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Overcoming obstacles to high density resilient cities | urban microclimate event

CIBSE Resilient Cities Group

Friday, 6 January 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

Overcoming obstacles to high density resilient cities...

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Event Details

This unique ‘specialist interest group event’ brings together an interdisciplinary group of some of the UK’s leading urban/building scientists and practitioners to assess our current level of understanding of the various limitations to urban resilience. 

It is anticipated that the event will provide a unique opportunity for a focused exchange of information around the current and future issues facing many cities in the UK, whilst providing an up-to-date understanding of these issues, and how this understanding can effectively inform appropriate adaptation and mitigation methodologies.  

Full event description:

This CIBSE Resilient Cities special interest group event aims at increasing our understanding of the advanced research currently being undertaken in the UK around the various ‘built form’ driven effects on urban performance and resilience, alongside addressing the obstacles to achieving these goals.

To achieve this, we will consider state-of-art knowledge alongside the current research gaps in tackling the unintended climate, energy and wellbeing consequences of the current ‘fabric-first’ approach to urban resilience at high densities. In doing so, we will also consider the practical implications facing built environments in terms of current and changing urban climates.

It has been recognised that built form effects range from changes in air and surface temperatures, air quality, the wind field, thermal comfort, building energy consumption and daylight availability which are currently outside most microclimate and energy management assessments.

It is in this context that we aim to bring together leading experts in urban heat islands, pollution/particle dispersion, health and wellbeing, energy, daylighting and facilities management to distil state-of-art knowledge, to highlight key research needs, as well as considering the practice requirements to tackle the unintended local environmental consequences of urban form towards urban resilience.

The discussion around each topic will form the basis for the output, a position paper that establishes our current understanding of these challenges, the emerging knowledge needs, and where research investment is needed.



  • 09:00 Register & coffee
  • 09:30 Introduction - George Adams, CIBSE RC chair
  • 09:40 Hosts Welcome  - Kristen Guida, LCCP
  • 09:45 Overall Chair - Gerald Mills, University College Dublin


Morning Session


  • 09.55 – 10:45 URBAN CLIMATES - Chair Geoff Levermore  Large scale atmospheric effects (Climate Change/ Urban Climate Change/Urban Heat Islands/ Air Quality). Talks by Sue Grimmond and Lee Chapman
  • 10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:50 ENERGY MANAGEMENT -Chair Richard Lorch  Building and urban scale (beyond the boundary of the building envelope). Talks Philip Steadman and Darren Robinson
  • 11:50 – 12:40 URBAN MICROCLIMATE - Chair Marialena Nikolopoulo  Local climate effects (Outdoor v. indoor environment /air quality /microscale effects). Talks by John Mardaljevic and Maria Kolokotroni
  • 12.40-1pm Cross-topic discussion



13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

Afternoon Session


  • 14:00 - 14:50 THE ROLE OF FACILITY MANAGEMENT -  Chair Joanna Harris   optimise performance in a changing surrounding. Talks by George Adams and Joanna Harris
  • 14:50 - 15:05 Coffee break
  • 15:05 - 15:55  HEALTH AND WELLBEING - Chair Derek Clements-Croome  Quality of life/whole life (risk/economics/insurance). Talks by Paul Littlefair and Derel Clements-Croome
  • 15:55 - 16:50 GREENING CITIES - Chair Katherine Drayson not just green/blue infrastructure but how to address issues in a high-density city (including passive resources/effects /daylighting/ access to light /ventilation/water). Talks by Audrey de Nazelle and Rob Mackenzie
  • 16:50 - 17.05 Cross-topic discussion
  • 17:05 - 17:15 Comfort break
  • 17:15 – 18:00 CHAIR'S SUMMARY & Group discussion:  Session topic chairs report back, discussion led by Gerald Mills - what we know/ what we need/ how best to take this forward


Evening Session

  • 18:30 – 20:00 Social Event

 Optional - Saturday 7th January, 11am, Urban Climate Walk led by Julie Futcher and Gerald Mills

This event has been made possible through funding and support in kind from the following organisations: CIBSE, Glasgow Caledonian University, the ARCC (Adaptation and 

Do you have questions about Overcoming obstacles to high density resilient cities | urban microclimate event? Contact CIBSE Resilient Cities Group

When & Where

The Living Room
City Hall
London, England SE1 2AA

Friday, 6 January 2017 from 09:00 to 18:00 (GMT)

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CIBSE Resilient Cities Group

CIBSE (Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers) Resilient Cities Group provides leadership and knowledge on the adaptability, sustainability and resilience of cities. CIBSE and its members are the primary source of professional guidance for the building services sector on the design and installation of energy efficient building services systems.
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