The third CAB Annual Technical Conference again proved popular with members with more than 130 people attending a varied and informative programme. A wide range of topics were introduced and discussed all of which were relevant to today’s aluminium supply chain. Presentations were offered by independent consultants and CAB members experienced in specific topics.
The conference was once again organised by David Earle, CAB’s Technical Officer, who promoted this regular event as one opportunity for members to keep up to date with the developments in the construction sector.
Opening the conference was Ant Wilson of Faber Maunsell, consultants to the Government for the Conservation of Fuel and Power Building Regulations review. His presentation covered the existing regulations in detail and, most importantly for the delegates, explained how this area will develop in future years. Mo Panam, joint MD of powder coaters Barley Chalu, member of the Qualicoat technical group and one of the industry’s leading experts explained the steps necessary to achieve a high quality and long lasting finish on aluminium products. Closing the morning’s session was Phil Brown of Pilkington’s European standards team, who, among other specialised glass products, introduced a recently developed vacuum glazed unit which offers very low U values. In light of projected further reductions in permissible U values for new buildings, this will help window manufacturers meet the new standards.
The afternoon’s presentations began with an overview of the correct selection of fixings and fasteners by Robin Szymura of specialists SFS intec. Correct selection is crucial in today’s high performance facades where performance and low maintenance are required. The day’s presentations finished with an update on the topical subject of the environment and sustainability given by Jane Thornback of the Construction Products Association. The presentation gave members an up to date overview of what they must be aware of in this ever increasing legislative area.
The CAB also offers members regular feedback on standards and legislation via its regular technical publication ‘RoundUp’, further information is available on the CAB website at www.c-a-b.org.uk Should you wish to enquire about membership please contact Julie Harley at the CAB offices on 01453 828851