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On 31st October, the B&ES Ductwork Group and ADCAS members gathered for a conference on Ductwork: A 360 Degree View in London’s Armourers’ Hall near Moorgate.

Around 60 delegates heard three important presentations on some of the most important topics in the industry: Building Information Modelling (BIM); Part L of the Building Regulations; and the Energy Related Products (ERP) Directive. All three developments will impact on the ductwork sector over the next year and beyond.

 

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David Frise of B&ES gave his presentation on BIM, saying: “BIM could cost a lot of money, but it could also produce a lot of profit for this sector.” He pointed out that one of the key challenges for the ductwork sector is that clients don’t value what it does because “they don’t notice it.” BIM provides a more robust way of ensuring that what is specified is the same as what is built – a key issue because so many buildings do not perform as they are designed. Frise highlighted the problems caused by value engineering and use of ‘cheap’ products. He added: “BIM gives us the opportunity to get up to the top table. We need to work out how to use the opportunity, or someone else will.”

Kevin Munson of Ruskin Air Management and Duncan King of the Construction Products Association (CPA) gave a joint presentation on the complex topic of Construction Products Regulation (CPR). The CPR includes conditions for the sale and supply of construction products across the EU. The CPS has introduced numerous new rules which have been in force since July 2013, and ADCAS members are strongly advised to ensure they are aware of their obligations.

The presentation can be downloaded from the new ADCAS website www.adcas.co.uk

 
 
 

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