National and international exhibitors will be on hand at this key trade event on 1-2 November in Coventry, while seminars and CPDs will raise awareness on current issues in housing.
The tragedy at Grenfell Tower was a stark reminder that closer attention to safety needs to be paid when refurbishing high-rise buildings. Material choice, construction methods and fire safety standards have all dominated the discussion in the aftermath of the fatal blaze in June. However, for those working within facilities management and construction, separating the facts from the media speculation is crucial to determine how to best prepare for the future.
With this in mind, one of the major debates at this year’s RCI Show, taking place on 1-2 November in Coventry’s Ricoh Arena, will focus around fire safety. Industry experts will address questions and concerns regarding the current regulations, and highlight any changes in policy that might be required going forward.
Skills & recruitment
Another major topic that will be explored in depth at the RCI Show is the continuing lack of skilled workers and new entrants in the roofing sector. With an ageing workforce and not enough young workers entering construction, the industry is facing a real challenge to meet the Government’s ever-growing housing targets and deliver a strong pipeline of projects in the coming years.
As part of the RCI Show, a panel includ- ing MD of manufacturer IKO 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.
CPDs & offsite construction
In addition to this, visitors to the RCI Show 2017 will be able to take advantage of 18 RIBA-approved CPD sessions delivered by leading manufacturers, including RCI Show sponsor Jablite, as well as Knauf Insulation, IKO Permanite, Whitesales, Ash & Lacy, FM Approval, SIG Roofing and Moy Materials.
Visitors will also hear from prominent green roof advocate Dusty Gedge, who is founder of Livingroofs.co.uk and author of the first UK Green Roof Market Report. Mr Gedge will discuss the report’s findings and outline his map for the progress of the sector in the coming years.
Elsewhere at the RCI Show, Livia Williams from the National Construction Training Services will host a seminar on ‘Developing Modern Methods of Construction in the Roofing Sector’. Williams will outline why she feels modern methods of construction can offer key opportunities in addressing the skills shortage affecting the sector and reduce waste in the industry.
Key professionals & experts
At present, the roofing, cladding and insulation sectors are under more scrutiny than ever before, so the need to source accurate and correct information is now more crucial than ever. With this in mind, the RCI Show 2017 will offer housing providers and facility managers a platform to contact and consult key professionals and experts in order to stay informed with the latest views, products and legislation affecting the market.