Last chance to nominate your Star of Building Science
...but you still have two weeks to vote as final flurry of names rush to beat this friday’s nominations deadline
Report from – Jo Smit
This is your last chance to put forward a name for the Stars of Building Science, as the list will close to new nominations on this Friday, 6 September. After that date, the poll will continue, but the contest will be limited to those already on the list.
Voting remains open until 20 September to decide which of the names on the list of nominations – 28 so far – will make it into the final Building4change virtual academy of excellence, and win recognition as Stars of Building Science. If you have a favourite, then make sure you vote to keep them in contention.
This week has seen a last minute rush of new additions to the list, including such industry names as John Doggart, Craig White and Neil May. Each week we will continue to focus on the achievements of some of the nominees to help you make your final choice. The final Stars of Building Science will be announced on 25 September.
Further details about the poll are given below.
How to vote: To make a nomination or cast your vote simply email your choice to: Building4change@bre.co.uk.
Focus on five of the nominees
John Doggart (pictured middle) is today best known as chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA), the charity dedicated to reducing carbon emissions from buildings that is behind the Old Home Superhome housing retrofit campaign. But Doggart, who trained in both engineering and architecture, has long been a champion of green building. In Milton Keynes, he developed the UK’s first solar house and the first passive solar housing scheme, and he also co-developed the first energy rating system for housing. He built up his own practice specialising in low energy, environmental design, called ECD, and co-developed BRE’s BREEAM rating system. Doggart is a co-founder of the Existing Homes Alliance (EHA) and chairs its finance working group. He continues to innovate to green the built environment, having most recently worked on an internal insulation system which can be installed while residents remain in-situ, called WHISCERS or Whole House In situ Carbon and Energy Reduction Solution.
Lubo Jankovic is professor of zero carbon design at Birmingham City University and a founding member of its Centre of Excellence for Low Carbon Research. As a practising designer, he has delivered energy A-rated buildings using dynamic simulation methods as design tools. As a researcher, he has gained extensive experience of building performance through instrumental monitoring and analysis. He has also pursued his specialisms through the businesses Emission Zero R&D and InteSys, and last year his book, Designing low or zero carbon buildings using dynamic simulation methods, was published by Routledge.
Dedicated followers of innovation might be familiar with the Tarbase CO2 modelling service, which was displayed in the Modern Built Environment Knowledge Transfer Network’s Innovation Zone at Ecobuild three years ago. Jenkins was a co-originator of Tarbase, which estimated the reduction in carbon emissions from refurbishment interventions. Jenkins is a lecturer at Heriot Watt University’s school of the built environment, and his recent research activities have included a study of the retrofit of a non-domestic building in Scotland.
Paul Littlefair is principal lighting consultant at BRE where he leads the lighting team. He has more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of lighting, has a PhD in daylighting and is a member of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and of the Society of Light and Lighting. He has written more than 100 papers and books on his subject, including guides on office lighting, hospital lighting, and daylighting. His latest publication, The essential guide to retail lighting has just been published by IHS BRE Press.
How to improve the UK’s significant stock of Victorian homes is one area of research studied by the architect and environmental designer Sofie Pelsmakers (pictured bottom). She has taught sustainability and environmental design and led a masters programme at the University of East London, and is a doctoral researcher in building energy demand reduction at UCL’s Energy Institute. Pelsmakers is also author of the Environmental design pocketbook, published by the RIBA, and has won accolades for her social media presence and as one of the top women influencers of sustainable architecture. Pelsmakers co-founded not-for-profit building organisation Architecture for Change.
The full list of nominees to date:
- Bill Bordass, head of research and policy development, Usable Buildings Trust
- David Clark, global sustainability partner, Cundall
- Geoff Cook, reader in inclusive environmental engineering, University of Reading
- Susie Diamond, founding partner of Inkling
- John Doggart, chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy
- Wolfgang Feist, head of Passivhaus Institute
- Rajat Gupta, professor of sustainable architecture and climate change and director of the Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development (OISD) at Oxford Brookes University
- Lisa Heschong, managing principal of the Heschong Mahone Group
- Christina Hopfe, lecturer in the School of Engineering, BRE Institute of Sustainable Engineering, Cardiff University
- Lubo Jankovic, professor of zero carbon design at Birmingham City University, director of Emission Zero R&D and InteSys
- David Jenkins, lecturer in the school of the built environment, Heriot-Watt University
- Doug King, head of Doug King Consulting, visiting professor of building physics at Bath University, Chongqing University and Russia's Kuban State University
- Paul Littlefair, principal lighting consultant, BRE
- Vivian Loftness, professor in the school of architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
- Kevin Lomas, professor of building simulation, Loughborough University
- Neil May, managing director, Natural Building Technologies (NBT), chairman of the Good Homes Alliance, director of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products
- Don McLean, founder and managing director, IES
- Fergus Nicol, professor emeritus of architecture at Oxford Brookes University and deputy director, low energy architecture research unit at London Metropolitan University
- Tadj Oreszczyn, professor of energy and environment and director of the UCL Energy Institute, University College London
- Sofie Pelsmakers, environmental architect, doctoral researcher and author
- Christoph Reinhart, leader of the Sustainable Design Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Peter Rumsey, chief technology officer at US-based Integral Group
- Kerstin Sailer, lecturer in complex buildings, University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture
- Stephen Selkowitz, head, building technologies department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Li Shao, chair in sustainable technologies in the built environment, University of Reading
- Peter Walker, head of department of architecture and civil engineering, and director of the BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, University of Bath
- Craig White, founder of White Design and senior lecturer in the department of planning and architecture at the University of the West of England
- Runming Yao, professor in building and urban sustainability, University of Reading
What is the Stars of Building Science poll?
The poll gives you the chance to vote for your chosen Stars of Building Science. Your nominee may be an established name already familiar to many within the industry for their achievements, or may be a rising star making their mark in their chosen field. They may be working in a university or research organisation or a major multinational business; they may be a UK construction industry name, or perhaps even be innovating with a brand new technology in a start-up.
The competition is open to those involved in any aspect of the built environment and any discipline, in the UK or overseas. Our search is intended simply to recognise the achievements of all those who are promoting the very best in building science to improve the quality, sustainability and resilience of the built environment, and ultimately to make people’s lives better.
You can nominate more than one individual, but you cannot cast more than one vote for one individual. The competition will close to new nominations on 6 September 2013. Voting for the final list of nominees will then remain open until 20 September 2013. After that time we will announce our final list of the top scorers, who together will form a virtual academy of scientific excellence. If you want to see your choice on that final list, then make sure you vote today.