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Building Better Buildings: 50 years of Environmental Design and Engineering at The Bartlett

Date: 15 February 2016 Time: 09.30 - 17.00
Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, Gower St, London WC1E 6X Cost: Free


UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering (UCL IEDE) hosts the last event in Zero Carbon Hub's Building Better Buildings series.

This full day celebratory conference will look back at the successes of the Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation programme, answer questions about the Performance Gap and look forward to the future of education for built environment professionals, whilst celebrating 50 years of Environmental Design and Engineering at The Bartlett, UCL.

The programme boasts over a dozen speakers from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, allowing the theme of Building Performance Evaluation and the Performance Gap to be covered from a number of different perspectives. 

There will be case studies showcasing the best of the best from the Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation programme, presentations on the latest research from UCL IEDE and a chance to put your questions on the future of Building Performance to our expert panellists.


Draft programme

09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome: Total Operational Performance of Buildings
Professor Mike Davies – Director, UCL IEDE

10:20 What is the Building Performance Evaluation Programme? 
Mat Colmer – Lead Technologist, Innovate UK

10:40 The Zero Carbon Policy and the Performance Gap? 
Rob Pannell - Managing Director, Zero Carbon Hub

11:00 Break

11:20 BPE Case Studies – Domestic

  • Centenary Quay and Brighton One – Dr Hector Altamirano, UCL IEDE & Professor Bob Lowe, UCL-Energy
  • Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust – various project learnings
  • Passivhaus – bere Architects

12:20 BPE Case Study – Non-Domestic 

  • Woodland Trust HQ - Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios – Hester Brough
  • Marks and Spencer Cheshire Oaks Store
  • Premier Inn and Beefeater Restaurant, Burgess Hill - Whitbread Group 

13:20 Lunch

14:20 BPE Case Study – Future Solutions 

  • Digital Catapult presentation (TBC)

14:40 UCL IEDE research presentation 
Dr Esfand Burman – Research Associate in Building Performance, UCL IEDE

15:00 Healthy Buildings 
Dr Marcella Ucci – Lecturer in Environmental and Healthy Buildings, UCL IEDE

15:20 The Saint-Gobain'Multi Comfort' concept
Speaker TBC, Saint-Gobain

15:40 Have Your Say: New Professionals for the Built Environment 
Professor Dejan Mumovic – Deputy Director, UCL IEDE

16:00 Break 

16:20 Panel Session: The future for Building Performance? 

Chair: Professor Tadj Oreszczyn – Director, UCL Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources
Panellists: TBC

17:00 Close of Conference
Professor Mike Davies – Director, UCL IEDE

17:00 - 18:30 Networking drinks and canapés


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