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Issue 79 September/October 2008 ISSN 1361-326X Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists


Inside this issue New talent — this year’s Student Award winners Practice makes perfect? — setting up on your own

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What’s happening within the Institute and the industry


Regions and Centres The latest news from CIAT’s Regions and Centres


Chartered Environmentalist Find out how you can become a Chartered Environmentalist


Action stations CIAT supports environmental charity Practical Action


Student Award 2008 Award winning designs by Architectural Technologists of the future


Publications New literature available for the profession

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Revit revitalised Reviewing the current version of Revit


Practice makes perfect? The possibilities of setting up in practice to counter the downturn

Conduct Outcomes from the last meeting of the Conduct Committee


What’s on What’s happening in the industry in the coming months

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News Scheme for energy assessors now available CIAT, along with RIBA and IT platform Just-Ask limited, have launched a specialist register for members to become Accredited Energy Assesors in the form of an Accreditation Scheme for Energy Assessors for On-Construction projects in England and Wales. This register is open to CIAT and RIBA Members with certain assessment exemptions, as well as to RIAS members and other industry experts. The scheme enables Members to carry out SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) assessments and complete Energy Performance Certificates in England and Wales as per the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). What is the process of joining? Visit where you can register by clicking the link ‘register’ on the Scheme home page. This first step will register your interest. This is free and carries no obligation, but allows Architectural EPC to keep you informed of the progress of the Scheme as it develops. During the registration process you will be asked to confirm a user name, password, contact details, your CIAT membership number and your level of competency. You will then be asked to subscribe to the Scheme. The costs are as follows: Application fee is £150 (plus VAT) and annual membership is £100 (plus VAT). You will then be contacted regarding how to qualify for full membership of the Scheme Further information is available at: and _registers/energy-assessor/ Scotland and Northern Ireland The Institute is working closely with professional and government bodies in Scotland and Northern Ireland to ensure that all members are offered the best possible service and guidance to become Accredited energy assessors. Watch out for news on these in future editions of the magazine. Implementing the EBPD in the Republic of Ireland As part of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, a Building Energy Rating (BER) certificate, effectively an energy label, will be required at the point of sale or rental of a building or on completion of a new building in the Republic of Ireland.

A BER and advisory report is to be supplied by the owner to a prospective buyer or tenant when constructed, sold or rented. The BER is intended to give prospective buyers and tenants information about the energy performance of buildings. A BER and advisory report will be required for new Non Domestic buildings for which planning permission is applied on or after 1 July 2008. BERs will be carried out only by assessors registered by Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). This is an interim registration for non domestic BER assessors. This interim registration scheme will be superseded by a registered non domestic BER assessor scheme which is expected to be in place before the end of 2008. The registered non domestic BER assessor scheme will entail registration with scheme operators approved by SEI. Interim registration scheme July to December 2008 — there are two possible options to qualify as an interim non domestic BER assessor: Option one — have an Honours degree in a building related discipline, membership of CIAT (MCIAT or ACIAT) and pass an interim non domestic BER scheme qualifying examination. Option two — membership of a UK Energy Assessor Accreditation Scheme at level 4. A Level 4 assessor is for all new Non Domestic Buildings where SBEM can be used. January 2009 onwards — it is anticipated that the second phase of the registration scheme will be implemented from January 2009 when candidates will register as non domestic BER assessors by joining a registered energy assessor scheme. For further information on becoming a BER energy assessor please contact BER Office +353 1890 734237 or

Conservation Accreditation for CIAT Members CIAT has developed an Accreditation process to assess Chartered Architectural Technologists with significant and relevant conservation experience and Accredit them as having achieved competence in conservation work. This is in line with the framework document commissioned by Historic Scotland. This framework has been adopted by funding bodies and professional institutes, known collectively as the Edinburgh Group, whose aim is to achieve commonality across all schemes operated by professional bodies offering assessment and accreditation of conservation skills for members. Prior to being considered for the CIAT Conservation Accreditation Register candidates must be either: 

Chartered Architectural Technologists of at least five years’ standing Architectural Technologists of at least two years’ standing and holders of Diplomas (or equiva lent/higher) in Conservation A member of an allied professional body of at least five years’ standing and a Chartered Architectural Technologist

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A Chartered Member of an allied professional body of at least two years’ standing and holders of Diplomas (or equivalent/higher) in Conservation and a Chartered Architectural Technologist.

Candidates must also have sufficient appropriate experience of conservation work to be able to compile an evidence-based portfolio demonstrating experience and expertise across five recent projects. The designation for those successful candidates will be CIAT-Accredited Conservationist. CIAT has provided an additional route to joining the CIAT Conservation Register for non-practising Members. This route will not be endorsed by the Edinburgh Group and Members will not be CIAT-Accredited, but their knowledge will be recognised. The designation for the non-practising route is CIAT-Recognised Conservationist (non-practising). Those interested in conservation are advised to visit: and _registers/conservation_register/

Determinations and appeals

Award for a ward

Members are reminded that the latest planning determinations and appeals from the Secretary of State (England and Wales) are available to view online at: onsandappeals/

n 10 September, CIAT representatives presented the Highly Commended plaque, certificate and cheque for the 2007 Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology to RPS Planning and Development for the Burn Centre, Neonatal Surgery Unit and Expanded Education Centre, Birmingham Children’s Hospital.


Directory of Practices The CIAT Directory of Practices is now only available online. If you are a partner or director of a CIAT registered practice, please ensure your details are correct at: find_a_practice/

The Centre is a striking extension to the hospital and one of only three such units in the country. It contains an outpatient centre, burns ward and operating theatre. The building required completely impervious vapour barriers and ventilation of all ceiling and wall voids. The roof was also designed to enable helicopter landings. RPS Planning and Development kindly donated their prize money to the hospital’s charity.

The paper Directory has been replaced by a new leaflet, ‘Finding a Chartered Architectural Technologist and the services they can provide’. Copies are available from the Institute.

Mark Kennett PCIAT presents the Award plaque to Simon Houldroft of RPS Planning and Development (l) and Andrew Hughes, Birmingham Children’s Hospital (r).

Up the garden path On 1 October 2008, the government introduced changes to the General Permitted Development Order (England and Wales) making the hard surfacing of more than five square metres of domestic front gardens permitted development only, where the surface in question is rendered permeable. Use of traditional materials, such as impermeable concrete, where there is no facility in place to ensure permeability, now requires an application for planning permission. A leaflet is available to download at:

The 'AT' Team The ‘AT’ (Architectural Technology) Team is a new incentive from CIAT’s Communications Department to pool information on skills from across all grades of membership. It is hoped that this pool can be drawn upon to assist with anything from imagery through to consultations. To help us to develop this register, please complete and return the questionnaire inserted in this magazine, using the pre-paid envelope supplied.

