A Career as a District Heating Engineer

As part of the Young Energy Performance Group's (YEPG) “Career in Building Services” series, today we meet Tom, who is discussing District Heating Engineering. If you have any questions, please get in touch at yepg@cibse.orgTom Burton studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge and graduated in 2018. He joined the FairHeat graduate the scheme in October that year and has been working on the graduate scheme there as a heat network engineer. Tom serves as the Technical Officer of the YEPG steering the committee, helping to organise discussion and network events and responding to consultations of key legislation.  What do district heating engineers do?District heating is the process of distributing heat from a centralised energy centre to residential and commercial users, providing energy for heating, hot water and cooling. This is a key technology highlighted by the government to decarbonise the UK heat sector and help meet the net-zero 2050 target. Engineers in this …

A Career as a Building Services Engineer

In the first of the Young Energy Performance Group's (YEPG) Careers Blog series, we hear from Rossella Perniola on her career in building services engineering. Rossella is a Chartered Building Services Engineer at Scotch Partners and the Chair of CIBSE YEPG (Young Energy Performance Group). She studied in Italy and has been working in the UK for 6 years, leading projects of various nature, size and complexity. Passionate about the impact that the construction industry has on the environment and on people, she is keenly interested in emerging R&D and actively engages in the climate emergency debate. What is building services engineering?Building services are systems that allow people to live in buildings comfortably and safely. These mainly include ventilation, water, drainage, electrical services, heating and cooling. Who can embrace this career?Many students never hear about building services engineering for a long time. In fact, many professionals join this industry from a di…

"Whatever grade you are, volunteer your time to participate with the Institution." #WeAreCIBSE

The #WeAreCIBSE campaign aims to celebrate the individuals and groups who collectively make up our Institution and keep it running. In this new blog series, we speak to members who are going above and beyond to give back to the building services community through their work with CIBSE. In this blog, we hear from Alan Lawrence CEng MCIBSE who sits on CIBSE’s Inclusivity and Diversity Panel.Tell us about yourself and your career?
I am a Consultant Engineer for Savills, a global Real Estate property adviser based in London, providing Engineering term consultancy advice and project management to Commercial and Retail properties across the UK. In my 30 years plus experience in the Built Environment sector. I have worked in a range of areas including Manufacturing, Design, Fast Moving Consumer Foods, Education, Healthcare, Private Finance Initiatives and Facilities Management. What do you do at CIBSE?I decided to seek a role at CIBSE as a part of my Business Performance Development Review. I …

Keep track of your employees’ development remotely

After the past challenging months, the world has started to embrace the ‘new normal’. Companies were focusing their efforts in adapting to the current situation in the short term but are now looking to the future to keep their market position ahead of their competition. This includes keeping your employees’ knowledge updated and skills sharp by providing them with training. But how can you keep track of your employees’ development remotely?Utilising corporate training offerings will enable you to monitor their development remotely and, thus, improve their work performance.1. Monitor performance. Online platforms enable you to allocate training modules and view your employees’ training progress. You can see which employees you have allocated courses to, and track who has started, and who has completed them. 2. Effective time management. Online learning training can be completed at your employees’ own pace. They can dip in and out of the training whenever they want so they can fit it wit…

Get to know your trainers: Gary Marshall, Electrical Services Explained trainer

Full name: Gary Marshall

Tell us a little about yourselfHopefully, I strive to be approachable and committed to others with recognised expertise and always easy to do communicate with and together we can share our expertise and experience and pass it on to others for the future sustainability of our environment and cities of tomorrow.I have over 30 years in the Building Services Industry and I have accumulated a vast level of knowledge and expertise, both technically, commercially.I am a very passionate individual and strive for excellence in every part of the Project build process. Attention to detail is key to the successful delivery of any Project.I have learnt and adapted a lot of the car production processes into delivering a first-class Critical Facility Project, resilient to multiple premature failure scenarios. I have split the whole design process down into more manageable sectors with specific professional experts in each individual field. I have also adapted techniques from …

Get to know your trainers: Kevin Noyce, Building Services Explained trainer


#WorldEnvironmentDay: Urban Biodiversity - The Need for Green Growth

To celebrate World Environment Day, we hear from Kirsten Johansen of CIBSE's Resilient Cities Group on the need for green growth in our cities:
The loss of biodiversity, together with the changing climate forms an existential planet emergency. Both for the world’s cities and economies. 
At the 2020 World Economic Forum – nature was top of the agenda. The precedence of this was set when the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystems report claimed up to one million species face extinction by 2050. 
Biodiversity needs to be fostered significantly more within the world’s cities. Over half of the population live within cities and it is important to understand the integration of humans and cities - it is our collective responsibility to ensure we include not only pleasant green and blue spaces, but living urban nature to include habitats for wild species.

Urban Design
The benefits of biodiversity within cities is profound. Current urban planning approaches typically consider…