MC2016 Masters Conference People and Buildings

Sir John CASS Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design

September 23, 2016 – September 23, 2016


A conference for Masters students in sustainable buildings organised by NCEUB

The amount of energy used by a building can vary enormously depending on its relation not just to the climate and the design and operation of the building, but also to the habits and behaviour of its occupants. The core and specialized engineering science and architectural disciplines are important elements in the support of building design but not enough on their own. People and buildings are parts of a system, which needs to be safe, comfortable, sustainable, resilient and affordable for its inhabitants. A successful building is one, which provides the means for those who live in it to achieve these aims, and does it with the minimum use of resources.  A good building design involves addressing CO2 emissions at all stages of the life cycle and mitigating the impacts of climate change on the built environment and its human inhabitants.

There are a growing number of Masters courses designed to enable students and even practitioners to gain the knowledge needed to design good low-carbon buildings that are comfortable to the occupants and have good air quality. In particular students commit a great deal of energy and ingenuity in writing their Masters’ dissertations but rarely get an opportunity to present their work outside the confines of their own University. As a result, a lot of interesting work can be locked away, at best in the school archive, at worst only in the memories of the writer, supervisor or examiner.

The process of writing a paper of just a few pages from the wealth of data accumulated in writing a masters dissertation can be challenging and instructive.

This conference will begin to address this situation by providing a forum to discuss short papers by Masters students who are near the end of their course or who have completed in the last two years. The subject of their paper will usually reflect that of their thesis, but may result from other work they have done if this will provide an interesting and informative paper.

The conference will provide a forum for students of architecture engineering or related disciplines from different universities to meet one another and exchange information and discuss important topics. The conference can also provide a forum for students to contact potential employers. All papers presented will be compiled to a E-book of Proceedings with an ISBN and will be made available for download at the NCEUB site.

It is not necessary to offer a paper to attend.

Key DATES !!!

To participate as an author:

22th August please submit a short (150 words) abstract, giving an outline of the subject, method and conclusions of the paper and send it to the organisers. We recognise that some authors may not have finalised the data collection and analysis by this stage, the idea is more to get a rough estimate of the range and number of papers to expect at the conference.
29th August you will be informed of the acceptance of your paper for development to a full paper
12th September your paper should be uploaded to the website in the prescribed format electronically to be included in the proceedings. Please check through your paper with your course tutor before sending.


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