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Past Events

Carbon tracking and calculation

16 January 2024 , Webinar

Discover the different approaches to carbon tracking and calculation at this webinar developed in collaboration with CIRIA and CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice.

Background
The revised PAS 2080 calls for the whole life management of carbon including tracking and calculating carbon within construction activities. Many methods exist, all share a common purpose, but have differences based on client needs or proprietary software.

This webinar aimed to raise awareness and explore the variety of approaches with a discussion on how we can consistently benchmark across different sectors of the industry. For anyone involved in embedding sustainability or driving net zero carbon this webinar is not to be missed.

Why attend

  • Navigate the myriad of carbon calculating.
  • Understand the different approaches to carbon tracking and calculation.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend
Anyone with an interest in net zero carbon including companies’ and supply chains’ footprints, embodied and operational carbon

When
Tuesday 16 January 2024
10:00 – 12:30

Post-event materials
Please watch the event recording here.

Tour of The Forge

15 January 2024 , The Forge, 105 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9HZ

Join us for a tour to the Bronze building of The Forge which will be hosted by Landsec.

The Forge is the UK’s first net zero carbon office and featured in BUILDOFFSITE’s free guidance on Offsite construction – concept design and delivery (X538).

The Forge was built using the platform approach to design for manufacture and assembly (P-DfMA).

Using these techniques has contributed to a circa 39% reduction to date in embodied Carbon A1-A5 reduction compared to the same building built traditionally. The developer has also saved 178 tonnes in steel by using the platform approach – that’s the equivalent of just under 13.5 London double-decker buses in weight.

Places on the tour are limited, and available to BOS and CIRIA members only.

BOS Christmas member meeting hosted by Arup

12 December 2023 , Arup, 80 Charlotte Street, London, United Kingdom

Our sponsors and hosts Arup welcomed the BUILDOFFSITE community to the final forum of 2023. This took place at the beautifully appointed Charlotte Street office in London on the 12 December.

All presentations for the day can be accessed here.

Welcome and introduction by Dirk Vennix, Executive Director, BUILDOFFSITE

Presentation on new BOS guidance by Fareita Udoh, Industry Advisor, BUILDOFFSITE

Overview of Arup’s current practice in offsite construction by Sam Hopkins (Associate) – Arup

Insight into how modular construction could spark a housing revolution by Katie Kerr (Associate) – Arup

Q&A and closing remarks by Dirk Vennix, Executive Director, BUILDOFFSITE

The afternoon was rounded off with a beautifully presented lunch and ample opportunities for networking and engagement.

 

BOPAS Forum

30 November 2023 , Lighthouse, Unit 2, Tinsley Industrial Estate, Shepcote Lane, Sheffield, S9 1TS

In a spectacular showcase of innovation and excellence, the BOPAS Forum and Factory Tour took centre stage at the newly refurbished Lighthouse premises. With over 80 delegates from the offsite/MMC sectors in attendance, the event left an indelible mark on the landscape of modern construction.

A heartfelt commendation goes to the diligent Lighthouse team, who orchestrated a venue transformation that dazzled attendees. The deadline for the Forum was met with precision, and the entire event, including a seamless factory tour, unfolded flawlessly. The Lighthouse crew’s commitment to excellence was palpable and truly appreciated by all in attendance.

Presentations from the day can be accessed here.

Developer Services – Networks November 2023

06 November 2023 , NVCO, Regents Wharf, 8 All Saints St, London N1 9RL

The first “Connecting the future” of 2023 will be a partnership between Future Water, Ciria and BUILDOFFSITE.

The event will start with showcasing and networking on current and future developments, developer services, CSL (Customer Side Leakage) &  SuDs implementation and more

 

Member Event hosted by Danfoss Climate Solutions

02 November 2023 , Online Webinar

Unlock the Future of Wastewater Treatment
Join our BUILDOFFSITE member Danfoss Power Solutions on Nov 2nd at 10 am GMT / 11 am CET!
Curious about the next wave in energy-efficient solutions for wastewater treatment?

Dive into a groundbreaking event featuring the game-changing Danfoss Heat Exchangers.
Discover how to transform wastewater treatment into a powerhouse of efficiency, making a positive impact on our environment.
Revolutionary Danfoss Heat Exchangers
Sustainable Solutions for Wastewater Treatment
Elevate your knowledge and contribute to a greener, cleaner future.

Roger Bullivant and Keystone Lintels factory tours

11 October 2023 , Swadlincote, Derbyshire

Wednesday morning, 11 October 2023

Come and visit Roger Bullivant Limited’s state-of-the-art headquarters in South Derbyshire and see how they design and manufacture their innovative offsite foundation systems for residential and commercial projects throughout the UK. RBL offers an extensive range of precast concrete piles, pilecaps and ground beams that form a kit of part approach for their RBeam complete foundation system.

The factory tour will not only include their modern automated production facility that has the capability of producing over 1 million metres of precast concrete piles and ¼ million metres of precast beam per year, but you will also see how they build and maintain all their own piling rigs in their impressive plant build facility.

