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BSRIA speaking at CIBSE Technical Symposium 2016April 2016

Mike Smith, BSRIA Engineering Director
BSRIA is delighted to be fielding three speakers at the CIBSE Technical Symposium 2016 entitled ‘integration for whole life building performance’. They are: Dr Sarah Birchall, Sustainability Engineer; Roderic Bunn, BSRIA Soft Landings and Building Performance Analyst; and Colin Pearson, Head of Building Performance, Sustainable Construction Group.

The sixth annual Technical Symposium, taking place at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, from Thursday 14th to Friday 15th April 2016, aims to encourage the participation of both young and experienced industry practitioners, universities, research organisations, industry, CIBSE committees to share experiences and develop networks.

‘Integration for whole life building performance’ is inspired both by the discussions at the 2015 Symposium as well as the theme of CIBSE President Nick Mead who has 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.

Mike Smith, Director of Engineering, BSRIA, said: “This is an excellent speaking opportunity for BSRIA and we are delighted to be supporting the symposium. Sarah will cover future practice in the built environment industry; Roderic will look at occupant satisfaction signatures – longitudinal studies of changing comfort perceptions in low non-domestic buildings and Colin will outline the use of low cost infrared cameras for checking thermal insulation and other building services applications.

Whole lifecycle costing and building performance is a key policy driver for BSRIA and the industry. Indeed, the recent Government Construction Strategy 2016 – 2020 listed whole life approaches to cost and carbon reduction across the construction, operation and maintenance of public sector buildings and infrastructure as a principal objective. Clearly, this symposium will deliver the latest intelligence on this.”

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

Topics covered:

• Whole life costing and environmental assessment. 
• Integrating leading edge products and systems into building environmental engineering.
• Professional collaboration – lessons for the future.
• Interdisciplinary working – barriers and opportunities.
• Fusing passive and active building systems.
• Performance of integrated building solutions.
• Benchmarks, Standards and Regulations for building performance.
• Education and skills for collaborative design and operation.
• BIM for integrated design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance.
• Closing the design and operation loop.
• Labelling and certification for procurement and operation.
• Education, communication and skills for collaborative and integrated building design and operation.
• Collaborating with clients to properly deliver sustainable building operation.
• Creating, maintaining and assuring FM processes and procedures.
• Integrating monitoring and feedback into lifetime building operation.
• Case studies and measured performance of buildings and systems in use.

Programme details here


The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) received its Royal Charter in 1976. It is the professional body that exists to support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, by providing its members and the public with first class information and education services and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides its work.

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