Precast Week 2020: A Post Event Review

13 Nov 2020

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Due to this year’s challenging circumstances the decision was taken to move the annual PRECAST event online as a full weeklong programme of 10 webinars. This ambitious event which took place between 2-6 November, should certainly be seen as a success with close to 500 hundred people being involved in the webinar programme across the week.

The physical PRECAST show has always brought together our members and associate members to explore opportunities and address challenges for the sector. This year was no different with strong attendance from the membership, the new webinar format also allowed us to connect with an even wider stakeholder base including academics, designers, and contractors.

The format for the week revolved around ‘Themed Days’ with 5 key topics. Day 1 looked at water management and included examples of precast Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and some innovative uses of precast concrete for increasing biodiversity in sea defence projects.

Sustainable homes were the theme for day 2 and with the country in the midst of a housing crisis, the ability to build energy efficient, resilient homes, at scale, pointed towards modern masonry construction.

Day three saw some of the largest audiences of the week giving a clear indication of the importance of tackling climate change. The message from the speakers, was clear, by focusing on whole life carbon, considering offsite solutions, and specifying sustainable concrete you absolutely can save carbon from your construction projects now. Key industry speakers also outlined the cement and concrete roadmaps to net zero carbon by 2050.

Day 4 centred on fire and the changing standards with the Fire Protection Association (FPA) outlining their support for the ban on combustible materials in the outer skin of high-rise buildings

The week ended with innovations including 3D printing and assistance for members in identifying grant funding opportunities. Day 5 also saw no less than 4 associates giving presentations on their innovative solutions to problems faced by precasters and construction professionals. The inclusion of so many associates really helped the week stay true to one of the core features that makes PRECAST such a great event each year.

Despite the success of the virtual event it is important to recognise what the event was lacking too. The missing piece of the jigsaw this year was undoubtedly the lack of opportunity to meet friends and colleagues face to face. The precast sector is tightknit and having that opportunity at both PRECAST and the Annual Dinner to come together is one that we hope to bring back in one form or another in future years.

If you missed any of these fantastic webinars they are now available to view on-demand here.

British Precast would like to thank all our speakers, members and delegates who helped make our first online Precast Week event a great success.