CIBSE encourages submissions from students


CIBSE is launching a competition to reduce the carbon emissions from its headquarters by 60%. Last month CIBSE chairman, Terry Wyatt, criticised the ?failure of modern building design [which] has resulted in thousands of schools, offices, hospitals and other public buildings that are uncomfortable to work in, inefficient to run and costing us dear in terms of their carbon dioxide emissions and the climate change that they cause.? Speaking at an international conference in Edinburgh, his sentiments were echoed by RyderHKS chairman and former RIBA president, Paul Hyett, who called for ?intelligent and intelligently designed buildings?. CIBSE now appears to be practising what it preaches. Dubbed the CIBSE Carbon 60 challenge, the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution?s target reduction of 60% is the intended goal. Anyone can enter the competition. CIBSE will provide entrants with all necessary data such as floor plans, photographs and a site energy report detailing occupancy and schedules, plant and controls and operational settings. The energy report, which was carried out last year under the Action Energy scheme, shows that substantial cuts in emissions can be achieved through a series of relatively straightforward measures ? which may be incorporated into competitors? proposals. Entrants are to return their proposals ? with estimated performance and budget costs ? for assessment by a panel of judges, who will assess the projected energy and CO2 performance, noting the competitors? ability to provide suitable evidence of such in the form of calculations or modelled assessments. Those who make the judges? shortlist will then be allowed to visit the site in order to refine their proposals. The winning submission, which must be returned by March 2004, will be implemented by CIBSE as part of the building?s refurbishment. It will be announced, and the winner presented with an award, at the CIBSE President?s Awards Dinner in 2004. According to CIBSE chief executive, Julian Amey:?The winner of the Carbon 60 competition will receive tremendous exposure throughout the industry when the awards are announced and presented at the CIBSE President?s Awards Dinner in October and again when the building refurbishment takes place.? Competition information packs are available from Karen Ortiz at:

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