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Scotland Past Presentations

Technical Seminars:

Achieving Net Zero Through Retrofit and Passivhaus Techniques - April 2021

The inaugural CIBSE Scotland online seminar, featuring speaker Alistair Cameron of EDS Architects. This popular session looked at the usage of passivhaus in retrofit projects to achieve net zero targets.

Learning from Disputes and Expert Witness Services - May 2019

Learning from our mistakes, and trying to make sure they don't happen again, by Gerry Brannigan
Expert witnesses have the benefit of learning from others’ mistakes and this helps us develop a raft of knowledge and ability to consider lessons learned. Gerry Brannigan has been involved in many projects where he has identified similar issues or common failures by building services design, construction professionals and contractors which have led to disputes, and he has started to gather some of this information together. Some of the issues to be discussed will include;

  • Failures, leaks, corrosion and floods;
  • Scope and implementation;
  • Delay and disruption;
  • Dispute avoidance and managing risk.

CIBSE Scotland Conference 2019 Presentations:

Solar and Storage in Scotland: Towards 2030

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

The BRE Biophilic Office

Dr Flavie Flowres, from the 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.

Dundee V&A: Façade design and construction - “From competition to completion”

Gavin Kerr, ARUP, described the design and construction of the façade at the V&A Dundee .  The architectural reference of a Scottish cliff face combined with the complex building geometry and cost constraints presented numerous challenges.

The Future of Building/Systems Modelling and Simulation

Professor Joe Clark 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.

Innovation in the Development of the UK’s Geothermal Resources

Mike Collins, Senior Geologist at Geon Energy, outlined recent innovations and developments in the delivery of deep geothermal energy in the UK, describing current projects that are being delivered.

Construction: A Vision of the Future

Sarah Buchanan, 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.

Estate Development at the University of Strathclyde

Stella Matko, 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.

Building Standards Update: How Regulations can Encourage Innovation

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.

Super Powers for the Construction Worker of the Future

Chris Freeman, VP for Industry at Sublime Digital, 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.

Technical Seminars:

Servicing Historic Buildings - November 2018

Stories of the building services in Glasgow City Chambers, by Dr Nina Baker
Dr Nina Baker introduced the history of how Glasgow's Victorian city chambers were built and the choices that were made for the building's services at a time of transition to new technologies.

Health and Wellbeing - November 2018

Latest CIBSE Health & Wellbeing publications, by Julie Godefroy, CIBSE
Julie, CIBSE’s Technical Manager gave an update on CIBSE’s latest Health and Wellbeing publications. This included CIBSE TM40: Health Issues in Building Services. Health and wellbeing issues include; thermal comfort, internal air quality, ventilation rates, natural lighting, glare control, internal noise and humidification.

Health & Wellbeing Assessments, by Ingrid Berkeley, Max Fordham LLP
Max Fordham LLP gave an overview of the various assessment schemes available for assessing the Health and Wellbeing of buildings (including BREEAM, WELL, Fitwel). Ingrid provided some pros and cons of each assessment and opened the discussion up to the audience to contribute their own experiences of Health and Wellbeing assessments as these schemes are being more and more sought for.  
Health & Wellbeing from a Landlords Perspective, Graham Baxter, Aberdeen Standard Investments
Having seen first-hand the willingness of tenants to increase their rents after being convinced that their staff will be healthier and more productive in some of their assets, Aberdeen Standard Investments looked seriously at how as a Landlord, they can influence not only the basebuild design of a space but also it’s fit-out. This experience along with their learning from participating in the UKGBC Health & Wellbeing Lab has given Aberdeen Standard Investments a clear insight into the role of the Landlord in the delivery of successful workplaces.

Life Cycle Assessement (LCA) Theory and Practice - September 2018

Introduction to LCA for BREEAM
BREEAM 2018 NC UK was released in March this year.  The MAT01 life cycle impacts credit within BREEAM can be used to drive better building design. Undertaking Life Cycle Assessment, once in the hands of a few specialists, can now be delivered by design professionals using the LCA software platforms available on the market.

IESVE for BREEAM, Niall Gibson, Business Development Manager, IES Ltd.

LCA with One Click, Johanna Jarvinen, Business Development Manager, One Click LCA

Two LCA Case Studies
The outcomes of LCA of one educational building and one Sports Centre on the Heriot-Watt University campus are interpreted by highlighting the influence of different assumptions and modelling scenarios. A systematic approach to data collection, scope, boundary definition, and LCA modelling, is presented that aims to simplify the procedure and ensure compliance with the relevant standards.

Appraisal of the Lyell Centre and Oriam, Sahar Mirzaie, Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design, Heriot Watt University.

