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Press Summary - November 2016

The biggest ever CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition featured a focus on building occupants, when it was held on 17 and 18 November. Titled ‘Performance, Inspiration and Aspiration’, the Conference brought together over 500 delegates, speakers, visitors and exhibitors to hear presentations on a wide variety of topics, themed around President John Field’s theme of inspiring the building services industry.

The second day also saw occupants feature heavily, beginning with a focus on retrofitting as a way to improve the existing building stock. Speakers including Munish Datta of Marks & Spencer, and Joel Gustafsson of Max Fordham LLP presented their cases on how retrofitting can not only improve a building’s energy performance, but also make it a more pleasant environment to live and work in.

The story was covered by ACR News, Heating and Ventilating Review, FM World, FM Journal, Modern Building Services, Specification Review and H&V

The two day Conference was CIBSE’s biggest ever event on social media, with nearly three hundred contributors creating over 1,000 Tweets reaching an audience of 400,000 people, while trending at number 2 in engineering topics worldwide on #CIBSEConf

BIMHawk, a website and software plug-in which enables the creation of standard parameters for use in BIM objects, was launched on day one of the annual CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition.

The software has been developed by NG Bailey’s Paul Marsland, Design and BIM Development Manager and enables authorised users to create or upload Product Data Templates (PDTs) corresponding to real-world products with a full set of industry-recognised parameters ready to be filled in. The model can then be imported directly into BIM platforms without disrupting the rest of the design.

The story was covered in Modern Building Services, FM Journal, H&V News, FM World, ACR News, Specification Review and Heating and Ventilating Review

Building Performance Awards
The shortlist for the 2017 Building Performance Awards has been revealed, at a special ceremony on the first day of the CIBSE Conference and Exhibition. The announcement was made at a special reception, where the judging panel revealed those shortlisted for awards based on the largest set of entries and best evidence of measured performance to date.

This year’s awards introduced two new categories: an additional Consultancy category for firms with 101-1000 employees, and a new Product Innovation Award. The new structure responds to feedback and analysis of the 2016 awards and allows innovative organisations to compete fairly to be recognised for their achievements whatever their scale or global reach.

The story was covered by Heating and Ventilating, Facilities Management Journal and FM World

BIM roadshows
A series of roadshows around the UK and Ireland that will lift the lid on digital technologies in the construction sector, and the relevance of BIM to our everyday lives, have been announced by Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

The roadshows, which started in Glasgow on the 24th of November, will focus on the practical ways that BIM can be applied by each stakeholder in the construction process to work smarter and use digital assets more effectively, rather than the theory and technology behind BIM.

This news was covered by Specification Online, ACR News and Heating and Ventilating

ECA survey
A major new survey on the use of connected technology by clients in the building services engineering sector, such as facilities managers, architects and consultants, has been launched by the Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA), the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Scottish electrical trade association SELECT.

The survey aims to establish the extent to which buildings have already adopted some form of connected technology – such as lighting, audio visual, fire, security and HVAC – and its likely uptake in the future. The survey also covers areas including cyber security and the use of Artificial Intelligence in buildings.

This news was covered by Voltimium, Electrical Times, Professional Heating and Plumbing, Heating Ventilating and Plumbing, Smart Buildings Magazine, Professional Electrician and Installer

Construction Marketing Awards
CIBSE and the SLL came away with some silverware from the Construction Marketing Awards, where they had been nominated in the ‘Best use of Live Events’ category for their work on the Night of Heritage Light. Though they didn’t win the top prize, they brought home a ‘Highly Commended’ trophy.

#Build2Perform Blog
The great phase-out: Introduced to combat the damage of ozone depleting CFCs, HFCs became the refrigeration gas of choice over 30 years ago, but their days are numbered. The race is now on to find a less damaging alternative, and Simon Lamberton-Pine, Managing Director of DPAC UK, makes the case for natural gases.

Bridging the gap: Most people think of the much-discussed performance gap in terms of technology, but what about the humans behind it? Casey Cole, MD of Guru Systems and 2016 Conference speaker, makes the case that process, not technology, is the answer.

Something in the air: In an industry where marginal gains can mean everything, it’s important to keep systems working at their best. But how can FMs ensure their HVAC is running smoothly without expensive diagnostics? Arie Taal from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Hague University explains.

Ties that bind: Earlier this year, CIBSE and ASHRAE celebrated the 40th year of their relationship by signing an agreement to work more closely together. Prof Tim Wentz, President of ASHRAE, spoke to the blog about what that agreement means for the two bodies.

CIBSE Journal
Creature comforts: The Journal investigates whether a brutalist icon in Cambridge can have its sustainability credentials rehabilitated.

Life support: Facilities management can be hard enough in a temperate climate, but what about in one the harshest environments on Earth? The Journal visits the facilities team at the British Antarctic Survey.

Tidings of comfort: With squeezed budgets and a notoriously large and draughty building stock, how can Britain’s churches tackle the winter fuel bill? The Journal takes a look.

Clockwise: The impact of light on our sleep patterns has been known for decades, but how far have we come in designing lighting for human needs? The Journal finds out.

Light style: It’s one of the lesser known facets of wellbeing, but lighting can impact our health at work. So what are the implications for how we light our workplaces? The Journal looks into it.