2021 Seminar Programme

28-29 September 2022 | Stadium MK, Milton Keynes

The RCI Show is committed to bringing you emerging industry trends and topics from speakers at the forefront of their fields.
Technology specialists and industry experts will deliver a series of pre-bookable keynote conference sessions and panel debates on both days within a conference theatre on the show floor.

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


Register today & book your seat at the sessions of most interest to you!
Time Information
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
The survey and risk review of existing envelope systems on buildings
Nick Jenkins, Technical Manager, International Fire Consultants

The presentation will consider:

·         Availability of design drawings and system specifications.
·         Availability of as built drawings and system specifications.
·         Details of contract packages awarded associated with each element of the envelope.
·         Availability of QA documentation associated with each contract/element of the envelope.
·         Minimum survey requirements to establish the design information represents a true record of the as built condition.
·         In the absence of robust QA documentation extent of more comprehensive survey requirements to establish as built condition.
·         Recording the survey information.
·         Challenges of identifying materials and products.
·         Making sense of endoscopic inspection videos and photographs.
·         Risk review of the findings.
·         Relationship of risk review with regulatory and EWS1 requirements.
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Pitched Roofing Design Considerations and Moisture Control
Iain Fairnington, Technical Director, A. Proctor Group

This presentation discusses the requirements for pitched roof design considerations in both warm and cold roof constructions. It will cover breather membranes, air barriers and vapour control layers. It looks at the principals of condensation, the effects of condensation, issues of detailing cold pitched roofs i.e. insulation, ventilation and underlay.  It also looks at condensation controlling measures and solutions.

5 key learning points for this session:
  1. Definition of BS5250 classes of pitched roof constructions
  2. Difference between HR and LR Underlays
  3. Vapour permeable underlay certification
  4. Types of vapour permeable membranes and their properties
  5. Management of moisture
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ACCESS ALL AREAS; Roof Access and Natural Smoke Ventilation
Maria Carthy, Specification Sales Manager (Northern), Bilco UK

This session provides exclusive information about roof access solutions, roof safety and natural smoke ventilation for flat roofs.

The presentation outlines current practice regarding the supply of smoke ventilation and roof access and discusses new design considerations and applications as a result of the latest Building Regulations, with particular reference to the areas of fire, safety and security.

It also includes best practice guidance for installation of roof hatches and natural smoke vents, such as ensuring the correct choice of ladders and demonstrating how new principles have been applied to ensure the highest standards of safety and functionality.

5 key learning points for this session:


  1. Exploring the purpose and reason for access
  2. Identifying and overcoming access challenges
  3. Designing safe access to the roof and through the floor and ensuring safe movement around the roof
  4. Considerations for Natural Smoke Ventilators and how to use them for infrequent roof access
  5. An overview of regulations and standards
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Designing to Zero Carbon: Regulations, Future Homes Standard and RIBA Climate challenge 2030
Martyn Randall, Specification Manager – South, Xtratherm

Part L regulations in England are changing. This presentation is designed to help understand the developments towards achieving Net Zero emissions in new dwellings buildings from 2025.

5 key learning points for this session:


  1. The changes needed for specifications to fit the upcoming legislation
  2. How Part L fits as just one of the developments towards achieving Net Zero emissions
  3. How to future proof specifications to avoid retrofit or rework
  4. How to avoid significant design changes to current specifications
  5. How SAP 10 has been impacted
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Upskilling the workforce to improve diversity
Jon Barnes Jnr, Managing Director, Roofdec

In this seminar, Jon uses what he has learned in his career to discuss matters such as how the industry’s skills shortage can be overcome, tackling work related stress and what he thinks the future holds for the sector.

In addition, he will also be breaking down stereotypes and what the sector must do to improve equality and will address major changes to the industry in the past 50 years and more recently.

Key learning points
An open discussion about the current state of the industry, where its heading and how it can be a better environment for a sub-contractor to work in.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Overcoming the Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse
Peter Johnson, Chairman, Vivalda Group

Construction has, like the rest of the world, faced its most difficult period over the last 18 months. With more than 40 years’ experience in the industry, Peter Johnson provides a unique perspective on the challenges of recent times and how the cladding sector can emerge from the maelstrom in better shape.

5 key learning points for this session:
  1. Identifying key external threats to your business
  2. Operating through a crisis
  3. Understanding the impact of new legislation on your product offering
  4. The importance of risk mitigation
  5. The role of financial planning / cashflow
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
How you doing mate?
Stephen Haynes, Head of Programme , Mates in Mind

Stephen will be exploring with us how the pandemic has changed how we think, talk and act about our mental health.

Key learning points for this session:

  1. Understanding more about our mental wellbeing
  2. What to look out for in ourselves and in those close to us
  3. When, how and from who do we seek support? 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Effective roof inspections
Keith Roberts, Managing Director, Roberts Consulting

Many of us within the industry are called upon to inspect roofs from time to time and then produce written reports, often with varying degrees of success. There is scope for improvement. The short talk develops some of the good practice described in the current series of Technical Notes published in RCI. We explore why we inspect, how we can inspect safely, what equipment we may need, the importance of observational skills and finally the need to write up our findings.