Launch of CIBSE/RIAS Scottish Certifier of Design Scheme - June 2018

The Royal incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and CIBSE Scotland launched the Certification of Design Section 6 – Energy (Non-domestic) Scheme.
Scotland is unique in that design professionals have the means by which they can certify the compliance of their designs with particular sections of the Technical Standards.
The RIAS launched their domestic certification Scheme, RIAS-regs, in 2007 and since then the energy design of nearly £1.25bn of warrantable domestic works have been certified by Members of the Scheme.
This event sees the formal launch of the Non-domestic Scheme which covers all forms of design from alteration, extension, conversion and new builds. From simple alterations of small buildings to the very largest and complex new buildings.

Introduction. Stuart MacPherson, Vice President, CIBSE

How the Scheme Works. Richard Atkins, Technical Advisor, RIAS

The Advantages for Business and Clients, Stuart MacPherson, Vice President, CIBSE

Heat Emitters and Heat Storage - April 2018

This evening seminar features two presentations in two distinctive fields; heat emitter selection and heat storage batteries:

Heat Emitter Selection Criteria, by Andy Williams, JAGA Heating

Jaga’s Heat Emitter seminar is designed to keep HVAC professionals up-to-date with the choice of heat emitters available. The session will look at heat emitter's effect on the energy performance and running costs of buildings before exploring the challenges faced in designing the most appropriate heating solution, including the regulations and requirements that must be met, the types of emitters available and designing for combined approaches. This talk aims to address some of the issues that building service engineers and designers can face when looking at heat emitters and the knock on effect of the chosen selection.

Heat Storage Batteries, by Joan Pisanek, Sunamp

Energy Storage is a popular topic at the moment; with the electricity grid rapidly decarbonising, managing the peaks in demand and methods to decarbonise heat are high on everyone’s agenda. Sunamp heat storage batteries are an innovative way to meet these challenges and this session will discuss how to integrate this technology in both domestic and commercial properties, using examples and case studies from completed projects. The examples will include new build and retrofit projects and will show the integration of the heat batteries with renewable technologies such as solar PV and heat pumps. The talk will also compare heat storage batteries to other forms of heat storage.


CIBSE Scotland Conference 2018

Peter Wong, President of CIBSE, opened the conference with an exhortation to members to see their work as an artistic expression of the principles of integrity, professionalism and the public interest, and to be proud of creating buildings that perform well as a mark of their craftsmanship.

The Executive Director of Estates at the University of Glasgow, Ann Allen, followed on with an update on progress with the campus development, highlighting the variety of buildings being developed, and considering the significance of building services, building resilience, and how the University is partnering with design teams to deliver this ambitious development.

A strategic overview of the Scottish Government’s recent energy strategy was provided by Neal Rafferty, Head of Utilities, Markets and Networks, which highlighted the implications for the built environment and buildings sector.

Charlie McKenzie, Regional Development Manager for Bouygues Energies & Services Contracting set out an industry viewpoint of the opportunities for services related to construction. A rather gloomy post-Brexit perspective was offset by an outline of several opportunities, with innovation, creativity, efficiency and financial probity being the key enablers, and staff development and training being a vital ingredient to maintaining a competitive edge.

Fire safety was addressed by Alistair Murray, the UK leader for Arup Fire. He talked about Construction Industry Standards, and the need for accountability for fire safety to be stressed throughout the concept development, design, construction and hand-over process.

Tamsin Tweddell presented her vision for delivering performance in use using the Soft Landings Framework, a journey through 15 years of trying to close the performance gap, what we’ve learnt and were we need to go next.

Our final speaker was Ant Wilson MBE, Director at AECOM and CIBSE Silver Medal holder. His wide-ranging talk covered many aspects of energy use and the built environment, emphasising a whole system approach to sustainability. He concluded with the findings of the interim report on the Grenfell Tower disaster, which very much echo the themes of the earlier talks from Alistair Murray, and Charlie McKenzie; that people development and training are vital to our future.

Natural Ventilation

by Dr Owen Connick, Breathing Buildings, February 2018

This seminar will look in detail at natural ventilation; how to design in natural ventilation successfully, design strategies available, energy savings that can be achieved and case studies of examples where natural ventilation has been used effectively in buildings.  

The seminar will also provide an overview and guidance on regulations and standards applicable to natural ventilation, in particular BB101, including a discussion of the new update and how this may affect design decisions.

Soft Landings in Practice

by Lisa Ann Pasquale, Six Cylinder, January 2018

This talk will start with an overview of the Soft Landings process and will then look in detail at the Performance Gap from the perspective of balancing Architectural and M&E strategies. Using examples of key learning from a wide range of post-occupancy evaluations, the evidence will show a large number of scenarios where articulate and well-designed architecture would have removed the need of over-zealous services, or poorly considered controls. The talk will help focus on design strategies which are well-conserved from the use and maintenance perspective and provide a balanced view of what constitutes good architecture and effective and efficient services, showing both good and ‘lesson learned’ examples for daylighting, ventilation, heating and cooling in non-domestic buildings.

