The future of refrigerants and dealing with late payment disputes are among the topics to be covered at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) Conference in November.
Head of Refcom Graeme Fox will lead a session looking at refrigerants, while the Government's Small Business Commissioner Paul Uppal will explain how his office can help companies resolve disputes, how effective his role has been so far and where he is trying to make a difference in the wake of Carillion.
A range of speakers and political commentators will help delegates focus on the actions companies, of all sizes, should be taking to build resilience into their businesses – including preparing for Brexit.
BESA public affairs and policy manager Alexi Ozioro said: “By the time of the conference, we will be less than six months away from the UK officially leaving the European Union. Whether or not you support Brexit, it’s happening; and the industry needs to be ready.
“We will be examining some of the most important questions facing a post-EU construction industry: What will be the regulatory impact? Has enough been done to protect skilled labour and movement of talent? Should we prepare for less foreign investment or is Brexit actually a wonderful opportunity for the industry?”
As well as wider commercial issues and important discussions on mental health and diversity, the conference will look at technical topics with seminars covering:
Fire safety, meeting the Hackitt challenge: This will be jointly hosted with the Smoke Control Association and a speaker from the London Fire Brigade. There will also be a specific session on fire rated products, fixings and new fire resistant materials.
Air quality: ‘Driving the pollution agenda indoors’ will be hosted by the BESA Indoor Air Quality Group. It will be followed by a session dedicated to Ventilation Hygiene: ‘The new TR/19 and what it means for the sector’s future’ organised by the association’s Ventilation Hygiene Group.