, subject to successful completion of an on-line assessment. Completion of each course also entitles members to undertake a second course that provides instruction on the delivery of the design, inspection or advice services offered by Archicentre’s consumer-facing brand, Ask An Architect.

 



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For more than 60 years, Ardex has been the quality leader for an entire industry, offering excellent products which make up Ardex systems in the areas of:

-       Waterproofing

-       Floor preparation, levelling, adhesives and finishes

-       Tile & natural stone adhesives, grouting and sealants.

Ardex is proud to be a registered Refuel Provider, offering Architects 1 formal CPD Point for either our “Specifying under tile waterproofing with confidence” or “Floor preparation issues and solutions for floor finishes” course.

Learning outcomes to be achieved are:

Specifying under tile waterproofing with confidence training

1/ Identifying correct system design & specifying this.

2/ Understanding & identifying issues with applicators/application.

3/ Different kinds of systems available and the strengths & weaknesses of each.

4/ Supervising projects and what to look out for.

Floor preparation issues and solutions for floor finishes training

1/ Understanding moisture issues in concrete & effects this can have

2/ Important aspect of the flatness of substrate for the floor finishes.

3/ Screed performance, identifying what performance is needed and specifying correctly.





Slip Resistance CPD Presentation
June 2013 saw the Australian Standard for Slip Resistance being updated. Do you know how the changes in the updated standard will affect your selection of products for your projects?

Armstrong World Industries (Australia) Pty Ltd has been approved as a CPD Provider Network Member by the Australian Institute of Architects. We are in the position to offer your team a presentation to help you make sense of these changes and gain either a formal or informal CPD credit.

Armstrong, a global manufacturer of flooring products, has been supporting the Australian construction industry with product and technical knowledge for over 50 years, commencing manufacturing at Braeside, Melbourne in 1969. Armstrong is now the sole remaining Australian manufacturer of commercial vinyl sheet and tile flooring.

Presentation will cover the following:

  • Why slip resistance so important?
  • Which two Australian Standards cover slip resistance?
  • Understanding the four different tests for slip resistance.
  • Identifying the key changes to each test method.
  • Identifying appropriate test method for different flooring situations.
  • Introduction to products that meet the various situational requirements.

Other topics we can cover for short presentations, mainly of interest for interior teams, include:

  • Greenstar and best-practice PVC.
  • How to design custom colours and visuals for Armstrong flooring products.
  • How to apply new Slip Standard to specific projects (a shortened version of the above CPD presentation).




Since 1982, Autodesk has ushered in state-of-the-art 2D and 3D technologies that let customers visualise, simulate, and analyse the real-world performance of their ideas early in the design process. Autodesk software systems allow designers to not only see, but experience, their designs before they are real, empowering them to save time and money, improve quality, and foster innovation. This gives architects the flexibility to optimise and improve designs before actually executing them.

Autodesk provides the tools and technology you need to bring design ideas to life. From industry-leading design and drafting software to the Revit platform for building information modelling (BIM), Autodesk provides a robust set of architecture software solutions that help you improve productivity, deliver innovative design ideas, and manage change throughout the project lifecycle.

For further information please visit www.autodesk.com.au.




Architectural Window Systems (AWS) designs, tests, extrudes, finishes and supplies Australia's leading range of high-performance aluminium windows and doors – Vantage, Elevate™ and ThermalHEART™. AWS window and door systems are manufactured by a nationwide network of window and door fabricators. By continually evolving and designing, AWS constantly maintains their reputation as leaders in the development and supply of high-performance aluminium window and doors. Most recently, AWS have released Australia's largest offering of BAL-40 rated window and door systems.




As our name suggests, Big Ass Fans isn't your traditional business. While the quirky name understandably garners a lot of attention, it's serious work behind the scenes that drives our continued success in industrial, commercial and residential spaces. Our provocative moniker originated with the massive overhead fans we perfected to bring comfort and energy savings to similarly sized industrial buildings. Today Big Ass Fans is much more than industrial. Big Ass means quality, form and function to solve problems in the built environment.

So what the heck does that mean? It's having a veritable herd of engineers on staff and the world's only R&D facility (which is LEED® Gold, no less) dedicated to testing air movement on a grand scale. It's speaking to our customers directly to understand and solve their problems. But mostly it's an insatiable drive to improve, engineer, design, test, re-engineer, re-design and re-test until we get it just right. And then start over again. It's applying our Big Ass approach to other problems, and inventing or reinventing solutions. We don't do things half-ass. We go Big Ass. And that's precisely why there's No Equal™.




BlueScope's industry leading brands, COLORBOND®, ZINCALUME® and GALVASPAN® steel continue to play a key role in Australian architecture. The attributes that have built these brands, such as world-class quality, durability, technical backup and support will continue to encourage innovation and inspire confidence by assisting to minimise risks in the construction process. BlueScope values the continued support of architects as they take these brands into the future.




Blue Turtle Consulting is an international firm of consultants that specialise in the science of proposing and negotiating design fees. Blue Turtle Consulting's methodology is based on research from the fields of Fee Psychology, Behavioral Finance, Fee Negotiations and our own personal experiences proposing and negotiating design fees for one of the world's most recognised design firms. To find out how our Services, Experience, Workshops, eGuides and Templates can help your firm please visit: www.blueturtlemc.com or email: info@blueturtlemc.com.




Bondor is Australia's leader in complete thermal building solutions and lightweight architectural panels. In over 55 years operation in Australia, Bondor has manufactured in excess of 100 million m2 and installed in excess of 65 million m2 of insulated panels. More than just the leading manufacturer of insulated panels, Bondor's unrivalled installation and construction experience ensures practical, effective design solutions. As such, Bondor is in a unique position to be able to offer its customers impartial advice on the right insulated panel solution to meet their needs.





