Programme for Autumn 2016 - Summer 2017

September 13th 2016, 6.30pm - Loughborough University
Energy Efficiency Refurbishment in UK Residences: the Work of Project 'CALEBRE'
Joint Lecture with Energy Institute East Midlands and ASHRAE Midlands
  Dennis LovedayDennis Loveday, Professor of Building Physics, Loughborough University will present the main outcomes from Project 'CALEBRE' (Consumer-Appealing Low Energy technologies for Building REtrofitting) which concluded in 2013 at which time it was the largest research project investigating effectiveness and acceptability of energy refurbishment measures for UK houses
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Venue: Loughborough University, Room RT.0.40, Ground Floor, School of Civil and Building Engineering, Loughborough University - see map

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Thursday October 13th 2016, 5.30pm refreshments for 6.00pm start, IMechE HQ, Birdcage Walk, London
CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Judging
Co-sponsored by the IMechE CBSD, Rumford Club and ASHRAE

This is the twenty first year of this well established and prestigious award that rewards the best graduate from a programme related to CIBSE/ASHRAE activities with a trip to the 2017 winter ASHRAE meeting in Las Vegas, USA.

Online bookings closed for places for the event and the free reception in the historic IMechE library

Last year's winner was Ryan Rodrigues. As his prize Ryan travelled to the ASHRAE Winter meeting in January 2016 in Orlando

Times are all subject to change ....all at IMechE, Birdcage Walk, London .....

5.30pm Refreshments
6.00pm Graduate finalists make presentations
6.50pm Presentation by award winning engineer
7.15pm ASHRAE Presidential Lecture followed by Q&A - see below for full details
7.45pm Awards presentations including Student Winner and Rumford Bursaries to runners up, CIBSE Patrons award and CBSD Annual Prize.
8.00pm Free reception for all booked attendees

The 2016 Finalists
Samantha Carlsson – Cardiff University and Hoare Lea
Katie Ewing – University of Bath and Atkins
Richard Garthwaite – Royal School of Military Engineering
Antoni Sapina Grau – Brunel University and WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff
Monica Madrigal – Universidad Politechnica Madrid and Foster & Partners
Scott Mason – University of Northampton and Lochinvar
Farai Mwashita – Loughborough University and Hilson Moran
Samima Saqib – Heriot Watt University(Dubai)

Past Winners
1996: Kevin Mitchell - South Bank University and Hoare Lea
1997: Matthew Pilgrim - Arup
1998: Sophia Kauntz - Arup
1999: Ruth Kelly - Dublin Institute of Technology and AMEC
2000: Lucy Wilde - University of Nottingham and Capita Projects
2001: Ciara Ahern - Dublin Institute of Technology
2002: Richard Kemp - University of Nottingham and Hoare Lea
2003: Dominic Shortland - London South Bank University
2004: Kai Lim - Imperial College and Faber Maunsell
2005: Nigel Banks - Sheffield and Faber Maunsell
2006: Michael Norton - London South Bank University
2007: Richard Unwin - London South Bank University and Overbury
2008: Morwenna Wilson - Arup
2009: Emma Marshall, Northumbria University and RPS Gregory
2010: Michael Gardner, Coventry University and Pick Everard
2011: Angela Malynn, London South Bank University and Arup
2012: Lee Tabis, Leeds College and NG Bailey
2013: William Holley, University of Nottingham and ARUP
2014: Emilia Targonska, Loughbrough University and Hoare Lea
2015: Ryan Rodrigues, London South Bank University and Hurley Palmer Flatt

The finalists, will give a short presentation to the assembled audience and to the judging panel that includes the ASHRAE President Tim Wentz, CIBSE President John Field, IMechE President Carolyn Griffiths and the 2015 winner Ryan Rodrigues.

