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The CIBSE Yorkshire Committee
January 2018

Commercial Buildings: Redefining Performance

CIBSE Yorkshire and ASHRAE UK Midlands are pleased to host an evening of presentation and discussion on the hot topic of the building performance gap.

Why is it, despite all of the resources and technology at our disposal, surveys of building occupants are still tell us we are not getting it right for owners, operators and occupiers.

Our two speakers this evening have both spent a decade researching the building performance gap and why most users feel built environments leave more to be desired.

Approaching the problem from two very different directions, they have both arrived at similar views in suggesting the solutions lie outside of architects and designers normal fields of view. Casting their nets wider, in our search for a resolution both speakers have arrived at new an interesting perspectives to the performance gap problem and its solutions.

Ian Ellison - Workspace, place and the spatial turn

Our first speaker is Ian Ellison, a partner at 3 Edges, and formerly a senior lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University's award winning Facilities Management School.

Ian will share insights from his seminal and thought provoking research which explores the difference between workspace and place, and encourages designers to think more critically about received wisdom.

For an industry significantly ‘responsible’ for the provision of the built environment, he asks, how complete is our understanding of how space impacts and interfaces with users? What might the outcomes of our greater awareness of this be?

Edward Murphy - Agile antics

Edward Murphy is the founder of Ollio and a Chartered building services engineer who has turned his full-time attention to pre and post occupancy evaluation of buildings.

His talk looks back at his experiences in going back to learn the lessons from his award winning buildings. Experiences that led to him to understand that awesome aesthetics, elegant engineering and compelling construction, are seldom enough to meet the demands of the growing customer care revolution in the property industry.

In an equally compelling talk he points to a thesis which suggests the solution may lie in redefining the very definition of building performance.


5.30 pm - Arrival and Networking

6.30 pm - Ian Ellison - Workspace, place and the spatial turn

6.55 pm - Edward Murphy - Agile Antics

7.15 pm - Discussion and Questions

8.00 pm - Close of Formal Proceedings and more Networking

8.30pm - Evening Ends

To book your place, visit:

9th Floor Room 9006
Sheffield Hallam University
Cantor Building
153 Arundel Street
S1 2NU

15/02/2017 17:30:00

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