Boral's Australian Construction Materials & Cement business is a major supplier of products to the dwelling, commercial construction, and roads and engineering markets. As one of Australia's largest and most experienced Construction Materials suppliers, Boral has the resources and the expertise to perform for customers Australia wide. Committed to providing customers with a reliable supply of quality products, Boral Construction Materials has invested in the most advanced plant and equipment, and progressive work practices. A highly trained and skilled workforce and a focus on continuous improvement programs reflect a commitment to excellence.

Boral has around 240 premix concrete plants producing a wide range of specialist concrete mixes throughout Australia. The business' geographic cover and responsiveness to customer needs provide a strong, sustainable competitive advantage.

Boral Concrete, through a high level of technical know-how, has developed mixes using high quality materials to guarantee the long term durability of your concrete structure as well as deliver the workability and consistency that professional concrete placers require. Boral's Normal Class Standard Concretes are suitable for a number of general purpose applications including house foundations, driveways, footpaths, industrial floors and structures. Boral's Special Class Concrete products are designed to help you deliver your project on time and within budget. From concrete for road construction to concretes designed to line tunnels with a 100 - year design life our technical experts will work with you to ensure the concrete has the right performance characteristics required. Our Decorative Concrete range will highlight the aesthetics of your surroundings and improve the market value of your property.




Bradford for smarter environments 
Improving living and working environments through greater thermal and acoustic comfort

Celebrating 80 years, CSR Bradford has been helping Australians live comfortable, more energy efficient lives through our knowledge, experience and innovative, energy-saving products. We're also backed by CSR, founded in 1864 and the name behind some of Australia's most trusted and recognised building product brands.

Our highly trained and experienced team has world class engineering knowledge, research and development, technical and customer service skills, providing support to a vast manufacturing and distribution network across Australia and New Zealand. 

Bradford Insulation provides thermal and acoustic solutions for residential, commercial and industrial applications including glasswool, rockwool, foil insulation and speciality products designed for commercial buildings. Delivering the best building science solutions for your home, commercial or industrial projects.

For more information please visit
www.bradfordinsulation.com.au





 

Breezway began manufacturing Louvre Windows around 1947 in Australia and by the mid-1960s our louvres were being exported to over 65 countries. Today, Breezway is at the forefront of louvre window technology and design with a constant stream of product improvements flowing from our Brisbane-based R&D Centre.

Breezway Altair Louvre Windows are energy rated, wind and water rated up to cyclonic conditions, have the widest choice of customising options and can be fully automated with concealed motors.

Our team offers 2 CPD presentations (1 formal CPD point each).

Fall Prevention through Openable Louvre Windows
Learning Outcomes
  • Able to identify situations where fall prevention measures are required by the BCA.
  • Able to list the options to achieve compliance in bedrooms and early childhood centres.
  • Able to list the options to achieve compliance in other rooms.
  • Awareness of testing methodologies to prove compliance
Ventilation
Learning Outcomes
  • Identify four of the scientifically proven benefits of ventilation
  • Describe the impact of window types and sizes on ventilation openings
  • Describe the results of a study on the relative energy efficiency implications of air infiltration and ventilation
  • Be aware of WERS ratings for screened products
Please contact Breezway on 1800 777 758 or email designassist@breezway.com.au to make your booking today.



Cadds Energy offer a number of services aimed at enhancing the Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) of residential and commercial buildings. Cadds Energy has significant experience in completing Alternative Solution assessments using energy simulation software. 

Current CPD :
Section J Compliance- Getting the building you want 
Analysing different verification methods, software and options to retain the initial design and budget.


 Capral commenced operations in Australia in 1936 and is Australia's largest manufacturer and distributor of aluminium profiles.
 
We are the market leader in supply to fabricators and distributors, focussing on the Residential, Commercial and Industrial segments.

Capral has a comprehensive product range including Commercial, Architectural, Residential and most recently Thermally Broken suites.

With Australia's largest R&D capability, we are well positioned to take advantage of changing building regulations in Australia and being able to technically back up all our products.

Capral’s Formal CPD presentation (1 Point) is entitled “Windows and Doors – Maximising Performance”

Learning outcomes include
• Applying Australian Standards 
• Identifying Wind Design Pressures and testing methods 
• Understanding Thermal performance
• Defining Acoustic performance

For more information visit www.capral.com.au
To request a presentation please contact specify@capral.com.au

 

CASF is a registered training provider for the Australian Institute of Architects Refuel program. We provide 1 formal CPD point for our Corian® Solid Surface in Healthcare presentation.

In this module, participants will learn:

  • How and where Corian® solid surfaces can assist in hygiene control
  • Specifying – aspects for specifiers and designers to consider
  • Eco performance of Corian® and its Greenstar contribution
  • Importance of using correct adhesives, fabrication and installation techniques

This workshop will enhance the education of architects and designers in their design and documentation of DuPont Corian® Solid Surfaces in Healthcare environments.


To find out more about Corian® visit the CASF website.


 















 
CSR is the name behind some of the most trusted and recognised brand names in building solutions for residential and commercial construction.

Names that architects, builders and generations of Australians have come to know and trust. Like Gyprock™ plasterboard, Bradford™ insulation, Monier™ rooftiles and Viridian™ glass to name just a few.  Our customers can be sure they are manufactured to meet all relevant building codes and standards to do the job.

We operate a strong manufacturing & distribution network to service projects across Australia and New Zealand, we're also continuing to invest in research and development to develop knowledge based outcomes to meet the challenges of contemporary design and building performance.

We aim to share our knowledge with architects, builders and trades, Knowledge You Can Build On.




