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The 8th annual CIBSE Technical Symposium took place at London South Bank University (LSBU) from 12-13 April 2018.


The 2018 symposium theme, “Stretching the envelope” aimed to provide the industry with a technical insight into the methods, technologies and techniques that are available, or just over the horizon, that will drive the development of increasingly sustainable future environments. 

The uncertainties of climate, resources, environment, and security will mean that there is an increasing need for those with a responsibility to deliver healthy and productive environments to stretch beyond ‘business as usual’.

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Day One

Session 1

Chair – Tim Dwyer – Symposium chair

1.1 Tony Day – International Energy Research Centre

Collaborative research in the building services sector: adding value and delivering impact

Session 2 – Designing, and assessing, high performance buildings

Chair – Ashley Bateson – Home for the Future Group - Hoare Lea

2.1 Robert Cohen – Verco

Design for Performance: towards nearly zero energy buildings in operation

2.2 Paula Morgenstern – BAM Construct UK Ltd

An in-use comparison of classroom ventilation strategies in recently built schools

2.3 Zoe De Grussa – London South Bank University

A real-world study of the relationship between subjective assessment of productivity, subjective perception of environmental conditions and objective productivity measures

2.4 Annie Marston – Sim2

Post occupancy evaluation – how building energy models bridge the gap between design and operation

Session 3 – Novel lighting design and evaluation

Chair – Eleonora Brembilla – Loughborough University

3.1 Gordon Lowry – London South Bank University

A comparison of metrics proposed for circadian lighting and the criterion adopted in the Well building standard

3.2 Ian van Duivenbode – Ramboll

Classroom design using parametric Climate Based Daylight Modelling

3.3 Seda Kacel – Istanbul Technical University Faculty of Architecture

Pre-test of a lighting questionnaire for post-occupancy evaluation through cognitive interviewing

3.4 Kevin Kelly and Antonello Durante – DIT

A new interior lighting design methodology – using MRSE & TAIR

Session 4 – CHP, heat pumps and district energy systems

Chair – Simon Rees – Leeds University

4.1 Phil Jones – Building Energy Solutions

The feasibility of using surface water source heat pumps to supply district heating at Henley Business School

4.2 Aaron Gillich and Andy Ford – London South Bank University

Overcoming practical challenges and implementing low- carbon heat in the UK: lessons from the balanced energy network at LSBU

4.3 Nick Stevenson – Inspirit Energy

Review of micro-CHP technology for commercial and residential buildings

4.4 Alfred Sit – Hong Kong EMSD

District cooling system in Hong Kong

Session 5 – Symposium sponsor address Nigel Coston – Zehnder

Chair – Sara Kassam – CIBSE

Session 6

Chair – Sara Kassam – CIBSE

6.1 Alastair Howard – Oxford Brookes University

Meta-study of actual energy use, occupant satisfaction and productivity in low energy office buildings

6.2 Luigi Venturi – London South Bank University

The challenge of modelling solar shading products and their impact on the built environment

6.3 Carlos Gonzalo – London South Bank University

Improving fire resistance of ventilated cladding panels via air cavity replacement

6.4 Miriam Butti & Veronica Ochoa – Ramboll UK

Thermal Bridging: Quantifying Performance More Accurately in Compliance with Part L1

6.5 Thomas Mitchell – University of Exeter

Predicting and monitoring school energy use to achieve targets

Session 7 – Sourcing heat, and evaluating performance, for heat pumps

Chair – David Hughes – CIBSE Past President

7.1 Andrew Corney – Sefaira

How cheap, renewable energy is about to disrupt building services engineering

7.2 Sharon Duffy – Transport for London

Opportunities to utilise transport for London’s secondary heat sources

7.3 Metkel Yebiyo – The School of the Built Environment and Architecture, London South Bank  University

Control strategy of novel dry air ground source

(DAGS) system

7.4 Carlos Jimenez-Bescos – Anglia Ruskin University

A case study on the thermal comfort of social housing in Suffolk following an air source heat pump retrofit

