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Intelligent Building Façades Webinar - 15 March 2023 (2-3pm)

Building façades have a great influence on how much heat must be supplied to or removed from buildings in order to maintain a comfortable indoor environment.

Adaptive façades can dynamically adapt to these ever-changing environmental conditions, often supported by a control system. One example of such a façade is the adaptive solar façade (ASF) developed by the Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) group at ETH Zurich. A prototype of this façade was developed and realised as part of the HiLo unit in NEST, a research and innovation building in Dübendorf, Switzerland.

This webinar will provide an overview of the ASF development and give first insights into the performance of the ASF implementation in HiLo in the first year of operation.


Prof Dr Arno Schlueter - Professor of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) at the Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA), ETH Zurich.

Dr Esther Borkowski - Postdoctoral Researcher at the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems (A/S) at ETH Zurich.

Dr Bratislav Svetozarevic - Bratislav is CEO of the ETH spin-off Solskin, which is developing the adaptive solar façade developed at the Chair of Architecture and Building Systems at ETH into a market-ready product. He began developing Solskin as part of his PhD in 2014 and is the inventor of the soft robotic actuator that enables Solskin to operate in harsh weather conditions with minimal energy consumption. As a researcher at Empa and previously at ETH Zurich, Bratislav is familiar with the full range of Solskin's capabilities and extends them with state-of-the-art building automation algorithms. He has been building and leading the Solskin team since 2019.

Smart Buildings - 27 January 2023 (4-5pm)
Lecture Summary: This presentation demonstrates, through a chronology of examples, the development of smart buildings in the 2010-20s. As the financial cost and complexity of sensors and cloud computing reduced, smart buildings became increasingly prevalent. Initially, sustainability was the primary focus with the use of HVAC analytics and advanced metering in the early 2010s. The middle of the decade saw an economic transformation of the commercial office sector and the driver for creating a smart building was concerned with delivering flexible yet quantifiably used space. Driven by society’s emphasis on health, wellbeing and productivity, smart buildings pivoted their focus towards the end of the 2020s. This research has evidenced that smart buildings use data to improve performance in sustainability, in space usage or for human- centric outcomes.

Presenter Dr Matthew Marson: Matthew was named the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Young Engineer of the Year 2022 and the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Young Visionary 2016 for his contributions to the global Smart Building industry. He now sits on the Institution’s Strategy Committee. As a recognised thought leader, Marson is a keynote speaker at international industry events related to emerging technology, net-zero design and places at the building and city scales.

Environments for Wellbeing - A role for building and urban performance simulation - 20 January 2023 (4-5pm)

Lecture Summary: Building and urban environmental simulation tools have a history of more than 60 years. This lecture will explain the need for these tools and their strengths and weaknesses, and they should not be used to mimic reality as such. Performance gaps between simulations and actual environments need to be understood as a step towards the creation of net zero buildings that offer habitable and healthy environments. This lecture will also show examples of how Building and Urban performance tools were used as architectural design drivers.

Presenter Neveen Hamza will look at architecture as an interface between healthy and sustainable indoor and outdoor environments. She is currently interested in the impact of the built environments on memory and well-being. She has over 100 publications linking building and urban performance modeling to architectural design and environmental psychology in and around buildings.

Bio-Regenerative Building Design Webinar
10 January 2023

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The UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment suggested that one way to regenerate the negative environmental impact of the built environment could be to create new developments or redesign existing buildings and communities so that they provide or support ecosystem services. This seminar introduces indoor nature-based solutions – biomimetic design, biophilic design, and bio-synergistic design - to develop regenerative features in buildings to support or provide ecosystem services and improve the health for humans and ecosystems as a whole. The overarching design principle is “Communities like forests; buildings like forest ecosystems”. Regenerative buildings reconnect humans and nature to revitalize communities, natural resources, and people's wellbeing. “Reduce to Zero” and “Carbon Removal” are not enough to save the planet, the planet must have the capacity of regeneration for the co-existence of humans and the natural environment and the survival of future generations. 

CIBSE IBG: What is Artificial Intelligence when it comes to Architecture? 

