NEW EVENT: Passive & Hybrid Downdraught Cooling Symposium

NEW EVENT: Passive & Hybrid Downdraught Cooling Symposium


Date: 07th and 08th January 2010

Location: University College London, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, WC1E6BT London

Organisers: Nottingham University, UCL, CIBSE School Design Group, CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group and IBPSA-England


CIBSE School Design Group and CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group have contributed to the organisation of this international symposium which will introduce different approaches to downdraught cooling and illustrate this by reference to case study buildings around the world. The market for Passive & Hybrid Downdraught Cooling in Europe, India and China, and life-cycle costs will also be addressed. Climatic applicability and design strategies and rules of thumb will be discussed prior to the introduction to the software tools in the workshop. A special session will review the design and performance of the UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies to which a visit is planned for the Friday afternoon.


All delegates will get a copy of ‘Design Sourcebook’ which provides a ‘state of the art’ summary, and guidance for architects and engineers. The sourcebook also includes two software tools which will enable architects and engineers to predict energy and environmental performance and to assess the affects of design changes on performance. The draft Sourcebook and software will be available free of charge to all delegates to the symposium.


By attending the International Symposium one will be able to gain significant insight into recent developments and applications of PHDC around the world. 


IMPORTANT: This event is not organised by CIBSE HQ. If you would like to participate in the two-day symposium, please email our administrators to request a registration form, to:  


Registration fee is £100. This includes an electronic copy of the draft Design Sourcebook and Software Tools + lunch for both days, and refreshments.


Participants are requested to bring a fully charged laptop with them on the second day of the event, which will include an interactive workshop.


Please note that limited seats are available and therefore registration occurs on a first come first serve basis.



               PROGRAMME: DAY 1


9.00 Coffee and registration


9.30 Welcome - Professor Alexi Marmot (UCL)


9.40 Keynote Introduction - Mario Cucinella (Italy), Max Fordham (UK)


10.00 Introduction to Passive and Hybrid Downdraught Cooling –Professor Brian Ford (UNOTT)


10.30 Tea & Coffee Break


Session A:

Chair: Dr. Simos Yannas (AA)


11.00 Applicability to new buildings: Case studies– Elizabeth Francis (MCA, Italy)


11.30 Applicability in Europe & USA Case Studies Professor Brian Ford (UNOTT)


12.00 Market Projection & Financial Analysis – Paul Thomas (DL)


12.30 Panel Session - All


13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH


Session B: 

Chair: Professor Derek Croome (Reading University)


14.00 Climatic applicability & Performance Analysis:Comfort & energy – Dr José Manuel Salmerón (AICIA)


14.40 Designing Downdraught Cooling Systems: Introduction to Sourcebook and Rules of thumb –Elizbeth Francis (MCA)



15.10 Panel Session - All


15.30 Tea/coffee break and exhibition


Session C:

Chair: Professor Brian Ford (UNOTT)


UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies: Case Study


15.45 Professor Alan Short (University of Cambridge)


16.15 Professor Kevin Lomas and Dr Malcolm Cook (Loughborough University)


17.15 Feedback session – ALL


17.45 Close












All workshop participants need to bring personal laptops with software loaded. The software will be provided during the Day 1


9.00 Coffee and registration


9.30 Workshop Part 1: Performance Analysis  – Professor Servando Alvarez (AICIA)


11.00 Tea & Coffee Break


11.15 Workshop Part 2: Getting the grip with the performance tool - Professor Servando Alvarez (AICIA)


12.30 Discussion/Feedback – ALL


13.00 – 14.00 LUNCH



14.00 Visit: UCL School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies


15.00 Close