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A Career as a Sustainability Engineer

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As part of our Career in Building Services  series, today we meet Sundara Gurushev from CIBSE Young Engineers Network (YEN) UAE, who is discussing the role of sustainability in the building services engineering industry. If you have any questions about this career path, please contact YEN at  yenuae@cibse.org or the Young Energy Performance Group at yepg@cibse.org Sundara Gurushev finished her Bachelor in Architecture degree from Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Dubai in 2019. She recently joined the AESG Team in Dubai as a Sustainability Coordinator. In her spare time, she volunteers with the World Green Building Council and her university’s Solar Decathlon Team. Sundara serves as a Technical Officer with the CIBSE Young Engineers Network – UAE Region. What do Sustainability Engineers do? Typically, Sustainability Engineers work on ensuring that projects are in compliance with green building codes and the regulations that are mandated by different green building councils and loc

A Career as a Performance Engineer

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  Oli has been working in the built environment for around five years. He started straight after university and is currently working towards chartership with CIBSE. Now working as a Performance Engineer at Hoare Lea, Oli is focused on reducing carbon emissions by improving the performance of homes, offices, and educational buildings throughout the UK. Oli is also the committee secretary for the CIBSE Young Energy Performance Group (YEPG) , supporting the ongoing events and the organisation of the group. Who are Performance Engineers? Performance engineering is an emerging role in the built environment that exists to close the commonly talked about “performance gap”. A Performance Engineers’ job is to ensure that a building is performing as well in reality as it was designed to. How well a building is designed to perform can be measured in many ways. It can be in terms of energy consumption, thermal comfort, lighting levels – whatever is important to the users of the building. Tell us a

CIBSE Role Models - Lionel James

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  To celebrate Black History Month, we're interviewing members of the CIBSE community to help inspire and promote diversity amongst future engineers. This week, we hear from Lionel James, a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager. My name is Lionel James; I am a Chartered Engineer and Chartered Manager with over 35+ years’ experience employed with both Building Services (BS) Design Consultancies and Contractors. My career started at Ove Arup & Partners Ltd in 1981 (now operating as Arup), the office was based in Birmingham. I was the first Black (African/Caribbean ethnicity) Trainee BS Engineer to be employed in the Birmingham office. During my career as a Building Services Engineer, I have worked for numerous Consultancies and Contractors in roles from Mechanical Designer, Principal Designer and Associate Director. I am currently employed as the Lead Building Services Lecturer and Assessor with Solihull College, in the Construction and Built Environmental Dept. I teach on co

Get to know your trainers: Heather Beaumont, Electrical Services Explained trainer

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Full name : Heather Beaumont Topic area : Facilities Management CIBSE Trainer since : 2019 Tell us a little about yourself  I’ve been an engineer for over 35 years and am a STEM Ambassador. What do you enjoy most about being a CIBSE trainer?     Putting together the content and interaction with people. Do you encounter any challenges as a trainer? All training is a challenge as every session is different, that’s what makes it interesting. What is your favourite part about your topic area?   The diversity of buildings services and management. Why do you think that it’s important that building services professionals keep up with their professional development?   Building services change all the time and there are always new methods or technologies that we can employ to improve things. Keeping up to date is essential. If you could go back to your younger self when you started working in building services, what advice would you give yourself or would you try to change some of the decisions

Governing CIBSE in a fair and inclusive way

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Last year, the CIBSE Inclusivity Panel published a set of Inclusivity Guidelines for members and staff. The guidance covers a range of areas from events and communications, to governance. In this blog post, we hear from Atif Rashid on the importance of inclusive practice in governance and what CIBSE is doing to ensure that the institution is governed in a fair and inclusive way.   Governance By Atif Rashid, CIBSE Inclusivity Panel  Governance is a bit like building services engineering. It’s all around us, hidden in plain sight, but many are unaware. When it works well, few take notice of its complex and nuanced machinations. But if it goes wrong – if it breaks down or fails to adapt to changing requirements – the complaints are many, and loud. It’s also a key component in moving the diversity & inclusion (D&I) conversation forward.  This is because, at its heart, good governance is about achieving the trust and buy-in of everyone involved in an organisation. Governance is a

Get to know your trainers: Gordon Hudson, Mechanical Services Explained trainer

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  Full name : Gordon Hudson Areas of expertise : Mechanical Services and sustainability  CIBSE Trainer since: 2017  Tell us a little about yourself  I have worked in both Academia and Professional Practice in the Building Services Engineering Industry. I have always been enthusiastic about learning, whether in formal situations or from experience and that probably explains why I have a had a sort of foot in both camps.   In Academia and Professional practice, sustainability has been a keen focus for me over the last twenty years.  I am particularly interested in whether we can really achieve our aim to deliver low carbon, low impact buildings that deliver well-being. With partners at Northumbria University we researched the use of BREEAM in healthcare and that led to sustainable assessment development work in Abu Dhabi and Egypt.   It became clear to me that although building sustainable issues are worldwide their solutions and delivery are specific to regions too.    In completing th

CIBSE Role Models - Tejiri Ayerume

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To celebrate Black History Month, we're interviewing members of the CIBSE community to help inspire and promote diversity amongst future engineers. This week, we hear from Tejiri Ayerume, a Mechanical Engineer at chapmanbdsp.   My name is Tejiri Ayerume and I am a Mechanical Engineer. I got my Masters (MEng) in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Warwick. I did an elective of business in my final year, so the degree title is Mechanical Engineering with Business Management. I have worked in the building services industry for over a year now at chapmanbdsp. What first interested you in becoming an engineer?  While studying for my GCSEs at the Ursuline Academy Ilford I was often reminded that it would soon be time to choose a career path and therefore the subjects that would allow me to follow that path. My interest in engineering stemmed from an underlying interest in architecture and the design aspects of engineering. It was when I first read the quote “Necessity is the moth