Professor Derek Croome, Chair of CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group, will give an enlightening and surprising introduction to the meaning "Intelligent Buildings". Derek asks the question:
CAN INTELLIGENT BUILDINGS PROVIDE ALTERNATIVE APPROACHES TO HEATING, VENTILATING AND AIR CONDITIONING OF BUILDINGS?
Building services consume energy and require careful maintenance if they are to be continuously reliable. Compared to the building fabric their lifetime is comparatively short. However they make buildings habitable for people to work and live in them by providing air and water at suitable temperatures besides light, power and a host of other utilities for the occupants. Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning are major considerations because they provide heating and cooling for human needs. With the pressures to design new and refurbish old buildings to be sustainable and also healthy we need to consider alternatives to the traditional approaches to systems provision.
Technology is advancing more and more rapidly but cannot provide all the answers. Throughout history people from all cultures throughout the world have discovered ingenious ways of dealing with the rigours of climate whether hot, humid or very cold. Then there is Nature. The marvels of the plant and animal worlds give ceaseless wonder and can stimulate us to think more laterally. By reviewing the thinking behind vernacular styles and being prepared to learn from Nature we can design more naturally responsive buildings. Organic architecture is known but let us adopt this approach together with appropriate technology to buildings and systems as a whole to achieve sustainable intelligent liveable architecture for people and society.
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