1.High Rise Drainage Design:

Offering both an academic viewpoint and also that of a public health design engineer, this presentation will look at control of air pressure within drainage systems and how computer modelling techniques can be utilised to solve real world issues such as detection of trap seal loss and attenuating positive pressure in high rise buildings.

2.Electrical distribution, energy efficiency, the proposed changes to the IET Regulations and their effect on high rise buildings:

This presentation will centre on the use of energy within high rise buildings, how it can be efficiently distributed and used. It will highlight some thoughts on how distribution systems may change, particularly in the light of LED lighting and the use of DC distribution and will address the proposed changes to the 18th Edition of the IET Regulations which will incorporate energy efficiency measures.

  • Could Power over Ethernet help distribution?
  • What are some different uses for high rise buildings?
  • How can renewable energy be used in high rise buildings?

Breakout Session in Guild Room on Mezzanine level.

Chair’s Closing Remarks by Nick Winser

Overview of Conference ‘takeaways’ by John Field

  • Pushing the data agenda forward from learning to solutions.
  • Putting building performance data into the public domain – why do it?
  • Some use cases.
  • Case study: the business proposition for developing a good data strategy
  • Having won a competition to design the low energy Middle Eastern headquarters for Siemens, AECOM and its partner Sheppard Robson worked together to use parametric modelling to integrate low energy features effectively in extreme hot conditions.AECOM also performed the snow settlement calculations that informed the shape of the British Antarctic Survey Building.


    • The environment
    • The masterplan and competition
    • Early design
    • Keep It Simple
    • Strange Findings
    • Parametric design
    • Completed Building
    • Duct Access, cable loads, condensation


    • The environment
    • Design
    • Snow load
  • What is the energy efficiency challenge for the building sector?
  • Overview of available technologies and
  • Innovation and the implementation gap.

By 2050 80% of buildings will be buildings which exist today. How is the UK going to make its existing, aging building stock fit for purpose? Is retrofit the industry’s biggest carbon, financial and occupant comfort opportunity? What will drive us to turn old into gold?

  • Compliance: Concern to property companies that Band E buildings can’t let beyond 2017.
  • Business Case: Opportunities for building service engineers: providing drive for retrofit market.
  • Legislation: Policy direction on minimum EPC standards, mandatory ESOS recommendations – what will make this happen?
  • Carbon: How is the UK going to make existing buildings make their contribution to national carbon targets?
  • Comfort: Harnessing comfort, wellbeing and productivity benefits.

The UK has the highest percentage of pre 1919 houses in Europe and we have tough carbon reduction targets for 2050. Energy efficiency and renewable energy generation can make a real, economic and tangible benefit to these buildings. In this session speakers will share their insights and approaches to adapting heritage buildings to be fit for the future.

  • Gaining a thorough understanding of the building, its fabric, present and future use before deciding on any approach
  • Steering away from tech approaches as first resort and towards integrated fabric and systems solutions
  • Examples of using a existing building fabric and characteristics to best effect
  • Providing contemporary standards of comfort, amenity and fuel economy within historic interiors
  • Sustainable retrofit in heritage buildings
  • Reconciling contemporary detailing and service distribution within Grade I listed buildings
  • Ensuring end users are lead gently into energy efficiency behaviours to ensure successful energy efficiency and renewable generation projects
  • Ensuring end users are informed clients to ensure successful energy efficiency and renewable generation projects
  • What is the role of ‘off building’ generation?
  • Why Soft landings is critical in heritage buildings

Case study: Refurbishing the old Register Office, a marriage of new and old for efficient and long term operational happiness (BPA Winner)­­­­­­­­­­­­­

The renovation of the former Register Office on Shakespeare Street perfectly demonstrates how the tried and tested can be fused with newer technologies to deliver an efficient and pleasing working environment which is also easy to manage and maintain.

  • Using what’s good about the existing building design
  • Keeping things simple
  • Appraising your options
  • Convincing the Customer: selling the design ethos so that users are bought in and aware of any limitations

Monitoring the installation after handover to assess its performance against the design predictions and obtaining feedback to fine tune it.

Speaker: Simon Smith, Chief Engineer, Nottingham Trent University Estate Services


Case study: Energy efficiency projects across the public sector: RE:FIT projects

RE:FIT London was established in 2009 to help public organisations including London boroughs, NHS bodies, central government departments, schools and other educational establishments and cultural and heritage organisations to implement retrofit projects. Key outputs have been:

  • The RE:FIT framework – an energy performance contracting framework of energy service companies, which guarantees energy savings

Speaker: Richard McWilliams, RE:FIT Delivery Unit Manager, and Director, Turner and Townsend