 

DLGC is a registered  training provider for the Australian Institute of Architects Refuel program. In partnership with Kuraray Glass Laminating Solutions in Australia we provide one formal point for our 'Designing with Structural Laminated Glass Interlayers' presentation.

At the end of this one hour session participants will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of PVB interlayers
  • List the characteristics and performance of ionoplast interlayers
  • Identify different architectural applications for ionoplast laminates
  • Examine design tools used to analyse performance of laminates
  • Recognize the importance of verifying compatibility of materials in contact with interlayers

Kuraray Glass Laminating Solutions is a global supplier of laminated glass interlayers  for architectural applications. Kuraray was established in 1926.  In l950, the company achieved a corporate milestone as the first in the world to bring polyvinyl alcohol synthetic fiber to market.  In subsequent years, Kuraray used its proprietary technology in the area of polymer chemistry and synthetic chemistry to develop resins, chemicals, fibers and textiles.  Kuraray has overseas subsidiaries in 19 countries and regions outside of Japan.

To register for the presentation and find out more visit the website: http://glasslaminatingsolutions.kuraray.com/registration_refuel_program



For over 30 years Diversified Exhibitions has built a reputation for delivering truly unique exhibitions designed to excite and innovate. They now own and run more that 30 of Australia's premier industry-specific trade and consumer events, including designEX, DesignBUILD and Grand Designs Live. Their portfolio of architectural, design and building events allow the industry to showcase the latest product innovations and trends, while gathering together the most progressive talent, all in one place. Their events provide the foremost platform for business networking and allow visitors to come face to face with the industry and meet with the people who are shaping the future of Australian architecture, design and building.



Dulux

Dulux is a registered Refuel Provider, offering Architects 1 formal CPD Point from the listed Accredited CPD Presentations below:

  • Introduction to Surface Coatings
  • Micaceous Iron Oxide Coatings
  • An Introduction to AS/NZS 2312
  • Hot Dip Galvanised vs Zinc Coatings
  • Heat Reflective Coatings

Dulux provides Architects and Specifiers with total product and colour solutions to ensure every project is perfect according to specification.

From decorative to powder and protective coatings, to texture and timber finishes, Dulux offers the widest range of protective, high performance and corrosion resistant finishes ensuring your vision becomes a durable reality.

To register your details and to find out more visit the Dulux Continuing Professional Development website.



Earp Bros

They are forward-thinking, evolving and innovating surfaces for the designer and architectural, retail and builder markets. Earp Bros provide a range that adds value to projects through design, innovation, form and function, with a focus on ecological integrity.

Earp Bros Slip Resistance Presentation – Selecting flooring materials is a risk-management process that matters. Risk should be minimised by requesting the appropriate data from the supplier so that the product supplied represents the purpose it is intended. Contrary to popular belief, ignorance is not bliss and the most effective way to avoid issues is to understand the methods and to be proactive to any assessment that takes place.

This seminar will examine the various tests available through statistics and case studies, while encouraging discussion and a deeper understanding of the use of slip resistant products.

The learning outcomes that will be achieved are:

  • How to select flooring materials which have sustainable slip resistance
  • How to best minimise risk in the flooring selection
  • How to choose a Slip Test that best reflects the conditions for which you are designing
  • How to be Proactive, not Reactive and how to put processes into action as a result of the risk-assessment process
  • legislation and compliance standards that should be followed

For more information go to www.earp.com.au.




Landscape Engineering Solutions

Elmich Australia Pty Ltd commenced business in 1997 and has expanded rapidly to become a leading designer and distributor of innovative landscape engineering products.

Our product range includes TurfPave grass pavers, VersiCell / VersiDrain sub-soil drainage modules, VersiDrain 25P water retention and drainage trays, VersiTank underground infiltration and storage stormwater tanks, VersiPave paver supports and VersiJack paver, beam and decking support and two greenwall systems, VGM Green Wall Modules and VersiWall GP.

We distribute our product range throughout Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and also service many international markets.

Elmich has the support of a professional, dedicated and technically skilled service network that works closely with specifiers and end-users to provide fail-safe, cost effective solutions to the landscape, construction and engineering industries.

Presentations are usually provided in house to larger and smaller practices. Presentation cover topics ranging from reducing weight on building structures, reducing stormwater runoff on driveways as well as green alternatives to boring facades, ie GreenWalls.

Attendees will be awarded with 1 formal or informal point upon completion. More information can be found on our website www.elmich.com.au.




Light is vital. Light is poetic. Light provides atmosphere and orientation. People use light as a way of creating places to enjoy. Light is the fourth dimension of architecture.

ERCO specialises in architectural lighting. We see ourselves as selling light, not luminaires. This approach has been the trademark of our work for many years and results in designing lighting tools for the user that satisfy all the technical and economical requirements of lighting practice, while at the same time opening up the whole fascination and magic of that 'immaterial material' known as light.

We are proud to now offer two CPD Workshops.

1hr “Language of Light 1.0”  CPD Seminar (Theory) – 1 formal point
'Language of Light 1.0' is a one hour seminar covering the philosophies of Richard Kelly and their implications on the design process from a lighting perspective and discuss how they can be used as a simple communication tool between you and your clients. The workshop covers recent developments in technology but with a focus on providing a balance between efficiency and visual comfort. 

3hr “Language of Light 3.0” CPD Workshop (Theory and Practical) – 3 formal points 
We have updated the format of our 3hr workshop – so, while the focus is still on Richard Kelly’s principles, “Language of Light 3.0” extends from the 1hr version with the addition of practical examples. Even if you have attended a workshop previously, there will be new content to keep you engaged and learning. We mock up the lighting principles or ‘layers’ for visual impact and understanding in a set showroom environment and then follow by showing you practical examples of how these principles can be applied to typical project scenarios.

