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Climate change in focus at CIBSE academic awards

Studies of the impact of climate change on overheating in hospitals and on controlling indoor temperatures and air quality received Bronze awards from CIBSE President John Field at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) President’s Awards 2016.

The Carter Bronze Medal was awarded to C Alan Short, Giridharan Rengenethan, and Kevin J Lomas for their paper “A medium-rise 1970s maternity hospital in the east of England: Resilience and adaptation to climate change”. The Napier Shaw Medal was awarded to Jonathan Taylor, Mike Davies, Phil Biddulph, Eleni Oikononmou, Clive Shrubsole and Anna Mavrogianni for their paper entitled “Understanding and mitigating overheating and indoor PM2.5 risks using coupled temperature and indoor air quality models”.

The highlight of the evening was the award of a CIBSE Gold Medal, the highest award of the Institution, to former President Doug Oughton. Doug was the 31st recipient of this award, which recognises exceptional services to the institution, for his contribution to CIBSE over almost 50 years, especially his work on skills and professional development within the building services profession.

Elie El Choufani won the Ken Dale Travel Bursary for his proposed research into the reduction of airport energy usage in various climates, whilst the Hays Building Services President’s prize was won by Ann Johny of Heriot-Watt University for her work on “Optimising Double Skin facades for high rise buildings in the UAE”.  Ulster University won the Happold Brilliant Award for excellence in the teaching of building services engineering, which was presented by Gavin Thompson, former managing partner of Buro Happold and chair of the Happold Trust.

John Field, President of CIBSE, said: “Climate change is now undoubtedly the biggest threat to humanity in the next century, so it is not surprising to see it feature so heavily in these awards. It’s also extremely exciting to see engineers tackling the problem head on with ground-breaking research.

“The work being done here could well prove vital in the future for mitigating and adapting to a changing climate, and it’s a great example of engineers stepping up and doing their bit for our future. Engineers make the modern world work, and this is just one of many areas where we are at the forefront of exciting new developments.”