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Knowledge Generation

If you have a comprehensive, considered proposal for new a new Knowledge or Research project, please fill in and submit this form: 

Knowledge/ Research Proposal Form

Decisions on proposals are ultimately made by the CIBSE Knowledge Management Committee, with support from the Knowledge Generation Panel. To find out more about the process that your proposal will go through, see the following pages:

Knowledge Proposal Process
Research Proposal Process

You may also want to contact the relevant member of staff for support. 

For Knowledge Proposals:

Eileen Bell, Senior Knowledge Manager

For Research Proposals: 

Dr Anastasia Mylona, Head of Research

It will also be helpful for you to first consider the list of key priorities below.

Key Priorities for CIBSE Knowledge and Research

(Please note that this list is deliberately ordered alphabetically, and does not intend to imply priority of one theme over any other.)

1. Circular economy

Eliminating waste through resource efficiency, standardisation and modern methods of construction. Designing, maintaining and upgrading systems and buildings with the end of life and re-use in mind from the outset.  

2. Climate adaptation

Enabling buildings to be resilient against the impacts of climate change. Providing design and weather data based on the latest climate science, and considering appropriate design life.

3. Digital engineering

Developing appropriate tools and guidance so that the full benefits of building information management, or BIM, can be realised in practical application. Providing digital tools to enable engineers to be at the forefront of the digital revolution. Support and encouragement of the creation of parametric and artificial intelligence tools to optimise design processes.

4. Health, wellbeing and safety

Exploring how buildings can contribute to the quality of life, health and wellbeing of people while adhering to energy efficiency targets. Investigating in particular how indoor environmental quality can impact on building occupants' health and performance. Providing guidance on how to design and operate buildings with safely at the forefront.

5. Net zero carbon

Providing guidance on how to design net zero carbon buildings, both in construction and in operation. Considering whole life carbon, including the carbon embodied in building services systems. Focusing on performance in use and data transparency.

6. Retrofit and refurbishment

Focusing on improving the energy and environmental performance of existing building stock in order to deliver more efficient, comfortable and healthy buildings. Providing pathways to net zero carbon.

7. Smart buildings

Providing clear guidance and measures on smart building design and integration. Enabling buildings to respond and support occupants to promote health, wellbeing and productivity.

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