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The Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation 2020 Seminar Series

Future Infrastructure Design and Planning for (climate) Resilient Societies

The complexities of modern systems vital to civil infrastructure continues to increase with the overlap of many traditional silos of knowledge and activity brought about by the progression to digitisation. The impact of human activity and the speed in which societal transformation is occurring across the globe require transdisciplinary research that develops innovative tools and clear insight to enable informed decision-making for the systems we depend upon.

CSEI is pleased to announce the 2020 Seminar Series on Future Infrastructure Design and Planning for (climate) Resilient Societies. Each seminar will focus on an individual area of research influencing civil infrastructure design and planning and will provide attendees with a unique insight into how Imperial is working with industry partners to deliver world class research and support the transition to more resilient and sustainable approach to civil infrastructure projects.

TITLE – Designing with Natural Ventilation in Challenging Climates


This seminar will present state-of-the-art low energy building design solutions from around the world and the role building performance simulation can play in their design. The seminar will include advice and techniques for concept building design and illustrate appropriate use of building performance analysis tools. The focus of the seminar will be on ventilation and its control, although details of how this integrates with other, key, low energy features of the building, will be presented.

Case studies from the UK, USA and India will be used to illustrate the impact of climate on low energy building design. In all cases, details of how research and advanced computational modelling was used for these real world building designs will be presented, as well as the importance of control, commissioning and post completion monitoring.

The seminar will conclude with a look at the latest research being undertaken in the area of ventilation effectiveness as a means of driving down energy consumption associated with winter heating.


Malcolm Cook is Professor of Building Performance Analysis in the School of Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering at Loughborough University and leads work on indoor air quality and thermal comfort modelling. For the past 20 years he has worked on the design and performance of natural and mixed mode ventilation systems and is one of the world’s leading experts on Computational Fluid Dynamics modelling of natural ventilation. Outputs from research projects have included: a new coupled airflow/thermal comfort simulation tool, design guidance for the use of computational fluid dynamics for modelling natural ventilation, and a new sensor and control device for monitoring and controlling naturally ventilated environments. He has published over 60 refereed journal papers and his work has been used in several CIBSE and ASHRAE publications


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