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BAR Meetings

Forthcoming BAR meetings.

An important aspect of BAR is its networking within the reinforcement sector and with related client organisations and industry associations.

THURSDAY 30TH SEPTEMBER 2021, 14.00 -17.00hrs
Registration is free but places are limited. To register, email:


14.00 – 14.30
Tea and coffee

14.30 – 14.40
Welcome and introduction
Stephen Elliott, British Association of Reinforcement

14.40 – 15.00
Critical analysis of building performance benefits and cost comparison of reinforced concrete, steel and timber building
Dr George Agyekum-Mensah, University of Greenwich
True cost comparison details of construction materials are scarce. Previous studies on cost analysis are mainly focused on the independent cost of construction without critical comparisons and without considering the performance benefits. Therefore, study provided a comparative cost and examine the performance benefits of concrete structures, steel, and timber framed construction.

15.00 – 15.20
The savings that can be made through early engagement with your supplier
Jamie Holling, BRC Limited
This presentation will explain the savings in time, waste and cost that can be made through collaboration with your reinforcing steel supplier at the early stage.

15.20 – 15.40
Net Zero 2050 and ArcelorMittals XCarb programme
Dave Sheedy, ArcelorMittal
The presentation will examine levels of added CO2 emissions during the fabrication process of reinforcement and how ArcelorMittal are reducing them thanks to the XCarb project. In particular, the presentation will look at investments in technologies to assist the steel industry to achieve carbon zero, the introduction of green steel certificates and the range of green steels and their manufacture methodologies.

15.40 – 16.00
Tea and coffee

16.00 – 16.20
Total embodied carbon savings associated with reinforcing steel
Joseph Poole, CELSA
This presentation will look at the overall benefits of specifying UK produced reinforcing steel and the carbon emissions savings associated with it. It will highlight the full life-cycle of the product and look at how digitalization tools can help clients and specifiers make more informed purchasing decisions.

16.20 – 16.40
A new scheme from a trusted provider: How the BBA is answering the market’s call for reinforcing steel product progression
Prof. Bill Hewlett, BBA
The supply chain has been calling for a more collaborative, joined-up approach to construction efficiency and quality. For many, becoming more self-sufficient has started with the consolidation of suppliers to keep their organisations compliant. The British Board of Agrément has spent much of 2021 listening to and talking with the market to understand where it can provide additional value through service offerings that support time and cost-saving and increased efficiency. After 50 years’ experience in a variety of product sectors, the BBA has launched a Steel Reinforcing Scheme that offers users the ability to streamline their businesses, use recognised credentials already achieved, and build on a future of product and system quality and compliance.

16.20 – 17.00
Questions and answers