#MeetBSD: Energy and sustainability manager Ben Tysoe

In a brand new series taking you behind the scenes of BSD, we introduce you to those people who have helped to make the company a success over the past 26 years – our employees.

Energy and sustainability manager Ben Tysoe has been with us for more than a decade, after joining the Kettering office in 2008. Here, he discusses life both inside and outside of BSD.

What do you do at BSD?
I head up a small team of energy and thermal modellers in our Kettering office. I’m a fully accredited energy assessor so a lot of my work is modelling and advising for compliance with part L of the building regulations.

Alongside part L analysis, my team and I provide all the usual dynamic simulation services including thermal comfort studies, climate-based daylight analysis, heat and cooling load calculations, ensuring that our designs meet industry standards and client expectations.

How did you get into the M&E consultancy side of the industry?
My previous role was in non-destructive testing, providing calculations to the site teams so I have a background in technical calculations. My move to BSD was shortly before simplified building energy model (SBEM) was introduced so I started as a mechanical engineer, but gradually building simulation has taken over.

What has been your greatest achievement so far? 
I once cycled from the hometown to the beach and back again – just for the hell of it. It’s about a 200-mile round trip.

What keeps you awake at night?
With a young family at home I don’t struggle to sleep, given the opportunity. Of course, sometimes our latest addition, six-month-old Tabitha, has other ideas.

If you could turn back the clock, what would you do differently?
Mistakes are there to learn from. I’d probably just get stuck in a bit quicker and not hesitate.

What has surprised you most about the property and construction industry?
The amount of regulation involved in creating a building. A lot of it is useful and gives us clear guidance on how to design a building. But there is a challenge to us as design consultants to make some of the more complicated metrics more transparent to the end user.

What advice would you give your younger self?
I would probably tell myself a 200-mile cycle isn’t the best idea.

What business outside of BSD do you admire the most and why?
Elon Musk’s space X. I’d love to watch the rockets for the falcon land in person. It seems too good to be true, almost as if the video is in reverse.

What do you consider to be your kryptonite?
Explaining the energy performance gap. The difference in energy consumption between a real building and the compliance model for part L can be difficult to explain even though it is now well documented in the industry literature.