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RICS Building Control Conference 2016

Conference Birmingham, 22 Sep 2016

Regulation, reviews and risks – the way forward

Register your interest for the 2016 conference. Date: TBC

As building control practitioners, you are faced with ongoing change. Without the most up-to-date information and insights into best-practice, you could be open to potential holes in your compliance and risk possibly resulting in negligence or litigation issues.

RICS Building Control Conference is a one day conference providing in-depth understanding of the essential issues you need to know. You can join like-minded professionals, practitioners and expert leaders to discuss these and others issues as outlined in the programme for a full day of networking, learning, sharing and Q&A.

The conference also contains specific content tailored to APC candidates and mentors in the form of a special afternoon breakout session for those wanting to gain key tips to pass their examination. Candidates and mentors will go through the ‘need-to-knows’ with insights into and great tips for the interview process as well as enjoying a full day pass to the main conference.

Let us know what topics you would like discussed at the 2016 conference

In 2016, we are looking to expand the programme into two streams to include more session options. These could include professional, technical, legal or market requirements or topic suggestions from outside the building control practice, into building surveying or other relevant practices. Drop us a line and let us know the topics you would like covered.

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2015 Programme

0900 Registration & networking

0930 Chair’s welcome & opening remarks

  • RICS Futures video
  • Key considerations to future and new generation of Building Control professionals

Martin Conlon, Director, Assent Building Control & Chair, RICS Building Control Professional Group Board

0945 Keynote address: building regulation changes and updates

  • Key regulation and section changes – various essential parts
  • Part L and thermal performance
  • Energy, efficiencies and sustainability update

Bob Ledsome, Deputy Director, Building Standards & Regulation, Department of Communities and Local Government

1030 Housing standards review: the implications for building control

  • The background of the Review
  • Understanding A, B & C
    -Accessibility and adaptability
    -Security
    -Carbon targets
  • Sustainable energy sources and water
  • Standards and the implications

David McCullogh, Group Director, Building Control & Sustainability, Schal
RICS Building Control Professional Group Board & Governing Council

1110 Networking refreshments

1130 Planning permission and the essential updates post-election

  • Planning policy and the key changes in 2015
  • Local planning permission: the challenges
  • Key tips to the planning regime

Simon Coop, Director, Partner, Nathaniel Lichfield

1205 Technology in surveying: the growing use of the cloud

  • Understanding the technology
  • Option clarity
  • Benefits and uses
  • Case study examples at work

Kim Kees, Arcus Global

1235 Lunch

1335 Interactive session: Apprenticeships, training and the talent grab

  • What skills does the industry require?
  • How do we ensure our talent meets needs?
  • How do we become a diverse and inclusive profession?
  • Q&A on Talent and training

Martin Conlon, Director, Assent Building Control & Chair, RICS Building Control Professional Group Board
Wale Sanusi, Apprentice, CBRE
Mark Scott, Director, Futureworks


1405 Inclusive design, access and environment in new build and refurbishment

  • Equality Act and regulation updates
  • Considerations for the space - design and refurb
  • Access to the space or environment

Simone West, Access and Inclusion Consultant, Atkins Global

1440 Networking refreshments

1500 Fire engineering – the way forward

  • Legislation underpinning design
  • Design side of fire safety
  • Project team integration
  • CDM regs and building control

Andrew Foolkes, Tenos

1540  New legal issues and recent case law update

  • CDM regulation changes, site issues and legal implications
  • Health & safety
  • Inclusive accessibility: legal risks
  • Professional negligence: matters of the past 12 months

Steven Harrison, Associate - Claims Solutions, DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited

1620 Closing remarks

1630 Close of conference

1500 - 1630 Breakout session for APC candidates

  • What is required for the APC-The Process
  • Do you have an understanding of the Competencies and have knowledge at the required Levels?
  • Your experience to date
  • Your Critical Analyse
  • Your presentation
  • What are the Assessors looking for?
  • Adequate support from Supervisor /Counsellor
  • Are you actually prepared for the APC?

Jaspal Virdee-Dhanjal, Director, Assent Building Control
RICS Building Control Professional Group Board