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Press Summary - April 2017

Technical Symposium
The first day of the CIBSE ASHRAE Technical Symposium at Loughborough University saw a focus on resilience to climate change, and the ways in which engineers can design buildings to make them fit for purpose in future.
 
The second half of the day delivered further presentations on the monitoring and evaluation of building performance, and the opportunities and problems it presents. Shane Campbell of IES made the case for post-occupancy evaluation to fix bugs in the design model, while Sophia Flucker of Operational Intelligence demonstrated the differing ways of measuring data centre performance to address environmental impact as well as energy use.  
 
The second day of the Symposium was opened by ASHRAE President Tim Wentz, who gave a rousing speech on the importance of technology to the future of engineering. He called on today’s engineers to seize the opportunity to intergrate new technologies into their working lives, in order to be best prepared to take advantage of them.
 
Retrofitting of existing buildings was a major topic on the second day of the Symposium, with a variety of case studies presented that demonstrated lessons learned in a diverse range of situations. Marianne Heaslip of Carbon Coop presented on delivering building performance in the context of a Manchester housing retrofit. Sergio Fox of AWE made the case for simplicity in system design over added technology and Abdullahi Ahmed demonstrated lessons from a low-energy retrofit at Coventry University.
 
The Symposium was covered by Local Authority Building and Maintenance, Facilities Management Journal, Professional Housebuilder and Property Developer, Premises & Facilities Management, Modern Building Services, H&V News, FM World and BSEE
 
Ready Steady Light
The 15th annual Ready Steady Light competition was won by FUTURE Designs for the second time in three years, at the event hosted by the Society of Light and Lighting at Rose Bruford College. The prizes celebrate simple lighting design and engineering in a timed challenge.
 
3 teams competed against each other by designing and setting up temporary exterior installations with a range of equipment, in only 180 minutes. This year, the team from FUTURE Designs was awarded the much sought after Peer Prize with WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff picking up the Technical Prize, and Light Bureau the Artistic Prize. The judging panel for the Technical Prize was chaired by SLL President, Jeff Shaw and SLL President Elect Richard Caple chaired the Artistic Award on behalf of IALD.
 
#Build2Perform Blog
Health Warning: Dr Hywel Davies looks at the impact of new research into the effects of air quality on children’s learning, and considers the design impacts for schools.

The next step: CIBSE BIM Consultant Carl Collins writes on the new award winning BIM tool BIMHawk – what does it do, and what does it mean for the industry?

Template for success: A manufacturer shares their experience of the process of creating PDTs for BIM.

Performance by design: Stuart Huggins reports from a CIBSE Home Counties North West debate, which covered collaboration, resilience and Brexit.

CIBSE Journal
In Concert: The Journal takes a look at a data-driven approach to cooling in data centres, using a new algorithm that integrates separate control systems to reduce infrastructure energy load

High art, low energy: How Athens’ new cultural centre put sustainability at the top of the agenda to become Greece’s first LEED Platinum rated building.

Chemical equilibrium: After rising from the ashes of a major fire, Nottingham University’s new laboratory aims to be carbon neutral over its 25-year lifetime.

Double first: Andy Pearson speaks to the team responsible for Estates and Facilities Management at Bradford University – the first project to win two Carbon Champion Building Performance Awards.