Session 8 – Optimising and assessing heat and mass transfer

Chair – Kevin Gaughan – DIT

8.1 Michael Lim – AECOM ltd

Lifecycle cost and operational carbon comparison of various heating systems types

8.2 Ismanizam Abd Manaf – Loughborough University

Investigating performance of solid desiccant dehumidification in an evaporative cooling system

8.3 Rebecca Ward – Energy Efficient Cities initiative, Cambridge University Engineering Department

Simulation of plant-air interactions within the built environment

8.4 Alex Paurine – London South Bank University

Reflective glass effect on energy consumption and food quality in delicatessen cabinets

Session 9 – Measuring and evaluating IAQ

Chair – Julie Godefroy – CIBSE

9.1 Tom Spurrier – Hoare Lea

Measuring, assessing and improving the environmental conditions of an office to improve health, comfort, wellbeing and productivity

9.2 Jiannan Luo – Foster + Partners

Assessing thermal comfort and performance of the Airfloor HVAC system using multi-software coupled modelling method

9.3 Rupert Kazlauciunas – Zehnder Group UK

Balancing the intrinsic conflict between energy efficiency and Indoor Air Quality

9.4 Mohd Firrdhaus Mohd Sahabuddin – University of Strathclyde

Assessing the Indoor Comfort and Carbon Dioxide Concentration in High-Rise Residential Buildings in Kuala Lumpur: The People's Housing Programme (PPR)

Session 10 – Data driven development and assessment

Chair – Charlotte Mercer – Cundall

10.1 Jonathan Sykes – University of Sheffield

An empirical approach to modelling climate change impact on building energy use

10.2 Geoffrey Levermore – Manchester University

An empirical model for designers to use for the urban heat island of London

10.3 Christine Pout – BRE

BREEAM new construction 2018: tackling the energy performance gap

Session 11 – Assessing and modifying the lit environment

Chair – Kevin Kelly – CIBSE Vice President

11.1 Paul Kenny – Loughborough University

The properties of our everyday spectral microclimate

11.2 Alkyoni Papasifaki – Elementa Consulting

Liquid crystal window performance in building facade systems

11.3 David Garlovsky – Schools & Homes Energy Education Project/Solar Active and Recovery Insulation Street lights effect on buildings/landscape design, trees, wildlife, circadian rhythms and health/well-being

Session 12 – Integrating sensing and data systems

Chair – Tony Day – International Energy Research Centre

12.1 Leonidas Bourikas – University of Southampton

Person-centric activity: Profiles for homecare support

12.2 Derek Clements-Croome and Kay Pollaris – Reading University

Designing for Flourishing Environments

12.3 Wim Zeiler – TU Eindhoven

Neighbourhood Energy & Big Data Management Integration to operate building's energy flexibility

Session 13 – Debate – The linear economy wreaks planetary havoc – stretching new ideas are vital for sustainable future cities

Chair – Andy Ford – Past CIBSE President, LSBU


Day Two

Session 14 – Room A

Big data driven design and operation

Chair – Emilia Tagonska – Foster + Partners

14.1 Abigail Hathway – University of Sheffield

Big data and model predictive control for improved building performance

14.2 Jia Michelle Cui – Nottingham Trent University

The longitudinal monitoring programme and ICT infrastructures in an EU-funded urban regeneration smart city project

14.3 Andrew Bullmore – Hoare Lea

An evidence based future for buildings

Session 15 – Harnessing and optimising utility of natural resources

Chair – Alex Paurine – London South Bank University

15.1 Stephen Dance – London South Bank University

Urban wind turbines: A Feasibility Study

15.2 Martin Crane – Carbon Alternatives Ltd

Gas CHP on heat networks – how to maximise and estimate carbon savings in operation

15.3 Rod Green – Environmental Protection Group

Sustainable urban water management system

Session 16 – Business skills to boost building performance

Chair – Geoff Levermore – University of Manchester

16.1 Peter Brown – WSP

Buildings for business

16.2 Edward Murphy – Ollio-The Building Performance Consultancy

Reaching the building performance "sweet spot" with certainty

16.3 Tony Cookson – Imtech Low Carbon Solutions

Do energy performance contracts really deliver savings for emergency services buildings?

