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"I am designing lighting that can be enjoyed by everyone" - #IamCIBSE

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I am an Assistant Architectural Lighting EngineerI am SLL Young Lighter of the Year 2018I am designing lighting that can be enjoyed by everyone
Emma Beadle is an Assistant Architectural Lighting Engineer at WSP and winner of SLL Young Lighter of the Year 2018. As part of the #IamCIBSE campaign, we spoke to Emma about the experience of winning the award and working in lighting design.
On the building services industry…. Being part of the building services industry allows me to make a difference with the way people live their everyday life. Lighting is important and can not only create functionality through helping people move safely through a space, but it can also create an atmosphere to a space where experiences are made through the type of lighting that is in that space.Good, creativelighting can also inspirepeople and add an extra something to their everyday.

The best thing about my job is being able to create these amazingly lit spaces for the everyday person. Designing lighting that…

#CIBSEsymposium 2019 content focus: In-use study of using Atamate building controls to improve heating efficiency

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In our next CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019 follow-up blog, hear from Kat Kelly, Senior Data Scientist at Atamate sharing an overview of her hugely popular paper presented on Day Two of the Symposium, as part of the "Smarter building operation" stream, entitled "Putting some sense into smart homes: proving the case for automated domestic heating and ventilation". 

In-use study of using Atamate building controls to improve heating efficiency.

By Kat Kelly, Senior Data Scientist at Atamate

Modern building regulations emphasise the efficiency of building services, both to keep costs to a minimum and to limit greenhouse gas emissions. We conducted a real world study on the effect of Atamate building controls on energy efficiency.

The insulation and airtightness of modern building fabric has substantially cut heating energy requirements, allowing gas-powered central heating systems to be replaced with low-energy, fast-response electrical systems. In spite of the technologica…

#CIBSEsymposium 2019 was an extraordinary experience: A personal account from an international student on why smart building sessions were his highlight

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Welcome back to our #CIBSEsymposium 2019 follow-up series. It is your space to highlight unique perspectives on Symposium content and outputs; share experiences as a first-time student-attendee or a returning colleague, all part of the inspiring community that Symposium attendees form. Environment allowing for an open exchange of cross-disciplinary learning is at the heart of what Symposium strives to embody. Thank you for all your support for the past 9 years.

This week, we have a pleasure of bringing you a very personal account from an international student. 

Visit us back to learn about unique perspectives on this year's Symposium. 

We asked Christian GuerraMSc Smart Buildings and Digital Engineeringstudent at University College London - about his event highlights, motivation behind attending and how he envisages Symposium attendance will help in his further studies.
By Christian Guerra, MSc Smart Buildings and Digital Engineering student at University College London

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Curious about the highlights of #Build2Perform 2019 programme? Here's the first official preview.

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CIBSE Build2Perform Live 2019 is the UK's premier event for built environment solutions.

Curious about the highlights of #Build2Perform 2019 programme? 

Whether you are familiar with our sector-leading quality of content, drawn on the knowledge and experience of our community of expert speakers, or are new to the #Build2Perform experience, hear from CIBSE's Head of Sustainability Development, Sara Kassam, explain what will await you on 26 and 27 November at London's Olympia. 

We managed to catch up with Sara between her chairing of the much anticipated Technical Symposium Debate and reviewing upcoming knowledge on green infrastructure as a building service. 


Hi, I am Sara Kassam. This year, I’m managing the technical programme for CIBSE’s Build2Perform Live taking place in November, a responsibility which is both thrilling and terrifying in equal measure. CIBSE Build2Perform Live is a huge annual event for practitioners in the built environment who want to be at the forefront …

"I will forever be thankful to CIBSE for giving me this opportunity": CIBSE Student Bursary recipient shares his inspiring Technical Symposium 2019 account

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As we say thank you to all the supporters and attendees at the CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019, hear from Timothy Newcombe, a successful recipient of CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019 - CIBSE-accredited Course Student Bursary, with whom we have had a chance to to chat onsite in Sheffield. It is a truly inspiring account emphasising the value of cross-sector expertise exchange and professional network engagement. 
Recently, I had the exciting opportunity to attend the CIBSE Technical Symposium 2019, as I was the recipient of a CIBSE Student Bursary. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and I cannot wait to utilise all the information I learnt alongside the contacts I made.
One of the main highlights of the symposium was a series of presentations by the Natural Ventilation Group in which they discussed methods of tracking and recording evidence of natural ventilation, attenuating noise within it and where to find documentation when trying to design it. Attending these talks was especially important…

Moving to electric vehicles

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There is no denying that electric vehicles (EVs) are now hitting the mainstream, in terms of  public acceptance and prominence. Indeed, EVs are nothing new and have been around in various guises. Many early vehicle manufacturers, including Henry Ford and Ferdinand Porsche, experimented with electric vehicles in the late 1800s and early 1900s as they were favourably received, particularly in cities where journeys were typically short. Unfortunately, battery costs made them prohibitive in comparison to combustion vehicles, which were also gaining prevalence due to the abundance of crude oil reserves being discovered. Eventually, the EV was consigned to golf carts and milk floats until relatively recently.
There are several factors driving the recent momentum in EVs, including climate change acceptance, new legislation and the rapid advance of technological innovation, providing economies of scale and leading to more general affordability.  The choice of electric vehicles has increased a…

How does the CIBSE Technical Symposium build confidence for its participants: An inspiring account from a long-term attendee of #CIBSEsymposium

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By Dr Eleonora Brembilla, Research Associate, Loughborough University, Loughborough

My name is Eleonora Brembilla and I work as a Research Associate at Loughborough University. My current project is funded by CIBSE and it is looking at how to improve the quality of solar radiation data that most building engineers use when running annual and dynamic simulations. It’s a very interesting project to work on, especially after I discovered that there is a lot of space for improvement!

From early on in my PhD studies, I started participating at national and international conferences and I am really appreciative of their value for young researchers and practitioners. I believe that sector events, be in conferences or symposia, bring your confidence level right back where it should be: if you feel too cocky about your work, you’ll surely find some gurus from your field that will make you realise how much is still there for you to learn; on the other hand, if you feel a bit demotivated and not q…

Improving workplace productivity by optimising the indoor environment #CIBSEsymposium

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By Professor Rajat Gupta, Director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development, Principal Investigator of WLP+ project, Oxford Brookes University

Improving workplace productivity by optimising the indoor environment  

Productivity levels in the UK are known to lag behind those of other leading economies. The Office for National Statistics has found that the average UK worker is 26% less productive than a German worker and 23% less so than an American worker. This productivity gap can be attributed to economic factors (e.g. poor investment, inefficient processes), but also human factors such as stress, health and comfort.

We instinctively know that poor office conditions lead to dissatisfied, unproductive and unwell building occupants. However, until now the relationship between indoor environmental conditions and productivity has been largely studied in the laboratory. New research findings have demonstrated how improvements to our indoor environment at work could help improve wo…