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Obituraries of Nigel Potter and Jeff WixJuly 2009

BSRIA has sadly to announce the death of two important people in the industry.

Jeff Wix died unexpectedly while on business in Oslo at the beginning of July. Jeff was a member of BSRIA staff from 1980 to 1988, and ran our Computer Centre, but more recently has been well known for his work on international standards for computing in construction.

Nigel Potter, a member of staff for almost 40 years and BSRIA's Mr Airtightness

Nigel Potter, a member of BSRIA staff for almost 40 years, died in hospital on Tuesday 14th July. His colleagues, clients and everyone in the Airtightness sector will miss him. Nigel was our Mr Airtightness, a global expert on the topic. He was in right at the beginning of the development of Airtightness measurement and testing at BSRIA and alongside BRE.

Andrew Eastwell, BSRIA CEO, says "Nigel was BSRIA's lead technical expert in building physics whose views were sought after among many industry professionals. He joined BSRIA in 1970 working on the design of ventilation for hospitals, and his analytical methods of determining airflow are still in use today.

"Nigel will be remembered by many BSRIA clients as being hugely influential in the development of Airtightness measurement for buildings. His expertise in building physics and related legislation will be very sorely missed both by his BSRIA colleagues and clients".

Ross Campbell, Head of Development at Tesco Property Services, paid tribute to Nigel and his work saying: "We are deeply saddened by the news of Nigel's passing away. Nigel was extremely helpful to our business and was passionate about his work. He had developed strong relationships with our business and was the source of all knowledge! His quirky nature was engaging and endearing. I certainly valued his opinion. He will be sadly missed."

Nigel was a really expert physicist and engineer. We could throw problems at him that none of the rest of us could deal with. In the 1990's he ran a team with the phrase "Special projects" in the title. That was Nigel through and through. We will all miss him.