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The electronic Newsletter of IBPSA England (2019 No. 2)

Dear IBPSA England members
We start this issue with an invitation to join your friendly members of the IBPSA-England Board in Rome for the Building Simulation 2019 conference. After that, you will find an article on the ongoing IBPSA Webinar series and one from Board member Eddie Murphy on 'Agile in Buildings' case studies, as well as openings at the ERBE CDT and at Atelier Ten London.

Happy reading!
Eleonora Brembilla 
IBPSA England eNews Editor
Email: e.brembilla@lboro.ac.uk

P.S. The IBPSA eNews is published on a quarterly basis, namely at the end of the following months: March, June, September, and December. If you would like to share Building Performance Simulation related information with all IBPSA England delegates, please don't hesitate to send an email to e.brembilla@lboro.ac.uk

Item 1: IBPSA England Board members at BS2019

The IBPSA Building Simulation 2019 conference is fast approaching! It is the major conference in the field of Building Performance Simulation, attended by 800 delegates in its last edition. Many of us members of the IBPSA-England board will be in Rome on the 2-4 September to attend the conference and to present our work, among which: Dr Ruchi Choudhary, Dr Rebecca Ward, Dr Christina Hopfe, Prof Pieter de Wilde, Dr Dimitrios Rovas, Dr Clarice Bleil de Souza, Prof Jon Wright, Dr Eleonora Brembilla, Dr Bianca Howard, Dr Sukumar Natarajan, and Dr Steven Firth.

We hope to meet many of you there. If you see us, please come and say hello!

Item 2: Building Performance Simulation and the User

The IBPSA 2019 Webinar series on ‘user-centric’ approaches to building performance simulation continues with its 8th Session coming this August.

If you missed the previous seven sessions you can still listen to them HERE, and you can find the related Special Issue of the Journal of Building Performance Simulation (JBPS) HERE.

Item 3: Designing buildings for use – Agile in Buildings (AnB) case studies

Historically, when designers endeavour to improve the performance of buildings, they usually have technical constructs in mind, such as energy or carbon or life-cycle aspects. Few thinks about performance in terms of how the building enables users to extract increased performance from what they do there day to day.

However, new ways to visualise buildings, to build virtual “experiential” prototype models of them and to have users as customers test and improve the business effectiveness and functionality of proposed buildings in a virtual world before they are delivered in the real world is now a tangible reality. This provides the opportunity for buildings to become the virtual products of customers and users, before they become commodities, bringing with it the potential to disrupt how buildings are procured and traded.  

Eddie Murphy, IBPSA England board member and founder of 'Ollio – The Building Performance Consultancy' has just completed a six-month demonstrator project to test a new Agile in Buildings (AnB) Methodology. AnB brings together experts in the fields of immersive reality and of the built environment to work with perspective users of buildings, allowing them to experience their building as a prototyped product before they buy, to provide feedback, to check day-in-the-life realities, to develop their own working prototypes for those parts of the building or its services that they – as users – will interface with on a day to day basis. The outcome is design done with users rather than to users, engagement is improved, business culture changed, employees feel empowered, operation improves in a building that is customised to the organisation and how it wants to operate. More details of the project outcome can be found on the Ollio Blog.

Item 4: PhD positions in the new ERBE programme

Recruitment is still open to join the prestigious Energy Resilience and the Built Environment (ERBE) Centre for Doctoral Training, which brings together established energy research centres at Loughborough University (LU), University College London (UCL) and the MaREI Research Centre in Ireland.

Topics include:

  • The Real Energy Performance of Homes
  • Closing the Energy Gap
  • Modelling Community Energy Flexibility
  • Low Energy Cooling and Ventilation in Hot Climates

and others. Read more about them HERE.

Find out more about the fully-funded programme (UK/EU) and how to join it this September 2019 on the ERBE website: erbecdt.ac.uk

Item 5: Environmental Designer opening at Atelier Ten London

Atelier Ten is looking for a talented full-time Environmental Designer to join our head office, in London. As an Environmental Designer, you will work closely with a multidisciplinary team to analyse design options and make recommendations on energy systems, daylighting, water use, thermal comfort, occupant health, sustainable materials, and many more fields of practice.

Atelier Ten is an international building services engineering, sustainability and environmental design consultancy firm, designing high-performance buildings. Our projects give back to the wider environment, don’t waste resources and make people feel good.

Environmental design staff at Atelier Ten are key members of interdisciplinary consulting teams working on exciting and innovative projects. These projects range from university campuses, offices, and public buildings to headquarters of large tech companies, mixed-use developments and masterplans. You will work directly with clients, architects, engineers and other consultants to provide analyses and recommendations that drive design decisions, enabling projects to meet challenging sustainability goals.

We’re looking for people who are proactive, self-motivated with an appreciation and willingness to learn on multiple projects. In return for your enthusiasm and commitment, we offer a competitive salary, very exciting project work, broad industry experience, opportunities for career growth and involvement in the design process, and a flexible work environment. Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get the freedom to contribute ideas and play an active part in the design process. You’ll get to make a genuine personal difference, in a way that’s not always possible in a bigger corporate environment.

If this looks like your next adventure, please contact Ioannis.Rizos@atelierten.com or provide your CV (along with a cover letter) directly to londonrecruitment@atelierten.com.

A calendar with events organised by other regional affiliates of IBPSA can be found in the bi-annual IBPSA World newsletter: www.ibpsa.org/ibpsa-newsletter/
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