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UK Team Wins in ASHRAE Student Competition

UK Team Wins in ASHRAE Student Competition

From European Update, Winter 2020

A team from Loughborough University received first place in the Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) category of ASHRAE’s 2019 Student Design Competition. The competition recognizes outstanding student design projects, encouraging undergraduate students to apply their knowledge of practical design of energy-efficient HVAC systems and promoting teamwork.

The 2019 Student Design Competition focused on a new small hospital in Budapest, Hungary.

The 2019 Student Design Competition focused on a new small hospital in Budapest, Hungary. The project involved building a new four-story 70,000 ft2 (6503 m2) medical, clinical, surgical and office building in Budapest.

Members of the winning team from Loughborough University in Leicestershire, United Kingdom, are Greeshma Bindu-Nandakumar, Vijay Chithambaram, Hope Tique Organista and Joshua Vasudevan. Faculty advisor is Dr. Mahroo Eftekhari.

Forty-two teams competed in one of the three categories: HVAC Design Calculations, HVAC System Selection, and Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD). First place winners in the other categories were from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt for the HVAC Design Calculations category, and University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA for the HVAC System Selection category.

Winning projects will be recognized during the 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference, February 1–5 in Orlando, Fla.

For a full list of Student Design Competition winners in all categories (First, Second, Third and Rising Star), please visit the Competitions page (/communities/student-zone/competitions/design-competition-winners) on

ASHRAE’s student design competition challenges undergraduate teams to design or select the HVAC system for a different building every year or to design a sustainable building implementing an integrated building design process (the architectural and building design for sustainability, and its supporting mechanical and electrical systems).

The Integrated Sustainable Building Design (ISBD) competition's aim is to encourage students to extend their knowledge beyond the core mechanical systems. For the ISBD category, the final design level presented may be in a preliminary stage, as the competition's basic intention is to challenge students' imaginative thinking and creative engineering approach to the building and all its systems.

The 2020 student competition focuses on a new archives storage facility in Mumbai, India. The final HVAC system selection and design for the proposed building will need to address Low Life Cycle Cost; Low Environmental Impact; Comfort and Health; Creative High Performance Green Design; and Synergy (with architecture).

To learn about registering for the competition visit the 2020 Design Page: (/communities/student-zone/competitions/2020-design-competition) at