The event will include a presentation by RBL which will explore how their MMC Category 3 pre-manufactured foundation system can increase the pre-manufactured value (PMV) of your projects and how a modular foundation system is used to accelerate the build programme with improved on-site accuracy, productivity, quality, and safety.

Wednesday afternoon, 11 October 2023

Come behind the scenes at Keystone Lintels to see where they manufacture steel lintels and brickwork support systems for distribution throughout the UK and Ireland.

Book your place now!

Free to attend. Limited places available, so please register as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss this fascinating learning opportunity.

Register: Roger Bullivant factory tour (11 Oct)

Register: Keystone Lintels factory tour (11 Oct)

Why attend

  • This event will showcase that offsite is not only restricted to a projects superstructure but can also be implemented for the foundations
  • This event will be an excellent networking opportunity for members to hear about RBL’s products and services
  • Get the inside track on how Keystone Lintels manufacture steel lintels and brickwork support systems
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Anyone with an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding of foundation systems and offsite construction.

Prediction versus precedence in a changing climate

10 October 2023 , The Institution of Structural Engineers, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS
Join us for CIRIA’s Annual Debate where leading experts will discuss whether precedence is a viable ‘business as usual’ operating landscape in response to unpredictable climate events.

Background
Our climate presents a major challenge globally and for the UK. Global temperatures are rising as a result of human activity. We are experiencing higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns, rising sea levels, and more frequent and intense extreme weather events ranging from droughts, floods and freezing winters.
Climate change could have significant impacts on our infrastructure – the need to future-proof existing and new assets is real. Long operational lifetimes mean assets need to be agile to operate in the existing climate at the time of their construction as well as climate variations over the decades of their use.

Engineering design, codification and methods are based upon established assumptions and ingrained practice – precedence.

However, climate change, resultant extremes, and hazards outside of design parameters means we need to be more agile and move towards prediction.

How will precedence versus prediction help us to meet the challenges of climate change and limit its impact on new and existing infrastructure?

This debate will tackle fundamental issues surrounding infrastructure resilience in a changing climate with a playful and combative format designed to spark critical discussion.

Sponsored by 

For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tam Simmons.
Why attend

  • Explore some of the challenges of operating existing and designing new infrastructure assets in a changing climate.
  • Discuss the barriers of moving away from a precedence-based approach and the factors which necessitate predictive approaches.
  • Hear different perspectives and solutions from civil engineers, insurers, and leading academics to developing methods which are agile enough to cope with uncertainty.
  • Consider how investment should be directed between developing new infrastructure alongside making our existing assets more resilient.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

  • Infrastructure owners and operators, asset managers, and engineers working in resilience planning, risk assessment, and adaptation planning
  • Professionals working within civil engineering, designers, contractors, regulators, insurers, and universities and research organisations

Click here to go to the CIRIA webpage to register.

UK Construction Week

03 - 05 October 2023 , NEC Birmingham, North Avenue, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT

BOS are proud to partner with UKCW this October at Birmingham NEC. Co-located with Timber Expo, Grand Designs Live and Green Living Live.

UKCW is a catalyst for change in the sector as we gather the top speakers to panel our many seminar theatres to discuss and debates the issues affecting construction, and we believe this is where real change can happen.

Register your free place to UK Construction Week.

BOS offer plenty of opportunities for members and non-members to participate in panel discussions, seminars, workshops and sponsorship opportunities.

Each of the three days has a focus theme – view the full programme at the Buildoffsite Theatre & Innovation Hub.

3rd October

Seminar: Offsite construction – concept design and delivery [launch of BOS publication guidance]

Debate: Modular Newsreel – fact or fiction, setting the record straight

Innovation Hub Challenge: Carbon reduction – improving productivity, harnessing innovation

4th October 

Seminar: Constructing for tomorrow: the race to digitise construction.

Can digitalisation eliminate project delays, labour shortages, ease compliance regulations, improve worker productivity, enhance transparency & reporting, forecast rising cost of materials and real-time impacts?

Debate: Where does digital take us? What are the opportunities?

Innovation Hub Challenge: Who are the digital disruptors for construction tomorrow? Digital, AI, robotics, and digital [Dragon’s Den for Offsite]

5th October

Seminar Session: What makes a house a home? What do we need?

Debate: What can MMC Offer where traditional fails? [Property assurance, quality, and defects]

Innovation Hub Challenge: What is the next big idea in delivering new homes using modular?

 

What’s new in offsite? A Hertfordshire Building Control webinar

18 July 2023 , Webinar

Join Hertfordshire Building Control for their upcoming webinar including special guests from Buildoffsite. This exciting event will feature informative presentations by two prominent offsite construction companies, Tempo Housing and Donaldson Timber, who will enlighten us on the cutting-edge offsite technology being employed in the industry. They will delve into the current offsite technology that is revolutionising the construction sector, and shed light on emerging innovations entering the market.

