Mike Smith honoured by BSRIA

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Published: 20 March 2019


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Mike Smith of BSRIA
Engineering director Mike Smith has been made an Honorary Member of BSRIA, only the 11th such honour in the 64-year history of the association.

The award recognises what BSRIA describes as 'an extraordinary contribution to the association and the independent promotion of best practice in the building services industry'.
Smith joined BSRIA in September 1988 to run The Maintenance Centre, which at the time had two research contracts and no staff. Over the next 12 years he built a large team concentrating on three main themes – improving maintenance management, improving the efficiency of air conditioning refrigeration systems and improving construction productivity. 
 
At the high point of government support for research in construction under the ‘Partners in Innovation’ scheme in the late 1990s, he was responsible for the delivery on 56 separate research projects. This co-authored work produced more than 40 of BSRIA world-renowned publications including the early versions of BG 6, the commissioning guides, the only large-scale performance trials of VRF equipment and guides about offsite construction and business focused maintenance. 
 
He was elected to the BSRIA board in 1999, was awarded the CIBSE Silver Medal in 2019 and was made an Honorary Fellow of CIBSE in 2016. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration and for many years was on its Technical Committee. He is a board member of the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board and has been an ASHRAE member for over 25 years.
 
BSRIA chief executive Julia Evans said: “Mike is highly respected by everyone associated with BSRIA as is demonstrated by his nomination for this award by his peers from across the industry. This is a well-deserved achievement for Mike and I speak on behalf of all his colleagues in congratulating him.”