POP Record seminars POP Record seminars continue their nationwide tour during 2008. The cities, listed below, will be visited in the next two months. Venues and times are to be confirmed. If you would like to register your interest in attending, please email Amina Khanum, Membership Assistant ( who will provide details as and when they are confirmed. Newcastle: Thursday 9 October Nottingham: Thursday 23 October Norwich: Tuesday 28 October Liverpool: Tuesday 4 November

Jobs warning Nearly 2000 architectural jobs could be lost as the industry consolidates over the next 12 months, according to industry watchers Plimsoll Analysis. The unwelcome news coincides with a British Chamber of Commerce survey which suggests unemployment could rise by up to 300,000 over the next year as the UK economy experiences a ‘prolonged and bumpy landing.’

Each completed and returned form will receive a free CIAT umbrella (whilst stocks last). AT magazine — September/October 2008 5

Regions and Centres North West Region, 03 An AGM for the Region was held at the Preston Hotel on 17 April 2008. It was very well attended and it was refreshing to see new faces. Attention was focused on electing those members to attend the CIAT AGM in Hong Kong. Vincent Clifford, Steve Howarth, John Williams and Frank Cordingley will be attending as voting members with Jeff Goodchild attending as Regional Councillor. Colin Orr, Paul Greenwood and Stephen Nicholls will also be attending in their capacity as Vice President Education, Vice President Practice and Vice President Innovation and Research, but will not be voting. Discussion also focused on providing assistance to members in the Region undertaking their POP Records. An event had taken place on how to complete the POP Record, which had been successful. Any members in the North West Region requiring assistance with their POP Record should contact either Colin Orr MCIAT (Education), Vivienne Davies MCIAT (CPD) or Paul Greenwood MCIAT (Secretary), to work out the demand for future training events. The North West Region is keen to support members undertaking their POP Records. Whilst it had been previously agreed to suspend CPD events, due to lack of interest, it was encouraging to learn that members did want CPD events to be retained, but on a more local basis. A Regional Business meeting was held at the Novatel Worsley on 29 May 2008. Committee members were elected and the principal positions are as follows: Ian Pawson, Chairman; Paul Greenwood, Secretary; Vincent Clifford, Treasurer; Colin Orr, Education and Vivienne Davies, CPD Officer. Thank you to these members and the other Committee members who have agreed to devote time to the North West Region and their members. Particular thanks go to Chris Wilson MCIAT who has stood down from the Committee after a number of valued years of service. The last Regional Business meeting was held on 11 September 2008. Colin Orr reported that two educational establishments are seeking Accreditation. This is very encouraging for the North West Region. It is also hoped to set up some CPD events in conjunction

with a local university. Invitations are likely to be sent out by email. If you want details to be sent to you, and are not on email, then please contact the Regional Secretary.

Republic of Ireland Centre, 02 Building Regulations Technical Guidance Document F (Ventilation) Public Consultation

Members Membership of the Institute stands at 8,275. Chartered Technician Associate Profile candidate Student Honorary

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Chartered Members

A public consultation process has commenced, regarding proposals to amend Part F (Ventilation) of the Building Regulations. The proposals involve higher standards of ventilation to support the measures introduced in the 2007 Part L Regulations. Friday 10 October is the final date for submissions.

Congratulations to the following individuals on obtaining Chartered status:

Members are advised that the proposed Technical Guidance Document (TGD) includes several fundamental changes and is, effectively, a new drafting of the majority of the sections of the current document.

019589 Zak Lacey MCIAT

While changes to the published draft are anticipated post-consultation, members are advised to read the consultation documentation to build familiarity as the amended Part F is expected to be in operation shortly after the consultation period. The documentation is available at: ultations/PublicConsultationonPartF/

018293 Greg Bicknell MCIAT 018844 Mark Kenneth Davies MCIAT 017090 Gregory Simon Deakin MCIAT 016611 Olabimpe Owolabi MCIAT 020153 Robert Williams MCIAT The Institute would like to welcome back the following individual on re-instating their Chartered Membership of CIAT: 008494 Stephen Haldane Clark MCIAT

In memoriam We regret to announce the deaths of the following members:

The Centre’s Technical Committee is preparing a consultation submission.

Geoffrey Eric Carr MCIAT Stourbridge, West Midlands.

Sustainable architecture conference

Daniel Leigh (student member) Farnborough, Hampshire.

A number of CIAT members were in attendance at Dublin Castle on 22 July for the SEI/OPW/RIAI one day conference ‘Sustainable Architecture Now’. The event addressed the upskilling necessary to respond to the government’s policy targets which are moving rapidly towards low and zero carbon buildings. The opening address was delivered by Minister Eamon Ryan, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. Speakers included representatives from Local Authorities, Office of Public Works and Sustainable Energy Ireland (SEI). Papers by a number of speakers are available on the SEI website ( under events. Members should monitor the SEI website for information on possible future events.

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John Marshall MCIAT Burton on Trent, Staffordshire. Geoffrey Francis Murden MCIAT Beverley, Yorkshire.

Becoming a

Chartered Environmentalist In May 2008, CIAT became a licensing body for the Society of the Environment. Chartered Architectural Technologists can now further their careers by becoming Chartered Environmentalists. he Society for the Environment is the independent, non-political umbrella body for organisations with a professional interest in sustainable best practice.


Since achieving its Royal Charter in 2004, its purpose has been to support and champion the role of environmental professionals everywhere. The organisations that form its membership represent hundreds of thousands of practitioners, working across a broad range of disciplines and sectors. Under licence from the Society for the Environment, its member bodies have the ability to award outstanding individuals within their own membership, the Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) qualification. There are now over 5000 registered Chartered Environmentalists and CEnv is rapidly becoming recognised as the highest level of professional qualification available to environmental practitioners. Furthermore, the Society provides an independent forum for debate on sustainable best practice and an opportunity for the diverse membership to speak with one voice on crucial matters. Chartered Environmentalist Environmental professionals who qualify as Chartered Environmentalists stand out from their peers. CEnv status denotes sound knowledge, proven

experience and a profound commitment to sustainable best practice. The award enhances the employability of individuals, and brings benefits to the organisations they work for as well as to the wider community. In just a few years, the Society for the Environment has registered several thousand Chartered Environmentalists. Already there are CEnvs working in dozens of countries across the world, raising professional standards in business, education, non-governmental organisations and the public sector. As global membership increases, it expects CEnv to become the international benchmark for environmental professionals. The role of environmental professionals Environmental professionals are everywhere — and in all sectors — doing important work. Environmental professionals make a vital contribution to policies, plans and projects and they do this by working towards a society in which population, use of resources and environmental stewardship are in balance. They operate at high levels of science, engineering, technology and environmental management, what they have in common is their crucial role in building a sustainable future for us all. It is the Chartered Environmentalists – through programmes of learning,

