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CIBSE Technical Symposium 2016 - 'Integration for whole life building performance'


Professional collaborative delivery of effective and efficient analysis, design, construction and operation of buildings.

The sixth annual Technical Symposium took place at Heriot Watt University Edinburgh from 14-15 April 2016. 

‘Integration for whole life building performance’ was inspired both by the discussions at the 2015 Symposium as well as the theme of CIBSE Immediate Past President Nick Mead in his presidential year. Nick called for the industry to pull together and “put its head above the parapet” by working collaboratively across the supply chain and considering the whole lifecycle of the building to deliver outstanding projects – avoiding short-term, siloed thinking.

Over 60 speakers presented material based on recent or current research and application as well as the actual or potential impact on the built environment. 

Click the links below to access the papers for those sessions.

 A case study or application presentation accompanied by reviewed notes but not a fully reviewed paper

Day One

09:30 Room A
Tim Dwyer, Symposium Chair - Welcome: Representative from Heriot-Watt University
Opening address: John Field, CIBSE President Elect and Native-Hue Ltd
9:45 Room A  Session 1  
Integral Design to improve communication and sub-solution generation in building design collaboration
Wim Zeiler, University of Technology Eindhoven, Netherlands
10:10 – Parallel sessions
Room A  Session 2 – Integrating technology to ‘close the loop’ - Chair: Cathie Simpson, CIBSE Vice President, Building Simulation Ltd

Room B  Session 3 – Solutions for a real world - Chair: Karen Jackson, Hurley Palmer Flatt

  • An investigation of cooling unit performance on the London underground train network - Graeme Maidment, London South Bank University

Room C  Session 4 – Collaborating to succeed - Chair: Tim Rook, BESA

  • Using SysML as a collaboration tool in MEP engineering - Michael Wigington, Imperial College London and J Dunton Associates Ltd  
  • Zero energy retail – a breathing building for Costa Coffee - Owen Connick, Breathing Buildings  

11:50 Room A  Session 5 – Symposium sponsor address Chris Goggin, Rinnai UK
11:55 Room A  Session 6 – Compendiary presentations Chair: Phil Jones, Chair CIBSE Energy Performance Group, Building Energy Solutions

  • A prototype environmental control strategy using a user-centred approach for residential facilities - Maral Rahmani, University of Southern California

13:20 – Parallel sessions
Room A  Session 7 – BIM for real projects - Chair: Charlotte Mercer, Cundall

Room B  Session 8 – Enhancement through assessment - Chair: John Field, CIBSE President Elect and Native-Hue Ltd.

  • Impact of carbon reduction plans on building energy in US mega cities - Benjamin Skelton, cycloneENERGYgroup  

Room C  Session 9 – Perfecting practice - Chair: Andrew Saville, CIBSE Board Member, Armville Consultancy

  • Why many engineers are doing less early stage HVAC sizing analysis and why it’s important - Andrew Corney, Sefaira  
  • Procurement routes and building performance - Julie Godefroy, Hoare Lea
  • 3D business plan - Satheesh Jacob, Ramboll UK Ltd and Stephen Appleton, Ramboll UK Ltd 

15:25 – Parallel sessions
Room A  Session 10 – Interrogating systems performance - Chair: Laura Dunlop, WIBSE Chair, GLD Technical Consulting

  • Cost effectiveness of heat meters within communal or district heating schemes - Andrew Cripps, AECOM

Room B  Session 11 – Reaching beyond standards - Chair: David Fitzpatrick, CIBSE Patrons, Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd

Room C  Session 12 – Delivering solutions with intelligent analysis  - Chair: Chris Jones, CIBSE HCNW Chair

17:00 Room A  Session 13 –  Debate - Putting our head above the parapet is impossible with the present industry structure - Chair: Richard Rooley, Project Management Partnership Ltd

Day Two 

09:00 Room A - Chair: Nick Mead, CIBSE President and NMa
Room A  Session 14 – UK Centre for Moisture in Buildings - Phil Banfill, Heriot-Watt University
09:15 – Parallel sessions
Room A  Session 15 – Building energy renovation and retrofit - Chair: George Adams, Past CIBSE President, SPIE UK

Room B  Session 16 – Integrating comfort and energy efficiency - Chair: Derek Clements Croome, Reading University

11:20 Room A  Session 17 – Forecasting  performance and cost - Chair: Stuart MacPherson, CIBSE Honorary Treasurer, Irons Foulner

11:20 Room B  Session 18 – Resilient Cities - Chair: Susie Diamond, CIBSE Future Cities Group, Inkling LLP

14:00  Room A – Session 19 – Unleashing opportunities with future thinking - Chair: Lynne Jack, Heriot-Watt University

  • One Planet, One environment, one chance. A Study - George Adams, SPIE UK  

15:40 Break area – Conference close, prize presentation and drinks reception
Chair: Hywel Davies, CIBSE Technical Director
16:20 – (approximately) Day two close

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