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How can we define wellbeing? And if it can be defined, how can we measure it in a meaningful way? What do we mean by wellbeing in the context of building performance?
• AQ, ventilation, water quality and availability, electromagnetic effects, acoustic environment, humidity, lighting
• Quantifying productivity, quantifying design calculations in revenue terms
• Combining PMV & daylight factors

How to get building service engineers to consider these points early – this is where the industry is failing – understand the options at concept stage.
• Procurement – taking the key considerations into account
• Considering renewables options and the FiT
• How to reduce ongoing costs
• Delivering energy savings via great fabric and form
• Low energy services with cost optimised controls
• What should engineering firms be saying to their clients post-PC?

This session takes delegates through the whole decision-making process
· Ad hoc buying
· Review of the market, including gas
· Energy costs; triad costs
· What are the solutions in terms of reducing costs
· Understanding the pros and cons.

Many of the calculations and processes that create a concept design are, by their very nature, quick and simple, to allow the designer more space to think about what is important to this project and how best to serve the clients’ needs. Generating concept design deliverables through automated work flows, rule of thumb data and graphical scripting languages can relieve the designer of long and repetitive tasks, creating the space for more involved concepts and giving the client an exceptional service.

• Developing rule of thumb data to automate early design
• Using room data sheets to automatically populate models
• Better calculations quicker using the model to do the hard work
• Automatic outputs: using a clever template to drastically reduce time spent

Modelling building physics has come a long way in a few short years. Now as we move deeper into the digital age, we need to think not only of modelling the physics, but of capturing and using the answers returned to help create our deliverable models. Can we look at scenario modelling in greater detail? What are the languages and formats that can connect up our models and reduce time spent keeping them all aligned?
• Modelling uncertainty: building physics in a digital environment
• The links between building physics and modelling need to be strengthened
• Keeping the models synchronised
• Scenario modelling and what it can give us
• Forms, functions and formats, how do we seamlessly exchange data?

Many of the standards and guides around BIM (the “pillars”) ask for employers to perform certain tasks. Are employers aware of what they are expected to do? Are they capable of performing these tasks? If not, then who does perform them and how?

• Understanding the pillars of BIM – “The employer shall…”
• What is expected of the employer in a Level 2 BIM workflow?
• Can the employer really be expected to know how to perform these tasks?
• If it is not the employer, then who, and how?