Book your free place

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn directly from industry leaders about the practical applications, benefits, and future potential of offsite construction. From modular building techniques to prefabricated components, these experts will showcase how offsite technology is reshaping the way we build.

Whether you are a building professional seeking to stay ahead of the curve, an architect interested in incorporating offsite methods into your projects, or simply curious about the future of construction, this CPD-certified event promises to be an invaluable source of knowledge.

Speakers

  • Trevor Clements, Hertfordshire Building Control
  • Ken Davie, Buildoffsite
  • John O’Brien, Tempohousing UK
  • David Johnson, Volumetric Building Companies

When
18 July 2023
16:00 – 17:00

Aliaxis factory visit

11 July 2023 , Aliaxis, Swaffield Park, Hyssop Close, Cannock, WS11 7FU

Join us for a factory visit to discover how Aliaxis provides communities around the world with sustainable innovative solutions for building, infrastructure, industrial, and agricultural applications.

Book your place

Aliaxis has put a great deal of thought into the development of vertical and horizontal modular services components.  They range from basic pipework sub-assemblies and pre-mounted back panels, to utility cupboards and complex storey height 3D combinations of pipework and ducts stackable up to 16 storeys with safety features built in.

The event will include a presentation by Aliaxis about the products, covering the health and safety advantages and how use of the assemblies can reduce construction periods and site labour requirements.  This will be followed by a factory tour and an opportunity to ask the Aliaxis team questions.

Limited places available, so please register as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss this fascinating learning opportunity.

Why attend?

  • Offsite fabrication is being used more and more across the entire construction section and it is not all about MMC Category 1, volumetric modular. This event will showcase a range of products that can be incorporated into projects based on other prefabricated and traditional structural solutions.
  • The event will be an excellent networking opportunity for members to hear some of the latest trends in the Offsite sector.
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend?
Clients, developers, consultants and all sizes of contractors with an interest in expanding their knowledge and understanding of offsite beyond purely modular construction.

Minimising carbon emissions using (precast) concrete

04 July 2023 , Webinar

Join this webinar featuring practical examples of good practice seeking to minimise carbon emissions from the use of (precast) concrete.

Background
The manufacture and use of cement in mortar and concrete accounts for around 8% of carbon emissions worldwide, so anything that can be done to reduce the roughly 600 kilograms of carbon dioxide released for every tonne of cement produced must be done to help the overall drive towards Net Zero.

Around 30 billion tonnes of concrete are used every year, which represents a 3-fold increase on a per capita basis in last 40 years. It is a versatile and long-lasting construction material but has a colossal carbon footprint.

Reducing the cement content and using alternative materials such as slag and fly ash reduces the environmental impact of concrete, but the carbon emissions are still significant. As coal is phased out supplies of fly ash will diminish, and there is an inherent risk in moving away from a tried and tested formula.

The webinar, hosted by Buildoffsite and CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon and Managing Construction Risk Communities of Practice (CoP), will showcase examples of good practice seeking to minimise carbon emissions from the use of (precast) concrete in all its forms whilst also considering the construction risks.

Book your place

Driving Net Zero Carbon CoP brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dr Andy Moores.

Managing Construction Risk CoP brings together practitioners from the construction and insurance sectors to help improve the management of risk and financial performance. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

Why attend

  • Discover how the use of (precast) concrete could significantly minimise carbon emissions and construction risks
  • Hear examples of good practice
  • Understand the perspectives of key stakeholders
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend

  • Construction practitioners
  • Environment, sustainability and carbon leads within the infrastructure sector (transport, housing, development, energy, etc)
  • Policy makers and regulators leading on net zero carbon
  • Research community – to disseminate findings and understand needs to enhance research impact

BOPAS Forum and Beattie Passive House Tour

24 May 2023 , Beattie Passive Build Systems Limited, Unit 1, Carrow Works, Norwich, NR1 2DD

Join us in person for the next BOPAS Forum which will comprise of topical presentations, BOPAS certification awards, and group discussions around themes that are relevant to you and the MMC sector. The Forum will conclude with a factory tour of Beattie Passive.

Please register online and email us any special dietary requirements by 10:00 on Tuesday 16 May to secure your place.

Supported by

The Offsite Show in partnership with Buildoffsite

02 - 04 May 2023 , ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, Royal Docks, London, E16 1XL

In partnership with Buildoffsite, The Offsite Show will return to ExCeL London on 2-4 May 2023 and will unite all suppliers and buyers in the built environment for offsite and pre-manufactured solutions.

The Offsite Show will be co-located with UK Construction Week, Multi-award winning, UK’s largest built environment exhibition allowing you free access to nine other key sections including Concrete Expo, Build, Infrastructure, Offsite and Grand Designs Live. The second show this year will be at UK Construction Week, Birmingham NEC in October 2023.

Buildoffsite will be providing a platform for industry leaders and specialists to showcase the work they are delivering in Offsite showcasing the latest developments in the offsite world.