Why are we so busy tinkering with it in one way or the other as if some alien species has landed in between us and we want to explore it or rather want to reassure our very own selves that we are the most intelligent ones on the earth? This webinar aims to explore AI as an architecture — through historical, theoretical and critical perspectives — while keeping a distance from the computational experimentations under way. Exploring AI as in autonomous artefacts, technologically rendered media environments, and as in anthropomorphised formats, this webinar will look into the ways AI is creeping into or acting as the architecture of our cities, towns, districts, homes or even as our very own selves.

CIBSE IBG & CIB W098 Commission on Intelligent and Responsive Buildings: The Operational Realities of Real Estate

Satisfying the fundamental demands for real estate investment requires us to respond to the ever changing demands of the amorphic workplace environment. Intelligent Buildings certainly have a role to play in addressing these demands, however, we need to firstly address the functional boundary of the modern workplace, and then perhaps consider the workplace as an ecological system requiring multiple hosts. The recent pandemic experience for example is now fundamentally impacting future workplace considerations, and our buildings are adjusting to react to this critical requirement. ESG is also a new real estate dynamic we are seeking to adapt, the multiple stakeholder requirements, whether investors, landlords, developers or operators are presenting even more new challenges.

This webinar will seek to highlight and address some of the current challenges we face as a real estate industry, but also impart some of the practical issues we must accept may remain as future challenges. We will also seek to stimulate debate particularly around the impact the real estate industry poses on the environment despite net zero considerations.


Gary Middlehurst is Engineering Director for Brookfield Properties in the UK and is responsible for developing intelligent operations across a London real estate portfolio of over 4m Sq.ft of high-end commercial real estate. A Chartered Electrical Engineer with an engineering Doctorate, and MSc in Intelligent Buildings from the University of Reading, Gary specialises in the design, construction and the operation of intelligent buildings. Gary has over 35-yrs within the real estate industry, but is currently focussing in the area of building analytics and how such platforms can drive sustainable solutions to improve the operational efficiency of intelligent buildings.

Chaired by Dr Yangang Xing, Chair of CIBSE Intelligent Building Group

CIBSE IBG & RC Urban Greening for Health and Climate Action
Friday 2 July 2021, Online.
Nature-based solutions for city climate resilience and emissions sequestration, their impact on citizens and the urban environment, microclimate and buildings and implications for sustainable, resilient urban planning, building design and retrofit.

CIBSE IBG & CIB Commission W098: Delivering and Developing Intelligent Campuses​
Wednesday 2 December 2020, Online.

In 2009 Birmingham City University (BCU) embarked on a development scheme to deliver an 'intelligent campus'. This webinar discussed the experience of co-ordinating the delivery of ‘intelligence’ into BCU’s new and refurbished campuses, featuring Steve Hipwell, Associate Director of IT Programme Management and Matt Majedi, Chief Technical Architect.

CIBSE IBG & CIB Commission W098: Lessons from Designing Intelligent Machines
Wednesday 25 November 2020, Online.

Digital sociologist Lisa Talia Moretti (Ministry of Justice), and Phil Harvey (Senior Cloud Solution Architect for Data & AI at Microsoft) discussed how we navigate the potential pathways of intelligent buildings, their identities and control. The session was moderated by Mina Hasman, Sustainability Lead at SOM Europe.


CIBSE IBG & CIB Commission W098: Intelligent Buildings Post-Covid
Wednesday 4 November 2020, Online.

The pandemic has accelerated and intensified the need to rethink how we plan, design and manage buildings whether new or old ones. Infection risk is an important part of health and wellbeing besides the urgency to meet the demands of climate change.
Speakers: Konkana Khaund (Frost & Sullivan, Americas), Phil Obayda (Skidmore Owings and Merrill) Rethinking Traditional Attitudes to Planning and Design, and Neil Pennell (Land Securities) Overcoming Barriers and Opportunities.


CIBSE IBG & CIB: Transdisciplinary Workplace Research (TWR)​
Wednesday 7 October 2020, Online.

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