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Article Date: 3rd February 2017

Breathing Buildings Sponsors Cambridge University Engineers Evening

Cambridge University Engineers - Girton Engineers - Natural Ventilation System

Breathing Buildings - Figure 1. EPC inspired headline image in the Energy & Emissions report for Girton College, which compares the CO2 emission density of different college buildings with the CIBSE University Campus benchmark and other sources

Breathing Buildings was pleased to sponsor the annual presentation evening on 27 Jan 2017 for the Girton engineers. Three undergraduates in their final year at Cambridge University presented their project work in order to stimulate debate and show other undergraduates earlier in their tenure at college the wide range of topics which they can tackle in due course.

One of the talks of the evening was given by Kane Hunter on the subject of Comparing Energy Use in Reality with that Predicted in Modelling. This topic is dear to the heart of all engineers at Breathing Buildings, who ultimately care about the actual energy use in buildings and not just that predicted in a modelling report! The project’s primary aim is to collate and present college emissions in a simple format, with historic data presented to show the effect of any changes in measures undertaken by colleges. This data can then potentially be shared amongst colleges to see best practices for reducing emissions. One key aspect of the project is the analysis of a newly built extension which was constructed to high environmental and sustainability standards, incorporating mechanical ventilation with heat recovery. The building is not performing as well as initially hoped, and Kane is investigating why the energy consumption is significantly higher than the design aspirations, to hopefully enable better informed design decisions in future builds to reduce emissions.

EPC inspired headline image in the Energy & Emissions report for Girton College, which compares the CO2 emission density of different college buildings with the CIBSE University Campus benchmark and other sources

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