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Current projects

Energy Benchmarks 

Project type: Three-year post doctorate research in association with UCL
Research Associate: Dr Sung-Min Hong
Academic Supervisor: Prof Dejan Mumovic
Start date: July 2015
CIBSE is collaborating with UCL to revise the CIBSE energy benchmarks in Guide F and TM46, and review the methodology used for their production. We are supporting a three-year post-doc research project, which is carried out by Dr Sung Min. Sung Min’s PhD at UCL was also sponsored by CIBSE, and was a study of the energy benchmarking methodology for school design.
Sung Min undertook the analysis that contributed to the Greater London Authority (GLA) Business Energy Challenge (BEC) report, launched in January 2016. The Mayor of London’s BEC is a programme organised by the GLA in order to promote energy efficiency in businesses and reduce associated carbon emissions. Each year, participating businesses submit annual energy consumption data of their estate, based on which awards are given to recognise their efforts and achievements. This report provides insights on the latest patterns of energy use of these businesses, which were based on data of approximately 1,000 premises. Statistics on energy use intensity are provided for four activity types - general offices, general retail, large food stores, and hotels - which were deemed the most appropriate for the analysis.


Designing for extreme weather events 

Project type: Three-year doctorate research in association with University of West London
Research Associate: Athanasios Lykartsis
Academic Supervisor: Dr Ali Bahadori-Jahromi
Industry panel: Charlie Cooper, Ardent Consulting Engineers, Delia Marginean and Rob Boland, SoPHE
Start date: June 2015

A CIBSE sponsored PhD student has been appointed to undertake research on designing for extreme weather events. Athanasios Lykartsis will undertake a three-year project at University of West London (UWL). He will investigate the impact of observed extreme weather events and suggest solutions for increasing the resilience of buildings in order to remain operational. The project will also look at extreme events outside the UK, especially the responses and solutions that were implemented after such events. Furthermore, the project will examine the resilience of buildings under future extreme events, utilising the UKCP09 information. The project has clear links with the work of the newly established CIBSE Special Interest Group on Resilient Cities and Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) and the above research will benefit from the groups’ expertise in this area.

Delivering Collaborative Design (Start date of stage 3 tbc)

Project type: Industry led research 
Coordinated by: Andrew Write, Andrew Write Associates
Start date: Stage 3 date tbc
Stage 2 of the project ‘Delivering Collaborative Design’ which aims to promote integrated design practices based on industry evidence is now finished.  The project developed a series of tools based on the analysis of various exemplar case study buildings and established the key factors that contribute to the successful completion of those projects. CIBSE has approved funding for stage 3 of the project which will look to validate and expand the application of the tools to more case studies. The project is also supported by CIC, RIBA and other professional bodies and industry companies and, as part of stage 3, aims to utilise those bodies to disseminate its outputs and promote the new approach.

Human response to LED based lighting solutions (start date April 2015)

Project type: Research commissioned by CIBSE 
Coordinated by: Public Health England
Start date: April 2015
The aim of this project is to investigate certain aspects of LED lighting, to assess how they impact on humans and give quantitative indicators for acceptable measures. It is considering the possibility of fundamental research balanced against reporting on existing work being carried out within CIE and other organisations. It is designed to yield unbiased results that will provide guidance and confidence to lighting designers, specifiers and the general public on the use of LED lighting solutions. The project is intended to address five key areas:

  1. Measurement of colour of LEDs currently available on the market.
  2. Assessment of the role of derived colour metrics.
  3. Measurement of flicker of LEDs currently available on the market.
  4. Assessment of the impact of flicker on users.
  5. Survey existing research into the effects of low LED light levels on circadian rhythms.
The final report is now published and can be downloaded here: