The 2012 CAB Annual Technical Conference held at Loughborough University in May was hailed as an overwhelming success and one of the ‘best ever’ by members for its dynamic programme which not only communicated the burning issues currently facing the sector but became an opportunity for over 100 delegates to rigorously question several of the industry’s key figures.
The Conference entitled ‘The Way Ahead - Opportunities & Challenges’ was chaired by Patrick England, CAB’s Technical Consultant who opened proceedings by emphasising the Association’s commitment to focusing on all the speaker topics especially building sustainability and durability.
Ant Wilson, Director at AECOM, the first of six speakers, introduced DCLG’s proposed changes for Part L, the majority of which would come into effect on 1 October 2013. The new regulations would bring the government’s goal of near zero energy buildings in less than 8 years ever closer. Leading the way would be public buildings which the government states would be near zero energy rated in less than 6 years time.
Michael Brooke, Development Officer, Secured By Design introduced delegates to the new SBD Commercial Buildings: Part 1: Industrial and Warehouse Developments. CAB had worked closely with SBD in order for them to prepare their latest commercial design guide. Michael also ran through the new PAS 24:2012 standard for doors and windows.
Paul Duggan, Commercial and Technical Manager, EXOVA Warringtonfire introduced the Construction Products Regulations (CPR) and CE Marking which would come into force in July 2013. There had been much discussion about CE Marking in recent months and this presentation offered delegates an up to date review of what would be necessary in order to comply in a year’s time.
Dr Stephen Ledbetter, CWCT discussed the CPR and how it would affect curtain walling. The CE mark on this type of construction would be provided by the fabricator and installer of the system. This covers fire resistance, fire propagation, resistance to own load, windload resistance, impact resistance, resistance to live horizontal loads, g-value and U-value.
Duncan King, Technical Officer, Construction Products Association treated delegates to a review of the forthcoming Green Deal. The Government was keeping to its target date of October 2012 for launch, but would give companies time to familiarise themselves with the scheme and register after the deadline date. In principle, the Green Deal should offer domestic home improvement companies in the UK a much needed boost to their businesses when energy saving products were being installed so long as the ‘loans’ for improvements met the golden rule. This stated that:
“The expected financial savings must be equal to or greater than the cost of the measures taken to improve the energy efficiency of a building and the duration of the charge must not exceed the estimated lifetime of the measure”
Finally Richard Blakesley, Howitt Consulting and James Blood, Metz Architects ran through some of the latest thinking on BIM developments and pending implementation. BIM was effectively taking current 2D drawings and turning them into three dimensional objects and making them available across the supply chain. Suppliers needed to provide their products as ‘objects’ which carried not only size data but also component data, service data and a complete specification. A number of CAB member companies were already producing these objects which were either stored in BIM object libraries or available from a supplier’s website.
Research showed that currently 31% all Architects were using BIM in one form or another and this was expected to rise quickly as the Government expected to implement BIM for publicly funded buildings from 2014 onwards for projects over £5m.
The Conference finished with an extended question and answer session and a vote of thanks from Justin Ratcliffe, CAB’s Chief Executive.
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Image shows, Speakers, Paul Duggan, Commercial and Technical Manager of ‘EXOVA warringtonfire’ Dr Stephen Ledbetter of the CWCT James Blood of Metz Architects Richard Blakesley of Howitt Consulting Duncan King, Technical Officer at the CPA Ant Wilson, Director at AECOM Michael Brooke, Development Officer at Secured by Design