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13 April 2018 | Marino Donati

Technologies and techniques to deliver sustainable future environments was yesterday’s (12 April) overarching theme on the first day of the 2018 CIBSE Technical Symposium.


Speakers at the two-day event at London Southbank University delivered presentations, case studies and academic papers under the event’s theme of ‘Stretching the Envelope’, which aims to drive the development of increasingly sustainable environments.


The presentation by Tony Day from the International Energy Research Centre examined the main barriers to establishing research partnerships in the building services sector, as well as best-practice examples that encourage collaborative working.


“This sector is one that can achieve the most from whole system and supply chain research collaborations,” said Day.


The symposium included a session on novel lighting design where Gordon Lowry, associate professor and the course director for MSc building services Engineering and MSc sustainable energy systems at London Southbank University, outlined the work being carried out on the effect of lighting on circadian rhythms and the health implications.


Phil Jones, chair of CIBSE’s CHP district heating group, discussed harnessing renewable energy from rivers and canals to provide low carbon heat to buildings.


Sharon Duffy of Transport for London outlined the work being undertaken on overcoming the challenges of using waste heat from London’s transport systems.


Andrew Corney of software firm Sefaira suggested that renewable electricity would become cheap and ubiquitous in future and that this would change building services engineers’ focus from developing solutions that focus on energy use to focusing on cutting capital cost and maintenance.


The day ended with a debate on the theme ‘The linear economy wreaks planetary havoc – stretching new ideas are vital for sustainable future cities’.


The symposium ends today (13 April).