knowledge sharing and development – who will be the professionals at the sharp end of delivery on environmental innovation and improvements, on regulation, policies and aspirations, working within an ethical code for the public benefit to inform legislation and ensure that sound science underpins policy and action. Consequently, the role of the environmental practitioner, and the professional bodies, will be critical to the successful outcomes of the goal of a sustainable environment. CIAT becomes a Licensing Body CIAT became a Licensing Body for the Society for the Environment in May 2008. The qualification is open to Chartered Architectural Technologists (MCIAT) able to demonstrate their competence in this area. As a condition of licence, CIAT is required to supply details of at least two Chartered Architectural Technologists to become auditors for the Society for the Environment. The audits are to ensure that other professional institutes hoping to become Licensing Bodies for the Society for the Environment are able to demonstrate the required level of quality and proficiency. Chartered Members are invited to contact CIAT’s Education and Research Department for further details. The Society for the Environment is holding an initial workshop to train new auditors on 9 October at a venue in London. Future dates are to be confirmed. For more details on CIAT’s Chartered Environmentalist scheme, please visit specialist_registers/chartered_ environmentalist/

‘Environmental professionals make a vital contribution...’

The picture shows CIAT representatives receiving certification of licensed status at the Society of the Environment AGM. Left to right: Tim Boldero, Chairman, Society for the Environment, Tara Pickles, CIAT Education and Research Director, Mark Kennett PCIAT and Colin Challen, MP for Morley and Rothwell and Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group.

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Action stations As part of its committment to sustainable development, CIAT is supporting Practical Action, a charity dedicated to alleviating the effects of climate change by Jane Eason, Practical Action. limate change is never far from the news headlines, yet few people realise the devastating effects it is already having on millions in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Gonzalo Tapia/Practical Action


This is one of the reasons the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists have chosen to support Practical Action, an international development charity with more than 40 years of experience working in the field. At the heart of its work is appropriate technology and engineering techniques to help people work their way out of poverty. For the first time ever, CIAT will be holding its AGM in Hong Kong this November. As many of its Members are UK-based, rather than invest in carbon offsetting schemes — which are often deemed controversial — CIAT is donating £3,500 to Practical Action, working directly with communities to adapt to climate change. As part of CIAT’s Climate Change Policy, the Institute has decided to partner Practical Action; allowing people already affected by climate change — despite contributing the least — to benefit directly. The donation is based on calculations for delegates attending this year’s AGM. CIAT will continue to support Practical Action projects through an annual ‘carbon budget’.

Farmers no longer need to cut down forests

How is the donation utilised? CIAT’s donation will go directly towards Practical Action’s sustainable forests project in Peru. The scheme is located in the Chinchipe river basin, which is home to more than 162,000 people relying on farming — a livelihood most depend on. The majority of farmers in Chinchipe survive on small scale production of coffee and timber; yet these are not sustainable, due to soil being unstable and steep slopes. Extreme poverty is no stranger to Peru — 24% of people survive on less than the equivalent of around 50 pence a day.

CIAT’s involvement will help Practical Action to support more than 100,000 farmers. The project will see farmers supported to create stable and sustainable farms, meaning they no longer need to cut down forests but will be encouraged to improve and increase coffee cultivation — which will then allow access to trade markets. Working with communities to create farms to either grow fruit and coffee beans or planting trees which can be utilised for fuel, fertiliser and timber, CIAT’s donation will also go towards fertilisers, tools and technical assistance. The project also supports

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community business initiatives such as handicrafts. In addition, Practical Action also supports the promotion of education among more than 1,000 rural children and young children. To give you an idea of what CIAT’s donation could help pay for; £3,000 will meet the costs of seeds, fertilisers, tools and technical assistance for ten hectares of sustainable farms, while £4,500 can fund three centres to train timber producers. Working in Kenya, Sudan, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Peru, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Practical Action has witnessed

how environmental changes — such as increased drought and flooding — are having devastating effects on people’s lives. For those living in poverty, a natural disaster means a life or death situation.

As Sharon Looremeta, Practical Action’s Maasai Project Officer told LiveEarth at Wembley: ‘Together we can stop climate change getting even

Justine Williams/Practical Action

This means communities have less time to recover and have to seek out new ways of making a living and often having to relocate their families as their lives change beyond recognition.

Its ethos is the right idea — however small — can change lives, create jobs and improve health and livelihoods. The tools to reduce poverty may be simple but to provide long-term, practical answers, they must be firmly in the hands of local people.

Engineering in Practical Action’s work ranges from the design and implementation of small-scale (less than 50 kW) micro-hydro schemes, gravity ropeways, to labour-based road building, to equipment for agroprocessing, and techniques for soil and water conservation. Since Small is Beautiful was written, thousands of projects have proved that small is working. While engineering techniques — from simple innovations to more traditional methods — are being embraced by people in poor communities, without knowledge sharing and a scaling up ideas, the results often remain localised.

The money will go directly towards Practical Action’s sustainable forests project in Peru.

Justine Williams/Practical Action

However, it is not just climate change the charity is working on; from reducing vulnerability, exploring new technologies, making markets work for the poor and improving access to services, Practical Action is improving the lives of thousands of families each and every year.

As well as extensive project work, Practical Action is one of a handful of organisations which provide a free technical enquiries service, Practical Answers. Practical Answers deals with more than 5,000 enquiries every year; allowing people across the world to access a wealth of technical and detailed information, along with manual and engineering drawings. This service is provided in the UK and through a dedicated office in each country the charity works in, making the information more accessible locally.

Practical action is improving the lives of thousands of families

George McRobie, one of Practical Action’s co-founders, believes that the approach of putting people and the environment first is more relevant today than ever before. He says that ‘We need to ask of technology and economic activity: Is it good for people? Is it good for the environment? Is it good for the resource base?’

However, across the world Practical Action is working with communities who are keen to see how they can live in the changing climate and adapt to their evolving environment. The charity, founded by inspirational economist Fritz Schumacher, believe strongly that ‘small is beautiful’; and by taking little steps and working with existing resources, appropriate ideas can help people to help themselves.

worse. We can help those people already affected, but we only have a very short time. People like you and I need to take this message and get our voices heard — we need to demand action from everyone, including leaders. Let me go home and tell my daughter and my community that today we have taken a step towards changing lives and the lives of our children’s children.’

