The Council for Aluminium in Building recently held their second annual Technical Conference entitled 'Right for the Job' at the Stratford Manor Hotel in Warwickshire. The speakers offered delegates a wide ranging review of issues affecting the construction industry. As the politicians and standards bodies from the UK and Europe continue to tighten the demands on the sector products need to comply to be deemed 'Right for the Job'.
David Earle, Technical Officer of the CAB, introduced the day's proceedings and later commented "There is no doubt that companies operating in the construction industry today are subject to increased levels of 'compliance' and it is vital, in order for them to survive and excel, that they are aware of these standards." Delegates were invited to comment and ask questions of the speakers.
Steve Mudie, Partner at Davis Langdon, offered an insight into what their clients' required of external facade engineers. Despite a popular belief held by specifiers and main contractors many of the UK's facade installers are equal to their European counterparts and whilst the UK market is exceptionally buoyant in the external envelope sector there are good opportunities for growth for CAB members and others.
Mick Reynolds, SBD spokesman, offered delegates an update on the 'Secured by Design' recommendations and explained why these are now making their way into our standards and specifications. One refurbishment project in Scotland had achieved a reduction in crime of 75% due to the recommendations being implemented. Any new planning applications now require SBD statements and these will also be seen shortly in NBS specifications.
Sarah Colwell of BRE discussed the implications for facades of Fire testing due to the impact of Standards and Regulations, Paul Eade of Atkins did likewise for Acoustics and Tim Allan of BRE summarised the BREEAM scheme and the Green Guide update. The day was brought to an amusing close with a presentation by John Tebbit, Industry Affairs Director of the Construction Products Association, entitled 'European Influences - Friend or Foe?' Following a rapid review of European history delegates were introduced to the 'Construction Products Directive', now undergoing a major review, which may have significant implications for the industry.
A significant proportion of the CAB Membership was represented with members taking advantage of the very competitive pricing; planning now begins for the next CAB Technical Conference in 2008. Information about membership and how the CAB can help your own business can be found on the CAB website at www.c-a-b.org.uk or by calling the CAB offices on 01453 828851.