THIS YEAR’S Single Ply Roofing Association (SPRA) Conference and Awards was a virtual event held yesterday (16 June).
The event was well attended by SPRA members and other industry participants, who heard a range of speakers on the Conference’s theme of Driving Confidence and Developing Competence.
As well as real-time networking opportunities interspersed through the day there were also live keynote talks from several influential speakers in the construction sector, offering important and interesting insights into current industry issues.
Hardy Giesler, CEO of the British Board of Agrement (BBA) spoke about the opportunities offered by the Agrement Plus scheme for demonstrating safety credentials and proving competence. Peter Caplehorn, CEO of the Construction Products Association spoke of the progress being made to restore public and governmental confidence in construction.
A powerful session on ‘Building Mental Health’ was also presented by Rev. Kevin Fear.
In addition, this year’s event featured separate sessions on construction industry digitalisation.
In a talk called Digital Horizon and Lexicon – Matt Crunden, Chair of the LEXiCON working group provided an update on BSI Identify and the common digital language for construction products, LEXiCON.
Digitisation for Construction Product Manufacturers: A Plain Language Guide, a step-by-step guide to digitising product information was introduced by Su Butcher, director of Just Practising Ltd representing the IET- Built Environment Panel who explained why and how manufacturers should start work on digitisation now.
The SPRA Technical Panel session led by SPRA Technical Nigel Blacklock Chair discussed a range of topics including Fire, BIM, the Code of Construction Product Information (CCPI) and the way forward for certification. It also referred to the recently published industry guidance from SPRA, LRWA and NFRC on fire safety. Nigel Blacklock was joined by industry experts Prof. Bill Hewlett, BBA Technical Director and Peter Caplehorn.
SPRA Awards 2021
Winners of the SPRA Awards were also announced with video of each outstanding project and highly commended winners in every award category. The annual Awards are in recognition of the excellence of single ply roofing projects – this year for those completed in 2019.
The virtual event – the first SPRA Conference to be delivered virtually – was pronounced an outstanding success by the trade association, allowing the single ply roofing community to come together and discuss key issues affecting the sector while recognising the outstanding industry contribution made by members through the SPRA Awards.