As a valued member of the Offsite Community, you will have the opportunity to sponsor the innovation hub or the main stage and have your branding visible on all event collateral and have a presence at the Offsite Show and UK Construction Week. The benefit to your organisation is presence at both shows hosted in the Buildoffsite arena. The underpinning theme for Buildoffsite in 2023 is “sustainability” at the core of concept design and delivery.

View synopsis and presentations from the event:

Site visit to new prison development, HMP Millsike

26 April 2023 , HMP Millsike, York
HMP Millsike │ Ministry of Justice

This visit is now fully booked. Please contact Susan Richards to be added to the wait list.

Join us for a visit to the construction site of Britain’s newest ‘smart’ prison, HMP Millsike, designed to house over 1,400 inmates which is being built by Kier opposite the existing HMP Full Sutton.

Background

The Ministry of Justice is benefitting from improvements implemented by the construction partners in the New Prisons Programme with HMP Millsike, the third establishment, now being built beside HMP Full Sutton in East Yorkshire.

Building work started last Autumn on the cutting-edge jail which will open in 2025. Designed with security and rehabilitation in mind, the new Category C prison will be equipped with the latest smart technology.

It will also be the first new prison to operate as zero-carbon in the future, with an all-electric design, solar panels, heat pumps and more efficient lighting systems to reduce energy demand significantly.

One of the initiatives Kier is undertaking is the tagging and tracking of pre-cast components, to reduce carbon emissions, improve quality, and simplify valuations. This has the potential to deliver benefits across the entire construction sector and it is one of topics Kier will speak about when Buildoffsite visits the construction site in April.

If your company is seeking to find every means possible to reduce its carbon footprint this is an ideal opportunity to learn about how a Tier One contractor is tackling the Net Zero challenge. Every little counts!

Limited places available, so please register as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss this fascinating learning opportunity.

This visit is part of a rolling programme of Buildoffsite and CIRIA events, webinars and publications focussed on net zero carbon for different construction methods and materials.

Why attend

  • Go behind the scenes of the construction of a pre-manufactured concrete structure in progress.
  • Hear how the site team is applying the lessons learned from a recently completed similar project to manage pre-cast and MEP modules from design to installation.

Who should attend

  • Buildoffsite members seeking to become part of the supply chain for the Ministry of Justice new prisons programme.
  • Places are limited – please register online by 10:00 on 12 April 2023.

What is the path to sustainable infrastructure?

19 April 2023 , London

Join us in person for our annual lecture and networking reception. This special event will explore the opportunity for sustainable infrastructure and the challenges we must overcome to reach net zero carbon targets.

This event is free to attend for all Buildoffsite and CIRIA members (limited to two places per company). Please complete and return the booking form to Charlotte Draper by 10:00 on 18 April 2023.

Background
We are in the midst of a climate and nature emergency. More and more cities are being affected by natural threats associated with the climate crisis such as flooding, heat stress and water scarcity, and these disasters are expected to intensify with no city immune.

Cities must look beyond economic development to the health of their natural environment and the quality of life of their inhabitants. They are beginning to prioritise their environment, social, and government (ESG) targets.

It is time for systemic change in climate change adaptation and resilience. Therein lies the opportunity to create a sustainable, infrastructure-led recovery that will transform economies and leave the environment in a better condition for future generations.

Join us at our annual lecture to hear thought-leaders discuss the need for resilience in infrastructure and cities, and the construction industry’s response to delivering resilience across new and aging infrastructure.

Sponsorship opportunities
For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

Why attend

  • Understand the challenges and opportunities to make societies inclusive, safe, climate resilient and sustainable
  • Explore how we can achieve a deep and fast transition when many governments have record debt and the technology needed is still in development
  • Discover how civil engineering is contributing to solving problems for the built environment
  • Learn ways to reduce impact through design and low carbon materials
  • Network with fellow industry professionals
  • Earn valuable CPD

Buildoffsite members’ meeting

14 March 2023 , Online

Join us at the virtual Buildoffsite members’ meeting which will feature industry presentations and updates.

This member-exclusive event is free to attend for all Buildoffsite and CIRIA members. Please register online by 10:00 on 13 March 2023.

Post-event materials

The speakers’ presentations are available here.

Linear infrastructure overbuild seminar

21 February 2023 , Transport for London, Victoria Station House, 8th Floor, 191 Victoria Street, SW1E 5NE

Join this in-person event hosted by Transport for London to launch Buildoffsite’s recent ‘Linear infrastructure overbuild guide’ and learn how using offsite solutions can contribute to this form of development.

Background
Cities have an ever-increasing need for additional, good quality housing as they continue to grow. Greenfield sites are often almost non-existent within existing city boundaries, which means their brownfield and demolition sites are the norm for redevelopment projects.

In this context, where demolition or remedial costs can be significant, the possibility to embrace innovative infrastructure overbuild approaches becomes an exciting, new alternative – one which becomes even more attractive where the infrastructure corridor land is in quasi-public ownership.

