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Scotland Conference 2019 (1)

CIBSE Scotland Conference March 2019

The theme this year was Evolving Building Technology; the application of innovation and creativity to improve how we design and construct buildings and their surrounding infrastructure.                     

Stephen Lisk, President of CIBSE, opened the conference, introduced by Ken MacDonald, BBC Science Correspondent, who was our MC for the day.

Stephen Lisk, CIBSE President                   Ken MacDonald, BBC Scotland

Stella Matko, the Director of Estates at the University of Strathclyde, provided an update on progress with the campus development, highlighting the new and expanding campus CHP district heating scheme, and calling for design for OPEX not CAPEX.

The design and construction of the fa├žade at the V&A Dundee was described by Gavin Kerr of Arup.  The architectural reference of a Scottish cliff face combined with the complex building geometry and cost constraints presented numerous challenges.

Stella Matko, Director of Estates, University of Strathclyde, Gavin Kerr, Arup

Dr Stephen Garvin, Head of Building Standards in the Scottish Government, updated the audience on impending changes to regulations including new Fire and Energy Standards.  He went on to say that the building industry must place greater emphasis on proving compliance.  This provides an opportunity to introduce innovation and new technologies, and regulations should not be seen as a barrier.

Dr Flavie Lowres of BRE Strategic Advisory talked about the Biophilic Office; providing scientific evidence for the positive influence of biophilic design on the health and wellbeing of building occupants.  She described the ongoing monitoring of the BRE’s Biophilic Office refurbishment project.

Super powers for the construction worker of the future?  That was the promise held out by Chris Freeman from Sublime Digital.  He gave an insight into the Iron Man inspired Augmented Worker program and a look at how augmented technology will empower the workforce delivering near superhuman levels of ability.

Dr Flavie Flowres, BRE Strategic Advisory; Chris Freeman, Sublime Digital

After lunch, prizes were presented to Severine Demaude, Lottie Edge, Daniel Hooton and Arthur Chee, winners of the student design competition.

Winners of the Student Competition 
Winners of the 2019 Student Competition

We then heard from Chris Clark, the Director of Emtec Energy and chair of the Solar Trade Association (Scotland).  He is an advocate for a huge role for solar and storage to meet Scotland’s renewable energy targets.  Chris looked at current barriers to deployment and emerging business streams.

Mike Collins, the Senior Geologist at Geon Energy, outlined recent innovations and developments in the delivery of deep geothermal energy in the UK.  He described current projects that are being delivered and the opportunity that the technology offers to individual developments and in the delivery of sustainable heat to district heating networks.

Chris Clark, Director, Emtec Energy;          Mike Collins, Geon Energy

Sarah Buchanan from the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC) described their Innovation Factory, emphasised the need to look at not just product, but also business, process and service innovation, and inspired delegates to get in touch with their creative ideas.

Our final speaker was Professor Joe Clarke from the Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde.  He outlined the shortcomings of today’s bespoke calculation approach that is restricting energy systems simulation evolution, and described a future of reality emulation for resilience testing.  A CS-IC funded project with industry partners led by CIBSE is underway.

Sarah Buchanan, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CS-IC); Prof Joe Clarke, Energy Systems Research Unit at the University of Strathclyde 

Audience participates in Q&A session

The speakers then took questions from the audience, compered by Ken McDonald of BBC Scotland.  Ken once again did a great job of linking the talks, bringing out key points, and injecting just the right amount of humour.  Then it was time for the drinks reception, a final opportunity for speakers and delegates to relax, enjoy a glass of wine, and reflect on the day’s proceedings.

Jeremy Cockroft

N.B. Please visit the 'Scotland Past Presentations' tab to access the presentations from this Conference