Practical Action believes that there is not one single solution. People need to be able to make their own choices to provide an answer to poverty, while being able to make the most of their resources, and most importantly, fitting in people’s own capabilities and lifestyles. If you would like more information on how Practical Action is helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world or you would like to make a donation, please visit or call today on 0800 389 16 24

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New Talent The Student Award for Technical Excellence in Architectural Technology 2008 he CIAT Student Award for Technical Excellence showcases the talent of CIAT’s student members on Accredited programmes.


Entrants for the Award are required to demonstrate their achievement of technical excellence in Architectural Technology by illustrating the composition of ideas put into practice. The winner recieves a trophy, certificate and a cheque for £750; highly commended will receive a trophy, certificate and cheque for £400 and commended will receive a certificate and a cheque for £250. Sheffield Hallam swept the board again this year with all the winners coming from that university. Their entries shared the same project brief of an airport/railway interchange. The judges were David Todd MCIAT, Aline Connor MCIAT, and Chris Senior ACIAT. Overall comment from the judges The judges were impressed with the use of software and visualisation techniques, which created an extremely high standard of submissions. The judges were pleased to see that the majority of submissions met all the criteria set by the brief. Most of the presentations and scheme designs were of a high standard but some of the schemes failed to resolve all the technical issues. The judges would like to encourage students to develop technical detailing to a higher level in future entries. The judges were delighted to see that more Accredited universities had submitted entries for this year’s Award. They would like to encourage all Accredited universities to submit next year and also to integrate the Award into the final year of their undergraduate Architectural Technology programmes. Sheffield Hallam University must be highly commended for the quality of work submitted by all of its students and for the precedence the university have set for this very competitive Award.

Winner Gemma Hickling

Judges’ comments Gemma’s entry consisted of exceptional detailing and extensive use of 3D visualisation. The project was clear, concise and addressed all the issues set by the brief. Structural issues were well resolved by using a modern interpretation of the ‘arch frame’. The scheme was well researched and excellently presented. Gemma’s view It was a real shock to hear that I had won the CIAT Student Award for my ‘multi modal transport interchange’, as the standard of work produced by my peers was so high. I have thoroughly enjoyed undertaking my final year design project over the last year and it has given me chance to develop my design skills and technical abilities. The CIAT Student Award is something that I have been working towards throughout my time at university. When I started the course I never imagined that I would not only get a First Class honours but also win this Award! The last year has been a lot of hard work, due to studying and also working full time at HLM Architects in Sheffield. This Award has made all the stress, sleepless nights and effort worthwhile. Winning this Award would not have been possible had it not been for the support of my family, partner, tutors and my employer, who have all been very understanding. I am delighted with my achievement which shall take pride of place on my CV. This has also given me the confidence to go on to achieve Chartered status to further my career within the Architectural Technology profession.

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The brief set for this project was the addition of a new railway station, with incorporated transport interchange, on the high opportunity site of the existing Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster. The design has evolved from extensive site analysis. This took into account acoustics, security, passive design, natural ventilation, comfort and environmental considerations, taking full advantage of the site to optimise views, fresh winds and solar gains whilst respecting the function and security requirements of the existing and rapidly expanding airport. The interchange has been split into three distinct zones, although all are linked. These zones represent the varying internal planning and contents of the design and are treated accordingly. This has allowed for differing internal environments to be created, in terms of acoustics, thermal comfort and lighting. Each zone can function either separately or as a whole depending on the clients needs and the associated security issues. The zones are as follows: 1) train enclosure ‘shelter’ (not including train track area) 2) main core of train station (three storey) 3) transport interchange and incorporated retail units. Technically, the design has been simplified as far as possible. The technical solution has been arrived at to create an environmentally sympathetic building. Three-pin glulam arches have been chosen for the primary roof structure. These primary structural members span the 45 metres over the train platforms at six metre centres. The arches are 230mm wide by 1375mm deep sections of layered 50mm European Larch, sourced from renewable timber forests and do not require any preservatives or coatings. A maximum sway of 150mm has been designed for the crown of the arch and the lower edges of the glazing panels have sliding fixings to allow for local movement. A modular approach has been taken to the arched structure. Each module is 6m wide. This means that the structure can be extended in the future. Although the green roof cladding to the structure is staggered on elevation, this pattern is repeated meaning glazed and timber elements can be the same size, which makes the construction of the design and the replacement of damaged parts easier. Technically the design has been simplified as far as possible to create pure ‘zones’ within the multimodal interchange. The design makes use of a bioclimatic facade. The core building uses a partially adaptable buffer zone to its easterly facade which faces onto the runway at the airport side. This double facade aims to buffer noise from the runway to the offices/meeting rooms and corporate areas that are located at first and second floor level within the core. It also helps the natural ventilation and daylighting of the core area whilst reducing overheating and glare. Rooflights bring natural light into the deep plan of the central core area. The main structural elements of the core area are concrete; concrete columns, exposed soffits and floor slabs and aim to act as thermal mass. Night time passive cooling of the core area is also possible due to the incorporation of opening panels and rooflights. It was important to incorporate natural ventilation as far as possible in the design. Fresh air is drawn in at low level around the perimeter of the core building. It then rises within the double facade, which forces the natural stack effect. This is aided by axial fans powered by the photovoltaics incorporated within the scheme. An atrium is used within the core area to utilise stack ventilation. Opening roof lights are provided at the roof of the core which react to internal and external conditions. Warm air rises and escapes into the atrium space through open doors and windows within the internal ‘pods’ and escapes at high level in the atrium where extracts release the heat to th outside. This incorporates a heat exchanger to utilise any waste heat produced inside the building. The train shelter is also naturally ventilated to remove any potential pollutants from the trains themselves. The main aim was to allow as much as possible of the floor plan to be naturally ventilated without the use of mechanical systems. However, where this is not possible, mechanical ventilation will be provided, again powered by the integrated photovoltaics on the roof.

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Highly Commended Thomas Moor

Judges’ comments: Thomas’s use of Ecotec environmental analysis software produced a well researched technical study. An excellent use of visualisations, which provided a clear impression of the proposed scheme. Thomas’s view I was incredibly pleased and surprised to find out I had received Highly Commended in this year’s Student Award. With the standard being set so high every year it feels great to have the long days and months of effort recognised. The Award was seen as something to aim for throughout the academic year, and certainly helped keep motivation high! I am sure this will give me an edge with future employers and will hopefully be the start of a long career in Architectural Technology.

