Theme 1 Passive Cooling and Natural Ventilation
First Training event, London 2017.
The first Newton training event took place at the University of East London from September 4th -15th 2017. The theme of the event was Passive Cooling and Natural Ventilation. Seven academics and researchers from Ain Shams University participated in this training programme.
The training sessions included various lectures, software training and workshops including: Computational Fluids Dynamic (CFD), the DesignBuilder simulation tool, and OPTIVENT, a natural cooling simulation software.
Guest speakers representing Industry professionals also gave lectures complementing the theme of the training program, these included Zedfactory Ltd, Natural Cooling Ltd and XCO2. Lectures were also facilitated by experts from UEL and the University of Strathclyde.
Educational site visits showcasing sustainable design in the UK were also organised by UEL. These included a visit to Building Research Establishment’s Innovation Park in Watford, and visits to Zaha Hadid Architects, The Crystal London: A sustainable cities initiative by Siemens, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) in Stratford.
The first training program was a great success as it showcased some of the key state of the art developments in sustainable design, and proved the capacity building potential of the SD-BE project by training 7 individuals, who can now disseminate their ideas to colleagues and peers in Egypt. Trainees have been challenged to develop transferable skills through proactive engagement in the learning process and learning by doing. They have been encouraged to confidently disseminate their learning experience and knowledge in their profession through direct interaction with their peers by discussing research proposals (using case studies in Egypt) and implement curricula changes to build a strong research-based learning experience for their students.