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.

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