As part Saint-Gobain’s Build Better roadshow which will be taking place in the Titanic Hotel Belfast on Wednesday April 3rd the Technical Academy continues its series of knowledge and awareness events with two seminar sessions on Fire Safety Compliance and Sustainable Housing.

With all aspects of fire safety coming under increased scrutiny, our morning seminar focuses on the topic of fire safety compliance. Industry expert speakers will address subject matters related to design implementation, site adopted strategies and the sign off of the internal fit-out of buildings. These will include the importance of qualified substantiation, fire detailing, problems encountered on site and the effective management of fire safety measures.


8:00 Doors Open

 Tea/ Coffee & Scones

9:30 Welcome & Opening Address -  Jason Horrex, Gyproc & Isover

9:40 Joseph Birt, QUAM Consulting Ltd.

A new era for fire safety beckons

Recent events and new directives are increasing the robustness of fire safety across the construction sector. What will this mean for project design teams?

10:15 Jason Horrex, Saint-Gobain Construction Products Ireland Ltd.

Drylining and detailing for fire safety compliance and sign off.

An extended presentation which focuses on the key issues the project team need to be aware of when specifying and detailing the internal fire separation and safety of building fit-outs using metal framed partitions, ceilings and encasement systems.

11:45 Q&A Session

12:00 Close


Joseph Birt

Joseph currently serves as MD of QUAM Consulting who specialise in areas such as fire safety design, accessibility in the built environment, heritage building pathology and compliance and building regulations compliance to name just a few. Prior to this Joseph served on the South Eastern Group of Councils for 13 years as Specialist Support Officer.

Until recently Joseph was Chairman of the N Ireland branch of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) and acts as a technical examiner for new applicants in Northern Ireland.  Joseph is also a Director, and Vice Chairman of the William Keown Trust, a registered charity which aims to promote the rights and acknowledge the achievements of people who live with disabilities. He was joint author of the Trusts recent publication "Closing the gap... Built Environment Access Notes'.

Jason Horrex

Jason has over 10 years’ experience providing comprehensive technical support and advice to the construction industry and is now currently the Saint-Gobain Technical Academy Training Manager developing and providing training to industry professionals to promote best practice from specification to site and installation.


Titanic Hotel Belfast


2.5 Hours

Course Hours