Inspiration is key theme at CIBSE Conference

Performance, Inspiration and Aspiration are the keywords behind the 2016 Building Performance Conference and Exhibition, organised by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as it officially launches this year’s programme.

Following on from CIBSE President John Field’s promise to inspire engineers to ‘talk the talk’ and fight for their place at the heart of modern life, this Conference will bring together over 40 expert speakers to showcase the latest thought on building performance and help engineers deliver and maintain high performing buildings.

The Conference, due to be held on 17 and 18 November at the QEII Centre in Westminster, is a chance for engaged industry professionals from the built environment sector to meet, learn and debate the critical issues facing the industry, from health and wellbeing issues to maintenance and operational performance. It is already proving to be a popular event, having attracted the highest number of pre-registrations to date.

A series of leading speakers will tackle these issues, offering employable solutions in their addresses; including Outlook for Building Performance, Digital Engineering & Building Services, Achieving Performance In Use, Air Quality: Impact on Health & Wellbeing. Collaboration for Better Performance, Refurb + Retrofit, and Innovation in Buildings.

John Field, President of CIBSE and Chair of day two, said: “Engineers are at the centre of everyday life, we make the modern world work in obvious and not-so-obvious ways, and it’s in our power to help make the world a better place in many areas, from tackling climate change to improving how people live.

“The CIBSE Conference is an ideal time to get together and be inspired by what we have achieved, and what we can achieve in the future. Using what we learn in these sessions, we can take big ideas to business, the media and politicians and help shape the future of the UK, and make it a beacon for excellence in building performance for years to come.”

In the Conference programme, sessions include: ‘Are you ready for a digital future?’, ‘Build to Perform: Realising the commercial drivers and opportunities in high performing buildings, What the world could look like if all buildings achieved best engineering outcomes, Facilitating collaboration for optimum performance from teams and buildings, and High rise buildings on the up: What do the building services look like?

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers is hosting the Building Performance Conference and Exhibition at the prestigious QEII Conference Centre in Westminster on 17-18 November 2016. Attendees will be able to meet and network with over 300 like-minded professionals, clients and suppliers from around the world.

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CIBSE calls for Technical Symposium papers

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) is calling for submissions for its 2016 Technical Symposium, which will focus on the topic of ‘Integration for whole life building performance’.

Building on the collaborative theme of new president Nick Mead’s term in office, CIBSE is inviting building services professionals to submit abstracts that show how inter-disciplinary working can bring benefits to sectors within building services, including building related energy, comfort, IEQ, acoustic and electrical systems.

The event will then see the chosen applicants present their ideas to an auditorium of their peers, as well as take part in debates and poster sessions with other professionals at the cutting edge of their fields.

Nick Mead, President of CIBSE, said: “For five years the CIBSE Technical Symposium been the touchstone event in our calendar for sparking debate and discussing the latest new ideas that will be big news a few years down the line. Edinburgh and its universities have a wealth of engineering heritage behind them, and will make for a fantastic setting for this year’s event.

“The topic of this year’s Symposium is also one that is close to my heart, as it mirrors the theme I have set out for my presidency. It is clear that we need to end siloed thinking and work together to plan in the long term, and events like this one encourage us to think big and embrace new ways of getting this done.”

CIBSE is inviting any presentation ideas to be proposed, from PowerPoint slides to peer reviewed papers, and the Symposium is open to practitioners from all walks of life; including designers, contractors, consultants and engineers.

The announcement comes three months after the 2015 Symposium was held at University College London, featuring more than 50 presentations over two days. It focussed on the topic ‘Simple buildings, better buildings?’, and featured talks on BIM, building performance and energy labelling.

The Technical Symposium is being hosted by Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh from the 14th to the 15th of April 2016, and includes an informal reception for attendees at Edinburgh Castle. Abstracts should be submitted to no later than 14th September 2015, and applicants should see the CIBSE website for details.