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Bio-Regenerative Building Design Webinar (Online)
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.