Buildoffsite’s recently published Linear Infrastructure Overbuild Guide presents the broad solution to a truly golden opportunity for Housing-led Urban Regeneration. More specifically, it creates an ideal platform (literally) for designers, manufacturers and developers to demonstrate the benefits of DfMA, where traditional construction methods are unlikely to be feasible.

The guide sets out to demonstrate how using offsite solutions can contribute to this form of development. Inspired by WSP’s Out of Thin Air reports, it aims to do three things:

  • Make more potential sites viable, creating homes and offsite project opportunities.
  • Enable stakeholders to consider how to unlock more of this potential.
  • Help more developers and suppliers to be involved with infrastructure overbuild.

Hear first-hand from the guide’s editors and lead authors to explore the challenges, opportunities and benefits of offsite to overbuild, and gain insight and inspiration from other overbuild projects.

Buildoffsite is the voice of the offsite construction industry. For more information about membership, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Sponsorship opportunities
For information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

Why attend

  • Discover the linear infrastructure overbuild opportunity for cities and how offsite approaches are beneficial.
  • Understand the key commercial aspects to be considered when setting up an overbuild project and how some major projects have been managed.
  • Gain insight into the practicalities of creating sites above railways.
  • Be inspired by case studies of overbuild project from around the world.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

Planners, landowners, architects, designers, manufacturers and developers.

Net zero carbon in construction

06 December 2022

11am-12.30pm

Join this webinar, hosted by Buildoffsite and CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice, to discover how the construction industry is transitioning to net zero carbon.

The built environment generates 30% of total greenhouse gas emissions and construction uses 32% of the world’s natural resources. As the biggest contributor to climate change, the construction industry has the greatest opportunity and responsibility to reduce emissions.

This webinar will explore how the sector is innovating to achieve net zero carbon and how offsite can deliver ESG targets and improve the sustainability of the built environment. Attendees will hear first-hand from the authors of Buildoffsite’s new guidance ‘Achieving sustainable resilience in new precast concrete structures’, learn from a practical case study on net zero construction and discover tools to measure carbon emissions in the supply chain.

Buildoffsite is the voice of the offsite construction industry. For more information about membership, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) in the construction sector is a significant challenge and one which requires collectively exploring the issues and collaborating to find solutions. To facilitate this, CIRIA has launched a new Community of Practice: Driving Net Zero Carbon which brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050. For more information and to get involved, please contact Andy Moores.

Agenda

11:00 – Welcome and introduction

Nigel Fraser, Industry Advisor, Buildoffsite

Dr Kat Ibbotson, Director, Strategic Advisory, WSP and Chair, CIRIA Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice

11:05 – Achieving sustainable resilience in new precast concrete structures

Dr Chris Atkins, Technical Principal, Materials and Corrosion Technology, Mott MacDonald

Graeme Jones, Managing Director, C-Probe Systems

11:20 – Improving the sustainability of the built environment with ESG

Mark Graham, Business Development Director, Premier Modular (invited)

11:35 – A practical case study on net zero construction: The Forge

Mark Griffin, Offsite Integration Manager, NG Bailey (invited)

11:50 – How meeting the Green Revolution targets for the UK enables Offsite to deliver and offer long-term assurances around MMC

George Ghobrial, Senior Sales Development Executive, Sustainability Tool, Supply Chain Sustainability School (invited)

12:05 – Interactive discussion and Q&A

12:25 – Closing remarks 

 

To register please complete and return the booking form to Susan Richards

 

Pipes & Sewers – Bringing it all together

29 November 2022

The end of this years Networks November month brings everyone together in a face-to-face session that will:

  • Shares the outputs from the sessions to date
  • Outline what is the “New” thinking that has emerged
  • ‘What’s in the mirror’ – reflect back on how we view the underground
  • Explore who to benchmark against
  • Produce a ‘fit for purpose’ scorecard
  • Set out what needs to happen, now, during AMP8 and over the next 10-15 years

The critical outputs will be presented back to Government, regulators and outline future innovations required.

VENUE

NCVO, Society Building, 8 All Saints Street,

London, N1 9RL United Kingdom

Register here

Timber construction (for reduced carbon)

23 November 2022

Join this webinar, hosted by Buildoffsite and CIRIA’s Communities of Practice, exploring the use of timber construction to drive net zero carbon in the residential sector whilst managing construction risk.

Background

If there is a single construction material with the potential to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of the UK construction sector it has to be timber. Approximately 85% of homes in Scotland are timber frame construction and though the percentage in England and Wales is much lower, the numbers are growing year on year.This event will consider different construction methods and approaches to the use of wood in various types of development including:

  • Timber frame construction (John Smith, Donaldson Timber)
  • Mass engineered timber (David Miller, David Miller Architects)
  • Maximising use of local resources (Gary Newman, Woodknowledge Wales)

Construction and regulatory risks will also be covered.

Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice
Launched in 2020, CIRIA’s Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice (CoP) brings together practitioners from the construction and insurance sectors with the objective of improving the management of risk and financial performance. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice
Achieving Net Zero Carbon (NZC) in the construction sector is a significant challenge and one which requires collectively exploring the issues and collaborating to find solutions. To facilitate this, CIRIA has launched a new Community of Practice: Driving Net Zero Carbon which brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050. For more information and to get involved, please contact Andy Moores.

Why attend

  • Learn more about various timber construction methods and types of materials.
  • Understand how use of timber will help achieve net zero carbon targets.
  • Find out about the risks and regulatory issues related to timber construction.
  • Earn valuable CPD.

Who should attend

  • Insurance sector practitioners: risk engineers, underwriters and brokers
  • Construction sector practitioners: insurance buyers, quality assurance managers, project managers as well as financial and legal experts working for asset owners and operators, T1/T2 contractors, designers and suppliers
  • Procurement specialists working for publicly funded bodies
  • Lenders
  • Developers
  • Housing associations and social housing providers
  • Regulators
  • Research community
  • Trade associations

When
Wednesday 23 November 2022
10:30 – 12:30

Programme
10:30 Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA
Dr Kat Ibbotson, Director, Strategic Advisory, WSP and
Chair, CIRIA Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice (Invited)

10:40 Introduction to topic and residential sector perspective
John Smith, Technical Director, Donaldson Timber

11:00 Engineered timber in the UK and abroad
David Miller, Director, David Miller Architects

11:20 Homegrown homes
Gary Newman, CEO, Woodknowledge Wales

11:40 Insurance risks

Ryan Jones, Senior Risk Consultant, QBE Europe Operations

12:00 Interactive discussion and Q&A

12:25 Closing remarks

To register please complete and return the booking form to Susan Richards.

Buildoffsite visits to HS2 precast factory

16 November 2022

Construction of the Chiltern tunnel, and nearby Colne Valley Viaduct, is being led by HS2’s main works contractor, Align JV – a joint venture made up of three companies: Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, and Volker Fitzpatrick. Work is underway with the help two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) spending more than 3 years underground, digging and slotting 112,000 wall segments into place to create the 10 mile long Chiltern tunnel.

The segments are being produced at a temporary pre-cast factory next to the TBM launch pads at what will be the south portal of the tunnels. This will avoid putting extra HGVs on local roads and ensure a steady supply of segments for the TBMs. Once construction is complete, the pre-cast factory and the rest of the south portal site, will be cleared, with the chalk excavated from the tunnels used to landscape the site and create high quality chalk grassland and other wildlife habitats.

Buildoffsite members will be able to visit the Chiltern tunnel precast factory site in the Colne Valley on Wednesday 12th October and Wednesday 16th November.

For logistical reasons the numbers are restricted to 5 members (one per company) per visit. Places will be allocated to transport hub members first and others will be registered on a  first come, first served basis.

Agenda:

09:30 – Arrive at car park and check in at visitor centre

09:30-10:00 – Welcome and project presentation at visitor centre

10:00-10:15 – PPE up at visitor centre

10:15-11:30 – Walk to and visit tunnel precast factory

11.30-12.00 – Return to visitor centre car park

Register here for:

Wednesday 14th September – Fully booked

Wednesday 12th October – Fully booked

Wednesday 16th November

A video explaining the work can be found here.

Networks November – Bringing together the new voices

04 November 2022

10am-3pm

The session will focus on:

  • What do newbies think should be the sector vision
  • Perceptions versus reality of working in water sector
  • EDI – are we driving engagement outside the sector and encouraging a more diverse, equal workforce
  • Mentors/Mentees
  • Having a voice that is listened to

New to the sector (within your first years) – join us, engage, express your views and express what you think needs to change

The session will be led by Dr Sarah Cotterill Assistant Professor, School of Civil Engineering, University College Dublin and winner of the Emerging Talent award.

VENUE

CIRIA, Griffin court, 15 Long Ln, Barbican, London

London, EC1A 9PN United Kingdom

Register here

Offsite construction risk management

04 October 2022

Join this webinar to learn how to approach offsite construction risk.

Background
Working in conjunction with Buildoffsite, the voice of the offsite construction industry, CIRIA will host a webinar covering the opportunities and challenges around managing offsite construction. We will hear from Buildoffsite members and will also get the perspectives from clients, suppliers, accreditors, and brokers.

Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice
Launched in 2020, CIRIA’s Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice (CoP) brings together practitioners from the construction and insurance sectors with the objective of improving the management of risk and financial performance.

Through a series of network events and integrated resources the CoP will help deliver more focused collaboration and enhance knowledge transfer in risk management. The events examined within the CoP network include:

  • Evaluating industry guidance on water damage risk management
  • Offsite construction risk management
  • Timber frame construction

For more information about Managing Construction Risk CoP, please contact Dirk Vennix.

Why attend

  • Improve your understanding of how all risk policies are being developed and where clear guidelines have yet to emerge attendees can help share good practice.
  • Enhance knowledge and understanding of how the offsite construction sector operates to control risk.
  • Find out what CIRIA’s Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice will deliver for members and how this will support practitioners with their CPD programmes.