Low Temperature Heating Systems - December 2017

This afternoon seminar features three presentations by experts in various aspects of low temperature heat generation and distribution.

Thermally Activated Building Structures (TABS) by Franz Huelle, REHAU

TABS are being increasingly specified for low energy buildings as an energy efficient heating and cooling distribution system which works well in conjunction with heat pumps. Pipework is incorporated into the concrete slab of a building to utilise the thermal mass of concrete for heating and cooling. This operates at far lower flow temperatures than a conventional underfloor heating and cooling system and will significantly reduce the cooling energy requirements of a building. Most UK projects where it has been used have been constructed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ or to the Passivhaus standard. 

Ground Source Heat Pumps, by Chris Davidson, Genius Energy Lab

Ground source heat pumps qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive, and naturally integrate with moderate temperature distribution systems such as underfloor, with very high efficiencies for properly designed installations.  The session will introduce ground source heating and cooling technology from the domestic to large commercial scale and will consider how to specify the technology in combination with underfloor heating, thermally active structures and chilled beams.

Delivering the 2040 Goals of clean air, decarbonised energy and fuel security- starting now, by Dave Pearson, Star Renewable Energy

A Norwegian town which has already achieved the 2040 sustainability goals has inspired schemes across the UK to re-evaluate the challenge and will be a case study in this talk.  This presentation will show why a better understanding of the challenge is required, why it can be delivered but more importantly leave the audience with no doubt as to what has to change in our society to see progress. Dave Pearson promises to get the gloves off!


Classroom Ventilation

by Tom Sands, VES, November 2017

This seminar will look at how to achieve required ventilation in school classrooms. Particular attention will be focused on:
  • BB93 Acoustic design for schools
  • BB101/BB102 including discussion of new update and how this may affect design decisions. This will cover the pros and cons of natural, mixed (hybrid) and mechanical ventilation.
VES Technical Guides: BB101 Technical Guide    ErP Regulation Technical Guide

Power Quality and Energy Management

by David Bradley, Socomec, September 2017

This seminar will explain how alterations to improve energy efficiency can introduce power quality problems and will uncover the causes, effects and solutions, and how to avoid a resulting site investigation by electricity suppliers.  A series of case studies, a rationale for energy efficiency, and explanation of power quality monitoring will be discussed.

Using Daylighting Performance to Optimise Façade Design

by Colin Rees, IES, – July 2017.

This seminar is about optimising the building façade (with the Virtual Environment) using annual daylight performance for comfort and energy use.  Topics discussed include:

  • Using climate based daylight modelling (CBDM) in RadianceIES to investigate captured daylight through annual performance metrics.

  • How CBDM can feedback on the impact from façade design strategies to visual comfort by reviewing annual illuminance, sDA, ASE, UDI.

  • Reviewing the annual impact of internal shades working in conjunction with the façade’s architectural design features.

  • Understanding how seasonal, climatic, topographical and surrounding building impacts can be quantified for true daylight performance.

  • How CBDM can be used to target enhanced daylight capture with reduced artificial lighting energy use.

  • Utilising daylight sensors based on the CBDM method and then feeding into an ApacheSim energy simulation to investigate daylight dimming strategies.

Illuminating Engineering Society bookstore for more useful backgroud information.

The Role of Cables in Building Infrastructure Systems

by Toby Collins, Mark Froggatt, BT Cables – May 2017.

The presentation covers the use of cables and components in building management systems.  The course includes cable design and materials, applications and how design/engineering of the cables differs upon greater data rates/complexity of the application, structured cabling solutions for IT Infrastructure build and also testing and cable design for fire resistant cables.
Details of the latest Construction Products Regulation (CPR) are provided.

Understanding Swimming Pool Ventilation

by Tom Sands, VES – March 2017.

The seminar covers legislation and design guidance, studies into humidity and evaporation, calculating air flow, energy efficiency and running costs and system design considerations.

Trench Heating

by Thorsten Niehoff, Kampmann UK Ltd - June 2016

A new BS EN test standard for trench heating has been published.  It defines a new test procedure with which all manufacturers need to comply.  That means that for the first time it is possible to compare the products of different manufacturers, and be assured that the published data is in line with the performance that would be achieved in an actual installation.
Here is a video showing the difference between short circuit optimised and non-optimised units.

Integration of Pipework Systems

by David Palmer of the Campbell Palmer Partnership Ltd - May 2016

Overview of the history of boiler, header, and pump arrangements.  Analysis of boiler house hydronic performance with particular regard to multiple heat sources (including renewables) and the challenges of interfacing to existing secondary load systems.  In fifteen cases recently analysed in the UK and Ireland, aspects of the hydronic integration of boilers with load circuits was identified as the main cause of underperformance.