The CIBSE Ken Dale Bursary grants the winner up to £4000 to spend three to four weeks travelling the world and researching how different conditions impact the built environment. After receiving an array of fantastic applications, a shortlist of five finalists has now been selected.
This year's finalists are as follows:
Project title: Futureproof supermarkets: A study to enhance the building performance under future climate change
Summary: As the climate changes, the future of the built environment and performance of the supermarket industry remains a mystery. An investigation across continents with different climatic regions and design techniques can help quantify carbon emissions and energy consumption making the buildings futureproof and fulfilling the UN sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Project title: Solar Energy and Buildings in Eritrea
Summary: As Africa is heading to extensive use of solar energy there is a great potential of becoming a hub for all engineers interested in the field. The outcome of this paper will contribute to a better understanding of current technological progress in solar energy areas. As well as the environmental implications linked with the increased solar panel application in Africa, particularly in Eritrea.
Aluwaine Tanaka Manyonga
Project title: Assessing the impact of using off grid solar powered DC LED lighting systems on improving reliability and access to lighting in Southern Africa’s rural buildings
Summary: "My research will focus on assessing the impact of using solar-powered DC LED lighting system on improving reliability and access to lighting in Southern Africa's rural buildings. The research will focus on schools and residential buildings in Zambia."
Project title: A study into the influence that the NABERS rating scheme has had on Australian buildings, to highlight the benefits of implementing the rating scheme more widely in the UK.
Summary: A study investigating what impact the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) has on the buildings industry in Australia. The study aims to highlight benefits of the rating system to increase its uptake in the UK. The study will focus on obstacles that the Australian market has overcome and will review the increased building FM and maintenance requirements
Project title: An investigation of the commercial, technical and end user experience of existing heat and colling networks in the Nordics region capturing the lessons learnt in which the UK Data Centre market will look to follow
Summary: "What an honour it is to be short-listed for the Ken Dale Award! My subject selection: District Cooling & Heat recovery networks is a hot topic right now but there are still many unknowns for the most part…The Nordics Region seem well ahead.. My hope, if I am successful is that I will bring back to the UK: lessons learnt, technical challenges and commercial benefits to accelerate heat recovery networks within areas such as the Data Centre industry."
Find out more about the Ken Dale Travel Bursary via https://www.cibse.org/about-cibse/awards-and-medals/ken-dale-travel-bursary