Learn from the experts at the RCI Show

The Roofing, Cladding & Insulation Show returns to the Ricoh Arena in Coventry this month, providing dedicated conference sessions delivering the latest trends, technologies, legislation and issues influencing the market

The RCI Show is claimed by the event organisers to be the UK’s largest free-to-attend event which is dedicated to the roofing, cladding, and insulation supply chain.

The event allows visitors to benefit from the opportunity to speak directly to the experts, try out their latest products, and discover how you can transform your projects with new or innovative solutions.

The show consists of two core elements: an exhibition of leading suppliers and a comprehensive conference and workshop programme featuring content from industry experts and associations.

If you attend, you can start your day by joining Kiwa Building Products for a breakfast briefing – including hot refreshments for delegates – as the team talks you through the legal requirements for product and system manufacturers in the UK, along with additional market-led requirements, and explore the best routes for manufacturers looking to maximise the confidence in their products and reach the biggest market.

Essential sessions for architects include talks from technical consultant John Mercer and Dr Ronan Brunton, technical manager of the Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA). John Mercer will explain how you can design and construct pitched roofs to ensure they remain watertight and durable by using techniques and materials that add very little to the overall build cost of the roof. With safety factors being paramount in the design stage, Dr Ronan Brunton will detail SPRA’s new wind load protocol and how to determine and apply the correct factor of safety during the calculation process.

Further highlights on day one include the Scaffolding Association providing a best practise guide to commissioning scaffolding, Janice Tyler of Briggs Amasco will demonstrate how the roofing industry can mitigate the effects it has on climate change and Vivalda chairman, Peter Johnson will discuss managing through tough times – austerity, Grenfell and Brexit.

If you are interested in discovering what the future of building and infrastructure design, manufacture, integration and connectivity within our built environment could entail, then be sure to attend the opening keynote of day two. Trudi Sully from The Manufacturing Technology Centre and the Construction Innovation Hub will lead you through how its work will benefit the industry, and how you can get involved. Following sessions include Bauder’s Nigel Blacklock discussing fire in flat roofing, John Mercer will show delegates how to design and construct modern pitch roofs to be watertight and durable, and Marley will discuss Making the Grade – BS5534 graded roofing battens: ‘Are you roofing to standard?’

To promote professional development within the industry, practical seminar sessions are being delivered by Actis Insulation, Alchimica Building Chemicals, Fixfast, Quin Global, Xtratherm and mental health charity Mates in Mind.

The Actis Insulation session will demonstrate how Building Regulations compliance can be obtained in construction systems. The module shows a manufacturer’s view on how compliance can be achieved by providing trusted products plus robust laboratory and real-life testing of materials within construction systems.

As a visitor to the show you can tailor your agenda to meet your learning requirements by pre-booking your preferred conference and seminar sessions during the booking process.

The exhibition of leading suppliers sees a wide variety of companies showcasing the latest construction products and services, including materials, safety equipment and tooling. Many exhibitors will feature live product and tool demonstrations on their stands as well as providing product application advice and offering unique show only promotions.

The RCI Show is delivered in association with RCI magazine, is supported by sponsors, Fixfast, Kiwa Building Products, Xtratherm and DT Technologies and key media partner, Fix Radio, who will be broadcasting live from the show floor.