Low Energy Ventilation and Cooling of Non-Domestic Buildings

March 13, 2012 - 12:00pm
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Short’s Cambridge University-based research group develops passive and hybrid low-energy design strategies for non-domestic buildings in different climates, both new-build and rebuild, projecting their future performance against current climate change predictions. As such, the focus is on cooling. He will describe, briefly, a chain of recent connected projects in this field including the National Institute of Health Research funded (£285K) Design Strategy for the Low-energy Ventilation and Cooling of Health Buildings (2005-08), the NIHR funded (£180K) Low Energy Public Sector Comparator ; the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council major project in the Adaptation and Resilience to Climate Change Call (£1.15 million) Design and Delivery of Robust Hospital Environments in a Changing Climate 2009-2012 and the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council major project (£350K) DeDEPA 2004-08 which focuses on the practical and actual delivery of a series of innovative buildings, recently published as the book ‘Geometry and Atmosphere’ Ashgate, London.    Short and his research collaborators design and build innovative low energy buildings out of their work on environmental design strategy for education, research, industry and commerce across the world’s populated climate regions and the design, construction and commissioning of some of these feature within the research projects described above. Short won the first ‘RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding Practice-located Research 2007’ for the Passive Downdraught Cooling innovations in the UCL School f Slavonic and East European Studies and the ‘RIBA President’s Commendation for Outstanding University-located Research 2009’ for the work on low energy hospital buildings.   (Note: His practice has also won the first 'High Architecture, Low Energy Award' (Architecture Today) 1995; 'Green Building of the Year' (The Independent) 1995; H.J. Dyos Award 1996, 'Building of the Year Award' (Building Magazine) 2000, Society of College, National and University Librarians (SCONUL)  'Best Academic Library Award' 1998-2003 and also in 2008; CIBSE 'Project of the Year' 2003 & 2004; RIBA Awards 1996, 2000. 2003, 2007, Brick Development Association Public Building of the Year 2007, USA Pre-Cast Industries Association Commendation 2009.)

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