2021 Seminar Programme

The RCI Show is committed to bringing you emerging industry trends and topics from speakers at the forefront of of their fields

Technology specialists and industry experts will deliver a series of keynote conference sessions  on both days within a conference theatre on the show floor.

CPD accredited workshop seminar sessions run allow you to earn CPD for free with content delivered by leading manufacturers.

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9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Breakfast Briefing - CE Marking and Third-Party Certification

A discussion on the legal requirements for product and system manufacturers in the UK, along with additional market led requirements. Exploring the best routes for manufacturers looking to maximise the confidence in their products and reach the biggest market.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. History of Product standards and CE marking

2. Stakeholders in the supply chain

3. Additional market requirements

4. What is third party certification and what does it add

5. Case study of a system manufacturer


10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Helping the construction industry to build a better Britain

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is the industry training board  for the construction sector in England, Scotland and Wales.

It’s our job to help the construction industry attract talent and to support skills development, to build a better Britain. Mark will discuss the benefits to business owners working with the CITB to help attract and retain the best candidates. Using case studies he will demonstrate:

How you can develop a world-class workforce for the challenges of today and tomorrow
How the CITB works with industry to ensure training standards and qualifications are right for its needs
Opportunities for employers to provide the training they want for their people when they want it
Support for levy-paying firms to access funding for innovation and skills development


10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

Sponsored workshop - Designing for an increasingly extreme environment: implications for fastener specification

The UK’s weather is getting more extreme. With buildings typically expected to have a lifespan of over 40 years, it’s important to consider the impact of environmental change on the performance of the building envelope.

Fasteners play an essential role in joining structural systems, but they do not always receive due consideration. We examine the role of correct fastener specification in protecting the life and value of a building – and ultimately, mitigating risk for its designers, builders, owners and users.

Participants can expect to learn:

1.The importance of fastener specification in protecting whole-life building value

2. How fasteners perform when faced with extreme weather

3. Environmental considerations for fastener specification and building design

4. The risks associated with incorrect specification and implications for liability


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Climate change means culture change

How can a company recognise its impact on the changing climate and what can it do to mitigate those impacts? One way is to encourage a culture change within the organisation, so that ‘doing the right thing’ becomes the norm. People are naturally resistant to change so what is the best way to implement new initiatives? Does a change have to be major or will little steps work better?

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Potential contributions the roofing industry makes towards climate change

2. What changes can be made – small and big – to help mitigate the effects

3. How to encourage people within the organisation to take on board new initiatives

4. How to encourage people within the organisation to come up with new ideas/methods

5. Why communication is key


12:15 PM - 12:45 PM

A Best Practice Guide to Commissioning Scaffolding

The session will provide delegates with the key information required to safely commission scaffolding within their construction projects. They will receive important tips on how to successfully establish a clear client brief, on how to select a competent and capable scaffolding contractor, and details of how to ensure that the temporary works process runs smoothly whilst the project is taking place. There will be an opportunity for delegates to pose question at the end.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. The common pitfalls to avoid when commissioning a project

2. The key considerations when choosing a scaffolding contractor

3. The requirements of BS5975 when managing temporary works


1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Taking your roofing business to the next level

Roofdec was established in 1971 as a small family business but has successfully evolved and adapted over the decades. Still a family business, it now turns over £30m and is one of the top five envelope contractors in the UK.

Jon, grandson of the founder, will take you through company’s successes, failures, highs and lows and examine what they learnt from them. He will discuss staying ahead of your competition whilst keeping an eye open for future opportunities.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Ideas for turning your business into a multimillion-pound enterprise

2. How to spot good and bad opportunities

3. Can you turn a failure into a positive for your business


1:45 PM - 2:15 PM

How Can CIF Funding Improve The Learning Environment

In his presentation ‘How can CIF Funding improve the learning environment’, Ian offers useful guidance and information on how to improve the learning environment and outlines the process and challenges when applying for CIF funding

During this session delegates will learn:

1. The process of CIF Funding  

2. Challenges facing Schools

3. Challenges with refurbishment


2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Managing through tough times – Austerity, Grenfell and Brexit

Peter Johnson, Chairman, Vivalda Group

The last few years have seen three major issues affecting the roofing and cladding sector – the continued recession in construction, the protracted Brexit negotiation and the impact of the Grenfell Tower fire. Despite these challenges, Vivalda Group has managed to maintain double digit growth, while building a reputation for quality and independence within the facades industry.

During this presentation, Peter Johnson will share his perspectives on these fundamental business challenges – and how he and his management team have worked to overcome them. He will also provide contractors, developers and specifiers with his thoughts on how the construction market will shape up in the next five years.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Key lessons in business strategy during changing times

2. How to maintain cashflow and reduce bad debts on projects

3. How Grenfell has transformed the cladding sector’s safety culture

4. Key strategies to manage the prospect of Brexit


3:15 PM - 3:45 PM

SPRA New Wind Load Protocol

A critical aspect in wind load analysis is determining and applying the correct factor of safety during the calculation process. In this session guidance is given on the use of factors of safety (FoS’s) and how they are applied to the different single ply application methods incorporating different deck and system types including; Mechanically fastened - design criteria for membrane and insulation fasteners, fastener pattern and pull out requirements. Adhered – maximum design resistance, FoS, testing, refurbishment and bonded overlays. Ballasted – restrictions, ballast type and inverted and green roofs.

During this session delegates will learn: 

1. The key points regarding regarding wind load design for single ply roofs

2. Information regarding calculation software

3. The importance of training and competence of individuals carrying out wind load calculations

4. About the need for consistency in approach to wind load calculation

5. About the need for consistency in the interpretation of results


4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Sponsored workshop - Why your Mental Health matters

Mates in Mind will guide you through a workshop exploring how we are helping organisations to support the mental health of their employees. Posing the question- is there more you could do to help?

