IES sponsors student competition to improve performance of building on famous South African street
IES will provide VE licences for competition use and as prizes to the winning team
20th November 2015
A student competition has been announced that will see university teams from English-speaking Africa compete to improve the performance of a small building located on South Africa’s most famous street, also home to two Nobel Laureates – Archbishop Tutu and Nelson Mandela.
The building is based on the original 1944 design that was used for houses on Vilakazi Street, Orland West, many of which are still occupied today. This house is similar to the original Mandela home.
The aim is to provide a competitive forum for student members of the Southern and East African Architectural and Engineering Community. It is expected that tutors of relevant courses in Universities in Africa could use this as part of their teaching material or as a case study in environmental and sustainability building design.
Entries will be judged by a Panel of judges headed up by Dr Dru Crawley and members of IBPSA and the CIBSE Building Simulation Groups. The results will be finalised in September 2016 and announced at the IBPSA-England Building Simulation and Optimization Conference (12 Sept 2016) and the awards will be made at the SAEE Conference (Nov 2016). Details will be posted on the SAEE, IBPSA, SAIEE and CIBSE Websites. IES will provide free software licences to the winning teams as well as the University they study at.
SAEE - Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency
IBPSA - International Building Performance Simulation Association
CIBSE - Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers
SAIEE - South African Institute of Electrical Engineers
Key factors influencing the judges’ decision:
• accurate and intelligent use of building simulation
• most important are the thermal and visual comfort of the occupants
• indoor air quality criteria must be met ( CO2 levels or air changes per hour )
• the simultaneous demand and production of on-site energy ( load matching )
Drawings and partially completed models will be made available to teams to speed the simulation process and lighten the load. Prizes will be awarded for a range of achievements. The following Software packages will be made available for use in the competition only after consultation with the local agents: BSIMAC, DesignBuilder, and the IES Virtual Environment (IESVE).
For further information or to register a team contact:
Organiser – Mike Barker (mike@BuildingPhysics.co.za)
For information on the modelling software contact:
IES - Jeanne Parker-Weekes (email@example.com)
DesignBuilder - Francois Joubert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
BSIMAC - Dr Alec Johannsen (email@example.com)