Best Paper award to May Khalfan at Dubai sustainability conference.

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Professor Steve Sharples presented papers on behalf of two of his PhD students at the Sustainable Built Environment conference (SBE16) that was held in Dubai, 17-19th January 2016. Mahmoud Elkhatieb’s paper ‘Climate adaptive building shells for office buildings in Egypt: a parametric and algorithmic daylight tool’ created a great deal of interest amongst the conference delegates because of its subject matter (facades that change their form dynamically in response to external and internal environmental conditions). May Khalfan’s paper ‘Thermal comfort analysis for the first Passivhaus in Qatar’ had significance to many of the delegates because of her study being based in the Gulf region. The quality of May’s work was recognised when she awarded the Best Paper award at the end of the conference.