ACN Webinar - Thursday 28 May 2020

Daylighting, ventilation & overheating


Jeremy Climas - Max Fordham

Ruth Kelly Waskett - Hoare Lea

Nick Hopper - Monodraught

Paul Cooper - Hoare Lea

Time; 8.15 - 9.15am


There is little dispute that good daylighting, ventilation and acoustic environments have a significant impact on the teaching and learning of pupils and teachers. The DfE Output Specification has specific requirements for the design of the internal environmental conditions of all spaces with specific annexes for mechanical services and public health engineering and daylight and electric lighting. Come and join us for our first ECN breakfast of 2020 as we discuss the merits of these documents:

  • What evidence and research are the specifications based on?

  • How significant is there impact over time sitting in a specific position during the course of a lesson or entire day?

  • Have they become over complicated?

  • How practical is it to assume that natural ventilation is viable given the issues around pollution and acoustics?

  • Is the drive to modular and off-site solutions improving design and compliance?

Please note that this webinar was originally scheduled as an ECN Breakfast event.  We do intend to run this as a breakfast event in due course. If you have previously booked to attend this event, we will run through the options in terms using previously booked tickets.


Jeremy Climas
Max Fordham

Jeremy is the Schools Sector Champion at Max Fordham; a role which includes technical development of schools design, business development in the schools sector.


As part of the role he's volunteered to be chair of the CIBSE School Design Group.  He has worked across a range of sectors in his time at Max Fordham including cultural buildings, sports, higher education and offices but has usually had at least one school on the go at some stage of development both in the state and independent sectors. He passionately believes that good MEP design and collaboration is required to realise a great final result of an integrated building where it looks good and everything works.

Ruth Kelly Waskett
Hoare Lea

Ruth is a lighting consultant with a background in engineering, lighting design and academia. She’s passionate about the role of daylight and sunlight in bringing buildings to life, and the impact of daylight exposure on the health and wellbeing of building occupants. Ruth worked as a mechanical building services engineer before specialising in lighting, giving her an appreciation of the key part played by lighting and daylighting in the wider context of sustainable building design. Ruth’s PhD research looked at the user experience of smart glazing in a UK office, and she has a particular interest in the real-life issues associated with automated building technology, particularly those that offer daylight control.

Ruth is a Vice-President of the Society of Light & Lighting (SLL), a part of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). She led the revision of the SLL Daylighting design guide in 2014 and is a regular contributor to various CIBSE and SLL guidance documents. She also contributes to the Daylight module of the Lighting Education Trust (LET) Diploma Course and is a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett School, UCL, with involvement in the MSc in Light & Lighting and MEng in Architectural Engineering.

Nick Hopper

Nick Hopper serves as the Technical Director for Monodraught with responsibility for commercial project success and innovations. 

Having spent over twenty years in the energy-efficient technology industry, Nick has a great insight into the viability of innovative products. He is a named inventor on numerous low energy building product patents covering technologies for natural ventilation solutions, natural daylighting designs and optimised phase change material systems.

Paul Cooper
Hoare Lea

Paul has a huge passion for delivering school buildings and takes great pride in the knowledge that the buildings he has delivered will provide a lasting legacy for thousands.

He worked closely with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) on the production of a range of Employer’s Requirements documents, such as the Facilities Output Specification, Output Specification and BB101.

Additionally, he has delivered more than 60 schools and academy buildings, ranging from small extensions to substantial new school estates. Almost all of these schemes have been delivered through the ESFA Priority Schools framework and have been designed to meet the EFSA FOS and OS requirements. The experience of delivering these schemes gives him a huge insight into the role that MEP, daylighting, acoustics and fire engineering can have on the delivery of successful school buildings.