My symposium highlights: Sara Kassam​, head of sustainability​​, ​CIBSE

Press/Media: Research


As always, the CIBSE Technical Symposium – packed full of interesting people, subjects and discussions – didn’t disappoint. The sheer richness and variety set my head spinning. Here are my highlights:

Alex MacLaren, Heriot-Watt University assistant professor in architectural design, and BSRIA senior consultant, Sarah Birchall, were fizzing with enthusiasm about collaboration, no doubt influenced by their own experiences of being involved in the BIM2050 Group. If creating a sustainable built environment is a collaborative endeavour, then surely we should be implementing more interdisciplinary learning, teaching, working and training?

Sadhbh Ni Hogain, Haringey Council housing retrofit manager, and University of Sheffield research associate, Rebecca Ince, provided an honest assessment of a large domestic retrofit project across six London boroughs. The ‘smart advisor’ role was found to be key in helping homeowners navigate the complex process of retrofitting, providing specialist technical advice and completing post-installation audits.

Period15 Apr 2016

Media contributions


Media contributions


TitleCIBSE Technical Symposium 2016
LocationHeriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Period14 Apr 2016 → 15 Apr 2016


  • collaboration
  • construction
  • professional education
  • pedagogy
  • interprofessional
  • interdisciplinary