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Press Summary - January 2017

Ant Wilson MBE
Ant Wilson, Director – Sustainability & Advanced Design – Building Engineering at AECOM and a long standing Fellow and Silver Medallist of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List, for services to building and engineering.
Ant Wilson is a well-known and respected figure in the building services industry who has been involved in a wide range of CIBSE activities, including building modelling, façade engineering, lighting, carbon reduction and energy certification. He has been an advisor to government on building regulations for many years, and was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2015.
This news was covered by Modern Building Services, Construction Week, RCI Magazine, Building Design and Construction, FM World,, HVR Magazine and ACR News
BPA speaker
Dr Pawel Wargocki, an Associate Professor at the Technical University of Denmark, has been announced as guest speaker at the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards dinner.

Associate Professor Pawel Wargocki is best known for his seminal work demonstrating that poor indoor environmental quality affects performance of office work and learning. Other work influenced requirements for ventilation and air cleaning. Recent research includes studies on emissions from humans, on sleep quality and on performance of green buildings.

Connected technology
Four in 10 building clients (40 per cent) say they are ‘unfamiliar’ with the heavily-used phrase the ‘Internet-of-Things’, according to new survey findings from the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), and Scottish electrical trade body SELECT.

In addition, over half of respondents (55 per cent), who include consultants, engineers, end clients, local authorities and facilities managers, say that a ‘lack of clear advice / knowledge’ is a barrier to installing connected technology in their buildings. While over six in 10 respondents (61 per cent), say they don’t have any plans to ‘evaluate and install connected technology’.

Society announces Façade2016 winners
Against a backdrop of a record number of entries from façades practices and partnerships located around the world, the winners of the 2016 Facades competition organised by the Society of Façade Engineering have been announced.

The results were kept a closely guarded secret and announced at the annual ‘Glass Supper’ attended by some of the worlds leading façade engineers and designers, thus adding greater tension as the evening wore on towards the outcome.

With the honours presented by Chris Macey, Chair of the Society of Façade Engineering Judging Panel, the winner of the Façade of the Year in the Refurbishment category went to Arup for 10 New Burlington Street, London. Winner of the Outstanding Façade Innovation went to TU Delft & ABT Consulting Engineers for the Crystal Houses, Amsterdam.

#Build2Perform blog
A chill in the air – In the third part of our series exploring the implications on the United Nations HFCs phase-out Simon Lamberton-Pine, Managing Director of DPAC UK, makes the case for a lesser-known alternative to gas.

Northern lights – Simon Owen, Chair of the Yorkshire Region, presents a run-down of events at the first ever CIBSE Yorkshire Awards, and takes a look at some of the projects on show.

A year in pictures – We couldn’t possibly document all the great work that CIBSE does at all levels around the UK, and around the world. So we’ve created a short album to show off some of the highlights of the Institution’s many diverse activities!

Inspired thinking – Long standing CIBSE Fellow and Silver Medallist Ant Wilson has just been awarded an MBE for services to engineering, with a career spanning nearly 40 years and a host of awards to his name. In this month’s podcast, he shares his thoughts on inspiration and technology.

CIBSE Journal
Change by degree – New codes and tests designed to root out poorly performing heat networks are shining a spotlight on the supply chain. Alex Smith reports on a new test for heat interface units that will have far-reaching consequences for designers and suppliers.

Desk research – A new desk developed by Arup could put office comfort in the hands of its staff, but is this the future of working? The Journal takes a look.

Staying power – The end of ‘big energy’ could be at hand, with more and more power generation in the hands of small scale providers that can respond nimbly to demand, says Hoare Lea’s Nick Cullen

Changing times – Seven industry experts consult their crystal balls and predict the big trends for 2017

Hall of fame – The ‘jewel in the crown’ of London’s department stores, Harrods has a long and storied history to live up to. The Journal details the restoration of the escalator hall to its 1900s glory, but with modern standards.