For more information, please contact Ana on (02) 9004 8801 or a.djordjevic@erco.com.



Exner Education is an integrated education and consulting firm with over 25 years of experience providing an extensive range of professional management services to the building, construction and engineering industry.  Our hands-on experience includes design and construction, contract administration, expert claims quantification, construction and project management, business systems consulting,  safety in design, risk management systems and the delivery of skills training.

 

Exner has achieved great success in meeting both government and private clients' needs on small through to major construction projects, with building, rail, civil, energy, IT infrastructure, educational infrastructure, mining and marine projects. Through our innovative approach to key areas of project management, risk management, quality and management systems, we has assisted clients to reduce direct and overhead costs, improved efficiency and improve the value of their projects.

Exner Education, part of the Exner Group is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) with the Australian Skills Qualification Authority - who are the national regulators of Vocational Education and Training. 

Visit Exner Education: www.x-ed.edu.au

 





Floth Sustainable Building Consultants

Who we are:
Floth is one of Australia's leading building services and engineering consultancy practices. For more than 30 years we have worked on major projects in Australia and Asia, earning a reputation for technically excellent, commercially viable and sustainable designs.

Our firm is recognised for pioneering many of today's established building services solutions and we continue to pursue the latest technologies, particularly in ecologically sustainable development (ESD), 3D modelling and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and simulation. Our design philosophy embraces a totally integrated approach – we work with your team to optimise the project as a whole, not just the services component.

Floth provides a range of ecologically sustainable development (ESD) services suitable for new projects, or retrofitting older buildings. We have the expertise in targeting NABERS or Green Star ratings, in implementing alternative sources of energy generation, and reducing a project's carbon output. Instead of a 'one size fits all' approach, we tailor ESD solutions for each project to achieve the best possible outcomes for our clients.

With offices in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Jakarta, we have the scope and expertise to add value to any building project, large or small.

What we do:
We provide services including:

  • Ecologically sustainable design (ESD)
  • District energy solutions
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Fire engineering
  • Fire performance engineering
  • Hydraulic engineering
  • Water & waste-water treatment
  • Vertical transportation engineering
  • Acoustic & vibration engineering
  • 3D documentation and building information modelling (BIM)
  • CFD modelling

For more information visit www.floth.com.au.




Galvanizers Association of Australia (GAA)

Hot dip galvanizing provides ideal corrosion protection for steel – no other coating matches galvanizing's unique combination of durability, low first cost, predictable performance, low maintenance, ease of inspection for coating quality, and resistance to abrasion and mechanical damage. Galvanizing is also environmentally sustainable and is 100% recyclable, forever.

Galvanizers Association of Australia is an industry Association established in 1963 to represent galvanizing companies and to provide technical consulting services on a not for profit basis. The GAA comprises the leading galvanizing companies throughout Australia.

The Association's objectives are to provide the highest standards in design and quality of galvanized products and to assist consumers achieve the economics inherent in the correct design and application of galvanized products.

We provide free technical publications, practical assistance and education on all aspects of design, application, process, bolting, welding and painting of galvanized steel.

The GAA is able to schedule formal training sessions with architects on the above aspects. The format of the sessions are flexible and vary from group training in a regional location to individual training held in firms premises and structured around the needs of the individual practice. Sessions are held in all locations in Australia.

Further information is available from the GAA at www.gaa.com.au or by phone on 03 9654 1266.




More than 2000 people in Australia's property and construction industry participate in the GBCA's Green Star Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program and are qualified as either Green Star Accredited Professionals or Green Star Associates. The Green Star CPD program provides built environment professionals with a range of education options that reflect and support the diverse and specialised nature of the Green Star project work they undertake. It gives them the skills and knowledge to work on Green Star projects and GBCA CPD participants are widely recognised as green building experts in the industry.

The GBCA provides the following courses on a regular basis:

AIA and GBCA CPD participants can also gain points by attending the Green Cities conference, held once a year.

For more information, additional courses and bookings, please visit the GBCA course calendar.

The GBCA also provides in-house training. For more information please phone 02 8239 6200.




Founded in 1986, GN Consulting Pty. Ltd. is a specialist consulting engineering company offering nationwide professional services in:
  • Fire Engineering / Alternative Solutions
  • Design of all types of Mechanical, Electrical and Hydraulic Fire Safety Systems
  • BCA Reporting and Advice regarding Fire Safety Compliance
  • Property Loss Control for Large Infrastructure and Mining
  • Bush Fire Assessments
  • Independent Compliance Review of Fire Services
  • Expert Witness
  • Peer Review of Fire Engineering Assessments
  • Water Pressure Management
  • Hydraulic Services1
1 A service offered with our strategic partners McCallum PFCA

Our Mission is to provide the most practical and innovative fire engineering solutions in a timely manner, whilst maintaining the ethics and quality of professional engineers. 

GNC’s energetic and highly qualified team of engineers offers a responsive and personalised service with any project large or small from inception to completion, on both new or existing buildings and infrastructure across the following sectors:
  • Shopping Centres and Major Retailers 
  • Commercial
  • Residential
  • Education / Universities and Childcare
  • Aged Care and Health Care
  • Hotels, Clubs and Entertainment
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Industrial
  • Infrastructure, Tunnels,  Mining and Power Generation (Special Hazards)
For more information visit www.gnconsulting.com.au or email: info@gnconsulting.com.au





GRAPHISOFT® ignited the BIM revolution with ArchiCAD®, the industry-leading BIM software for architects. With GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD's Building Information Modelling approach, architects can explore design ideas with full confidence, knowing that every detail is being captured and all documents are synchronized. GRAPHISOFT Australia has developed a range of training courses to assist you in realising the full potential of ArchiCAD and maximising your return on investment.

We have been teaching ArchiCAD to industry for over a decade and many of our training courses have been accredited by the AIA including Essential ArchiCAD 18, Industry Foundation Classes (IFC), ArchiCAD 18 Upgrade Training and Artlantis 5 Training.

To learn more about our courses visit us at www.graphisoft.com.au/learning/training-courses.





Liko is a world-leading mobile and ceiling patient lift manufacturer which, since the start in 1979, is specialized in developing solutions for simple and safe lifting and transferring of disabled persons, for instance, at care homes, schools and rehabilitation centers, hospitals, aged care facilities or in the homes. Our specialization and experience have given us a lead in knowledge, technique and methods. We use that every day to create the best solutions for the users of our products.

Since 2008, Liko is a part of the renowned medical technology company Hill-Rom, in close to 80 countries and with more than 6000 employees. Together we offer our customers a complete solution to patient care and transfers, focusing on improving the care quality and the caregiver's productivity.

Liko's head office is located in the village of Alvik in the north of Sweden, the same place where it all started more than 30 years ago. Today it is the Global Patient Mobilisation Center of Excellence.

Website: www.liko.com 

As Refuel CPD Provider Network member Hill-Rom is pleased to offer a formal training presentation titled “Ceiling Lifter Design for Safer Manual Handling”. This course has been granted 1.5 formal CPD points under AACA Competency, Design 1.1.3

Presentation Agenda covers:

• Clinical and OH & S Requirements
• Overhead tracking system design
• Rails & Motors
• Fixing types
• Switches
• Solutions for difficult lifting situations
• Lifting requirements

To arrange training sessions contact:
Ram Rai
Liko Business Development Manager – Aus/NZ
E-mail: ram.rai@hill-rom.com
Ph: 1800 445 576



The Institute of Access Training Australia (IATA) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO22404) and incorporates Access Audits Australia (AAA), leaders in universal and barrier free access consultancy, auditing and training services, relating to all aspects of the built and outdoor environment. We have successfully provided services to a wide range of community, government and business organisations Australia wide since 1993.

IATA was established to provide education, professional development and training in access to the built environment. This is aimed at people with responsibilities for ensuring equitable, dignified access is provided to all services, facilities, communications, events, information, employment and the built environment, for everyone including people with a range of access challenges. Our training programs are highly sought after by many professionals.

IATA provides nationally recognised training courses including units of competency for the CPP40811 Certificate IV in Access Consulting and CPP50711 Diploma of Access Consulting as well as professional development and training for people wishing to gain a qualification and / or upgrade their skills and knowledge in relation to understanding, identifying and addressing an extensive range of access issues.

IATA professional development program leaders and trainers are drawn from a range of qualified trainers and access professionals who have been delivering education and professional development training programs in access improvement for over 20 years and are recognised leaders in the access industry. IATA team members have extensive knowledge and experience working with government, community and business sectors and have been recognised for their contribution.

Details regarding all courses and training, as well as information on our range of publications, are available at www.accessinstitute.com.au or download our 2014 IATA Training Calendar.



 

The Research Facilities Design and Development Conference (RFDD) being held on 27-28 May 2015 in Sydney draws together the fundamentals of new build and retrofit research facilities in Australia. The focus is upon transforming aging stock, managing ventilation and airflow, designing flexible and adaptable spaces whilst ensuring maximum sustainability and energy efficiency. Click here to view the full agenda and event guide to see which sessions you can get CPD points for: http://bit.ly/1LxFKea





Keim Australia supplies specialised products to the building and maintenance sectors related to breathable coating systems, water-proofing, hydrophobic agents, anti-graffiti coatings, and coatings for Heritage buildings. Keim’s complementary product systems allow for all over façadé protection as well as interior paints that actually make the air cleaner.

Keim Mineral Paints and stains are natural, water-borne, liquid silicate paints which produce an extremely durable, colourfast, and sustainable protective finish with high vapour permeability, These work in harmony with the environment. Due to the unique way in which the system works, it ensures a longlife, colourfast, protective finish with low maintenance. Keim Australia also consult to the Heritage Building sector, working with original paint systems that have been in production since 1878. 

Keim’s Formal CPD presentation (1 Point) covers:
  • the role that breathable coating systems have in consideration of health, the environment, and building longevity.
  • The preventative/protective nature of coating systems
  • Identifying problems and potential problems with damp and rising damp in buildings
  • Specification of coating systems for Heritage Buildings
For more information visit www.keim.com.au


Kingspan

Refuel CPD Seminars available for formal points:

  1. Insulation 101
  2. Insulation Solutions: Walls & Floors
  3. Section J & Insulation Solutions
  4. Good, Better, Best Insulation Solutions for Roof, Wall, and Underfloor
  5. Continuous Insulation: The First Consideration in Energy Efficient Building Envelopes

Kingspan Insulation manufactures AIR-CELL®, Australia’s No. 1 thermo reflective insulation brand, and Kooltherm®, a world-leading CFC/HCFC-free rigid thermoset phenolic insulation with zero Ozone Depletion Potential (ODP).  Both ranges are unique alternatives to conventional bulk fibre insulation.

Kingspan Insulation is committed to reducing carbon footprints with thermal solutions for the building envelope.

For more information please visit www.kingspaninsulation.com.au or to book a seminar email refuel@kingspaninsulation.com.au





Knauf, a leading plasterboard manufacturer, supplies high quality and innovative products and systems to the construction industry worldwide. The company has a range of premium engineered quality wall and ceiling lining products designed to enhance performance and provide fire, water, impact, acoustic and decorative solutions for all construction projects. In Australia, Knauf has manufacturing facilities located in Matraville (Sydney) and Altona (Melbourne) and supplies plasterboard, compounds, cornice and associated products and systems to the Australian market through its national PlastaMasta distribution network.




