The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) will be hosting a very interesting seminar on overcoming the challenges to improve the sustainability of our existing building stock.
Title: Low energy (UK) residential buildings: avoiding unintended consequences
Speaker: Sofie Pelsmakers MSc PGDip ARB RIBA Architecture for Change, Not-for-profit environmental building
Time: 12.30-1.30pm Date: Thursday 15th September
Location: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), University of Wollongong, Innovation Campus (Building 237), Squires Way, North Wollongong (maphttp://www.innovationcampus.com.au/aboutic/maps/index.html)
Abstract There are around 26 million dwellings in the UK, the majority of which will still exist in 2050, and these are responsible for nearly 1/3rd of the UK’s CO2 emissions. At present, these dwellings are difficult and expensive to heat due to their poorly insulated fabric. In the quest to reduce fuel poverty and energy use (and associated carbon emissions) and to increase occupant thermal comfort, significant improvement to the fabric of both the existing and new housing stock is a necessity. However, designing or refurbishing dwellings to much higher insulation and airtightness standards without due consideration can also lead to unintended consequences. Examples of unintended consequences (and how to avoid them) as found in the UK will be illustrated in this talk and include for example 'take back', perverse incentives, the performance gap, building overheating, fabric damage and air quality issues (IAQ).
Biography [cid:image001.jpg@01D20A64.A0CF4030] Sofie is a chartered architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, building and teaching sustainable architecture. She is particularly passionate about bridging the information gap between environmental research and its application in design and building practice. As such, Sofie authored ‘The Environmental Design Pocketbook’ (RIBA Publishing), a comprehensive publication which distils environmental science, legislation and guidance into one easy to use single source. This publication received commendation by the RIBA for ‘Outstanding Practice-located Research ’(2012) and was ‘Highly Commended’ for the UKGBC/PRP ‘Rising Star award’ 2013. The second edition was published in 2015. She became part-time lecturer at Sheffield University School of Architecture in October 2015 where she co-leads an MSc in Sustainable Architecture and she joined ECD Architects as part-time Head of Research in 2016. She is currently co-authoring a Performance Gap book with Judit Kimpian and Hattie Hartman. She recently finished her PhD at UCL on the retrofit of the existing Victorian housing stock, in particular in-situ heat-flow measuring of suspended ground floors. She developed in-situ measuring techniques and undertook pilot studies to investigate the effect of insulation interventions on floor heat loss and floor void conditions. Sofie was listed among 20 ‘Women influencing Sustainable Architecture’ in the UK by the Architects Journal (2013); 1 of 13 ‘Stars of Building Science’ in the BRE’s Virtual Academy of Excellence (2013) and has been mentioned in several social media influence listings since 2012. http://www.architectureforchange.com/team---sofie-pelsmakers.html