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CIBSE announces finalists for Ken Dale Travel Bursary 2020

The Ken Dale Travel Bursary awards up to £4000 to a CIBSE member to spend three to four weeks travelling the world and researching how different conditions impact the built environment. This year, CIBSE received an array of fantastic applications for the sought-after award, which have now been narrowed down to the following five finalists:


Isabel Cashman -Associate Mechanical Engineer, Atkins

Title: Disruptive Innovations; challenges to be embraced by the Construction Industry

Summary: My journey will unite disruptive innovations in the built environment from across Europe, travelling sustainably by sea and land to venues open to the public to support inclusivity. My research will build on studies from previous winners to analyse how our Construction Industry can embrace these challenges to enhance our built environment.



John Smyth - Mechanical Design Engineer, Arup

Title: How Building services can help in the fight against viruses and contaminants

Summary: 'How can building services help us in the fight against COVID 19 and bushfire smoke contamination by conducting research and field studies into global current best practises and innovative technology to promote wellbeing and healthy indoor environments while reinstilling public confidence in shared internal spaces'



Joey Aoun - Environmental Design Assistant, Foster & Partners

Title: ‘The Social Housing Retrofit Challenge: Lessons Learned from Pioneering Projects’.

Summary: This research proposal aspires to a smooth transition to a net zero-carbon future. The study seeks to unravel the housing retrofit challenge using a scale development approach. Lessons learned from pioneering case studies in different contexts will feed-in a multi-disciplinary matrix of strategies, frameworks and interdependencies in the urban retrofit design.

Erato Vasileiou - Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Overbury

Title: ‘Does Passive House Design impact health and wellbeing in non-domestic buildings?’

Summary: The implementation of passive house standard techniques has recently increased in non-domestic buildings. My research will attempt to answer whether Passive House Design impacts health and wellbeing in non-domestic buildings in different climates. This will be assessed under “CIBSE TM40:2020 Health and Wellbeing in building services” and “WELL v2” on international case studies.


Sarah Bousquet - Public Health Engineer, Arup

Title: ‘Water-Sensitive building design in European cities’.

Summary: The study’s objective is to investigate novel water management practices at a building level. Research would focus on how integrated and innovative schemes can reduce a building’s water, energy, and carbon footprint, providing a wide range of benefits to users and ecosystems.
The five finalists will now present their research proposals to a virtual judging panel, with the winner announced in early June. The winner will be awarded the funding needed to undertake their travels and complete the research project once it is safe and plausible to do so.

Keep an eye on our social media channels and website, for the announcement of this year’s Ken Dale Travel Bursary winner.