Online bookings closed - for places for the event and the free reception in the historic IMechE library

Location: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Birdcage Walk, London (Click here for a map)

Co-sponsored by the IMechE CBSD, Rumford Club and ASHRAE

Supported by Andrews Water Heaters, Ruskin Air Management and Waterloo Air Products

Thursday October 13th 2016, Following on from presentations (planned to be 6.40pm) IMechE HQ, London
Presentation by award winning engineer
Co-sponsored by the IMechE CBSD, Rumford Club and ASHRAE
Thursday October 13th 2016, following on from previous presentation (planned to be 7.15pm) IMechE HQ, London
ASHRAE President, Tim Wentz
Co-sponsored by the IMechE CBSD, Rumford Club and ASHRAE
  Tim Wentz

ASHRAE’s theme this year is Adapt Today to Shape Tomorrow, which is based on the goal in our Society’s Strategic Plan to adapt. This goal relates to my personal history of moving from a slide rule in my early college days to a hand calculator and now a computer or smartphone as an example of the challenges and opportunities inherent in adapting to new technology.

This presentation will explore some of the emerging trends and technologies that will likely shape our future. As with any dramatic change, both danger and opportunity will manifest themselves, requiring us to create innovative, imaginative approaches to seize the opportunities.

Please book well in advance so that appropriate catering arrangements may be made for the free refreshments at 5.30pm and for the free reception at around 8pm.

Online bookings closed - email Nadia Gatter for remaining places for the event and the free reception in the historic IMechE library

Location: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Birdcage Walk, London (Click here for a map)

Wednesday November 9th, 6pm - London meeting and webinar
The ‘smart’ answer to indoor air quality
Co-sponsored by BESA

Max ShermanIncreasingly strict building ventilation standards are making the task of achieving a good balance between healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) and lower HVAC power and energy consumption more challenging for building engineers all over the world.

Global IAQ authority Max Sherman – senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California - believes that a more harmonious relationship between IAQ and energy consumption can be achieved by being smarter about how and when ventilation occurs.

Speaking live from California, Max will outline the requirements of a smart control ventilation strategy; discuss the real-world practicalities of control input options, and provide some actual examples of smart ventilation controls. He will also consider the potential for web-connected devices to help building occupants respond more intelligently to changes in policy, climate conditions, and/or grid dynamics.

The session will be chaired by BESA technical director Tim Rook and there will be a discussion session led by BESA's technical committee following the presentation.

Wednesday December 14th, 6pm (GMT), 1pm (EST) - Webinar
Weather data for use in building energy calculations
Joe Huang speaking live from California

Joe HuangThe availability and quality of weather data for use in building energy calculations has never been better than now, with increasing access on the Web to real-time weather station reports and satellite-derived solar radiation data covering entire continents dating back a decade or more. This talk will describe the rapidly evolving state of that raw data, the more established sources such as national bureaus of meteorology, as well as more unorthodox sources such as climate forecasting or regional climate computer programs, and the practical aspects of turning that data into weather files usable in building energy simulations. Joe will also touch upon issues such as accounting for urban microclimate variations, potential climate change effects, as well some often overlooked details about how weather data is compiled in different countries.


Joe Huang is the president of White Box Technologies, a small consultant company that he established in 2007 after having worked as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for over 26 years. During his time at LBNL, Joe was involved in the development of the EnergyPlus building energy simulation program, and the use of simulations to evaluate new building technologies and develop building energy standards in many countries around the world. Since building energy simulations requires weather data, Joe also became involved in their development, starting with China in 1985, followed by Pakistan and Southeast Asia in 1989, Mexico in 1996, Egypt in 2004, etc.

After retirement from LBNL, Joe has continued to work on weather data, including developing large data sets of “typical year” weather for ASHRAE, California Energy Commission, and ISHRAE (India).

In 2012 he launched an online web store that now contains both “typical year” and historical weather data going back to 2001 for over 8,000 locations around the world. Joe has also completed several projects to study the potential impacts of Climate Change on building energy use in the US and California, and is past chair of ASHRAE TC 4.2 on Climatic Information and TC 4.7 on Energy Calculations.

