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From master planning through to the detailed design of buildings and post-occupancy analysis, the Institute is able to provide expert advice, through the deployment of international experts from the fields of engineering, mathematics, building physics, sociology and psychology.

Institute staff sit on or advise numerous national and international committees concerned with setting standards for buildings and their design, for example: CIBSE, UK Building Regulations, International Lighting Commission, and ASHRAE Technical and Standards Committees. Staff provide advice and training to regional and central government departments and other groups.

Clients that have benefited from the Institute’s work include: international architects such as McCormack Jameson Pritchard, Short and Associates and Abbey Holford Rowe; engineering consultants such as BDP and EDP; energy equipment manufacturers such as Baxi, E-On and Passivent; and government departments (EMDA, ODPM, DEFRA).

Areas in which we work

  • Innovative energy and environmental design concepts for buildings, particularly low-energy naturally ventilated and daylit buildings
  • Simulation analysis of building energy use and building regulations compliance checking
  • Advanced daylighting assessment of innovative and light sensitive facilities
  • Detailed fluid dynamic analysis of air flows within and around buildings
  • Energy, lighting and air quality monitoring of buildings and urban spaces
  • Building occupancy surveys (health and comfort)
  • Climate and energy policy for sustainable development
  • Evaluation and assessment of policies, programmes and projects
  • Training and education

Examples of our work

Innovative energy concepts have resulted in awards for a number of buildings:

  • Lanchester Library, Coventry
    £18m, completed 2000 - Outstanding Environmental Achievement 2001, Institute of Civil Engineers; Library Design Award 2002, Society of College, National and University Libraries (SCONUL); Overall Winner 2000, Institute of Maintenance and Building Management awards; Best new commercial project, Award for Excellence 2000, UK Cast Stone Association
  • Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
    £5.25m, completed 2003 – CIBSE Project of the year 2004
  • Braunstone Health and Social Care Centre, Leicester
    £6m, completed 2004 - Leicestershire RIBA ProCon award, and precursor to a Department of Health grant (IESD - £60k) to design a naturally ventilated low-energy hospital prototype
  • School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
    £10m, completed autumn 2005 - RIBA Award 2006; Brick Awards Best Public Building of the Year 2006; short listed for The RIBA Sustainability Award 2006 and Low Energy Building of the Year 2006; and featured in the Science Museum’s Building to the Limits exhibition. Most notably, the passive down draught cooling concept won IESD the CIBSE Environmental Initiative of the Year Award 2006
  • Judson College, Elgin, nr Chicago, Illinois
    $25m, completed autumn 2007 – won a $7.5m Earth Stewardship grant from US Federal Government (DoE), two grants of $200k from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, and a Kresge Foundation grant of $600k.

Additionally the IESD has developed and/or analysed the energy concept on a number of schools and other buildings:

  • Navigation Primary School (Altringham)
  • Grand Avenue Primary School
  • Fifth Avenue Primary School
  • Caludon Castle School
  • CNS High School Norwich
  • Berkhamsted Collegiate School
  • Colchester Garrison
  • Harper Adams Agricultrual College
  • Keele University Moser Building
  • Priestly College
  • Merchant Taylors Hall, London
  • Learning Resource Centre, Bedford
  • Learning Research Centre, Magee College, Belfast
Strategic advice has been given to
  • The Office of Science and Innovation Foresight Panel
  • The DIUS Sciencewise Evaluation Panel
  • The ODPM Review of Commissioned Research
  • UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • East Midlands Regional Assembly
  • East Midlands Development Agency
  • Government Office for the East Midlands
  • Leicester City Council
  • Nottingham and Derbyshire Local Authorities Energy Partnership
  • Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA)
  • UK Local Government Association
  • UK Delegation to the Committee of the Regions
  • Energy Cities
  • International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
  • German Marshall Fund of the United States

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