CIBSE ASHRAE 40th Anniversary Seminar: design and the built environment
CIBSE ASHRAE 40th Anniversary Seminar
Defining, delivering and assuring building environments that are truly fit for use
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) 40th Anniversary Seminar is a rare opportunity to hear from leading speakers from two of the world's most influential built environment-related bodies.
The sessions will consider how the skills and intelligence available to designers should be applied to ensure that built environments are not only environmentally-appropriate but also reflect the needs and wellbeing of occupants.
2:00pm - Session 1
Chair: Tim Dwyer, Visiting Professor of Building Services Systems UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (IEDE) and CIBSE ASHRAE Group chair
Introduction and Welcome - Prof Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of The Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (BSEER), UCL and CIBSE Vice President
Health, wellbeing and indoor environmental quality - Dr Marcella Ucci, Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings, UCL
Marcella will present an overview of health and wellbeing aspects within the context of buildings and so highlight the factors that influence the ‘wellness’ of occupants. She will discuss the synergies and trade-offs between design parameters, environmental sustainability and occupant health and wellbeing in buildings and so identify the key role of integrated design approaches. She will argue that a new type of professional is required to embed health, wellbeing and environmental quality into building design and operation. A short overview will be provided of the new MSc in Health, Wellbeing and Sustainable Buildings at UCL.
Delivering practically useful intelligence with building energy benchmarks - Dr Sung Min Hong, UCL
Sung Min will provide a brief history of energy benchmarks in the UK and reflect on benchmarking approaches used around the world including the ASHRAE Building EQ. He will examine the latest approaches for benchmarking the operational energy performance of non-domestic buildings and highlight the challenges that can obfuscate meaningful interpretation of a buildings real performance. He will explore the future aspirations, describing the progress of the CIBSE funded project for reviewing and developing benchmarks and creating practical methods to better inform the industry and the public
Energy labelling as an educational vehicle - Prof Tim Wentz, ASHRAE President
Tim Wentz will speak on his innovative course developed to educate students on the skills necessary to perform an energy audit and rate a building’s energy consumption and so empower them to improve communities. Utilising ASHRAE’s energy management and labelling tool, Building EQ, he will explain how he made the measurement and rating of a building’s energy consumption accessible to undergraduate students and, equally important, how applying the Building EQ program provides a powerful management tool that can be used to forge business relationships and incentivise energy conservation. He will explain plans to make this course available to a global audience.
Followed by an opportunity for discussion
3:30 pm - Refreshments
3:50 pm - Session 2
Chair: John Field, CIBSE President, Director Native-Hue Ltd
Cold climate design - Frank Mills, Frank Mills Consulting
Frank will explain what drove the international team to develop the recently published ‘ASHRAE Cold Climate Design Guide’ that considers all cold climates from Artic and Antarctic ranging from extreme winter cold, to seasonal winters and all in between with contributing authors being drawn from the UK, Alaska, Canada, Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and South America. The guide is particularly relevant to the UK which is essentially a ‘cold country’ – using the majority of its energy for heating. The UK experiences extreme cold conditions for short periods – a few days or a week in any given year – exposing design flaws and construction weaknesses when leaks, freezing, structural collapse and such problems arise. Even Heathrow airport closed for a week in 2011 due to cold weather. The guide shows how to avoid such occurrences.
Delivering Building Services Excellence – Emilia Targonska, Engineer at Hoare Lea and CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2014
Emilia will focus on the the need to ensure that the Building Services profession is strengthened and the need to raise awareness of the discipline beyond the confines of the those in CIBSE and ASHRAE. She will discuss the importance of inspiring young people to join building services so that future buildings go beyond simply meeting basic standards and not only deliver a healthy environment for occupants but also have a positive impact on environment. By considering aspects of recent projects she will illustrate how building services expertise together with integrated working and the appropriate application of technology (both new and old) can potentially combine to produce outstanding built environments. She will highlight that it is increasingly important to educate clients, society and government about the incredible outcomes and benefits that can be achieved with greater investment in occupant wellbeing, the environment and ‘people friendly’ buildings.
Followed by an opportunity for discussion
Summary and closing remarks - John Field, CIBSE President