Key industry issues announced for NHBC’s Building for Tomorrow roadshows

Key industry issues announced for NHBC’s Building for Tomorrow roadshows

Highlights include technological advances in materials and NHBC’s experiences from site

Technological advances in materials, changing technical requirements and NHBC’s experiences from site will all help shape a number of presentations from industry experts at this year’s Building for Tomorrow roadshows.

The agenda for the 2015 roadshows, now in their 24th year, is entitled Getting Behind the Detail – Meeting Today’s Challenges and will include talks from leading sector professionals on changing CDM responsibilities, air leakage testing, ventilation, ensuring that the concrete used on site is fit for purpose, the latest from the NHBC Foundation, a focus on timber frames and much more.

Commenting on this year’s agenda, Nick Cunningham, NHBC Regional Director for the Central Region, said: “Building for Tomorrow 2015 is the ideal event to hear about the latest innovations, technology and solutions to tomorrow’s industry changes. Some of the sector’s most distinguished and knowledgeable figures will be joining us to talk through the most pertinent challenges affecting the industry in the near future. Building for Tomorrow is also the perfect platform to showcase your latest products and network with industry leaders, home builders and housing associations.”

Highlights of the event will include :

Concrete as we know it? 

With the use of recycled aggregates and cement combinations in concrete, how do you ensure that the concrete you specify is fit for purpose? We’ll look at samples of recycled materials and cement combinations to see how they have changed over the years and more importantly how they shape up for use now.

NHBC Foundation 

This session will give a summary of research and guidance projects recently completed and those in progress. From primary research into wider industry issues to practical guidance for design and construction, the focus will be on meeting the challenges of building 21st century new homes.

Keeping the water out 

The climatic extremes of early 2014 severely challenged the house-building industry and NHBC with an increase in claims volumes highlighting that the devil really is in the detail! From roofs to basements, we’ll look at some common causes of defects and new NHBC Standards to help meet this continual challenge.

Lead sheet under the spotlight 

For centuries, lead sheet has been used successfully in multiple housing applications to keep water out of buildings. This is however, reliant on correct detailing and correct fitting. We will explore the most common areas where this can go wrong and look at ways to overcome the problems.

Timber Frame 

The resource and material challenges of 2014 have seen increasing numbers of timber frame plots registered for NHBC warranty. We’ll look at how communication, understanding of critical functions and knowledge of latest best practice all play vital roles in delivering timber frame design through to completion on site.

Air Leakage testing and ventilation 

How has airtightness testing progressed since its introduction back in 2006 and what has been learned? We will take a look at best practice, striking the right balance with ventilation and its interaction with SAP.

CDM changes in design responsibilities 

Discover some practical solutions to help you get ready for the significant changes to the health and safety regime for the procurement, design and delivery of housing projects from April 2015.

The full date and venue listings are as follows, with specially tailored agendas for Scotland and Northern Ireland;

Thurs, 26th Feb       Shendish Manor, Hemel Hempstead

Thurs, 5th March     Thistle Haydock Hotel, Haydock

Tues, 10th March     Leigh Court, Bristol

Thurs, 12th March    Sandown Racecourse, Esher

Tues, 17th March      York Racecourse, York

Tues, 24th March      Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld

Thurs, 26th March    Cambridge Belfry, Cambourne

Tues, 14th April,        National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham

Thurs, 16th April       Hilton Templepatrick, Belfast

For further event details, and to find out more about the special 3 for 2 offer on all delegate bookings, please visit, contact  or call 0844 633 1000

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