 

Continuing Professional Development - CPD Training

Luxmy Furniture is an award winning custom furniture and joinery manufacturer that has been operating since 1997. We operate from our 6,500m2 factory in Punchbowl and are one of the largest Australian based commercial furniture manufacturers.

The manufacturing workshop has been created for Architects and Interior Designers who are involved with the design and specification of custom furniture and joinery.

The objective of this workshop is to share with you our extensive knowledge and demonstrate how custom furniture, joinery and upholstered products are manufactured on a large scale and introduce documentation requirements for accurate tendering and manufacturing.

We will demonstrate constructions methods to increase the designers and architects’ capabilities in design and outline the necessary requirements for documentation, as well as outline methods of best achieving budget compliance in joinery and upholstery specification to assist in achieving this from the design stage.

Outcomes – At the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

-          Understand and describe the construction methodology of custom furniture

-          Design custom furniture and joinery to best meet budget requirements

-          Document custom furniture and joinery to meet the requirements of a joiner

-          Create best practice furniture and joinery documentation

 

Location: At our factory located at 19 Moxon Road, Punchbowl

Expected Duration: 75 minutes

Number of participants: 4-10

Register here.





For the professional development of the Architecture and Built Environment community, Making Demands is a three hour session that incorporates a moderated panel discussion led by Siobhan Toohill, followed by practical workshop sessions to interrogate the challenges across public and private sectors, unpacking the rapidly changing nature of architecture, the built environment and urbanism.

Proudly presented in partnership with Parlour: women, equity, architecture, Object: Australian Design Centre’s Gold Club is a guild of pivotal women in Australian design.

Drawing on the expertise of a stellar line-up including Fiona Foley, Shelley Penn, Clare Sowden and Barbara Schaffer, Making Demands is a live conversation addressing the working concerns of the architecture industry. By uncovering these concerns across the realms of public art, urban renewal, architectural leadership and cultural value, the aim of the event is to awaken our expectations of multidisciplinary design, and motivate pragmatic and inspired responses within our city.

Making Demands is part of the Vivid Ideas program during Vivid Sydney, an event owned and managed by the NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

Making Demands is an Object: Australian Design Centre event.

Book tickets here.


Parchem Construction Supplies offers design professionals the following informative seminars to provide a practical approach to understand how these common construction applications should be incorporated into sound project design, by providing appropriate solutions.

Wet Area Waterproofing: Design Options (NEW)
From this seminar you will gain a full understanding of the minimum requirements of AS3740 and best practice waterproofing for wet areas.

Sustainability & Waterproofing: A Practical Guide (NEW) Green Star CPD
This seminar is an opportunity to understand the role of waterproofing and its application in sustainable projects.

Exterior Waterproofing: Above Ground: Design Options (NEW)
Leaks are a common building defect that can be prevented; the seminar will review the recently updated AS4654, including detail drawings.

Residential Concrete Pavements: Design Options (NEW)
The seminar will cover key aspects of AS372 and illustrate decorative concrete options.

Concrete Corrosion (Repair & Prevention): Design Options
Designed specifically for architects, review the cause of concrete corrosion, repair and options available to prevent corrosion.

Understanding Sealants in Joint Design
Upon completion of this seminar you should be able to identify common sealant defects, causes and application.

Parchem Construction Supplies are a leading manufacturer and supplier of Construction Products and Decorative Concrete in Australian and New Zealand.

Please visit www.parchem.com.au/parchem-specification-team.


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Partners Energy’s new CPD course – “NCC / BCA Section J – Pathways to Compliance”  focuses specifically on the practicalities of Section J and essential knowledge required by Architects.  As a registered Refuel provider, Partners Energy offers 2 formal CPD points for this 2 hr course.

Throughout the presentation we cover the following topics:
  • Defining Section J
  • Describing and discussing critical elements of each Part of Section J.
  • Detailed explanation of insulation and glazing elements of the Code
  • Considering the different pathways to compliance
  • Providing practical outcomes for each pathway type

The seminar is designed to provide architects an enhanced understanding of the elements of Section J  and a confidence to specify the energy requirements of the Code.

To book a presentation or for any project specific enquiries please call us on 02 66286528 or email david@partnersenergy.com.au . We look forward to seeing you soon or you can visit www.partnersenergy.com.au

Founded in 1996, Partners Energy Management is a leading building sustainability and energy consulting firm. We provide our clients with independent advice on energy efficiency and environmentally sustainable design by optimising a building’s energy performance.

Partners  Energy provides a wide range of consultancy services associated with the building industry:

  • Residential & Commercial Energy audits and assessments 
  • Residential, commercial and industrial building thermal performance assessments
  • BASIX certification/ BCA-Part 3.12 compliance for houses
  • BCA-Section J energy assessments for commercial buildings
  • Energy efficient building design consultation
  • ESD strategy development and implementation
  • Presentations on energy management and BCA compliance for industry groups 
  • Renewable energy design and installation




Planned Cover specialises in the insurance and risk management requirements of the architectural profession.

Over the years, Planned Cover has been recognised as the Insurance Industry's Broker of the Year (Australian Insurance Industry Awards 2010, 2013 & 2014) by offering more than just insurance placement. Planned Cover offers expertise in the areas of:

  • Insurance placement
  • Risk management
  • Claims management

Our legally qualified Risk and Claims Managers offer a series of in-house or group CPD seminars to architects and various construction professionals.

For more information, please contact enquiries@plannedcover.com.au.




All Architects need 20 CPD points each year for registration renewal. Pointsbuild is an approved provider of CPD courses for architects, under the Australian Institute of Architects' Refuel program of approved CPD Providers. With a number of approved courses to choose from, there's no better way to do this than with Pointsbuild Online CPD: approved CPD course reading material to easily get your CPD.