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Commended Stuart Vipond

Judges’ Judge’s comments: Excellent building form and visualisations. Stuart’s view Having graduated from Sheffield Hallam University with a first class degree, receiving third prize in the 2008 CIAT Student Awards for Technical Excellence was, for me, the crowning achievement of my studies. Following a demanding four year course, this Award justifies all the hard work that not only I, but my lecturers have undertaken. I feel privileged that my efforts have been recognised and I will be honoured to receive my Award in London.

Commended Simon Thompson

Judges’ comments: Excellent background for an environmental approach. Simon’s view With Sheffield Hallam doing so well in the Awards in 2007, I knew the quality of entries from everybody would be high this year so I was shocked to learn I had received third prize. The studios at the university made the hard work more manageable with tutors and fellow students always on hand to give advice and direction. Now that the submission is in my portfolio it has become a great thing to talk about in interviews since graduating.

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Publications Good Building Guide Radon protection for new domestic extensions and conservatories with solid concrete ground floors Published by Building Research Establishment (BRE), the aim of this Good Building Guide is to give practical advice and guidance on providing radon protection to new domestic extensions and conservatories with concrete floors and to explain why it is necessary. The Guide will also help house owners and builders in radon-affected areas to determine whether protection is needed for a new extension or conservatory and the level of protection that is required. Two further Good Building Guides will cover radonprotective measures for new dwellings and larger buildings (eg workplaces). IHS £15.00. August 2008 ISBN 9781848060548

Property Life Cycle Costing

must be based on whole life ‘value for money’, life cycle costing is a valuable technique which is used for predicting and assessing the cost performance of constructed assets.

variations of a precast concrete panel? What is required to successfully detail finish materials on masonry? Updating and expanding on its popular first edition, The Handbook of Construction Tolerances, Second Edition remains the only comprehensive reference to the thousands of industry standard tolerances for the manufacture, fabrication, and installation of construction materials and components — including all-important accumulated dimensional variations. It also includes new materials and techniques developed since the book was first published.

The first international standard for property life cycle costing, BS ISO 15686-5:2008, has been adopted in the UK. Developed by industry and in consultation with 17 countries, it is expected to have a major impact on all future construction procurement − particularly major investment and private finance initiative (PFI) and public-private partnership (PPP) projects. It is anticipated that the British Standard will have an impact upon the design of new buildings through clients’ desire to set the right budgets and optimise their life cycle costs, from a whole-life value and sustainable development perspective.

With the Handbook, Architectural Technologists, Architectural Technicians, architects, engineers, contractors, interior designers, lawyers, and others involved in the construction industry will be armed with the information they need to design and detail more accurately, write better specifications, establish normal practice and standards of care, supervise construction, settle worksite disputes, and save time and money at every stage of building.

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Valspar has introduced new technology to adapt one of its top selling products to deliver massive energy savings of up to 40% for its customers across Europe. It’s a move calculated to save millions of pounds in lower energy bills, a major step forward in the battle to minimise climate change. The company has achieved a revolutionary breakthrough to speed up the chemical reaction during curing to create the next generation in coatings able to “bake” at 20°C lower than before. The low bake product will use up to up to 40% less energy.

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Without doubt, the most striking visual feature of the ‘Zenith de Strasbourg multipurpose arena,’ is its fluorescent orange canopy, which completely envelops the top half of the steel framework. The canopy was fabricated from material manufactured in the UK by P-D Interglas Technologies Ltd. The company worked closely with Itac Ltd, an independent coating and adhesive formulator/manufacturer, to achieve the spectacular depth of colour. The Manchester based specialist, helped create a long lasting, silicone coating to match the Architect’s precise brief.

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...revitalised With the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the vision of a holistic single model environment approach to design, Chris Senior ACIAT, Principal of, explores the emerging technical problems associated with drawing issue and provides methods for combating document control. Revit offers the ability to work in a single model environment which hosts all model and drawing sheet information in the same file. One of the biggest problems with this, is managing and tracking what information has been updated and which drawing sheets are affected. For instance; if a change is made on the model, it will be instantly visible on the drawing sheets. As such, it is hard to keep track of which drawings need revision notes. With the release of Autodesk Revit 2009 there is a significant improvement to the revision tool and with the use of Autodesk® Design Review®, checking and co-ordinating revisions is much easier.

In previous versions of Revit, the revision tool would only allow numerical revisions ie 1, 2, 3, 4… (based on an American revision system). In the UK we tend to use alphabetical revisions on our drawing sheets. This numerical approach halted the use of the revision tool for most people in the UK. To add to the problem, revisions added using the revision tool wouldn’t automatically update the drawing title block.

What’s so special about DWF?

Revit 2009 addresses both these problems: the revision tool now permits alphanumeric revisions and the information is dynamically updated on the title block instantly.

How can I compare and review what has changed on a drawing since its previous revision?

Although this is solving most of the problem, the drawing sheets in Revit are still uncontrolled. What this means is that any model changes will instantly be visible on the drawing sheets (even before you have added a revision). Therefore you may not be aware if someone else has moved a wall but not added a revision to any dependant drawing sheets. What format should I use to issue drawings from Revit?

DWFs cannot be altered (unlike DWGs which are weak in terms of legality as a record copy). PDFs are a good record format but DWFs will also give you the flexibility to compare between previous revisions and much more. This allows you to compare what information has changed between two drawing versions (even if you never worked on it!)

Autodesk have provided a solution for doing this using Autodesk® Design Review® (available as a free download from Autodesk’s website). Design Review® contains a tool called ‘compare’ which scans geometry on two drawings and highlights the differences. Tutorial: identifying Drawing Revisions using Autodesk Design Review 1. Issue your first set of drawings from Revit by publishing them all to DWF.

Revit natively uses Drawing Web Format (DWF) and seems to output very quickly in this format compared to other formats such as PDF. Even if your client will only accept the issue of drawing files (DWG) or PDF it is recommended that you should first output to DWF. This is your in-house record copy. If your client insists on DWG, PDF or other formats, you can always issue the DWF along with a copy in the client’s specified format.

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2. Amend the model as required for the next revision.

9. The highlighted areas allow you to check what has changed and add revisions to your Revit model. Tutorial: Adding Revisions in Revit 2009 Having identified the changes using Autodesk® Design Review®, the next step is to add the revisions in the Revit model. 1. Navigate to a drawing sheet which requires revising. 2. From the menu in Revit 2009, choose Settings > Revisions…

3. Publish the drawings again to a multi-sheet DWF (Don’t add revisions just yet!) This time, place them in a separate folder called ‘compare’.

3. Change the first column (numbering) to alphabetical.

4. Open Autodesk® Design Review® and load the new DWF(s) saved in folder called ‘compare’. 5. Next, from the menu, choose Tools > Compare…

4. Type in a date for the revision, a description and the issued by initials. 5. Under the column called ‘show’, make sure it reads cloud and tag. 6. Select the radio button on the right to number per sheet.

