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CIBSE calls for more collaboration at annual conference

Cross-industry co-operation will be a key theme running through the packed schedule for The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) annual conference, taking place on 10-11 October at London’s Olympia as part of Building Services – The CIBSE Conference & Exhibition.

The two-day event brings together a high-level delegation from across the building services supply chain to debate the challenges facing the industry, identify the most successful business strategies, forge and renew relationships for the future and help to ensure the success of projects, businesses and careers.

CIBSE President, David Fisk, said: “We are delighted to have more than 40 internationally recognised experts taking part in the conference. Our speakers come from diverse sectors including government, building services and architecture practices as well as client organisations and academia. Throughout the two days they will share with each other, and our attendees, the latest thinking and best practice whilst offering expert opinions and showcasing successful case studies. At CIBSE we recognise that this is a challenging time for the whole industry. This year we created a programme that seeks to address the current challenges faced by building services and what needs to be done to secure its future.”

Paul Morrell OBE, Chief Construction Advisor to the Government since 2009, will give the keynote address on the first day, providing in depth insight into the construction industry as a whole, looking at the challenges and opportunities around financing in the future and the drive for sustainability.

Other confirmed participants for Building Services – The CIBSE Conference & Exhibition include David Mathieson (Director at Turner & Townsend), Neil Billett (Partner and London Office Managing Director for Buro Happold), Myles McCarthy (Managing Director for the Carbon Trust Implementation Services), David Fink (Architect and BIM Manager for schmidt hammer lassen architects), and Sarah-Jane Stewart (Sustainability Group Leader for Building Services Engineer at Arup).

Over the two days, the conference will split into two streams after lunch to enable delegates to tailor their own agenda and attend sessions that are relevant to them. Sessions within these streams encompass sustainability, regulatory and legislative changes, business opportunities abroad and how the process of Soft Landings will help new and refurbished buildings to bridge the gap between design intent and actual performance. Additional sessions will take a more detailed look at The Green Deal, BIM and BREEAM.

Panel sessions, external industry insights and roundtable discussions will explore topical issues within the industry offering lively debate on what can be done to move the industry forward. Sessions include a panel discussion featuring Robin Nicholson CBE a Senior Partner at Edward Cullinan Architects, Akhtar Hussain, Director, Building Engineer at AECOM and Sarah Cary, Sustainability Executive for British Land on how different sectors can work together to optimise a projects’ success and ensure effective lifecycle management.

The closing session of the conference will offer insights into how an integrated approach for this summer’s London games was delivered. A select panel of experts, including Philip Johnson, Principal at Populous and Daniel House, Associate Director for UKMEA Residential Leader Arup, will deliver a in-depth case study on how they worked together to deliver both comfort and safety for the performers and spectators as well as energy efficiency and sustainability across the huge variety of venues.

The CIBSE Conference is expected to attract a significant number of senior managers and decision makers from across the built environment, making this a ‘must attend’ event for anyone with an interest in the future of the industry.

Building Services – The CIBSE Conference & Exhibition will be co-located with the UK’s leading energy management event, Energy Solutions, which this year will host Lord Sebastian Coe KBE as its keynote speaker. Lord Coe will address the audience on the challenges he has faced throughout his career, specifically his role as part of a leadership team managing high-profile projects with huge sustainability targets.

The FM Event and the Global Security Summit London will also run alongside both events, providing an opportunity for visitors to interact with a host of suppliers from across all industries.

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