Pointsbuild is the leading provider of online professional development, education and training courses. We operate with unparalleled enthusiasm, integrity and professionalism, and strive to be the company of choice for customers, partners and employees alike.

With technology, innovation, scalability and sustainability at the forefront of our thinking, we offer our customers a convenient, time efficient and smart way to learn, without them having to leave their office or home, and anytime they choose.





Established in 2005, Proctor Group Australia has been servicing the Australian and New Zealand building and construction industry with an extensive portfolio of high-performance thermal and acoustic insulation, plus precision-engineered geotextiles and vapour permeable construction membranes.

Proctor Group Australia is 100% Australian owned and operated, and brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from around the globe solving problems through research and product development, designed to meet local climates, building regulations and construction practices.

Proctor Group Australia aims to extend its product range in Australia and New Zealand by assessing the requirements of local customers and matching this with a combination of product developments and a range of tried and tested leading edge products and systems from Europe and North America.

Proctor Group Australia will continue to work tirelessly to pre-empt future thinking to consistently deliver innovative products at the top end of the performance spectrum.

CPD presentation:
Condensation Conundrums
Where to put your insulation, vapour barriers and breather membranes

Understand and minimise the risk of condensation forming in your building projects. During this one-hour presentation, Andy Russell from Proctor Group Australia will present topics on:

  • Condensation principles
  • Moisture management and the building envelope
  • Consequences
  • Condensation risk
  • Addressing the risks

Proctor Group Australia would like to offer Australian architectural practices the opportunity to participate in a free CPD presentation at your premises. Call 1800 174 900 register your interest.

  • en roof can filter pollutants from rainwater.
  • To help professionals meet their clients' needs we offer our assistance in helping in the selection and design of acceptable insulated and green-roof systems.

 

For more information click here or contact us on info@allduro.com.

 




Real Flame has been manufacturing gas log fires in Australia for more than thirty years and is the leader in gas fireplace technology.  All products are conceived, designed, researched, developed and built in their Scoresby facility in Melbourne.  The products are sold around Australia in their specialist showrooms.

Products built at the facility include open fronted decorative fires, decorative fires that create a small amount of heat and glass fronted star rated space heaters that will heat large open areas efficiently. 
All Real Flame products include the latest in flame failure and oxygen depletion safety systems and are built using only the best materials available.

All open fronted fires are compatible with the Power Flue which was developed by Real Flame in 2004 to meet the growing need for flue systems that would allow the installation of fire places in high rise apartments or commercial projects.

The glass fronted fires are all star rated and boast efficiencies of up to 4.7 stars.  They are all double glazed, have great flame patterns and will heat large areas efficiently whilst creating the charm and ambience that people have come to expect from a Real Flame fire.

With the largest range of fires on the Australian market there is sure to be a Real Flame fire to suit your needs.

For all enquiries go to www.realflame.com.au or email info@realflame.com.au

 



SAS International designs, manufactures and distributes worldwide an extensive range of quality interior fit out products specialising in metal ceilings and architectural metalwork solutions; acoustic rafts, wall panelling, baffles and wall cladding.

SAS International is a global manufacturer delivering the highest quality solutions with minimal impact on the environment. SAS International focus on product development and innovation.

SAS International currently offers a CPD titled ‘Specifying Metal Suspended Ceiling Systems – Acoustics. Environmental, Design and Integration Options’.

After the CPD seminar, attendees will be able to:
• Describe the benefits of metal ceilings
• Identify the principle types of metal ceilings
• Explain the various design and integration options when specifying metal ceiling systems

For more information please email us on: enquiries@sasint.com.au




At Shaw Contract Group we are driven by the belief that innovative design can change the way we live, work, think and create. A wholly owned subsidiary of Shaw Industries Inc, the world's largest carpet manufacturer and recycler, our diverse product selection includes carpet tile, broadloom and resilient floor coverings. Servicing the diverse needs of the Australian marketplace, our extensive range offers tailored solutions for the healthcare, education, commercial office, government, hospitality and retail sectors. 

Our flooring is engineered for beauty, durability and cradle-to-cradle sustainability. As the first flooring manufacturer with cradle-to-cradle products that can be endlessly reclaimed and recycled into new high-performance product, Shaw Contract Group leads through innovative, sustainable practices. Operating Australia-wide, our team collectively shares decades of experience within the design and flooring industries, allowing them to offer expert advice and guidance to ensure our clients achieve outstanding results in their projects. 

As a registered Refuel Provider our current CPD approved program, COLORSENSE focuses on design and offers Architects 1 informal CPD Point. Presented by our Design Studio, COLORSENSE is a colour trend forecast that explores colour and design trends for 2015 and beyond. The film takes you on a immersive sensory journey.

To find out more about COLORSENSE please visit www.shawcontractgroup.com.au

To find out more about Shaw Contract Group please visit www.shawcontractgroup.com.au




Solar by Design for Architects

The Australian Solar Council is running a series of “Solar by Design” courses for the architecture industry to provide assistance and guidance on the incorporation of solar and renewable energy into new projects.

The course will be delivered by Glen Morris (VP of the Australian Solar Council & the Energy Storage Council) and Eric Peterson, PhD, RPEQ, Adjunct Senior Fellow, School of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland.

The aims of this workshop are:

  • Overview of the relevant solar technologies and how each one serves a different purpose
  • Show examples and ideas around architectural solar integration
  • Ideal placement and conditions for solar products
  • How architects can design in the right system and energy aspects that the client may be looking for.

The first course will be held at the University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, St Lucia Campus, 31 March, 1-4pm.

Contact Joanna Joustra on 0402 938 401 for more details.



