The technical conference was well attended with 52 confirmed and 48 able to attend on the day and thank you to those who attended and participated, particularly the workshop session with the output being presented to the board later this month.
The feedback on the content and venue has been positive and if you haven’t already responded its not too late to do so – just email me!
Some key points to note from the conference as follows:
Progression of fire proven solution mandate will be communicated through the technical bulletins over the coming months.
Clarification from DLUHC received on the PIR insulation positioning in relation to the vapour control layer. The reasons given for the change were theoretical and not particularly well founded. STA will be asking DLUHC to approve an STA clarification note that if the current design mitigates the theoretical heat loss issue, the build can revert to the current standard practice. This is work in progress so we will pass on further information on this as we get it.
Discussion with the Building Safety Regulator (BSR) on the issue of the demonstrable evidence of fire performance of combustible structures from the outside to inside are still ongoing. The STA BR135 classification document is recognised for masonry cladding. Lightweight systems are still the subject of some discussion with the BSR, due to the number of variables involved. Again you will be kept posted through the technical bulletin.
We hope the next Spring Technical Conference will take place in May 2024 at the Lowry in Salford again, we will send an invitation and details when the date is confirmed.