Who should attend

  • Insurance sector practitioners: risk engineers, underwriters and brokers
  • Construction sector practitioners: insurance buyers, quality assurance managers, project managers as well as financial and legal experts working for asset owners and operators, T1/T2 contractors, designers and suppliers
  • Procurement specialists working for publicly funded bodies
  • Lenders
  • Developers
  • Research community
  • Trade associations

When
Tuesday 4 October 2022
10:30 – 12:30

Programme
10:30 Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA

10:35 Sector perspective on developing offsite construction and managing risk
Nigel Fraser, Industry Advisor, Research & Standards, Buildoffsite

10:50 Stakeholder perspectives

Client perspective: Veronica Flint-Williams, Contract and Risk Manager, Environment Agency
Contractor perspective: Nick Mead, Technical Director, Laing O’Rourke

11:05 Good practice in manging offsite construction – accreditor perspective. The Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS) presents evidence that developers can demonstrate to lenders that their developments will be designed, manufactured and constructed by BOPAS organisations in accordance with an accredited design system.
Terry Mundy, Consultant, LRQA

11:25 Good practice in manging offsite construction
Broker perspective: Andy Kane, Portfolio Manager Construction and Environmental QBE (invited)

11:45 Interactive discussion and Q&A

12:25 Closing remarks

Fees

  • Community of Practice members* (Environment Agency) – Free to attend
  • Buildoffsite members ** – Free to attend
  • CIRIA members*** – Free to attend
  • Non-members*** – £45 + VAT

*   Please complete and return the booking form to Susan Richards to register.
** Please register here.
***Please register via the CIRIA website

Buildoffsite Member Meeting & Factory Tour with NG Bailey

27 September 2022

                                                                                       

NG Bailey is one of the largest leading independent engineering and services businesses in the UK.

Its offsite manufacturing facility is a pioneer of factory-assembled modular building services solutions, providing pre-tested and insulated M&E systems that can be rapidly connected and commissioned.

Member Networking Dinner

Date: 27 September

Time: 5.30pm

Venue: Aagrah Midpoint Bradford | Buffet & Banqueting Suite

The Aagrah Building, Midpoint, Pudsey, BD3 7AY, UK

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Buildoffsite Member Meeting & Factory Tour with NG Bailey

Date: 28 September

Time: 10.00-13.30

Venue: NG Bailey, Offsite Manufacture, Bradford

Address: Unit A, Kingsmark Freeway, Oakenshaw, Bradford, BD12 7HW

Directions: Google Maps

NG Bailey Hosts & Presenters: Mark Griffin, Joe Walsh, Grahame Brady

Buildoffsite Attendees: Keith Blanshard, Dirk Vennix, Fareita Udoh

Agenda

10.00: Buildoffsite Registration & Networking

10.30: Buildoffsite Introduction – Dirk Vennix CEO Ciria

10.40: NG Bailey Introduction to Carbon Calculator & Materiality Decisions at Planning & Design Phase

11.00: Supplier Showcase: Innovation, Logistics & Sustainability

11.30: Factory Floor Visit

12.15: Lunch & Networking

12.45: NG Bailey Forward Work Plans

13.00: Q&A followed by Networking

Presentations from the day can be found here.

Preserving embodied CO2 with resilience management systems

16 June 2022

09:15 – 10:30

This webinar will highlight a collaborative venture to develop and manufacture a standardised modular component aiming to preserve structures for whole life with control and data-driven performance.

Following 10 years of collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, C-Probe further collaborated with The MTC to develop an alkali-activated cementitious (AACM) restoration smart product with the capacity to provide electrochemical protection to steel for the control and prevention of corrosion during the whole life of a structure.The collaboration has resulted in a lean manufacturing process of this product, which demonstrates value stream mapping and efficient use of equipment and labour.

The end result, LoCemincorporates industrial wastes into its production, which helps yield up to 90% less CO2e than CEM1. This is a vital contribution to net zero and decarbonisation of the built environment, with its ultimate objective being the long-term resilience and control of corrosion within concrete infrastructures.

Join this webinar to hear first-hand from the developers about the background to the concept, its journey from prototype to manufacturing capability, its success in restoring structures, and how this further developed into a product used for modular implementation into new build structures.

The speakers will present the:

  •  Development of a pilot plant to manufacture 250,000 components per year as a precursor to analysing market demand before scaling.

This webinar will demonstrate the process and benefits of the collaboration from planning stages to the long-term resilience benefits of the end product for asset owners who seek to futureproof their structures from disrepair.

Why attend 

From attending this webinar you will:

  • Understand innovations that are emerging to address the decarbonisation of the built environment using resilience management for structures, mitigating climate change risks.
  • Gain knowledge around a topic that is relevant across the construction industry as it approaches Net Zero and move towards the adoption of modern methods of construction.
  • Discover ways to build better structures as a legacy for next generational use and maintenance.
  • Increase your awareness surrounding the process of cathodic protection and the impact corrosion has on the integrity and safety of existing structures.
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend 

  • Asset owners, engineers, architects, precasters, contractors.
  • Designers, project managers, buyers.
  • Professionals who wish to adopt technology to address climate change and provide sustainable resilience to their built assets.