6. When the dialogue box opens, browse to find the first issue DWF and click open.

7.Click OK to finish adding the revision.

7. Choose the drawing sheet you wish to compare and click OK

8.From the design bar choose revision cloud from the drafting tab.

9. Place a cloud around areas relating to the revision.

8. Design Review® displays any additions in red and any deletions in green.

10. Click finish on the design bar to complete the cloud. Notice the revision is added automatically to the revision box in the title sheet. 11. Pick the cloud and from the options bar make sure the applicable revision description is correct. 12. Publish the revised drawings to DWF again as a record copy. 13. Go back to Settings > Revisions…and mark the revision as issued.

Tutorial: Updating for the next revision The revision clouds will need omitting on the next revision but instead of deleting them, simply go back to Settings > Revisions…and amend the show column to read none. This hides the previous revision clouds.

To conclude The compare tool in Design Review® helps project leaders manage, and quality check, information produced by their teams before signing off as approved for issue. It could also be used by contractors on site to visually identify exactly what has changed since the previous issue. Unfortunately the revision tool in Revit® still has a minor fault: the revision sequence is still numerical when you are editing the revision box so you will need to work out for instance; revision ‘H’ is located on row 8 in the revision dialogue box. Document management and drawing issue is still a big topic of discussion in the industry today and there are many methods/solutions out there attempting to solve the problem. Autodesk are now coming extremely close to providing an all-in-one solution with the improvements made to the revision tool and Autodesk® Design Review®. To continue this discussion online, logon to and view the forums. You can also find an animated version of this tutorial at

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Practice makes perfect?

egardless of the weather, it’s been a bad summer for the house building sector. In July, Barratt made 1,000 people redundant; Taylor Wimpey shed 900. This was not the first round of blood-letting (Bellway, Crest Nicholson, and Kier had already announced redundancies in May) and it won’t be the last.


While this is dreadful news for those who’ve been given their cards, it’s barely any better for those who are left behind — wondering if they might be next. At times like these there are really only two options: keep your head down and hope the problems will pass you by; or try to take charge of your own destiny by moving — sideways into a different branch of work, onwards to a new employer, or upwards to become your own boss. Working for yourself might sound like a dramatic option, given the current economic climate, but it’s an attractive choice if you have ever felt stifled by the UK corporate culture, or fancy trying your hand at a wider range of projects than your current job offers. The good news is that, as well as

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It’s over a year since the collapse of the Northern Rock bank brought home the reality of the global ‘credit crunch’, and the UK housing sector is feeling the pain. The major house builders are shedding jobs at unprecedented rates, leaving some CIAT members wondering whether they should take the plunge and set up in private practice. Melanie Thompson gathers some advice.

Squeezed out? Private practice could be an alternative

various government-funded schemes to help small businesses get off the ground, CIAT has an excellent track record of supporting members who decide to set up in private practice. We talked to three CIAT Members who have taken the plunge and compiled ‘six secrets of success’ to help you make an informed decision about your future. Six secrets of success 1. Know your rights Read your employment contract carefully to ensure you understand your entitlements if redundancy is likely. Basic guidance on redundancy is at Seek assistance if necessary from a solicitor who specialises in employment law. 2. Understand your obligations The CIAT’s Code of Conduct and Practice Guidance Notes set out very precise requirements for members who wish to practice on their own account. In particular, you must obtain formal registration with the Institute, not just

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for running your own practice, but also if you are employed and offer services in your own time, and if you are giving guidance or services to friends and family. You will need to provide CIAT with evidence of a current Professional Indemnity Insurance (PII) policy (see below). This can be costly so, in effect, you do need to be certain of your decision to work direct for clients. Remember, it can take some time to get all the paperwork in order. For example, you will also need to supply headed notepaper, business card, drawing title blocks, and website designs for CIAT’s approval. ‘The main issue for me when setting up was organising PI insurance and accountancy, as this was something I had no knowledge of’ says Nicola

Keep your head down...or try to take charge of your own destiny

Miller MCIAT. ‘It was daunting, but CIAT’s Practice Department gave me lots of help.’ Another crucial issue to consider is your obligations to your former employer. Some employment contracts prevent former employees talking to their former clients for a fixed period. This was something new to Robert Bedner MCIAT: ‘In the US, it’s not uncommon to build up a relationship with a client, and then be helped to take the client away to your new practice! It’s not seen as “competition”.’ Glen Smith’s experience is a classic example of this cultural divide. He’d already seen how his former employer treated people who had left the company, and was determined not to risk any conflict. He took out special employment insurance in case of a problem, and was extremely glad of it, because that’s exactly what happened — culminating in a tribunal that lasted 18 months! ‘Tread very carefully,’ says Glen. ‘There are issues of pride, and you are setting up as a competitor.’

‘Tread very carefully — there are issues of pride’. Meanwhile down in Devon, Robert Bedner is determined to import better working practices from the States. ‘The consultants who work with me are former colleagues, and I operate my office with complete transparency,’ he explains. ‘Anyone who works with me can see all the project documentation — we’re sharing knowledge.’ He’s aiming to build the practice to six to eight good all-rounders who will concentrate on high-end residential and cultural/commercial projects.

helpline via Robin Simons LLP, and a collateral warranty vetting system. The cost of PII depends on the type and quantity of the work you plan to undertake. For a small practice working on general domestic-scale projects, the annual cost could be £1000-£2000. It is important to note that the PII is only valid while the current policy is in force, so if you stop paying, there is no cover for previous work. Instead, CIAT advises members to take out a ‘run-off policy’, which you typically maintain for six years after you have ceased trading. Another good reason to think very carefully before going it alone.

Going their own way

That’s why CIAT has arranged a scheme specifically for members through the brokers McParland Finn (0161 236 2532; The scheme also offers a free legal

There are numerous sources of guidance for people setting up small businesses or turning self-employed. A good — and free — source of information is BusinessLink ( Nicola, Robert and Glen all agree that finding an accountant is crucial. ‘I didn’t need an accountant until the year end,’ says Nicola, ‘but I talked to him up-front for advice. This saved me a lot of time because I knew how to record inputs and outputs. And doing it right keeps the accountant’s bill down!’ Choosing the cheapest accountant could end up costing you more because of mistakes. Glen points out

‘The penny dropped — it was daunting. But family, friends and colleagues came through in those first few weeks and months. It’s not necessarily the kind of work you might want, but you have to take what you can.’

