The Southern Region arranged a half-day seminar, sponsored by Recticel Insultation and Bilco, at the G-Live venue in Guildford on 05 June. The event was well attended by delegates as well as exhibitors Coopers Fire, Envirograf and Residential Property Surveyors Association.
Five technical presentations were offered to delegates which followed the Chairman’s introduction given by Michael Wadood, who spoke about the CABE Development Strategy 2023 which covers the key areas which the Association is focusing on for the next five years.
The first speaker and CABE member was David Cooper, who is the Managing Director of UK-based independent lift consultants LEC(UK) Ltd. David’s presentation was on Fire Fighting Lifts and Lifts Related to Fire Situations and, though he touched on BS 9999, his paper was mainly on the requirements of BS EN 81-71. David was able to inform delegates about some of the ‘quirky requirements’ within the British Standard.
Jon Parsons is the Specification Manager for Recticel Insultation and, as one of our company sponsors, he offered a ‘toolbox talk’ on Rigid Full Fill Cavity Wall Insulation. Delegates were informed that ‘Eurowall +’ is a high performance rigid polyisocyanurate (PIR) foam insulation board for use in full fill masonry cavity wall applications, in new build and extension projects. It features tongue and groove joints on all four edges, ensuring that boards lock together to minimise thermal bridging and protect against driven rain. It can help to achieve a 0.18 W/m2K U-value in a traditional 100mm cavity. With the aid of some products, Jon was able to explain the benefits of use of the Eurowall and how the width of the cavity no longer needs to be expanded to accommodate a residual clear cavity.
The last presentation before the afternoon break was from Liam Proudlock, who is an NRAC consultant, an Access Association Member and Director at Proudlock Associates. Liam’s paper was an overview of the Equality Act 2010 and during his presentation he was able to offer some case studies as well as indicate that ‘inclusive design’ is not covered within current Regulations like Evacuation lifts. He also pointed out situations where Regulations were not part of inclusive design like acceptance of revolving doors with side pass doors.
Following the afternoon break, which gave delegates time to network and hold discussions with exhibitors, Luke Turner, Principal Architect – Approved Documents M and Q, from the Technical Policy Division, Building Safety Portfolio – Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) offered his paper on the future of Approved Document M. Delegates were informed that a new public consultation had been issued on Changing Places Toilets. Luke presented a paper which covered the current Approved Document M and took questions from the floor around some of the provisions within the document and answered questions about potential misunderstanding of the provisions especially around M4(3)a and M4(3)b.
The last speaker was Carl Sutterby, Regional Sales Manager for Bilco, company sponsor for the event, who gave a short but powerful presentation, with the aid of photos, on how access hatches had been incorrectly installed even though they were correctly specified and detailed.
The conference finished at 7.00 p.m. and, from the feedback forms received, the event was well received by those who attended.
Michael Wadood BSc(Hons) PPCABE FCABE FRICS MCIOB
Chairman of Southern Region