Fire safety is one of the issues under the spotlight at November’s RCI Show 2017

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower has highlighted the need for closer attention to be paid to fire safety when constructing high-rise buildings.

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Material choice, methods of construction and standards with regards to fire safety have dominated the discussion post-Grenfell, but being able to separate the facts from the sensationalism within the media is crucial for those working within construction.

With this in mind, one of the debates at November’s RCI Show (November 1st and 2nd) will focus on fire safety, the current regulations and any changes in policy or regulations that might be required going forward.

Skills and recruitment

The lack of skilled workers and new entrants to the roofing sector is still a key issue affecting our sector and visitors to the RCI Show will also be able to give their point of view on this problem in another of the show’s debates. With an ageing workforce and seemingly disinterested youth, construction, in general, faces a real problem if we are to meet the Government’s ever-growing housing targets and deliver the strong pipeline of projects in the coming years. A panel, including IKO MD Andy Williamson, RCI Technical Note Author Keith Roberts, and a representative from the CITB, will give their thoughts on how to tackle this problem in a debate chaired by NFRC’s CEO, James Talman.

18 RIBA-approved CPDs

In addition, visitors to the RCI Show can make the most of 18 RIBA-approved CPDs from leading manufacturers including RCI Show sponsor Jablite, Knauf Insulation, IKO Permanite, Whitesales, Ash & Lacy, FM Approval, SIG Roofing and Moy Materials.

Visitors can also hear Dusty Gedge, Livingroofs.co.uk Founder and Author of the first UK Green Roof Market Report, discuss the report’s findings, plus Dusty will outline his map for the progress of the sector in the coming years.

Elsewhere, Livia Williams, from the National Construction Training Services (NCTS), will host a seminar on ‘Developing Modern Methods of Construction’ in the roofing sector. Ms Williams will outline why she feels modern methods of construction can offer key opportunities in addressing the skills issue affecting the sector and reduce waste in the industry.

Key professionals and experts

As we stand, the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors are under more scrutiny than ever before, so the need to source accurate information is now more crucial than ever. With this in mind, the RCI Show 2017 offers those operating in these sectors a great opportunity to make contact with, and pick the brains of, key professionals and experts to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest views, products and legislation affecting the market.

Visit the RCI Show 2017 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, from 1st and 2nd November 2017.

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