Nicola Miller MCIAT Nicola Miller read Architectural Technology at Robert Gordon University, and graduated in 1999. After several years’ experience with well-known companies she took a senior technical advisory role which involved working on large government and public sector contracts. ‘Projects were very long-range, which meant my time was dominated by just a few projects at a time. I was becoming quite increasingly specialised, but I really wanted to be doing more design work first-hand; to have more creative input.’ Nicola became a Chartered Member in 2004, and set up her practice in April 2007 (see Pros: Flexibility to fit in with family life, control of workload, variety of work, the satisfaction of a job well done or a contract won. Cons: Potential for financial difficulty, and the need for endless discipline (though neither have been a problem yet!)

3. Professional Indemnity Insurance Read the construction trade press and it sometimes seems like the industry is not about building things, but suing people! For a sole practitioner, PII may be the single largest annual outlay, but it is essential. Traditionally, it was very expensive for a newly established and unproven practice to obtain cover.

4. Business matters

Glen Smith MCIAT Although he worked for others for 19 years, Glen Smith always had the urge to be his own boss. Four years ago, having weathered a difficult period with his then employer, he decided that enough was enough and struck out on his own. He rented premises, drove round the country buying equipment and turned up to work on the first day faced with an empty schedule:

Gradually, Glen has established a reputation and a portfolio of clients who appreciate his skills and dedication. His practice, Park House Design, is based in Cannock, Staffordshire ( Pros: ‘I like to do things my way’; new challenges. Cons: Clients who pay late; legal fees; ongoing cost of PII. Robert Bedner MCIAT Frustration with his ‘employee’ status was one of the driving forces behind Robert Bedner’s move to self-employment, but talking to this former New York City dweller, you get the feeling that his American ‘pioneering spirit’ would have shown eventually, no matter what. Having worked for leading architects around the world (including Renzo Piano and Sverre Fehn), he brought his young family to Plymouth seven years ago, joining a large local practice, but: ‘… getting the CIAT qualification was a watershed for me. It gave me the confidence to offer a professional service.’Robert’s business, Research + Design (, aims to turn conventional practice on its head — taking more time to understand the client’s needs, and focusing as much on ‘placemaking’ as the outward appearance of the building. Pros: Creative control, no glass ceiling, the chance to do things differently. Cons: Having to chase invoices.

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because of mistakes. Glen points out the importance of a personal recommendation: ‘I’m still recovering from late fees due to an accountant’s error and poor advice.’ Robert, on the other hand, has taken an option followed by many small businesses: ‘I found an excellent bookkeeper, but now my wife is learning how to do the company accounts.’ Contracts is another area where professional assistance may sometimes be required. However, CIAT has produced a suite of 15 standard documents that Members can use to adapt to suit their project (NB: not for use by profile candidates). ‘CIAT’s ‘confirmation of instructions’ is excellent,’ says Glen, who was very pleased to have used this proforma when one particular client disputed an agreement.

Nicola Miller, who specialises in highend one-off houses, office fit-outs and other smaller projects found many of her early jobs via colleagues. She has also secured several ‘framework contracts’ which she recommends as a strategy for building up regular work. Robert Bedner has used geography to his advantage. Not only did he obtain work from local contacts, he was lucky enough to secure office space in the Formation Zone, a business ‘incubator’ for the creative sector, at the University of Plymouth, where rents are low, and office facilities such as electricity and postage are free of charge — they even supply computers! Being part of a hub of creative businesses helps in many ways; not least because the centre has a very high local profile and frequently runs events on site, drawing in potential clients. 6. Running your business

5. Finding work, and somewhere to do it Providing you take the necessary precautions (see Item 3), former colleagues and business contacts are arguably the best source of work, particularly in the early days.

Starting up is, of course, only the beginning; keeping going is the really tricky part. Building and maintaining a reputation is crucial; coping with peaks and troughs of workflow is an everpresent problem; and then there’s the paperwork…

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Once again, CIAT’s Practice Department can help. They have produced a number of handy factsheets on issues you are likely to encounter: calculating hourly rates, conflicts of interest, copyright, and marketing your business, as well as the full range of technical briefings. Despite the gloomy economic outlook, Glen, Nicola and Robert are all optimistic: ‘I’ve been in business for four years now, and I’m getting a lot of repeat work,’ says Glen. ‘I’m happy I can sustain the business and later on I might think about buying my own office, instead of renting.’ ‘My advice to other CIAT members is “do your sums”. says Nicola. Work out the income you need, and try to get a buffer to tide you over. If you’re working from home, try to keep work and home separate.’ If you’re still wondering whether the self-employed life is right for you, ponder this last remark from Robert Bedner: ‘My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner!’

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Conduct n accordance with the Institute’s Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures: ‘…the decision as endorsed by the Executive Board shall be published in the next issue of the Institute’s journal giving the name and registration number of the member, the charge and the Executive Board endorsement of the disciplinary action.’


The following decisions detailed below were recently endorsed the Executive Board.

016095/F2845 R Tinto (Profile candidate) Mr Tinto was found in breach of Clause 1a), Clause 1b), Clause 7a), Clause 7e) from the Code of Conduct 22 July 2005 and Clause 10 from the Code of Conduct 1 May 2007.

M000353/F2300 AR Mirza MCIAT

M012813/F1955 A Craig MCIAT

Clause 1:

Mr Mirza was found in breach of Clause 1a) and Clause 10 from the Code of Conduct 1 May 2007:

Mr Craig was found in breach of Clause 10b) from the Code of Conduct 1 March 2003:

The members shall at all times:

Clause 1:

Clause 10:

The members shall at all times:

The Members and Profile members in providing a professional service shall:

a) act with integrity so as to uphold the standing and reputation of the Institute. Clause 10: The members who are the subject of an investigation by the Institute of an alleged breach of this Code shall use their best endeavours to assist in that investigation at their own cost. Disciplinary action: In accordance with the Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures Clause 13(c), Mr Mirza has been suspended for a period of one year for breach of Clause 1a). Mr Mirza has also been suspended for a period of one year for breach of Clause 10. Both periods of suspension are to run concurrently.

b) before commencing work on any commission, endeavour to ensure that their terms of engagement have been given in writing to the client and shall satisfy themselves that those terms have been accepted. Disciplinary action: In accordance with the Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures Clause 13 (b), Mr Craig was formally reprimanded and required to give an undertaking in writing to refrain from further contraventions of the Institute’s Code of Conduct as well as provide evidence of his terms of engagement; this he has duly done.

