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    BESA Virtual Conference & Exhibition 2020

    • Venue: Webinar, UK


When is the event? 

4-5 November

Where is it?


The details:

BESA is bringing the sector together to discover, discuss and debate the key issues facing our industry – in a virtual conference environment. The conference will consider how as an industry we recover from the impact of COVID-19 whilst meeting the increasing technical, compliance, legislative, environmental and skill demands in order to deliver a safe and healthy built environment. There will be a main auditorium and specialist seminars, as well as a virtual exhibition in order to get the most from online networking.

Guest Speakers:

Former England and British Lions full back Tim Stimpson will deliver the first presentation at the BESA National Conference on November 4th. The retired rugby union star, who was also a stalwart of the all-conquering Leicester club that won the league four years in a row, is now heavily involved in the development of sustainable building systems and is co-founder of The Green Business Company.

He now works with local government, schools, clubs, businesses and social housing organisations to develop sustainable solutions designed to enhance community resilience, reduce costs, improve social wellness and reduce carbon expenditure.

Stimpson will share his journey from sportsman to green business champion and outline the many opportunities opening up for building services specialists that encouraged him to invest in the sector. He will be joined on the main stage of the virtual conference by former fire safety inspector and innovation award winner Andy Slater, who is a member of the Institute of Fire Safety Managers and CEO of Sol Safety Europe. His expertise in keeping companies safe is now widely sought in the wake of the Grenfell Tower disaster.

Slater will share his experiences and concerns over future standards of fire safety measures as the industry gears up to embrace the huge changes coming in the wake of the Hackitt Review. He will explain how contractors can meet their legislative responsibilities.

Building safety and the need for improved standards to safeguard the health and wellbeing of occupants will be a theme that runs through both days of the conference. The online event will include Dame Judith Hackitt as the headline speaker on the second day and a thorough analysis of the draft building safety legislation by CIBSE technical director Hywel Davies. The Conference will also look at the many facets of the ‘green industrial revolution’ envisaged by the Prime Minister in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis and will update delegates on a wide range of new technical guidance and best practice.

What’s on the agenda?

The Conference Programme


  • What’s going on with the economy?
  • Health and Wellbeing in Buildings – the stakes just got higher
  • Future of Cities – the end of the office as we know it?
  • Hackitt – the biggest safety shake-up in 40 years
  • Culture Change – delivering competence and compliance
  • The workforce of the future 


  • Building Safety (Part One, Two, Three)
  • Buildings as safe havens – delivering IAQ
  • Opportunities in residential
  • Ventilation and vent hygiene
  • Tackling legionella
  • Heat pumps, hydrogen and the electrification of heat
  • Facilities management and the Golden Thread
  • Pipework
  • Decarbonisation of heat and role of heat networks
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning – another year of change
  • Protecting the workplace with LEV

    And more...

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