Build2Perform Insider: The Importance of a Quality Lit Environment

This year's Build2Perform Live programme covers a wide range of themes for built environment professionals. In this week's blog, we speak to SLL Co-ordinator, Juliet Rennie on the sessions taking place around lighting across the two days. Not yet registered? Book your free place at Build2Perform today

The Importance of a Quality Lit Environment

by Juliet Rennie, SLL Co-ordinator, CIBSE

We’re living in uncertain times and our working lives face rapid transformation in the face of technological advances and political upheaval. There is an even greater need for cross industry collaboration whether in relation to building controls, fire safety, quality indoor environments or maintenance. Build2Perform provides an excellent opportunity for us to reach beyond the lighting industry, to emphasise the importance of a quality lit environment, alongside the other aspects of building services. We are delighted to see such a range of topics covered in the Build2Perform programme, including a number of speakers from the SLL membership

Day one will see a mini-LightBytes session focusing on emergency lighting. The second series of the reformatted SLL LightBytes (formerly the SLL Masterclasses) concluded in May this year. Developed alongside the CIBSE Facilities Mangers Group, the series was designed to highlight key issues relating to those involved in the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a building. Industry experts delivered bite sized presentations relating to 4 overarching topics, one of which was emergency lighting. During this session, speakers will be looking at responsibility and accountability in relation to the installation, testing and maintenance of emergency lighting systems.

We’re very excited to see the introduction of the Rising Stars session to this year’s Build2Perform programme. Emma Beadle was named SLL Young Lighter 2018 with her project, Children’s Utopian Visions of the City: co-designing lighting masterplans through play and exploration. The SLL Young Lighter is an annual competition, now in its 25th year, which is designed to provide a platform for those at the early stages of their career. Emma will be joined by the CIBSE Engineer of the Year, Clara Bagenal George and the Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) Young Engineer Award winner, Yasmin Chamadia.

Day One will also see SLL Fellow Sophie Parry contributing to a discussion which will explore how to optimise building services control strategies to provide efficient and sufficient services, whilst minimising conflicts. Sophie was the lead author for SLL Lighting Guide 14: Control of Electric Lighting, along with the updated edition of SLL & CIBSE Commissioning Code L: Lighting. Sophie will be discussing the potential for LED lighting controls in relation to efficiency, but also considering potential impacts on health and well-being.

Having worked on a number of retrofit and refurbishment projects in historic and listed buildings, Roger Sexton FSLL will be kicking off one of the sessions on Day Two by taking us through a case study on Westminster Abbey. Roger will be discussing the advantages of introducing a wireless controls system in a historical building, whilst outlining some of the challenges faced.

Moving away from the control of electric lighting, Eleonora Brembilla will be discussing the role of daylight in creating a quality indoor environment. Eleonora is a research associate at Loughborough University who delivered a presentation on her study, Improving Solar data in CIBSE climate files – survey of measuring networks and test on daylight simulation at the 2019 CIBSE Technical Symposium.

As well as the Rising Stars session on Day One, this year will see the introduction of a Fellows and Young Engineers Network (YEN) ‘big conversation’. Florence Lam FSLL will be contributing to the discussion, exploring professional integrity as a core value of building services engineering. Florence is an Arup Fellow and Director – Global Lighting Design Leader. Florence was the first woman to receive the Lighting Design Awards, Lighting Designer in 2013, she also received the SLL Lighting Award in recognition of her contribution to the SLL and the industry more broadly in 2014.
Finally, in a dedicated Lighting for Health session, Paul Littlefair will be sharing results from the CIBSE and BRE Trust funded research into the effects of circadian lighting on the health and wellbeing of occupants in an office environment. Paul will be joined by Karen van Creveld, who was awarded the 2019 SLL Jean Heap Research Bursary for her project, Measuring Real Daylight Exposure Afforded by Various Architectural Environments and the Implications for our Health and Well-being. In response to a number of claims being made about potential health benefits of ‘circadian’ or ‘human centric lighting,’ the SLL released a position paper earlier this year with a view to providing clarity on the topic and identifying areas where more information is required. This is available via

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