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Insulate Magazine - April Issue 17

A Free Lunch, The language of Insulation, Artificial Intelligence and Insulation, and in-depth review of Ecobuild 2018 feature amongst articles from the BBA, NIA, Kingspan, IMA, Sto and more feature in this months edition From the other side, I’ve heard comments from new and experienced presenters expressing surprise that an audience was less engaged, or had a lower level of base knowledge on the subject, than they expected. From personal experience, I’ve been willing to discuss live projects in relation to a presentation’s topics - and had nobody take up the offer. Never having been a full-time CPD presenter, I recognise isolated examples aren’t necessarily representative of a majority of audiences. Anecdotal as all this evidence may be, however, it can’t help but raise questions - not least whether conventional CPD seminars are delivering their intended benefit to specifier or manufacturer. they might have. If presentation slots fail to fill generous seating areas reserved for them, where’s the harm in experimenting with more exclusive sessions, held away from the noise and distraction of the main hall? An often-overlooked aspect of CPD is reflection. Professionals are expected to consider whether an item of CPD met their needs, and adjust their other planned activities in response. Whether they do or not is a matter for debate, but consider this: manufacturers like describing themselves as innovative, and show organisers want their event to be the most important of its kind. So shouldn’t there be reflection on their parts too, about why they keep doing the same things? A New Approach Is it time for trade shows and exhibitions to work with manufacturers to develop alternative formats? Classroom or workshop arrangements could offer a greater level of freedom and interaction, delivering a higher quality experience, of greater value, that might even generate increased interest from the intended target audience. Better to address questions the audience on the day actually have, rather than ones assumed in advance 20 Insulate Columnist Support Available To Specifiers of Insulation Projects Insulate Magazine columnist Neil Marshall, Chief Executive of the National Insulation Association T here are still millions of households and commercial and public buildings that are yet to be properly insulated and yet insulation is still the single most effective method of saving energy and money. For example a detached home fitted with Solid Wall Insulation could save just over £400 per year. The National Insulation Association and its members offer a comprehensive range of services to specifiers looking for support in the design and delivery of their upcoming refurbishment and new build projects on domestic, commercial and public sector buildings and these include: • Information, advice and guidance on funding opportunities. • Assistance with the design, specification and delivery of multi property, multi measure upgrades. • Access to a national network of accredited installers that meet the NIA’s strict membership criteria and sign up to its code of professional practice. Provides specifiers and project managers with assurance and peace of mind when choosing an NIA member. • Issuing expressions of interest and requests to tender for work on behalf of specifiers to NIA members. • An online member directory NIA registered members have significant experience of working with energy suppliers, private and social housing managers, funders, builders, architects and other specifiers in delivering high quality energy efficiency schemes. The NIA’s membership includes the leading manufacturers/system suppliers and installers of all insulation measures so it’s able to offer a one stop shop. For more information about all the work above and membership of the NIA please email 21

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