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Thursday January 12th 2017 - arrive 5.15pm, 5.45pm start, Solihull, Birmingham, UK meeting and webinar
Debate - Is air conditioning for comfort cooling necessary in the UK?
Joint meeting with Institute of Refrigeration
  The speakers represent different approaches to the issues around the impact of the growing use of air conditioning in the sector:
FETA (incorporating BRA, HEVAC and HPA) represented by Graham Wright FInstR Chairman of the FETA Board
ASHRAE & CIBSE represented by ASHRAE Past President Richard Rooley FREng, FCIBSE, Fellow of ASHRAE
BESA (The Building Engineering Services Association) represented by Graeme Fox FInstR Senior Mechanical Engineer
Together they will explore some of the high level strategic issues facing the sector and the importance of air conditioning both now and in the future as demand is expected to grow. Topics will include the environmental impact of air conditioning, the roles of standards and building performance, international challenges, and opportunities for collaboration.
We are really pleased that ASHRAE Presidential Member Richard Rooley will be representing the ASHRAE Group at this debate being organised by the Institute of Refrigeration. There will also be an opprtunity to hear the IoR President Steve Gill present his Presidential address.
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  Location: Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, Birmingham, B92 0EH
Wednesday February 15th 2017, 6pm GMT, 1pm EST - free webinar
(This is an alteration to the previously published programme)
Refrigerant choices
Andy Pearson speaking live from Glasgow
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Andy PearsonPast IoR President and regular ASHRAE Journal columnist Andy Pearson of Star Refrigeration will provide the background to refrigerant choices with a brief overview of ozone and climate change issues and comment on the practical implications of this shift for system designers owners and operators.

He will reflect on European f-gas regulation development and its implications and the UNEP efforts to restrict HFCs under the Montreal and Kyoto protocols. He will specifically consider the effect of the very recent Kigali agreement that aims to significantly reduce the worldwide use of HFCs being that HFC gases are thousands of times more destructive to the climate than carbon dioxide as well as the potential effects of Brexit - on regulations, on European standards and others.

He will discuss the likely consequences on the future choices for refrigerants in building systems in light of the recent shifts in the political landscape on both sides of the Atlantic.

Andy is a past President of the Institute of Refrigeration and has served two terms as a director of the International Institute of Ammonia Refrigeration and is a member of the Refrigeration Safety Technical Committees for the British Standards Institute (BSI), the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) and is Chapter Lead Author for United Nations Environment Programme Refrigeration Technical Options Committee. His principal interests are in the design of more efficient refrigeration systems and troubleshooting of faulty, inefficient or unreliable equipment.

He is Fellow of Institute of Refrigeration, Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Fellow of ASHRAE, Fellow of Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland and a Chartered Engineer

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Wednesday March 8th 2017 - Cork, Ireland event and webinar
Data Centres 2017 Update
Joint meeting with IERC and ASHRAE Ireland Section and CIBSE Ireland

The seminar will focus on data centres in Ireland and the international standards used in their design.

  • 14:00 Registration
  • (Webinar starts at 14:25)
  • 14:30 David McAuley (speaking live from Cork) What does Ireland’s digital success mean for energy infrastructure?
  • 15:15 Robin Steinbrecher (speaking live from Seattle) Data Centre Standard Development
  • 16:00 Q&A
  • 16:30 Refreshments and networking
  • 17:00 Close

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David McAuleyDavid McAuley is an advisor to the award-winning Host In Ireland initiative. He works closely with the data and energy industries to overcome power and sustainability challenges. He is still discovering the broad range of factors that will drive the digital future.

David has worked for the Irish government for a decade to address the growing challenge of energy use and climate change. His role with the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland included the development and promotion of energy efficiency and low carbon technologies. He was Ireland’s representative across several EU energy technology research committees, and helped to establish the IERC.

David applies his insights and experience to assist FDI companies and investors to navigate Ireland’s policy landscape. Understanding how Ireland’s various systems work is a useful attribute. Learning from outside what the barriers are, we may help to find solutions.

