Final week of voting begins for Stars of Building Science
Longlist of 28 top names vie for a place on the virtual academy of scientific excellence
Report from – Jo Smit
The race is now on to see which of the 28 names on our longlist will be voted into our virtual academy of excellence as Stars of Building Science. The poll has closed to new nominations but you still have time to vote for those on our list below.
Voting closes on 20 September and the membership of our virtual academy of excellence will be announced on 25 September.
Further details about the poll are given below.
How to vote: To cast your vote simply email your choice to: Building4change@bre.co.uk.
Focus on seven of the nominees
Building physics engineer Susie Diamond (pictured third from top) is co-founder of Inkling, a building physics consultancy working to make buildings more comfortable and energy/carbon efficient. Before launching the company two years ago, she spent nine years with Fulcrum Consulting where she led the building physics team. Her knowhow spans a range of renewable technologies, with projects that she's worked on including the Natural History Museum’s Darwin Centre, Brighton Library and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. A finalist for the 2013 inaugural Rising Star Award, run by the UK Green Building Council and PRP Architects, Diamond is vice chair of the Women in Building Services Engineering steering group (WiBSE).
Tadj Oreszczyn is professor of energy and environment, and director of the UCL Energy Institute, University College London. He was a founding director of the Energy Institute, and is a member of the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change Scientific Advisory Group and the Scientific Council of the EU Energy Efficient Building (E2B) programme. Oreszczyn has provided research support for the development of the English and Welsh building regulations and given evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology select committee on energy efficiency. He has lectured at the Royal Society and the Royal Institution, and has been involved in more than 160 research publications.
Peter Rumsey (pictured top) is chief technology officer at US-based Integral Group and a leader in the design of low and zero energy buildings. He pioneered the use of chilled beams in laboratories and radiant cooling in office buildings, and has championed zero energy commercial development. Rumsey has been working in engineering and energy consulting since the mid-1980s and has both green buildings and publications to his credit. He is a frequent lecturer at industry events, conferences, colleges and universities, including the University of California at Berkeley and Stanford University, and is a senior fellow of the Rocky Mountain Institute.
Kerstin Sailer is an architectural studies lecturer at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London (UCL), and director of research and innovation at Spacelab Architects. She has a special interest in the relationship between spatial configuration, organisational structure and social dynamics in the built environment, focusing mainly on office buildings and workplace environments. Before taking up her current post, Sailer was part of a two-year partnership between UCL and Spacelab, where she developed a business process for analysing links between space and workplace effectiveness. Author of numerous research papers, she has won awards and scholarships for her research and has presented at national and international conferences and workshops.
Craig White (pictured bottom) has been an energetic advocate of sustainable design and innovation using natural materials. The founder of design practice White Design and director of straw bale cladding company ModCell, he was a lead player in research carried out at the University of Bath BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, to design and build the ModCellTM-clad BaleHausTM demonstration home. White is a design advice consultant for the Carbon Trust, a board member of the Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA), and was chair of Wood for Gold, helping the Olympic Delivery Authority to produce the 'greenest games ever' for London 2012. White is a member of the steering group for the low impact buildings innovation platform at the Technology Strategy Board, and chair of Wood for Good. He is also a senior lecturer in architectural design for sustainability at the University of the West of England.
Runming Yao is professor of building and urban sustainability at the University of Reading, and her research centres on energy and environment, with a particular focus on the UK and China. Author and co-author of a range of papers and books, including the Chinese National Standard of Indoor Environmental Assessment, her numerous accreditations include guest professor and PhD supervisor of Chongqing University, China, and president of the UK Chinese Association of Resource and Environment. She is an EPSRC college member, and an editorial board member for the Journal of Intelligent Buildings International, the Journal of Renewable Energy and the Journal of Indoor and Built Environment.
Stephen Selkowitz (pictured second from top) is a long-time champion of building energy efficiency and has led the building technologies department at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in the USA for 35 years. As an internationally recognised expert on window technologies, façade systems and daylighting, he collaborates with research and development teams worldwide. He is a frequently invited speaker to industrial and professional groups on many aspects of building technologies and commercial building energy efficiency, the author or co-author of more than 170 publications and three books, and he holds two patents. Recipient of a lifetime achievement award from LBNL, his award nomination described him as the Steve Jobs of energy-efficient buildings, who has "changed how we design, build, and inhabit buildings the world over".
The full list of nominees:
- 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; 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. Voting for this final list of nominees will 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.