During this session delegates will learn:

1. What is mental health?
     a. Mental health and mental ill health
     b. Mental health issues at work

2. Why your industry is taking action.

3. What you can do to help?
     a. Working with the industry – LRWA
     b. Spotting the signs, where to access support and resources

4. How Mates in Mind approach mental health in the industry.


9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

The Construction Innovation Hub - An update

The Construction Innovation Hub brings together world-class expertise from the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) to support transformation in the UK construction industry. With £72 million from UK Research and Innovation’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, we are a catalyst for change in the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, manufactured, integrated and connected within our built environment. This session will review the first year of the programme and look to the future activity, how it will benefit industry and how you can get involved.

During this session delegates will learn:

1.What the Hub has delivered over the first year

2. A forward look to what we will be delivering over the coming year and how delegates can benefit from the programme outputs


9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Sponsored workshop - Sustainability and Future of Flat Roofing Adhesives

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Why Spray Adhesives were developed

2. Where spray adhesives are used in Flat Roofing

3. Key Benefits of Hand Applied Adhesives v Spray Adhesives

4. Industry Changing Product Developments

5. Future & Sustainability


10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Sponsored workshop - The Building Regulations Part L1A a Fabric First Towards Passive / NZEB Targets.

This seminar focuses on the Building Regulations Part L1A 2013, fabric performance specification and the corresponding insulation specification for each of the fabric components. It also looks at specification changes expected to come in the near future to achieve upcoming Passive Level Performance and Near Zero Energy Building standards. It will help you to understand the following topics:  
  • Understand the latest version of the Building Regulations Part L1A 2013 and fabric performance specification  
  • Understand target U-Values and the reference house  
  • Understand thermal bridging and how to achieve good fabric performance 
  • Understand the Y-Value calculation  
  • Understand air-tightness targets

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Latest Version Part L1A of the Building Regs

2. The 5 steps to compliance

3. Understanding Of the Importance of U Values

4. Understanding the importance of thermal Bridging

5. How a Fabric First Approach is important in achieving  regulation compliance


11:15 AM - 11:45 AM

How to design and construct modern pitch roofs to be watertight & durable

Modern vapour and air permeable underlays offer great advantages in helping to remove unwanted water vapour from buildings to prevent the build-up of potentially damaging condensation.  However, we still install them in the same old way that we used for the old bituminous felts.  This has resulted in a dramatic rise in complaints of water leakage in roofs. 

In this presentation, I will explain how we can design and construct our pitched roofs to ensure they remain watertight and durable by using techniques and materials that add very little to the overall build cost of the roof.

During this session delegates will learn:

1.Why modern roofs fail

2.The differences between bituminous & modern underlays

3.Simple techniques to overcome difficulties in laying modern underlays

4.How the use of some simple additional materials ensures a watertight roof

5.Other advantages to constructing a roof in this way


12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Proven compliant systems

This CPD module shows how Building Regulation compliance of construction systems can be obtained. It goes beyond the tick box exercise by reflecting on how real life evidence based performance supports as-built performance of products within construction assemblies.

The module shows a manufacturer’s view on how compliance can be achieved by providing trusted products within building system, robust laboratory and real life testing of materials within construction systems.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Proven Compliant Systems

2. Compliance of products, which in construction are always used in a system

3. Understanding important criteria, when choosing construction systems and identifying trustworthy products and systems.

4. Addressing the performance gap


12:45 PM - 1:15 PM

Making The Grade - BS5534 Graded Roofing Battens: Are you roofing to standard?

Since the changes to BS5534 in 2014, timber roofing batten can no longer be graded on site and have to be factory graded to a strict specification to meet the requirements of this standard. This presentation will explain the importance that roofing battens have within the structural element of buildings, as well as the safety aspect to roofing contractors who rely on them. Although this standard has been in place for five years, building control officers report that they frequently see the wrong types of battens being used and not all battens are what they claim to be, buyer beware!

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Understand the importance of roofing battens

2. Explanation of BS5534:2014 and the main points relating to roofing battens

3. Recognise the different types of batten on the market

4. Will be able to check documentation and markings comply with BS5534

5. Identify common defects associated with poor quality batten


1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Green roofs – a road map to the future of the industry in the UK

Dusty Gedge, President European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations and Director , The Green Infrastructure Consultancy

Green roofs are now mainstream in the UK construction industry. Yet, there is still work to be done to ensure that the market increases. This talk will chart a road map to how Dusty sees the continuing evolution of the industry in the UK.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. Current state of the UK Market for green roofs

2. What factors are going to drive the market

3. Where the innovations lie to increase market


2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Changes in fire regulations and how they relate to flat roofing

An overview of all the references relevant to Flat Roofing in Sections B1 – B5 including review of Regulation 7 (‘The Ban’) and Regulation 2 (the interpretation) of Approved Document B - Fire Safety-2019 Edition (use in England). Examining the confusing areas of waterproofing balconies, dressing membranes and insulation up walls with reference to contributions from MHCLG, BSI and NHBC. This will be set in context of what are the requirements for Flat Roof testing for Reaction to Fire and External Fire Exposure. This will be a timely reminder of what the fire regulations have traditionally required of flat roofing and what has changed.

During this session delegates will learn:

1. References to Flat Roofing in ADB 2019 Edition (England)

2. Regulation 7 – The Ban

3. Guidance on Balconies

4. Guidance on Wall Flashings

5. Flat Roof Fire testing