The ABE operates as the agent company for the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
The term ' Association of Building Engineers', ‘ABE’, 'us', 'we' or ‘our’ refers to the owner of cbuilde.com (the ‘Website’) whose registered office is Lutyens House, Billing Brook Road, Weston Favell, Northampton, Northants, NN3 8NW, United Kingdom. Our company is limited by guarantee, registered in London, No. 384 609. The term 'you' refers to the user or viewer of our Website.
This page (together with the documents referred to on it) defines the terms and conditions on which we enable you to make a booking for a place on any of our courses, conferences or seminars (‘Events’) listed in our publication ‘Building Engineer’, regional flyers, e-newsletters, social media and on our Website. Please read these terms and conditions carefully before booking any of our Events. You should understand that by booking any of our Events, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions.
Price and Payment
The price of any of our Events will be as quoted in our collateral and on our Website. Prices listed are exclusive of VAT at the prevailing rate unless otherwise stated.
Prices are liable to change at any time, but changes will not affect bookings in respect of which we have already sent you a Booking Confirmation, except in cases of obvious error.To register for an Event not using our website, you can either:
Return a completed booking form or a photocopy together with your remittance (card details) and Purchase Order Number (if required) via post to: Events & Marketing Team, Chartered Association of Building Engineers, Lutyens House, Billing Brook Road, Weston Favell, Northampton, NN3 8NW, United Kingdom.
E-mail your completed booking form to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are using this method to register for an event and you are paying by card, please ensure that you do not email your card details to us as we cannot guarantee the security of data which you send us by email. Unless we are fraudulent or negligent, we will not be liable to you for any losses caused as a result of unauthorised access to the personal and transactional information that you provide us when making a booking. If you want to pay by card you can telephone the Events & Marketing Team with your card details on +44 (0)1604 404 121. If you are paying via purchase order, please complete the required remittance information.
You can fax your completed booking form to +44 (0)1604 784 220 with either card payment details or purchase order number.
Payment shall be due strictly in accordance with our standard invoice terms (thirty days from date of invoice, or prior to the commencement of the Event, whichever is sooner).
We shall be entitled to charge you interest on late payments in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998 (as amended from time to time).
We reserve the right, from time to time, to run special promotional offers on events. Special Offers may include, but are not limited to, price promotions. In the event of a Special Offer, additional terms and conditions may apply which will be made available at the time of booking.
Any places booked at an Event prior to the Special Offer will not be offered the promotion retrospectively, unless specifically agreed by the ABE.
Confirmation of Booking
All bookings are subject to availability of the Event and formal acceptance by us, and we will confirm such acceptance to you by sending you a confirmation e-mail stating that the booking has been confirmed (the ‘Booking Confirmation’).
The contract between us (‘Contract’) will only be formed when we send you the Booking Confirmation. The Contract will relate only to those events which we have confirmed in the Booking Confirmation. Should there be a limited number of places at each Event these will be allocated in order of receipt of bookings.
You will receive joining instructions via email confirming timings and venues once your booking has been processed. If you have not received this one week prior to the event please contact us. Prior to contacting us, please ensure you have checked your email inbox as well as your spam and junkmail, just in case the joining instructions have been sent to these inboxes by your email client.
We reserve the right to make changes to the published programme of an Event (but not the overall content), for example to timings and/or speakers if one of the advertised speakers is unable to attend. In such cases, you will not be entitled to a refund if you cancel your place.
Our Events are held at a number of venues including at our premises in Northampton. You acknowledge that we may have to change the published venue for the event for reasons beyond our control and in such cases you will not be entitled to cancel unless the change in venue represents a significant disadvantage to you.
You are liable for any loss or damage which you may cause to our premises or that of the external venue and agree to adhere to all housekeeping rules, procedures and policies (including policies as to behaviour and conduct) that may be in place at any venue from time to time.
If you have a disability or medical condition that requires special arrangements to be made, or specific dietary requirements, please notify us of your requirements when making your booking.
Continuing Professional Development (‘CPD’) Hours
All of our courses carry CPD hours. You will be awarded a CPD certificate which will be available to download from the website by logging-in after the event and after completing a short feedback survey. CPD hours are only awarded upon completion of the full duration of the Course.
Our Cancellation and Refund Policy
Cancellations received in writing by the Deputy Chief Executive, less than 14 days before the Event will be subject to a fee of 50%. No refunds will be made for cancellations after this date or for non-attendance. Substitutions received in writing can be made at any time provided that the substitute attendee meets any applicable eligibility criteria for the relevant Event.
We reserve the right at any time and without prior warning to change the venue of the Event and/or Speakers/Chairman from those described in the programme. We also reserve the right in our absolute discretion, to cancel your booking where we need to do so due to circumstances outside of our control (including, but not limited to, situations where sufficient numbers have not booked for the Event or the speakers are unavailable or cancel the Event or if you are more than 30 days in arrears with any payment due to us, or if it may prejudice our reputation). We shall have no liability for losses or costs which you may incur due to such cancellation but we shall refund your booking payment (in full as soon as possible) or offer you an alternative Event if one is available. You have the choice of accepting the refund, a credit note or attending the alternative Event.
