1st Low Carbon Buildings Symposium

1st Low Carbon Buildings Symposium:

Design, Operational Performance, and the Future Challenges

Organised by IBPSA-England, CIBSE School Design Group, CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group and The Bartlett at University College London, the Low Carbon Buildings Symposium in July 2008 brought together key players from academia and industry, many meeting for the first time, to focus on the challenges inherent in creating energy efficient, well ventilated and user friendly buildings.

The symposium was attended by 165 delegates, with close to 35 percent of attendees signing up as new members of knowledge exchange forum IBPSA-England. The event has set standards for cross-cutting events on this theme and for the engagement of the non academic community in research work.

The Symposium highlighted the challenges that IBPSA-England and CIBSE members are tackling: a need to focus on solutions for existing building stock, a lack of collaboration between professional disciplines and researchers, a lack of sustainability skills in the construction sector, a lack of data on post occupancy energy use and a lack of clarity and cohesion between the UK Government departments leading on policy review.

The presentations provided food for thought on these issues and offered many creative solutions, with a particular focus on the role of advanced simulation techniques in energy and ventilation modelling.

Scientific Committee:

Dr Dejan Mumovic (UCL), Dr Malcolm Cook (Loughborough University), Ian Ward (University of Sheffield) and Professor Mike Davies (UCL)


Low Carbon Buildings Symposium: Design, Operational Performance, and the Future Challenges

07th July 2008

University College London, Wilkins Building, The Jeremy Bentham Room (conference room) and Haldane Room, The Old Refectory (exhibition room)


09:30 – 10:00 Registration, coffee, exhibition (Haldane Room)

Opening Session:

10:00 – 10:10
Low Carbon Buildings – Motivation and Objectives
Ian Ward, Immediate Past Chairman of IBPSA-England, University of Sheffield

10:10 – 10:20
Understanding, Shaping and Challenging Built Environment
Professor Bob Lowe, Professor of Energy and Building Science, University College London

Session A: Design challenges of the 21st century

Room: The Old Refectory
Chairman: Professor Jonathan Wright (Loughborough University)
Co-chairman: Dr Mikkel Kragh (ARUP)

10:20 – 10:50
Keynote 1: Development of New Summer Design Years for London: a 21st Century Challenge
Dr Jake Hacker, ARUP

10:50 – 11:15
Future Development of the Parts L and F of Building Regulations - a Personal View
Professor Bob Lowe, Professor of Energy and Building Science, University College London

11:15 – 11:40
Sustainable Cities: Options for Responding to Climate Change Impacts and Outcomes (SCORCHIO)
Professor Steve Sharples, Head of Environment and Sustainability, University of Sheffield

11:40 – 12:05
Development of a Local Urban Climate model and its application to the Intelligent Development of cities (LUCID)Professor Mike Davies, Professor of Building Physics and Environment, University College London


12:05 – 13:00 Lunch and exhibition (Haldane Room)


Session B: Design Approaches for Non-Domestic Low Carbon Buildings

Room: The Old Refectory
Chairman: Dr Malcolm Cook (De Montfort University)
Co-Chairman: John Palmer (Faber Maunsell)

13:00 – 13:30
Keynote 2: Design for Non-Domestic Low Carbon Buildings
Professor Kevin Lomas, Institute of Energy, De Montfort University

13:30 – 13:55
Natural Ventilation of Tall Buildings - Options and Limitations
Dr David Etheridge, Nottingham University

13:55 – 14:20
Design Approaches for Non-Domestic Low Carbon Buildings - UK and International Perspective
Matthew Kitson, Head of Building Performance Group, Hilson Moran, London

14:20 – 14:45
Low Carbon School Buildings - The Role of Ventilation
John Palmer, Director of Building Research, Faber Maunsell, Chairman of CIBSE School Design Group)


14:45 – 15:10 Tea break and exhibition (Haldane Room)


Session C: Post Occupancy Evaluation of Buildings

Room: The Old Refectory
Chairman: Paul Eslinger, White Young Green
Co-Chairman: Gordon Hudson, Mott MacDonald

15:10 – 15:40
Post Occupancy Evaluation - THE why, THE how, THE what next
Rod Bunn, BSRIA and Usable Building Trust

15:40 – 16:05
Facilities Management: Heelis Building
Nick Hudleston, NVS Division Manager

16:05 – 16:30
Hidden Heat Loss in Dwellings – Stamford Brook Project and Other Stories
Professor Malcolm Bell, Professor of Sustainable Housing, Head of the Centre for the Built Environment, Leeds Metropolitan University

16:30 – 16:55
Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Frederick Lanchester Library at Coventry University
Dr Birgit Painter, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Energy, De Montfort University

16:55 – 17:10
Dr Malcolm Cook, Chairman of IBPSA-England, De Montfort University


Key Speakers:

Towards Low Carbon Buildings (Lord Teverson, House of Lords)

Towards Low Carbon Buildings: Building Certification and Legislation Update (Ted King, Sustainable Buildings Division, DCLG)

Designing Sustainable Buildings: Zero Carbon Buildings (Chris Twinn, Director of Building Sustainability Engineering Group, ARUP)

Towards Low Carbon Buildings - New Wine into Old Wineskins? (Hywel Davies, Technical Director, CIBSE)

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