Monday, 29 September 2014

Day in the life of a Building Performance Awards Judge

Written by Susie Diamond, Founding Partner at Inkling and CIBSE Awards 2015 Judge

This is the third year running that I've had the privilege of judging the CIBSE Building Performance Awards. Having worked in building physics since 2000 I have learnt a thing or two about energy performance in buildings, and it's nice to put that experience into my judging role. The best bit for me is reading about teams that have worked hard to find really elegant solutions, and seeing them rewarded with a prize.

The judging does use up about three working days of my time reading through all the entries, doing my private marking and then thrashing out the final winners with the other judges on our judging day, but I have enjoyed the process a great deal each time, and then there's the perk of a ticket to the awards evening itself!

I am a founding partner at Inkling. We are a building physics consultancy working with a wide variety of clients and projects so our days are surprisingly varied. Our current workload includes a research project with the Zero Carbon Hub looking at overheating risk in homes, a TM54 analysis for a large office development currently at design stage and an options appraisal for a university site refurbishment (we are modelling the projected impact on heating loads and overheating risk).

I choose to work from home; this gives me great flexibility, low overheads and a very short commute, which I value highly. That doesn't mean a day in my life is always spent in my home office though - I get out and about regularly to meet clients, catch up with colleagues and attend events. One such event will be the a fabulous night out on the 10th February next year for the announcement of the award winners!

The Awards shortlist will be announced on the evening of 28 October at a drinks reception held at the CIBSE Leadership in Building Performance Conference and Exhibition. To attend, register at

Join Susie at the Building Performance Awards Dinner on the 10 February 2015 for the announcement of the 2015 winners. To book your seat visit Book early to secure premium tables.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Facilities managers at the heart of improved building performance

Written by Geoff Prudence Chair of the CIBSE Facilities Management Group and judge of the Building Performance Awards 2015

I am really excited about being involved with the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2015 as a member of the judging panel and look forward to seeing best practice in the Facilities Management Operations category. A category that rewards the individuals and teams that are at the very heart of delivering improved building performance – the facilities managers.

I feel strongly that FM professionals should be involved at the earliest stages of a building’s design, so that the best possible operational efficiencies can be achieved over its life-cycle. After all, who knows better than the facilities management team about the costs and effectiveness of different maintenance strategies and the effect that system choice has on these? BIM should help to bring about more effective design and more effective construction, but the real opportunity – and what will prove to be the success of BIM – will be in terms of real end-to-end life-cycle considerations and information flow.

Within our industry, there are many great examples every day of teams working collaboratively across designs and operations with customers and users, to do great things. For example, the 2014 Building Operation Award winners – British Land and Broadgate Estates – demonstrated how with investment in an energy monitoring system at Exchange House the building management team were able to optimise consumption and cut energy costs for occupiers by more than £1m over four years.
These awards provide a superb opportunity to evidence collaborative working and improved building performance. There is still time to get entries in before the closing date of 11th September 2014, just visit

Geoff Prudence is also Chair of the CIBSE Facilities Management Group, Chair of BIM4FM Task Group, and will be Chairing the Soft Landings and Maintaining and Managing our Buildings session at this year’s CIBSE Conference & Exhibition on 28 October 2014