We will usually refund any money received from you using the same method originally used by you to pay for your purchase but reserve the right to refund using an alternative method.
Transferring to an Alternative Event
If you have booked onto an event and wish to transfer to an alternative event, you need to notify in writing the Events & Marketing Manager at least 10 working days before the event you have booked on is due to take place. Please note, each case is considered on an individual basis. You may only be able to transfer from a booked event up to 2 times, after which you will not be entitled to a refund or additional transfer due to the cost of event administration and expenses incurred up to this point.
Should there be differences in the cost of an event, we will notify you to either pay the outstanding balance, should the new event you have transferred onto exceeds the cost of the original event you booked. If the cost of the event you have transferred onto is less than the cost of the original event booked, we will refund you the difference only if the Events & Marketing Manager has received your notification to transfer to an alternative event no less than 10 working days prior to the date of the original event.
Rights in Materials
All copyright and other rights (including all intellectual property rights) in materials provided to you during or for the purposes of any of our Events (including, without limitation, course notes, slides, brochures, articles or case studies) are property of the ABE or of our speakers. You are entitled to use such materials only for your own personal use. You are not entitled to copy such materials (except as permitted by law) nor are you entitled to use or authorise others to use such materials for any commercial purposes. All our materials state a copyright mark ‘© ABE 2015’.
We often take photographs at events for marketing purposes. By attending an event, you are giving us permission to use images in which you may be present. In addition, these images may be shared and stored on third-party platforms. Should you not wish to appear in any images, please notify the photographer at the event.
Event attendees shall be required to keep their personal belongings with them at all times and we accept no liability for damage to, or loss of, personal belongings. We do not accept any responsibility for any loss (including, without limitation, theft) of any property occasioned on our premises or at external venues save for any damage caused by our negligence in which circumstances our liability shall be limited to the amount of our insurance for such losses.
We will not be responsible to you or any third party for any business loss (including loss of revenue, profits, contracts, anticipated savings, wasted expenditure, data or goodwill) or any other loss or damage which does not result directly from our actions.
Nothing in these online event booking terms and conditions excludes our liability to you for personal injury or death caused by our negligence.
Events Outside Our Control
We will not be liable or responsible for any failure to perform, or delay in performance of, any of our obligations under a Contract that is caused by events outside our reasonable control ("Force Majeure Event"). A Force Majeure Event includes any act, event, non-happening, omission or accident beyond our reasonable control and includes in particular (without limitation) the following:
- Strikes, lock-outs or other industrial action;
- Civil commotion, riot, invasion, terrorist attack or threat of terrorist attack, war (whether declared or not) or threat or preparation for war;
- Fire, explosion, storm, flood, earthquake, subsidence, epidemic or other natural disaster;
- Impossibility of the use of railways, shipping, aircraft, motor transport or other means of public or private transport;
- Impossibility of the use of public or private telecommunications networks; and
- The acts, decrees, legislation, regulations or restrictions of any government.
Our performance under any Contract is deemed to be suspended for the period that the Force Majeure Event continues. We will use our reasonable endeavours to bring the Force Majeure Event to a close or to find a solution by which our obligations under the Contract may be performed despite the Force Majeure Event.
Applicable laws require that some of the information or communications we send to you should be in writing. When using our Website, You accept that communication with us will be mainly electronic. We will contact you by e-mail or provide you with information by posting notices on our Website. For contractual purposes, you agree to this electronic means of communication and you acknowledge that all contracts, notices, information and other communications that we provide to you electronically comply with any legal requirement that such communications be in writing. This condition does not affect your statutory rights.
We may use photographs taken at Events in publicity and marketing materials, including use on our Website. Your attendance at an Event may mean that you are featured in such photographs and you are deemed not to object to the taking of such photographs as detailed above. If you do not wish to be included in any photograph, please notify the photographer at the relevant Event prior to the photographs being taken.
Our Right to Vary these Terms and Conditions
We have the right to revise and amend these terms and conditions from time to time to reflect changes in technology, changes in payment methods, changes in relevant laws and regulatory requirements and changes in our system's capabilities.
You will be subject to the policies and terms and conditions in force at the time that you place a booking with us, unless any change to those policies or these terms and conditions is required to be made by law or governmental authority (in which case it will apply to bookings previously made by you), or if we notify you of the change to those policies or these terms and conditions before we send you the Booking Confirmation (in which case we have the right to assume that you have accepted the change to the terms and conditions, unless you notify us to the contrary within seven working days of receipt by you of the Booking Confirmation).
Law and Jurisdiction
Contracts for the booking of Our Events through Our Site will be governed by the law of England and Wales. Any dispute arising from, or related to, such Contracts shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.