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Inaugural George Henderson Memorial Lecture: 'Improving building performance: Sparing no expense to get something on the cheap?'

17:30 - 19:00 12 June 2013

Location: Christopher Ingold XLG2 Auditorium, University College London, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ

Inaugural George Henderson Lecture

We are delighted to announce that Bill Bordass will be presenting the Inaugural George Henderson Memorial Lecture at the UCL Energy Institute. In this free event Bill will address why the quest for more sustainable, lower-energy buildings seems to be turning into a complicated, expensive and bureaucratic obstacle race; and what we might do to change this.

As one of the UK’s leading buildings performance evaluation experts, Bill will share his extensive experience to identify what works and what needs attention.

Following the talk, Steve Selkowitz, head of the Commercial Building Systems Group at Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, California, will respond to Bill’s points via Skype.

The audience will also have the opportunity to ask Bill questions both in the lecture room and informally during drinks afterwards.

Professor Tadj Oreszczyn, Director of the UCL Energy Institute will chair the event.

Slides from this event

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'Improving building performance: Sparing no expense to get something on the cheap?'

'Improving building performance: Sparing no expense to get something on the cheap?'

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About the speaker:

Bill Bordass is a building scientist who worked at RMJM London, where he led its building services and energy groups.  In 1984 he set up William Bordass Associates, which studies the technical and environmental performance of new, existing and historic buildings in operation and works closely with human factors specialists. He was on the Probe team, which undertook and published 20 post-occupancy evaluations of recently-completed buildings.  

Bill is research and policy adviser to the Usable Buildings Trust charity, which collects and disseminates information on building performance and its implications.  He has contributed to over 200 publications including energy consumption guides, the Soft Landings Framework (2009) and the Special Issue of Building Research & Information on New Professionalism (2013).  He recently received an OBE for services to architecture, engineering and sustainable development.

About George Henderson:

George worked at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) at Garston from 1975 until 1997 before leaving his increasingly managerial role to get back to the more technical work he loved, working as a private consultant. In the early years he was involved in pioneering work on measuring the energy efficiency of buildings. He went on to develop the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), which has become both an essential research tool and a key component of building regulation in the UK. In recognition of the importance of this work, George and two colleagues were awarded the Esso Energy Award by The Royal Society in 1995. George was a founder member of the ECEEE, serving on the Board and subsequently the Advisory Committee.  Those who had the privilege to know him will remember him as a quiet, sensitive and very modest man and a great colleague.

Afternoon event:

The evening will follow a highly interactive afternoon masterclass at UCL for UK MPhil/PhD students researching in energy and buildings, and in building performance more generally. Postgraduate students interested in attending this event can learn more about ‘BUILDING PERFORMANCE: THE BIGGER PICTURE’, with Bill Bordass and Adrian Leaman of the Usable Buildings Trust.

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Special thanks go to Building Research and Information Journal and Chartered Institution of Building Services Engingeers (CIBSE) for supporting the Inaugural George Henderson Memorial Lecture: 'Improving building performance : Sparing no expense to get something on the cheap?'