As the construction industry continues to adapt to the country’s needs so does the roofing industry. With interest in modular building taking off and tiny homes being heralded as the next big thing, roofing contractors and specifiers need to take action to stay on top. Making this year’s Build Show, as part of UK Construction Week (UKCW), a must-attend.
Visitors can see the stylish and futuristic roofing products creating an impact, including:
- Velux’s smart roof windows and curved glass rooflight that stands out internally and externally;
- Permavent’s Easy Roof System, enabling any slate roof to be installed at a low pitch;
- Kytun’s Dry Verge System, preventing wind uplift and weather damage to slate and tile roofs;
- Solecco Solar’s roof-integrated solar tiles that create a clean and contemporary finish, while saving costs; and
- Kingfisher APS Ltd, on hand to discuss drone surveys.
Offsite construction specialists will be available with advice and products including: Extenda Line’s portable flat pack storage units; Kerkstoel’s precast concrete; and Smart Panel’s prefabricated structural panel with built-in door, window and plumbing access.
An Innovation Trail highlights pioneering ideas, projects and products such as ANS Global’s green roof systems, Danosa’s waterproofing systems, MAX’s fastening tools and Hekim Yapi’s roof and wall sandwich panels.
Into the future
This year’s theme, the ‘Future of Construction’, is showcased at the Future of Construction Hub. Visitors can immerse themselves in digital construction, 3D printing, robotics, AI and AR and modern methods of construction. Birmingham City University is also presenting its current research work, and Coventry University is bringing its VR simulator for all to experience.
Offsite construction and tiny homes are taking centre stage, literally. Vision Built is constructing a two-story modular apartment at the Offsite Theatre, supported by the MPBA and Structural Timber Association; Offsite Solutions is bringing a high-end bathroom POD, destined for an upmarket Canary Wharf hotel; and Carwyn Lloyd Jones is welcoming people into his tiny timber frame home at Timber Expo.
Staying safe at height
Health and safety knowledge is covered at length across UKCW. Visitors can attend CPD sessions on topics including asbestos and fire safety during hot works; the Working at Height hub, supported by the Access Industry Forum; the Scaffolding Association’s stand for safety advice; and OM Group’s stand for health and safety sessions.
Other highlights across UKCW’s nine shows include:
- Expert-led seminars on topics including the future of construction; quality in construction post-Grenfell; Passivhaus design considerations; and RIBA: Building in Quality;
- The first BMF Young Merchants’ Conference at the BMF Pavilion;
- Regeneration Hub supported by Easy-Trim;
- The UKCW stage, with speakers including: Barbara Res, the female project manager behind Trump Tower; Lord David Blunkett, discussing the skills gap; and Kunle Barker, property expert and TV presenter, leading a discussion on political correctness gone mad;
- Announcement of the UKCW Role Models Campaign’s role model of the year, on 10 October; and
- The Hall 11 Central Bar, sponsored by Elliott Group; the Timber Bar in Hall 9, sponsored by Germany Trade & Invest; and the Beer Festival, sponsored by Velux.
Free visitor tickets are available on the Build Show website.