Mark Farmer, who led last year’s review of construction’s labour and financial difficulties, will deliver a keynote address at the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) National Conference in London on 19 October.
He will be joined on the speakers’ rostrum by the BBC’s ‘Business Doctor’ Dr Paul T Thomas, and the deputy Mayor of London Shirley Rodrigues, who will debate important changes to the capital’s planning laws and environmental strategy.
The conference will also have a strong technical content with streams covering: Indoor Air Quality (IAQ); District Heating; and Refrigeration, air conditioning and heat pumps. Leading authorities on mental health, diversity and training funding will also address the conference and offer practical support.
The technical sessions will consider how buildings can be turned into ‘safe havens’ from rising air pollution and how to make district heating schemes more efficient. They will also look at the likely impact on the refrigeration and air conditioning sector of the growing popularity of heat pumps and a rapid shift in the use of refrigerant gases as a result of the F Gas phase down of HFCs.
There will also be a series of seminars led by the association’s commercial and legal team offering tailored advice on day-to-day contractual issues, late payment and staff engagement.
As well as the busy conference programme, there will be an exhibition of innovative products and services drawn from across the industry. The event will conclude with a black tie awards dinner celebrating the best of the sector’s national apprenticeship talent and announcing BESA’s annual management and Contractor of the Year awards.