Presented by Frank Mills BSc, CEng FCIBSE, MASHRAE, MIMechE,
Technical Director, Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM)

Organised by IMechE CBSD

Whilst temperate areas such as the UK have always been able to use natural ventilation for ventilating and cooling buildings there has been a trend toward mechanically ventilated and air conditioned systems, in some part due to the perception that this provides the ‘ideal’ environment.

The new energy targets leading to zero carbon by 2019 and increasing energy costs is reviving interest in natural ventilation. Recent research has shown that the built environmental can be similar to that of air conditioned systems and the World Health Organisation has published a report showing how Natural Ventilation can REDUCE infections in previously air conditioned hospitals.

The target to develop zero carbon hospitals by 2019 has lead to new research efforts to develop new ways of achieving comfort and infection control using natural ventilation as the primary ‘zero carbon‘ system and in some cases as part of hybrid low carbon HVAC solutions.

This webinar describes the latest thinking in this area and shows how new and existing buildings including offices, schools and hospitals can benefit from such an approach.

Frank is a specialist in sustainable engineering building design and has completed many low energy and zero energy buildings.

Some of his most recent projects include the building services engineering for the Lancashire Building Schools for the Future programme where all schools are naturally ventilated and have received energy efficiency ratings of A’s and B’s. He is a member of the research team for naturally ventilated hospitals lead by Cambridge University

Frank is an active member and past chair of IMechE CBSD committee, past chair of CIBSE Healthcare Group, Chair of CIBSE North West Region, a Member of the UK Department of Health Engineering Knowledge Group and Sustainability Champion for ASHRAE Handbook Development.

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