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Building Simulation Award 2016

Building Simulation Group Student Prize 2016 – Winners unveiled


Conor Shaw (middle) receiving his highly commended certificate Richard Hendry (middle) receiving his highly commended certificate
From left Prof Darren Woolf (BSG Vice-Chair) Prof Hazim Awbi (BSG Chair), Darren Coppins (BSG Steering Committee Member) and Dr Naghman Khan (BSG Secretary)

The 2016 Building Simulation Group Student Prize, which was sponsored by Integrated Environmental Solutions Ltd, focused on MSc projects involving the “Application and development of advanced simulation techniques and/or software for predicting the performance of buildings and environmental control systems” with the aim of providing safety and comfort for the building user.

The winner of the 2016 prize is Sajal Chowdhury who studied his MEng at the Graduate School of Engineering, Hokkaido University, Japan has won the 2016 Building Simulation Group Student prize, with report based on his MEng thesis entitled Indoor heat stress evaluation for factories in the tropics.

Chowdhury’s research was commended for its detailed modelling approach that was supported with physical data and controlled experiments, delivering relevant information and recommendations that would be useful for achieving year-round comfortable work environment in factories under tropical weather conditions. He won £1000 plus a 12- month license for the IES VE-Pro software suite and a place at one IES training courses which is worth over £7,000. He is now a faculty member at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET), Bangladesh.

The two highly commended runners-up, who each took home a £250 prize, were Conor Shaw who studied MSc in Construction and Real Estate Management at the University of Applied Science (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft) of Berlin, Germany with a project entitled Towards automated building energy performance simulation for BIM-based renovation projects. He founded Shaw Architectural Solutions in 2014 which offers BIM consultancy services.  The other runner-up is Richard James Hendry who studied MSc in Building Services Engineering at London Southbank University, and his dissertation title is Applying building energy modelling tools to operational energy use. Hendry works on various projects at Troup Bywaters + Anders.

Other participants shortlisted for the BSG Award 2016:

Name of Applicant Research Title Affiliation
Asmaa Hassan Parametric design optimization for solar screens: An approach for balancing thermal and daylight performance for office buildings in Egypt Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University
Charalampos Angelopoulos Evaluation of thermal comfort in naturally ventilated school classrooms using CFD Loughborough University, School of Civil and Building Engineering
Farai Mwashita An investigation of building thermal energy storage using ice Loughborough University
Konstantinos Anastasakis Theoretical limits of night purging application in buildings worldwide; an analytical approach. Architectural Engineering, University of Bath
Mahmoud Osman Elshinnawi Quantify the performance of different natural ventilation strategies for infection control School of Civil & Building Engineering
Loughborough University
Nicholas Darling The application of Building Physics simulation software to ascertain whether the Breathing Buildings Natural
Ventilation Heat Recycling product offers a viable ventilation alternative within U.K. schools?
Brunel University