M007700/F1015 P Humphrey MCIAT Mr Humphrey was found in breach of Clause 9b) from the Code of Conduct 1 May 2007: Clause 9: The members shall: b) not at any time seek to dissuade penalise or in any way discourage any person from bringing a complaint against a member. Disciplinary action: In accordance with the Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures Clause 13 (b), Mr Humphrey was formally reprimanded and required to give an undertaking in writing to refrain from further contraventions of the Institute’s Code of Conduct; this he has duly done.

a) act with integrity so as to uphold the standing and reputation of the Institute; b) act faithfully and honourably in their professional responsibilities. Clause 7: The Members and Profile members in providing a professional service shall: a) on accepting instructions from clients, endeavour to ensure that services offered are appropriate to the clients’ requirements; e) decline to provide a service to their clients if they knowingly lack adequate resources or, if appropriate, advise or recommend the necessity of assistance from a suitably qualified professional. Clause 10: The members who are the subject of an investigation by the Institute of an alleged breach of this Code shall use their best endeavours to assist in that investigation at their own cost. Disciplinary action:

When was the last time you read the Instutue’s Code of Conduct?

In accordance with the Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures Clause 13(c), Mr Tinto has been suspended for a total period of three years.

Take a moment to refresh your memory to ensure that you are in compliance institute/Regulations/Co de_of_Conduct.cfm

For breach of Clause 1a) he is suspended for a period of one year. For breach of Clause 1b) he is suspended for a period of one year. These periods of suspension will run concurrently (ie total period of suspension is one year). For breach of Clause 7a) he is suspended for a period of one year. For breach of Clause 7e) he is suspended for a period of one year. These periods of suspension will run concurrently and follow on from the previous one year period of suspension (ie total period of suspension one year plus one year = two years). For breach of Clause 10 he is suspended for a period of one year. This will follow on from the previous periods of suspension (ie total period of suspension one year plus one year plus one year = three years). Total period of suspension = three years.

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CDM 2007: Overview Ref:S0930 CDM 2007 represents a step change in construction health and safety legislation and will affect everyone in the construction industry. This one-day course has been specifically designed to provide a clear and concise overview of CDM 2007 and the Approved Code of Practice. An overview of the development of the CDM regulations leading to CDM 2007 sets the framework for the course. The structure of the regulations and the relationships between the parties are clarified, and the key roles, responsibilities and lines of communication between the parties detailed. It will provide delegates who have a limited knowledge of CDM regulations in the construction industry with a firm grounding in the development and application of CDM 2007. The tutors are widely experienced in the understanding and practical application of the CDM 1994 regulations and have been closely involved in the consultation process for CDM 2007. They have been practicing planning supervisors since 1995 and are qualified coordinators under CDM 2007. They also have extensive experience working for and on behalf of clients, designers, principal contractors and contractors.

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20. Making a Case for Air Conditioning Conference, London

8-9. Energy Solutions Expo, Olympia, London

Organised by CIRIA, this conference will give expert advice, using case studies and real examples, on how to achieve engineering excellence in cooling systems.

Energy Solutions Expo is the event that helps the public and private sectors build efficient, sustainable and renewable organisations. Held at London Olympia, this is where decision makers meet to look for answers to tomorrow’s energy questions. To book and for further information visit 10-12. Grand Designs Live, NEC, Birmingham Grand Designs Live is the UK’s number one consumer show for anyone who has an interest in design, build, interiors, shopping, home wares, gardens, kitchens and bathrooms and innovation. Further details can be found at 14-15. Guerrilla Tactics Small Practice Conference, London With the title ‘Secret Manoeuvres for Business Success’, this year’s RIBA practice conference is a two day event. It comprises a full day of RIBA core CPD seminars, an evening networking party and a second full conference day focussed on marketing and breaking into new sectors. Further information can be found at 16. Code for Sustainable Homes (sponsored by Inspire East), New Hall, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge Speaker Sue Spilsbury is a principal energy consultant with a masters in energy efficient building design. This afternoon seminar will keep you up to date on the Code for Sustainable Homes. For further details and to book please contact Jayne Ransom, or phone 01223 566285.

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It will cover how to make a real estimation of the need for air conditioning, how to restrict it to occasions when it is really necessary, how to use weather data to size systems appropriately, and how to make the right decision for your clients. For further information visit or telephone 020 8647 7033.

CPD Attendance at industry events counts towards CPD (Continuing Professional Development) and should be recorded on your CIAT CPD record card. For further information on CPD, please visit 21-25. Glasstec, Dusseldorf, Germany At a time of climatic change and dwindling energy resources, the solar energy applications market is booming, and allied to this, glass is taking on a leading role. So solar energy will take on a correspondingly high significance at the forthcoming Glasstec exhibition. The themes of photovoltaic and solar thermal energy will take a high precedence. This will be in addition to other specific areas that include laser technology, functional coatings, technical glass, bent glass and special glass. Further information on Glasstec 2008 and also on the specialist conference programme can be found at 24-26. RIBA International Conference 2008, Hesperia Tower Hotel and Conference Centre, Barcelona This year’s RIBA International Conference, in association with Emap, will focus on the theme of architectural identity. It will examine the ways in which architecture can both give and take away identity from places; at best adding character to the non-descript, at worst suppressing the local vernacular in favour of a global style. Full details can be found at

26-30 Interbuild, NEC Birmingham Supported by CIAT, the industry’s biggest building show, Interbuild, is now a yearly event. No other event in the UK comes close to attracting so many key companies and individuals from the building industry. Visit 28 Working with Wildlife: Workshop, Glasgow Are you working in the construction industry and concerned about your overall environmental performance? Are you managing a site and have wildlife issues to deal with, but few or no ideas about how to handle them — t this is the training course for you. A free copy of CIRIA’s popular Working with wildlife handbook will be issued to every delegate. For further information please visit 30. Conservation of Historic Buildings and Modern Movement Buildings, New Hall, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge This afternoon seminar is presented by John Winter MBE of John Winter Architects. He will focus on the conservation of historic buildings and modern movement buildings. For further details and to book please contact Jayne Ransom, or phone 01223 566285.

November 4-5. Potable Water and Wastewater Technologies Course, Glasgow The course will provide delegates with an insight into wastewater treatment, an overview of the basic principles of drinking water treatment and the implications of contamination. Organised by CIOB. Cost £410. To book please visit 10-12. Virtual Grad Fair Supported by CIAT, Virtual Grad Fair is a unique three-day online event created to help students launch their career in the built environment. Network and attend online seminars and instant messenger with both employers and fellow students all from the comfort of your computer. Log on to

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Hong Kong 2008 In November CIAT’s Hong Kong Centre is host to the Institute’s AGM and President’s Annual Dinner Dance Join CIAT as the first British construction professional body to hold their AGM in Hong Kong. Tickets are still available for the Centre’s social event on 21 November and the Dinner Dance on 22 November.

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