Supawood

Presentation courses on Architectural Lining Solutions

Supawood is presenting informative courses aimed at offering designers, architects or specifiers an in depth understanding of architectural linings and the knowledge they need to make the correct interior lining choices for their projects.

As a leader in the design, development and supply of architectural lining solutions, the Supawood team includes highly qualified people with years of experience in offering technical support on the most complex lining projects.

Supawood is dedicated to sharing its knowledge and delivering invaluable presentations which will earn you further formal CPD points.

Architectural Lining for Reverberation Control

This excellent course not only enable architects to meaningfully interact with acoustic consultants but provides all the resources, understanding and methodology to ensure that your end-clients are fully satisfied with the acoustic performance of the designed space. It also provides you with the tools for the rectification of existing acoustic issues.

For more information about Supawood's CPD presentations or to request other topics or learning outcomes please contact Supawood on 1800 002 123 or visit www.supawood.com.au.



VM ZINC

VMZINC is the international brand name of rolled zinc products manufactured and sold by the Umicore Group.

For over 150 years VMZINC has been providing innovative building solutions for architects around the world. With an extensive and unique range of products, VMZINC offers the Australian market many options for zinc cladding, roofing and interior applications.

Zinc is a non-toxic, durable, recyclable and malleable material. As an essential trace element, zinc is also vital to biological equilibrium and growth. Zinc used in the building industry is 100% recycled, putting it far ahead of many other materials which are just taking their first steps in recycling. Less energy is required to produce zinc than the other principal metals.

VMZINC Australia has a Refuel CPD (formal points) seminar available, awarding 2 formal points for architects.

For more information please contact VM Zinc Sydney 02 9358 6100 or email leanne.howlett-mckay@ap.umicore.com.




Knowledge that comes to you

Lunch & Learn offers you a choice of one-hour, informative and practical, in-house presentations to architects, engineers, building designers and other professionals.

The presentations educate and inspire innovation in the use of wood to design and construct residential, commercial and infrastructure projects. Delivered by experienced industry professionals, they are available at no cost to attendees.

Lunch & Learn presentations are available for free delivery in-house to Architects. For more information, visit the Wood Solutions website.






Frequently asked questions – information for providers of CPD

1. What is CPD?

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for Architects is any activity that enhances the professional knowledge and personal skills needed for the advancement of architecture, society and the environment.

Key requirements of CPD for Architects are that an activity:

  • relates to the practice of architecture but is not an activity undertaken in the normal course of practice
  • has stated learning outcomes/objectives, demonstrating that the primary purpose of the activity is educational
  • relates to at least one of the National Competency Standards for Architecture: Design, Documentation, Project Management, Practice Management

2. What are the competency standards?

The National Competency Standards in Architecture (NCSA) is a document published by The Architects Accreditation Council of Australia (AACA) setting out the benchmark standards of competency for registration as an architect in Australia and New Zealand.

The NCSA can be found under publications at www.aaca.org.au.

3. Is CPD compulsory for architects?

CPD is compulsory in WA, NSW, Queensland and Tasmania. It is expected to soon become compulsory for architects in other states in Australia. CPD is also compulsory for A+ members of the Australian Institute of Architects. Architects are advised to do CPD to continually develop their professional skills and knowledge within the industry.

4. Should providers maintain records of attendance?

Architects are required to manage their own CPD records. The Institute provides a sample CPD record form for members, available for download. However, CPD providers must also maintain records of attendance for each CPD activity.

5. How long should a CPD provider maintain records?

You must maintain records relating to each CPD activity for a period of five years.

6. Are CPD points recognised Australia-wide?

Yes. The Institute allocates points to activities in alignment with the requirements of its own policy and policies/guidelines of other registration bodies.

7. Are providers allowed to use the Australian Institute of Architects corporate logo?

No. All Refuel CPD Provider Network members are supplied with Refuel CPD Provider Network logos and CPD points badges for use on marketing materials. Marketing materials must accurately advertise the program length, CPD points available, learning objectives and any costs associated with the program.

8. How are points allocated?

Points are allocated on the basis of one (1) point for every hour of involvement for both formal and informal activities.

In some cases, limits have been applied to the number of points that can be allocated to a single activity. While these tend to apply to less structured-generally informal-activities such as reading or attending meetings, some formal CPD activities also have limits.

Points can only be allocated to the educational components of an event: refreshment breaks, registration, drinks/networking sessions and the like, do not accrue points.

9. What is Refuel?

Refuel is the Australian Institute of Architects brand for continuing professional development. Refuel was launched in 2005 and is recognised nationally by members of the Institute as providing quality CPD.

10. What is Formal & Informal CPD?

CPD activities are defined as formal or informal. Formal activities require some form of assessment or evidence of significant interaction between the presenter and attendee as part of the activity.

11. Is assessment compulsory?

No. Most commonly a CPD activity that does not include assessment or significant interaction between the presenter and attendee will attain informal CPD points.

12. Can I provide online CPD?

Yes. CPD can be delivered in a number of ways. For example the Institute delivers both face-to-face programs in chapter offices and online CPD via continuum.com.au.

13. How are CPD Providers' activities promoted?

Promotion of activities within the Australian Institute of Architects Refuel CPD Provider Network is coordinated nationally. Recognised activities will be listed on the Australian Institute of Architects website and included in local promotions via Institute chapters.

14. How do I join the Refuel CPD Provider Network?

Once you have read all the information and understand the AACA/Institute joint policy on CPD as well as the Memorandum of Understanding, you may submit the application form for the Refuel CPD Provider Network.

If you have any further questions regarding the form please don't hesitate to ask. Telephone Knowledge Services at the Institute on 03 8620 3877 or email knowledge@architecture.com.au.