A mechanical engineer, David has spent 20 years serving in a diverse range of industries - from the construction and operation of pharmaceutical and electronics manufacturing plants, to sustainable energy and government policy roles.

Robin SteinbrecherRobin Steinbrecher is a mechanical, thermal engineer with more than thirty years experience at IBM and Intel in computer thermal design, silicon thermal management, and data center cooling integration. As a principal engineer at Intel, he designed and developed cooling systems for air- and liquid-cooling systems while ensuring industry readiness for future compute technologies. He is the present chair of ASHRAE TC 9.9 and past research chair and has contributed to many of the ASHRAE Datacom series of publications.

(Paul Finch is unfortunately now unable to join in the meeting on this occasion)

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Location: International Energy Research Centre (IERC), Tyndall National Institute, Lee Maltings, Dyke Parade, Cork, Ireland

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Thursday May 18th 2017, 5.30pm arrive for 6pm event - London, Blackfriars
The growing importance of Air Filtration and the Influence of the new ISO 16890 – PM1 (People Matter 1st)
Annual CIBSE FM/ASHRAE Group Event

Speakers Dr Chris Ecob – Global Technical Director at Camfil and Simon Birkett – Founder and Director at Clean Air in London

Chris Ecob will introduce ISO 16890: this new standard will define testing procedures and a classification system for air filters used in general ventilation equipment. This new standard provides the first opportunity for global harmonisation as it proceeds to replace the two existing localized standards; ASHRAE 52.2 which is dominant in USA and EN779:2012 which is dominant in Europe. Implementation of ISO16890 will bring real benefits for specifiers, purchasers and users of air filters.

Simon Birkett has been campaigning to achieve urgently and sustainably full compliance with World Health Organisation guidelines for air quality throughout London and elsewhere.

Followed by drinks/networking

The venue is the prestigious UBM headquarters at Blackfriars. The event will take place on the 19th floor offering panoramic views and the sunset over London. (Nearest tube Southwark) Arrive 5.30 for 6.00pm prompt start.

Free online booking essential - BOOKING CLOSES May 16th 8pm (or earlier if fully subscribed)

Thursday June 8th 2017, 1pm BST
Online AGM

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At the last AGM Steve Gill was elected to vice-chair and is willing to be put forward as chair at this AGM. Ewen Rose is happy to continue as Secretary/Communications Officer.

Nominations are welcome for ALL posts by email to NO LATER THAN midday (UK time) June 1st 2017. Nominations for positions with a * below must be a CIBSE member and preferably should be someone with ASHRAE knowledge and interest. Nominations should be made by one CIBSE member and be supported by at least one other person (who should be a CIBSE ASHRAE Group member) and be accompanied by a short (200 word maximum) statement by the nominee. The statement will be made available to those attending the AGM and may be posted on this website.

Connect on the day - - please connect a few minutes before the start time.

1.0 Apologies

2.0 Minutes of last AGM (March 2016) and matters arising

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3.0 Annual Report (year ending December 2016)

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4.0 Election of Officers


*Vice Chairman

*Secretary/Communications Officer

Student Activities

Research Officer

Historic Officer

*Minimum need

5.0 Confirmation/re-establishment of Liaison Members


ASHRAE:- to be confirmed

Nyree Hughes :- CIBSE HQ

Colin Vine:- Institute of Refrigeration

Young Engineers Network:- to be confirmed

6.0 Confirmation of Group Activities


Virtual meetings

Graduate Prize 2017 and Annual ASHRAE President’s address – Thursday October 12th 2017

Monthly discussion meetings including locations

Other suggestions

7.0 AOB


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The computer requirements are reasonably standard and will even work with a smart phone or tablet computer. You do need to be able to listen to audio (through headphones or loudspeaker). You do NOT need a microphone or camera for our webinars - you can type in questions to the speaker as we go along.

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