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The electronic Newsletter of IBPSA England (2020 No. 1)

Dear IBPSA England members
Here is your (slightly late) March IBPSA-England newsletter. We hope that you are all well in this uncertain times. Life has drastically changed for everyone over the course of a month, and we are all trying to find new, effective ways to keep in touch with each other. The format of our flagship event, the Building Simulation and Optimization (BSO) conference, is currently being revised to reflect these changes and to nonetheless offer you an enjoyable and thought-provoking experience.

You will find more details about BSO 2020 in this newsletter, together with a message from our Chair and more news from the past months. 
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: Message from our Chair on consequences of COVID-19

As we settle into a new form of life, I am sure there are many of us who find the reality of working remotely challenging. A special thought also for our young international researchers and students who find themselves away from their families and physically isolated from their academic community. I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well in these very unusual times. I very much also hope that you are finding new digital means to give and seek support to each other.

The IBPSA-England board will very much welcome suggestions from our membership for the types of events and activities we could offer to the community during this period.  Please do so by sending us an email at info@IBPSA-England.org. As you will note below, our Biennial conference scheduled for September 2020 will now take place online.

On behalf of the IBPSA-England board, I wish you all the very best.
– Ruchi Choudhary, Chair of IBPSA-England

Item 2: BSO2020 goes virtual!

BSO 2020 will be moving forward as a virtual conference, BSO-V 2020, in response to the impacts of COVID-19. Loughborough is excited to develop an innovative approach for IBPSA-England’s first virtual conference. We intend to curate a great experience with respect to knowledge exchange, networking, and idea generation.

To accommodate all authors, the full paper submission deadline has been extended to 15th May 2020. Abstract submissions are still open and encouraged for a practitioner-focused presentation-only track. Please visit the website, www.bso2020.org, for more information about the conference and how to submit your ongoing works.

Item 3: Underground Climate Change

The Universities of Cambridge and California, Berkeley in partnership with the British Geological Survey and the Alan Turing Institute have launched a joint project on Modelling and Monitoring of Urban Underground Climate Change.

The objective of this NSF(US)-EPSRC(UK) funded research is to better understand impacts of urban underground infrastructure, such as basements and tunnels, on shallow subsurface temperature increase at city-scale.
Recently emerging data indicate a significant impact of underground infrastructure on subsurface temperatures. This project will develop a framework for monitoring and predicting temperature and groundwater distributions at high resolutions in the presence of heat sources and sinks from built environments. This will be achieved via novel combinations of numerical modelling, continuous temperature and groundwater monitoring, and statistical analyses. The ultimate goal is for every city to generate reliable maps of underground climate, with the ability to understand the influence of future urbanisation scenarios. Project launch was on Tuesday the 25th of February at the Alan Turing Institute, London.
Item 4: Cambridge Zero: the University's ambitious new climate initiative

In a new film, Cambridge researchers, including IBPSA Fellow Ruchi Choudhary describe their work on generating and storing renewable energy, reducing energy consumption, understanding the impact of climate policies, and probing how we can each reduce our environmental impact.

This video is part of Cambridge Zero, an ambitious programme launched at University of Cambridge to tackle the global climate challenge. The programme is inspiring a generation of future leaders – and how the University is looking at its own operations to develop a zero carbon pathway for the future.

Ruchi Choudhary's project on underground farming in London also features in one episode of The Naked Scientist Podcast, from the series on Secrets of Sustainable Cities.
Cambridge University. The Climate Crisis: Towards Zero Carbon
Item 5: Research positions at Oxford Brookes University

The Low Carbon Building Research Group in Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK) is continuing to expand. We have created a number of new research posts as part of our research grant successes related to smart local energy systems (EPSRC Energy Revolutions Research Consortium (EnergyRev) and Innovate UK Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO) project); UK Government (BEIS) funded domestic demand side response and thermal innovation projects; and EPSRC funded UK-India Residential building energy demand reduction in India (RESIDE) project.
For further information about the research posts, please visit:  
·        Postdoctoral Researcher, Smart Energy Communities (2 posts)
·        Researcher, Residential Energy Demand (2 posts)

Closing date is 14 April 2020

If you have any queries, please contact Prof Rajat Gupta (rgupta@brookes.ac.uk).

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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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