5 key learning points for this session:
  1. Identify objectives of a roof inspection
  2. List 3 actions that can reduce the risk of a fall in carrying out a roof inspection
  3. Recognise different types roof measurement equipment
  4. Value the importance of observational skills
  5. Understand the need to produce concise written reports and issue promptly
Time Information
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Three Questions to Consider When Specifying a Liquid
Sarah Spink, Chief Executive Officer, Liquid Roofing & Waterproofing Association

Sarah Spink, CEO of the Liquid Roofing and Waterproofing Association (LRWA), explains the steps that should be taken to correctly specify liquid-applied membranes and what tools are available to help. 

The number of liquid-applied membranes now available to specifiers and contractors is vast, including a wide range of different technologies. Although the growth of the liquid roofing and waterproofing sector has generated many opportunities, it has also opened the door to challenges. With so much choice, it can be difficult to establish which product is most suitable for an application.

Following the Grenfell tragedy and changes taking place across the wider construction industry, steps must be taken to avoid products being specified or used incorrectly. To assist with this process and help you make the right choice, here are three key questions to consider when selecting a liquid and advice on how to address them.

4 key learning points for this session:
  1. The importance of making informed product choices based on verified third party data
  2. The tools available from independent sources to enable informed product choices
  3. What the Code for Construction Product Information is and the key clauses that will impact how roofing products are marketed
  4. Where to find independent guidance to assist in the specification of liquid applied membranes in line with British Standards, current best practice and Building Regulations
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Introduction to Solar PV in the Pitched roofing sector
Sam Tebbs, Special Project Manager, Marley

The Seminar will be an introduction into Sustainability and Solar PV. In this session, we will be looking at roof integrated Solar PV within a pitch roof specification, alongside the amendments to Part L in line with the net zero goals of the U.K and how these potential changes could impact upon the roofing industry as we currently know it.

5 key learning points for this session:
  1. To understand the differences between Solar PV systems for pitched roofing.
  2. Details about the features, benefits and performance of solar panels.
  3. To understand the sustainability benefits of Solar
  4. To understand the changes to Part L
  5. To understand the fundamentals of installing and workmanship surrounding roof integrated PV
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Making Cities greener – green roofs will be an important element of the journey
Dusty Gedge, President European Federation of Green Roof and Wall Associations and Director , The Green Infrastructure Consultancy

Green roofs will be an important element of any green recovery after covid19, especially in Urban areas. The roofing industry is fortunate as we now have a trade body (GRO). This will focus on the new code what is on the horizon in terms of new approaches to green roofs to tackle the climate and biodiversity crisis that is facing the world. It was also have a focus on how retrofit opportunities need to realised and why.

5 key learning points for this session:
  1. What is the GRO code and why it needs to be used
  2. How green roofs can help tackle the climate crisis
  3. How green roofs can help tackle the biodiversity crisis
  4. Innovations that are on the horizon
  5. Renovation of existing buildings the whys whats and hows
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Changes in Fire Regulations and how they relate to Flat Roofing
Nigel Blacklock, Technical Director, Bauder Ltd

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.

5 key learning points for this session:


  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
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
ACCESS & ESCAPE: Roof Access and Smoke Ventilation
John Alderman, Area Sales Manager, Surespan Limited

A roof hatch is not just square box.

This one stop presentation from the UK’s leading manufacturer of roof access products provides all the information required to specify access and escape solutions including, fire rated roof hatches, natural smoke ventilation and the correct choice of ladders.

The presentation will also touch on other important aspects such as the importance of natural daylighting with glass rooflights, specifying basement and floor access and other bespoke access solutions.

5 key learning points for this session:
  1. Design and specify access and escape hatches
  2. Understand and specify ladders
  3. Gain an insight into Smoke Regulations to EN12101-2
  4. Specify and install glass rooflights
  5. Specify a range of bespoke access solutions including basement and cellar access
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
RoofCERT—how accreditation of operatives can help drive up quality
Matt Dawson, RoofCERT Commercial Manager, NFRC RoofCERT Roofing Accreditation

Matt Dawson, Commercial Manager at RoofCERT, will explain the work being done to drive up standards and quality within roofing, by the industry’s first and only accreditation scheme for individual operatives. This session will bring attendees up-to-date on the progress of the CITB funded accreditation scheme, and will clearly outline the benefits of the scheme for operatives, contractors and suppliers. The seminar will look at the accreditation process, the technical areas that roofing operatives are to be assessed on and the wider engagement with stakeholders who are working closely to deliver the quality agenda.

Finally, a vision and outline for the future areas of development and work identified will be shared.

The seminar will look at the accreditation process, the technical areas that roofing operatives are to be assessed on and the wider engagement with stakeholders who are working closely to deliver the quality agenda.

4 key learning points for this session:
  1. To understand the framework with which roofers achieve accreditation
  2. To understand the positive impact that accreditation can have for operatives, contractors and suppliers of products and materials.
  3. The importance of accreditation and positive impacts upon the industry
  4. How to become involved and play a role in RoofCERT to help the industry improve quality and perception