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White Papers

As thought leaders for the Built Environment, BSRIA publishes a number of white papers looking at a wide range of topics. They are written to challenge the status quo and to encourage all industry stakeholders to consider the future vision and the challenges and opportunities that will present. They explore how the industry needs to work collaboratively to innovate and drive change to deliver solutions which put people and the environment at the centre of everything that we do.

WP10/2019 Megatrends: Demographics

Demographics looks at the size, structure, movement and rates of change of human populations. Any large-scale changes in population are also likely to have social, cultural, economic and political implications. This short white paper summarises some of these key trends and then goes on to look at the main effects on society at large, and on the built environment and building services in particular. It is the third in a series of white papers on megatrends.
Published: January 2019.

WP 9/2018 Megatrends: Smart Building Technology
Throughout history, technological changes have had enormous impacts on the way we live and work. In recent years, the rise of social media has resulted in profound changes in society, not dissimilar to those that happened following the invention of the printing press. As well as providing a historical context, this BSRIA White Paper examines the technologies that will have an effect on buildings and building services in coming years. These range from digital technologies such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence to hi-tech machines such as 3D printers and robotic bricklayers. Global sources are drawn on to paint a picture of a changing world
Published: October 2018

WP 8/2018 Wearables and Wellbeing in Buildings - The story so far
Comfort and wellbeing are increasingly recognised as key objectives for smart buildings, but this raises the question of how one measures wellbeing and how this is then used to demonstrate economic value. This White Paper looks at ways of evaluating wellbeing. More specifically it focuses on the part wearable devices can play in measuring wellbeing in buildings, on the types of wearable solutions currently available, the types of companies producing them and the types of buildings where they are most likely to be of value.
Published: June 2018

Megatrends - Urbanisation
The first in a series on Megatrends, this White Paper looks at the massive global movement towards urbanisation, expected to be in excess of two-thirds of the world’s population by 2050, and the profound implications this will bring.
Published: December 2017

Trends towards wearables and wellbeing in buildings – a threat or opportunity for the HVAC industry?
Wearables have the potential to help with traditional HVAC management systems and provide a personalised environment suited to the individual wearer. By tracking the wearer’s movements they can help ensure that heating and cooling is directed to where it is needed and take account of variable factors like body heat.
Published: September 2017

Brexit White Paper
BSRIA presents the results from a major engagement exercise with its members and the industry has undertaken to identify the key issues in the specific context of the built environment industry, covering both threats and opportunities.
Published: March 2017

Retrofit, Refurbishment & the Growth of Connected HVAC Technology
Many existing buildings, both commercial and residential, are inadequately insulated, use outdated, inefficient HVAC technologies and have poorly functioning control systems – or none at all. Others have never been re-commissioned for drift from design parameters or changed building use. This poses a pressing renovation need but also a host of new business opportunities.
Published: March 2016

Future Building Trends – Impacts – Solutions
This paper examines: how buildings can improve productivity and wellbeing – touching on all aspects of building design, construction, use, and maintenance. Also, the relationship of buildings with their immediate environment as well as their connection to the wider world.
Published: December 2015

Product and Systems for Generation Z in Reduced Carbon Buildings
This paper looks at: ‘What will be the expectations of Generation Z – the ‘smart’ generation?; what does our industry need to do to deliver these expectations and to achieve the reduced CO2 targets over the next 10 years and what products and services will be required to meet these objectives?’
Published: September 2015

Achieving Carbon Targets and Bridging the Skills Gap
This paper looks at what our industry needs from the government to achieve carbon targets and to address the resourcing and skills issues we face.
Published: August 2015

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