Modern Masonry Day

Date:Wednesday 10 October 2018
Time:11:00 - 17:00

Stand number: B251
UK Construction Week - Build Show

National Exhibition Centre
North Avenue 
Marston Green
B40 1NT


The Concrete Centre and Modern Masonry Alliance have joined with UK Construction Week to host a Better Built in Housing Hub. This new feature for UK Construction Week includes a seminar theatre and exhibits.

The sessions will cover a range of topics to provide practical guidance for high quality, high performance homes.  Each session comprises 15 minute presentations, followed by an opportunity to ‘ask the experts’ and find out more about products and samples on display.

Seminar Programme


High Performance Mosonry Housing

Chair: Andrew Minson - The Concrete Centre

This session delivers some of the key findings of the survey, explores how housing numbers can be increased without compromising performance, provides practical advice to deliver energy efficient masonry homes that meet and exceed Building Regulation requirements and summarises key findings from Hackitt report in relation to all housing.

  • What people want in a home: results of the 2018 Modern Masonry survey - Andrew Minson, executive director, Modern Masonry 

    Housing as an issue is high profile but we hear little of what occupants want from their housing.  The Modern Masonry 2018 survey sheds light on this and helps inform what should be built to meet the needs of home owners and tenants.
  • Energy efficient design for comfort and cost-savings - Tom De Saulles, sustainability senior manager, The Concrete Centre

    Early fundamental design decisions can bring significant benefits to the long-term energy efficiency and comfort of a new home. This presentation provides essential tips to help make the right decisions from the outset for achieving good year-round fabric performance.
  • Reducing the impact of noise in housing - Nick Gorst, engineering technical manager, Precast Flooring Federation

    This presentation explores ways to improve the sound insulation between floors within a property by using concrete floors. Nick will provide guidance on key details to consider and will refer to sources of further guidance
  • Fire safety: Implications of the Hackitt report on all new housing - Andrew Minson, executive director, Modern Masonry 

    The terms of reference for the Hackitt report may have been restricted to high-rise residential buildings (HRRBs), but the report was written with wider application in mind.  This presentation will review the key findings, their likely application to low-rise housing and implications for designers, builders and clients.
Better Built Masonry Housing
Masonry solutions have advanced to meet new standards and construction techniques. This session will provide information and guidance on materials, products and construction, including cavity walls, ground and first floor options, to deliver better built, sustainable, high performance homes using concrete and masonry. 
  • Contemporary cavity walls explained - Tom De Saulles, sustainability senior manager, The Concrete Centre.

    Masonry cavity walls continue to be the most popular choice for UK housing since their use became widespread in the 1920s. This presentation provides an easy guide to cavity wall construction and the modern techniques employed to deliver the highest levels of fabric energy efficiency, whilst maintaining the inherent durability and robustness that masonry provides. 
  • Beam and blocks floors in housing - Dr John Cotton, engineering manager, Bison Precast

    Beam and block floors are a natural choice for the ground floor and upper floors in housing. This presentation will cover the benefits of beam and block floors in terms of thermal performance, resistance to the passage of sound, fire resistance and durability both during construction and during occupancy.
  • Sustainability credentials of bricks and blocks - Dave Manley, environment and energy manager, Forterra

    Bricks and blocks are the materials used to construct the majority of new build homes in the UK. These locally produced materials have sustainability performance benefits such as thermal mass, robustness and fire and flood resilience. This presentation will provide the latest on the sustainability of bricks and blocks in production and in use.