Council for Aluminium in Building

CAB Drives Added Value Events for Q1

CAB Ceo Justin Ratcliffe provides an update on the Association’s recent regional events in March and announces the CAB Aluminium in Building Conference ‘The façade as protection against fire and flanking acoustics’ on 16 May 2018 at Jaguar Visitor Centre in Birmingham

CAB Mini-conference 8 March, Leeds – ‘New Era for Specification?’

Over 115 CAB attended the latest CAB Regional Members’ mini-conference at the Carriageworks, Leeds on Thursday 8 March. An expert panel chaired by Chris Ashworth, MD, Competitive Advantage considered the theme of ‘New Era for Specification?’. Joining Chris on stage was John Beaumont, Quality Manager, Bowmer & Kirkland, Jason Clarke, Director, DLA Architecture and David Lingard, Principal Design Manager, Construction North East, Wates.

The expert panellists considered the issues surrounding changes in Specifier attitudes with the sector are all too aware of Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, which placed a lot of focus on issues such as competency avoiding a culture of building to the legal minimum. The panel explored whether this might lead to Architects and Engineers spending more time developing product specifications and the implications for construction product manufacturers, especially CAB member companies.

The format for the evening was once again interactive panel discussions followed by a dinner at Aspire in the centre of Leeds.

Contracts  seminar 20 March 2018, Tewkesbury

Nearly 40 CAB members and their guests attended the latest in the regional series of 1 day seminars in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire on ‘Pre-Contract Awareness and How the Payment Regime Works’. This seminar was particularly popular as it helped to ensure that members were clear on whose terms and conditions applied which was a vital way of protecting their business and helping them to avoid future disputes. Too often, the subcontractor was encouraged to start work without having properly considered the risks that may be included in the main contractor’s terms. The seminar helped to ensure that those involved in the formation of contract understood how and when a contract was formed and whose terms would apply. It also highlighted how recent cases have clarified how those wanting to be paid in full and on time could improve their chances substantially.
The popular series will now continue in venues around the UK including Manchester and the Midlands and future topics will involve JCT/NEC3 Contracts, 20 Contractual Nightmares and Design Responsibility. All CAB members can claim up to 2 complimentary places on the seminars programme presented by Geraldine Fleming, Partner, HKA.

‘The Facade as Protection against Fire and Flanking Acoustics’ –Jaguar Visitor Centre, Birmingham 16 May 2018

Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report as part of the Independent Review of Building Regulations found that the whole system of fire safety regulation regarding complex and high-rise buildings was ‘not fit for purpose’, and left room for those who wanted to take shortcuts to do so. A programme of change is needed to safeguard our built environment.
The first theme for CAB’s Aluminium in Building Conference 2018 looks at the issues facing our industry, particularly considering this on-going review of regulations. Our early confirmed speakers are:
Keynote Speaker: Merlyn Forrer, Fire Protection Manager, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service who will set the scene with his first-hand experience of a variety of pertinent fire safety issues.
David Metcalfe, Director, CWCT will focus on Windows and Curtain Walling including such areas as:
• Cavity Barriers and Fire Stopping in Curtain Walling
• Spandrel panels as used in Curtain Walling
• Curtain Walling testing.
Clive Everett, Facades Technical Standards Director, MD Insurance Services
‘Fire compliant facades – Practical considerations’.
Clive will consider several issues including:
• The warranty perspective
• Other façade elements requiring consideration
• Complying with BCA Guidance Note 18
• Defects we continue to see

Our second theme is flanking acoustics in curtain walling. As more curtain walling systems are used in high-rise living accommodation, how do you protect against flanking acoustics from one apartment to another? Can simple design changes make a big difference to performance? How do you test systems for their flanking acoustic performance and what impact does the installation have? We will be announcing further speakers very shortly.

Looking Ahead

The CAB AGM and Golf Day on 28 June already has over 230 members and guests booked and will once again be held at the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club in Warwickshire.
CAB is also pleased to announce that its second Regional Members’ meeting of 2018 will be held on Wednesday 17 October at SS Great Britain, the award winning and historic former passenger ship. Our meeting will take place in the new conference facility, Great Eastern Hall with a drinks reception and dinner aboard ship.

For further details on any of CAB’s 2018 events or activities, please contact the CAB office on 01453 828851 or email