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Ken Dale Award winners start their research journeys

The Ken Dale award is an annual travel bursary worth up to £4000, allowing the winner the opportunity to travel the world researching how different conditions impact the built environment.

In 2020 CIBSE had two winners; John Smyth, researching “How building services can help in the fight against viruses and contaminants” and Joey Aoun, researching “The social housing retrofit challenge: Lessons learned from Pioneering Projects’”.

After a difficult year for travel, our winners have been working hard to conduct their research.

John Smyth - “How building services can help in the fight against viruses and contaminants”
John’s research on sustainable ventilation in commercial building environments was adapted to the challenges & opportunities brought about by COVID-19. His new streamlined approach to study both local case studies on the British Isles, and international case studies in Singapore & Australia, looks to take advantage of the benefits of regional accessibility and advancements in online communication over the past year. John continues to work on his goal of providing applicable real-world analysis of the impact of the latest HVAC guidance measures on post pandemic building economic, energy and IAQ performance.

Joey Aoun - “The social housing retrofit challenge: Lessons learned from Pioneering Projects”
Joey’s research centres on delivering scalable and replicable low-carbon mass retrofits aspiring to a net zero-carbon future. During the interim review, he holistically talked our judges through the UK housing retrofit challenge emphasizing a post-COVID green recovery in the built environment. Through his work, Joey is exploring how the environmental performance of the existing housing stock can be improved, to deliver more efficient, comfortable, and healthy buildings. Above and beyond, the research decodes the financial viability of domestic retrofits; as well as looks at the impact of services within buildings and buildings within their wider environment, considering interdependencies in the urban retrofit design.

Joey contacted a network of pioneering case studies in the European context and he will be arranging site visits later this summer when the travel restrictions are relaxed. He plans to travel within the UK, then to the Netherlands, Germany, France and Austria; to capture industry-wide experience of projects’ stakeholders, to explore local policies driven frameworks and to gather practical lessons learnt on site. With two winners being elected this year, Joey sees a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to embark on a collaborative research journey - knowledge shared is knowledge.

We look forward to seeing the finished reports from our winners.

Find out more about the Ken Dale Travel Bursary