Programme

09.15  Welcome and introduction from the Chair – Nigel Fraser, Industry Advisor, Buildoffsite

09.20 Learning from experience: protecting existing structures

Retrofitting sustainable resilience systems to existing structural assets.

  • How structures suffer due to corrosion
  • Methods to retrofit protection solutions
  • Development of low carbon materials to repair and protect structures
  • Long-term data driven performance options
  • New factory developments

Graeme Jones, Managing Director, C-Probe Systems Limited

09.35  The manufacturing perspective: from concept to reality

Developing a lean and scalable manufacturing line for C-Probe’s modular anode unit (MAU).

  • Introduction to MTC and their services – MMC’s and modular build work
  • Design and process failure mode and effects analysis (FMEAs)
  • Value stream mapping to identify labour and equipment efficiencies
  • Scaling from 250k MAUs to planning a 5million MAU factory

Mark Sutherberry, Business Development Manager, Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

09.50 The opportunity: protecting new structures from day one

Providing structural resilience for new build assets

  • What is an MAU?
  • The whole life technical and carbon benefits
  • The economic benefits and ROI for new build

Graeme Jones, Managing Director, C-Probe Systems Limited

10.05  Interactive discussion and Q&A

Fees
Buildoffsite members: Free to attend* – Register here
*Non-members £45 + VAT

Booking
*Please sign in or create an account to register online for this event.
If you are experiencing issues registering online, please complete and return the booking form to James Nguyen.
Alternatively please email enquiries@ciria.org

BOPAS Plus Launch and ModPods International site visit

26 May 2022

Timings – 10.00 – 15.00

Location – ModPods International Ltd, Hall 3, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, CV8 2RN

At the last BOPAS Forum, held in September 2021, the basis for a step change in the further development of the BOPAS scheme was outlined.

From its inception BOPAS has sought to maintain relevance and added value through being progressively updated to incorporate scheme controls to mitigate generic risks to the offsite sector, as these were identified.

In response to Government led initiatives, aimed at driving digitisation and a more collaborative culture within the construction sector, BOPAS plus has been developed to introduce greater focus on the preparedness of the offsite sector to positively address the digitisation challenge.

The ‘BOPAS Plus’ scheme has been subject to a validation process involving four BOPAS accredited manufacturers all at different positions within the digitisation and offsite spectrum.

The BOPAS partners are now pleased to present the validated scheme and to describe to you how the enhanced scheme will integrate with the current scheme and associated schedule.

Programme

10.00 – 10.30 Registration and networking
10.30 – 10.40 Welcome and Introduction – Karl Miller, Construction Sector Manager, LRQA
10.40 – 11.00 The Role of Offsite in productivity growth within Construction – Keith Waller, Programme Director, Construction Innovation Hub
11.00 – 11.15 Homes England – Offsite strategy – Eleanor Bowden Senior Strategy Specialist
11.15 – 11.45 BOPAS PLUS Development and overview – Terry Mundy, Consultant, LRQA
11.45 – 12.00 Award of BOPAS + certificates and feedback from Pilot participants
12.00 – 12.30 Panel discussion and Q&A on BOPAS +
12.30 – 12.40 Buildoffsite – Facilitating offsite solutions – Dirk Vennix, CEO, CIRIA
12.40 – 12.50 Collaboration in the Offsite sector – Gaynor Tennant, Co Founder and Chair of the Offsite Alliance
12.50 – 13.00 Opportunity for Final Q&A
13.00 – 13.45 Lunch and networking
13.45 – 15.00 Tour of ModPods Int. factory

Register here

Supported by

New Offsite Show at London’s ExCeL 3-5 May 2022

03 - 05 May 2022 , ExCeL London, E16 1XL

The new Offsite Show will be organised by Industry Expo, a Media 10 Group company, in partnership with Buildoffsite and will be co-located with UK Construction Week (UKCW), 4 dedicated UK Construction Week Summits and Grand Designs Live.

Whilst being an independent and vertical event, specifically for the offsite market, it will benefit from the added interest from the expected 38,000 visitors to UKCW; which will include not only others with an interest in offsite, but new potential contacts in all fields of construction.

The underpinning theme of the event will be about the opportunities created from utilising offsite solutions, and provide a showcase for a new and ever expanding market which is a vital component within the “Roadmap to Recovery”.

The Offsite Show will be the only UK event that brings together the client and supply chain for all aspects of the rapidly expanding offsite construction sector.

The Offsite Show is for all sectors and will provide a business to business networking opportunity for those funders, clients, designers, constructors and suppliers who wish to improve the quality, performance in use, asset value and value of construction – both building and civil engineering.

Register your interest