Session 17 – Performance assessment of built environments

Chair – David Fitzpatrick – Colt

17.1 Barry Mc Carron – Queens University Belfast / South West College

Radon levels and indoor air quality in Northern Ireland Passive House buildings

17.2 Khasha Mohammadian – Willmott Dixon

Evaluating the benefits of Soft Landings and Passivhaus Standard at DEC A rated Leicester Centre for Medicine

17.3 Jack Harvie-Clark – Apex Acoustics Ltd

An integrated assessment of acoustic, ventilation and overheating conditions for dwellings

17.4 Ben Roberts – Loughborough University

Overheating in dwellings: a matched pair of test houses with synthetic occupants

Session 18 – Training and commissioning for effective lifelong operation

Chair – Andrew Saville – Armville

18.1 Wim Zeiler (for Werner Vink – BAM Techniek)

Re-commissioning the HVAC of an office building

18.2 Terry Keech – Calfordseaden

The effectiveness of training and commissioning processes in delivering new mass low carbon social housing

18.3 David Stevens – CIBSE Facilities Management Group

The importance of Soft Landings, facilities management integration and operational training in closing the performance gap

18.4 Nada Milivojevic – Coventry University

Evaluating learning management mechanisms and requirements for achieving BIM competencies: an in-depth study of ACE practitioners

Session 19 – Improving building performance

Chair – Thomas Chan – President HKIE

19.1 Ruth Shilston – RWDI

Simulation of urban solar reflections and their impact on building performance

19.2 Steven Attrill – RWDI

Mitigating stack effect and wind impacts in tall buildings to ensure occupant comfort and smooth building operation

19.3 Shen Wei – University College London (UCL)

Occupant adaptive behaviour: an effective method towards energy efficient buildings

19.4 Bobo Mingsum Ng – Northumbria University

Refurbishment options to decarbonise a 1960s public office building by 2050s

Session 20 – Symposium Sponsor Address - Rinnai UK

Session 21

Chair – Mike Smith – BSRIA

21.1 Nick Conlan – Apex Acoustics

A case study of the north west Cambridge development: using attenuated ventilation to control overheating in dwellings

21.2 George Papachristos – University College London

A multi-method approach to total building performance: coupling project management to building performance

21.3 Antonio Ricchetti – London South Bank University

Study of energy and cost savings of demand controlled fresh air systems

21.4 Craig Robertson – Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects

Future proofing for function and environment: Architectural and Operational Adaptation

21.5 Jenny Love – University College London (UCL)

Does compulsory airtightness testing result in airtight buildings or creative ways of passing the test?

21.6 Derek Wardle – Staffordshire University

Ozone Control in Electrostatic Precipitators

Session 22 – Total life cycle building assessment

Chair – Dejan Mumovic – University College London (UCL)

22.1 Esfand Burman – University College London (UCL)

Total energy and environmental performance of low carbon buildings: a cross sectoral study

22.2 Sung Min Hong – University College London (UCL)

Analysing trends of energy use of offices and schools using Display Energy Certificates

22.3 Sophia Flucker – Operational Intelligence Ltd

Using a life cycle approach to improve data centre sustainability

Session 23 – Creating healthy environments

Chair – Richard Harris – Healthcare Group

23.1 Garold 'Gary' Hamilton – WSP

Are you ready to operate? Designing operating roomsto meet new technological advancements

23.2 Adrien Cooper – Whittington Hospital NHS Trust

Water safety in healthcare

23.3 Andrew Lyon – Environment Agency

Rethinking odour control in waste management facilities

Session 24 – Moving cities towards the 22nd century

Chair – Peter Wong – CIBSE President

24.1 Mike Page – University of Hertfordshire

Greentown: a detailed feasible study for a future low-carbon town

24.2 Julie Futcher – Glasgow Caledonian University

Overcoming obstacles to high density resilient cities

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