Technical symposium goes global

More than 50 presentations have now been reviewed and approved for the first ever CIBSE Technical Symposium which will see technical experts from all over the world joining together at Leicester’s De Montfort University from 6-7 September. The event, which is aimed at building services engineers engaged in the day-to-day detail of project design, academics and researchers, will hear from speakers based in the US, the Middle East and Europe.

The rigorous peer review process involved over 40 experts drawn from right across the industry representing the full scope of CIBSE members’ interests. They have agreed on a programme that will cover topics as diverse as low energy retrofits of historic homes, electrical power distribution, simulating future cooling demands, data centre performance, adapting existing buildings to meet climate change targets and reviewing DEC benchmarks.

The event will also feature an open debate on embodied carbon in building services systems chaired by the BRE’s Roger Hitchin with speakers invited from the HVCA and FETA as well a leading quantity surveyor.

Diverse programme

Event chair Professor Tim Dwyer said the organisers were delighted with the breadth and depth of the papers offered and approved.

“There is definitely something for all CIBSE members in this diverse programme,” he said. “There is a growing appetite within the building services community for in-depth technical content and informed debate specific to our sector, which is not satisfied elsewhere. That is why there has been so much interest shown in this event already.”

The organising committee was eager to keep the costs to delegates as low as possible so CIBSE has secured sponsorship from boiler and hot water equipment manufacturer Lochinvar.

Managing Director David Pepper said he was excited by the opportunity to support an event that was specifically focused on technical content and was clearly of great value to both young and experienced working engineers.

Focus on issues

“There are several excellent events aimed at senior executives that focus on management issues and business strategy,” said Mr Pepper. “But there is clearly demand for something with much more specific technical content and CIBSE needs to be commended for responding to that need.”

CIBSE president Andy Ford will be opening the event and has put more integrated supply chain working and the needs of young engineers at the heart of his presidential year.

“This will provide a wonderful chance for young people to engage with the reality of the demands to create sustainable low energy buildings; to benefit from the experience of both practitioners and theorists; and to give them a springboard into a new industry,” he said.

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