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BSRIA's Energy and Sustainability Network is open to all BSRIA members as an inclusive benefit of your membership.
Energy and sustainability has been at the forefront of discussion in recent years and this innovative network aims to establish communication amongst peers; drawing on the expertise of various representatives in the industry. The group meets 3 to 4 times a year to discuss challenges and case studies on energy and sustainability issues. These meetings include presentations on the latest developments and research, and the opportunity to meet and confer with peers in the industry.

BSRIA's experts are a valuable source for the network, and in the past have provided engaging workshops and presentations for our network members. Titles have included, 'Energy Efficient Pumping Systems', 'Transpired Solar Collectors' and 'Objectives for Lighting Design'. Representatives from industry are also called on to share their experiences of energy and sustainability issues, and we have found these case studies to be of great value to our members.

Meetings and events

Engaging the Circular Economy - 23rd May 2018

Estimates suggest that the global population will reach close to 9 billion by 2030. This places unprecedented pressure on natural resources to meet future consumer demand. If we are to meet the demands of a growing consumer base and not destroy the planet in the process we need to embrace the circular economy as an innovative business model for all industries.

This event showcased the potential of an innovative regenerative system that will change the way construction and building services currently operates with regards to refurbishments, new build and maintenance of buildings.

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Is Smart really Smart? - 10th May 2017

As buildings become more advanced, a new breed of “Smart buildings” that are better aligned with the priorities of the property owners and managers are emerging. Is this also the case for the tenants and business processes? The Internet of Things allows systems to communicate more accurate and useful information. If we do not use the information generated in an appropriate and resourceful way, this is of no benefit to anyone. How then can we design and build buildings that really are “SMART” and meet the need of all stakeholders.

This event looked at the issues emerging from new technology in buildings and how we can use the information generated more wisely to achieve the expected benefits of occupant comfort, the use of energy, water, and building resources more efficiently and therefore improve facility staff productivity.

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Sustainable Refurbishment – its all in the detail - 6th October 2016

The outcome of a sustainably refurbished building is to significantly reduce the environmental impacts, whist delivering comfort for the occupant. Implementing measures to reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, to minimise the use of resources such as water, reduce the release of pollutants and maximise the use of reclaimed and recycled materials.

87% of the UK’s current building stock will still be here in 2050; therefore if the UK is going to meet the current carbon challenge of 80% reduction by 2050, then current buildings both commercial and domestic will need to be refurbished to a high standard whilst still keeping within tight budgets.

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Energy Storage - 21st April 2016

2016 could be the year that energy storage ‘takes off’ in the UK market. Battery manufacturers are poised to deliver economic storage systems which when integrated with renewable energy sources could breathe new life into the industry. This seminar brought together experts in the various fields involved with the integration of battery storage into the distribution system. Speakers from BSRIA, ECA and other related associations brought the audience a new perspective on the advantages, and potential problems, of this new industry.

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Specifying water treatment for closed systems - 17th February 2016

Water treatment for closed heating and cooling systems in commercial and public buildings is specified as a service rather than a product. However, the complexities of water treatment mean that few clients really understand whether they are getting the right service at the right price. This meeting presented the issues surrounding water treatment for closed heating and cooling systems and present proposals to create a Code of Conduct for Water Treatment Service Providers, supported by BACS, CSA, BSRIA and others. The speakers are well known experts in the industry and the presentations will be followed by a discussion of the proposals.

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Comfort shouldn't cost the earth - 15th January 2016

Driven by the UK’s emission reduction targets, it is normal to expect energy consumption to be the dominant aspect in evaluating a building’s performance. However, it should be borne in mind that indoor environment of a building can have a substantial impact on occupants’ well-being and, consequently, productivity. Therefore, although it is important that strategies should be followed in buildings to reduce energy consumption, such strategies should also maintain the indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and increase occupants’ well-being and productivity; otherwise such strategies will not be attractive to businesses

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Smart Cities, Smart Energy - 11th June 2015

Following on from our successful conference on Smart cities, Smart Energy held jointly with ECA, we are holding another conference on this subject in Dublin to discuss the latest developments.

The ECA's Bill Wright summarises the event on our blog.

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Smart Cities, Smart Energy - 27th March 2015

There is much talk about ‘Smart’ everything and this event intends to bring together the strands of new energy distribution and generation and its control in cities. Speakers will discuss the new technology available, the opportunities and pitfalls of the new ‘Smart’ systems and examples of where these systems are already being installed and used to the advantage of both the supplier and customer.

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BSRIA NanoPigmy event 28th November 2014

This event has been arranged as part of the EU-supported NanoPigmy research project. This project has received founding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7-NMP-2010-Small-5) under grant agreement n° 280393. Download the NanoPigmy research project publication - BG59/2014

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Low carbon heating and cooling - 16th May 2014

The recent IPCC reports of climate change highlight the urgency of the need to take action now. There has been a lot in the media about renewable electricity, although for the UK to meet its commitment to reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 we will need to have moved buildings towards renewable heating and cooling.

BSRIA has been assisting DECC review its low carbon heating and cooling strategy for non-domestic buildings, and this was an opportunity for you to both hear about policy and practice, but perhaps more importantly to provide an input into the evolving DECC strategy in this area.

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Indoor Air Quality - must we live with problems? - 7th February 2014

School children fall asleep in class and mould grows on the bathroom walls. Buildings are getting more air tight, the VOCs in a new building are significant but ventilation systems are not coping.

In the first half of this Energy and Sustainability event we will examine the problem, and in the second half, investigate possible actions for the industry, for government and for BSRIA.

When the Lights go out - 20th June 2013 at BSRIA

There has been warning of possible future loss of power by one of the UK's leading energy suppliers and also Ofgem.

BSRIA held a workshop to explore the consequences that black outs and brown outs might have for businesses and the options available to building operators and managers during this time to minimise downtime and disruption to the core business.

Delegates were made aware of the probability of loss of load might be in the UK and then discussed what this might mean for them and how difficulties could be avoided. The outcomes of this workshop will help BSRIA compile guidance to help businesses cope should loss of power become a reality.

This event was run as part of BSRIA's Energy and sustainability network and was free to BSRIA Members.

Energy Performance 28th February 2013 at BSRIA

As clients increasingly demand proof of performance, the industry is striving for better ways of constructing, managing and resourcing buildings. BSRIA's Energy & Sustainability Network looks at the different ways of ensuring sustainable value and performance of our built environment. Presentations from the event can be downloaded below:

BSRIA's WMI splits group (heat pumps and chillers group) 23rd January 2013

Ant Wilson, chair of the Energy and Sustainbility Network, presented 'Government Policy on Energy' to BSRIA's WMI splits group on 23rd January 2013. To download a copy of Ant's presentation click here.

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