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Association News: Regional News

Two Regional CPD Events on One Day at Different Venues!

21 November 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michael Wadood
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Following the summer break, the Southern Region arrange both a Regional Conference in Winchester and a Regional CPD event, at the offices of Hillingdon Council which was supported by Hillingdon Building Control on the 18th September.


The Regional Conference was held, as in previous years, at The Winchester Hotel and was sponsored by both Elmhurst Energy and Natural Cement. The event was well attended with several non-registered delegates attending on the day, to join the conference.


A series of talks were arranged with Richard Harral, Technical Director of CABE, offering the opening presentation on “Competencies and Ethics”. During his presentation Richard, discussed why we were all now talking about ethics, our need to challenge ethical behaviour and reviewing the published research into perceived ethics within the construction sector.


Richard also took time to inform delegates of CABE’s recently refreshed “Code of Conduct”, their “Guide to Ethical Professionalism” which was published on the 15th May 2019 and their amended “Disciplinary Procedure”, which was published on the 1st August 2019. For more information members should read the August journal or view the CABE Website.


After Richard’s talk, there was a presentation on “Retrofit Insulation Defects”, offered by Richard Walker, National Technical and Development Manager of Commercial Property Services at Peter Cox, who spoke on behalf of the Property Care Association. After a brief introduction about the work and role of the Property Care Association. Richard gave his presentation on Cavity Walls and the problems that members of the Property Care Association have come across, which included:


  • Water penetration
  • Condensation and related mould growth
  • Cold bridging
  • Increased heating bills
  • Timber decay
  • Structural failure
  • and how the problems were resolved.


During the 30min refreshment break, delegates were invited to view the exhibitions stands of Cooper Fire, Roger Bullivant, Toast, Elmhurst Energy and Natural Cement as well as to network with fellow delegates, which they did and it was good to see groups of members discussing and using the time to catch up friends from other companies.


Following the refreshment break, it was our pleasure to welcome back Stuart Fairlie, Technical and Operations Director at Elmhurst Energy and who is also a Corporate Member of CABE. Stuart gave delegates an update on the latest proposal with regards to Energy Efficiency of Buildings. Since his last talk, the spotlight on sustainability and carbon reduction has been more focused, with the Chancellor’s Spring Statement which included a piece of “future homes standard” in March, with the activities of “Extinction Rebellion in London, together with the visit of Greta Thunberg and David Attenborough’s TV appearance in April, followed by the Governments support for “net zero UK carbon emissions by 2050” which was the last piece of legislation passed by Teresa May before her department from office.


Stuart focused his paper on Energy Efficiency in buildings and reflected on the proposed new Part F and L of the Building Regulations. He states that Part L would encourage air tight construction and also pointed out at overheating in the summer was likely to be considered within the new Approved Document F. Staurt also advised that “targets” within Approved Document L were going to move toward “Primary Energy” and thus moving away from CO².



 John Brooks, who is also a Corporate Member of CABE and Business Development Manager for Cintec International Ltd,  followed Stuart with a most interesting talk on “Stabilsation and Repair of Heritage Structures/Listed Buildings: Crack stitching, laterial restraint and consolidation of walls”. John spent time explaning the unique product that Cintec has produced which aids in the structural support of buildings.


John was able to explain the main advantages of the system which included the product being:


  • Custom designed
  • Cementitious
  • Highly durable and heat resistant
  • Able to controlled the grout flow
  • When complete the installation is virturally invisible and the speed of installation is beyond approach.


The product is clearly best suited for heritage buildings as well as structure were speed of application is of importance like within road bridges. The product has been used worldwise, from Windsor Castle to a Pyramid in Cairo.


The last speaker for the conference was Jack Edwards, Technical Manager from Natural Cement Distribution Ltd, who also gave the delegates a brief introduction to the history of Natural Cement, the company’s source was discovered in the France Alps in 1855 and it’s difference to Ordinary Portland Cement, which is not a natural occuring material. The carbon footprint of Natural Cement production is 2/3 that of OPC.


Delegates were told that the unique properties of Natural Cement include:


  • Fast, controllable set with rapid strength gain
  • No curing period – it can take 90 sec to cure if not controlled.
  • Waterproof and sets under water
  • High chemical resistances
  • Corrosion resistant – Resistant to seawater, suphates, nitrates and cholrides
  • No bonding or curing agents required.


Jack also informed delegates of the products best application which included:


  • Concrete repairs
  • Tanking/structural waterproofing
  • Rendering
  • Floor screeds
  • Grouting
  • Sprayed concrete for


  1.    Tunnel lingings
  2.    Retaining walls/Ground support
  3.    Underpining
  4.    Concrete repairs


The conference concluded at 7pm and from the delegates surveys, it was shown that everyone found all the presentation worthwhile and technically interesting. It was noted that it was refreshing to have subjects which were not fire related and which offered CABE members and broader view of other technical subjects.


Regional CPD – Hillingdon Centre of Excellence



While the Regional Conference was almost half way through, a Regional CPD event was starting at 6pm at the Council offices of Hillingdon Building Control. The event was supported by Anthony Oloyede, Building Control Manager and Senior Vice President of LABC who represented the Regional Committee and introduced Paul Turner and Andy Fell from Hambleside-Danelaw, who offered there presentation on the use of GRP as a roof waterproofing membrance and gave a compariso between wet lay GRP roof coverings and component based factory manufactured systems.


The event was well attended by both Regional members, as well as clients of Hillingdon Building Control.  The Regional committee is thankful to Anthony for his continued support of our Regional activites, within the North West area of London.



Michael Wadood BSc(Hons), PPCABE, FCABE, FRICS, MCIOB

 Chairman – Southern Region