Winning the Ken Dale Travel Bursary - #WeAreCIBSE

The Ken Dale Travel Bursary offers awards of up to £4,000 to CIBSE members who wish to spend 3-4 weeks researching a topic of their choice whilst travelling the world. This once in a lifetime opportunity is aimed at members in the developmental stages of their career and offers a unique chance to give back to the industry through research. Applications are now open for the 2020 awards until Friday 10 April.

To start our #WeAreCIBSE blog series, celebrating the people, networks and organisations that make CIBSE great. We spoke to our 2019 winner, Raphael Amajuoyi to find out what he has gained from the experience. 

Raphael is an Energy and Sustainability Development Consultant at Hurley Palmer Flatt, and was also awarded CIBSE Graduate of the Year in 2017

What first attracted you to apply for the Ken Dale Travel Bursary?

Surprisingly, I actually enjoyed the experience of doing my Master’s research dissertation. I never thought I would say this, considering the numerous hours spent in Lough…

Build2Perform Insider: The Importance of a Quality Lit Environment

This year's Build2Perform Live programme covers a wide range of themes for built environment professionals. In this week's blog, we speak to SLL Co-ordinator, Juliet Rennie on the sessions taking place around lighting across the two days. Not yet registered? Book your free place at Build2Perform today

The Importance of a Quality Lit Environmentby Juliet Rennie, SLL Co-ordinator, CIBSE

We’re living in uncertain times and our working lives face rapid transformation in the face of technological advances and political upheaval. There is an even greater need for cross industry collaboration whether in relation to building controls, fire safety, quality indoor environments or maintenance. Build2Perform provides an excellent opportunity for us to reach beyond the lighting industry, to emphasise the importance of a quality lit environment, alongside the other aspects of building services. We are delighted to see such a range of topics covered in the Build2Perform programme, including a …

Creating a positive learning experience: the online learning user journey

By Kathrine McMillan,Training Administrator 

Learning should be an exciting journey. However, sometimes it feels like a chore and people avoid spending time on it. 

I didn’t want this to be the case with our CIBSE online learning modules, so together with the training team, we aimed to create an interactive journey for our users and avoid giving them any reason to yawn due to boredom. 

Our CIBSE online learning modules are designed to be engaging. We added interactive elements such as quiz questions to the content. Making mistakes is a way of learning, but it is also important to know why something is wrong. That is why our modules link back to the relevant topic if a question is answered incorrectly.

Our updates also focus on making the content easier to read; breaking down topics into sub-topics, improving the flow and making it more organised and memorable.

Have you tried our online learning modules? They offer you a learning experience worth your time with no bored yawns, just smiles a…

CIBSE Inclusivity Panel: “If you build it, they will come”

by Mikhal Ahmed, Associate - Arup

CIBSE’s Inclusivity Panel recently published a set of guidelines to help our members get to grips with a complex but important topic: inclusion. The idea of wanting to treat our colleagues, clients, and industry partners more fairly should be easy to get behind, but practical implementation is a different matter. The guidelines were put together for exactly that reason, and communication is tackled first. 
Imagine you’re attending a design team meeting with three colleagues for a new office building project. Try to picture it for a second. Now I’ll ask you to imagine you’re there with your colleagues; James, Tom, and Alex. Can you see them in your mind’s eye?

Now imagine your colleagues are called Fatima, Eniola, and Lakshmi instead. Was one of those scenarios easier to imagine than the other? Depending on where you work, possibly. But in the context of our industry, the chances that you are working with an all-female team of MEP engineers who are all me…

Build2Perform Insider: Collaborating for sustainable performance

With less than one month to go until Build2Perform Live, we spoke to Mat Lown running the Optimising Facilities and Property Managementsession, taking place on Tuesday 26 November at 10.50. 
Collaborating for sustainable performanceBy Mat Lown, Partner, TFT 

Sustainable buildings are often thought of in terms of material used in construction and energy efficiency in operation. Less emphasis is given to the significant contribution of building services, specifically how their performance can be optimised to prolong their life and better cater for future change in our climate and occupiers’ requirements.

Standard practice currently splits responsibility and organises maintenance in silos, resulting in a disconnection between the work of surveyors, engineers, facility and property managers. I head up TFT’s Sustainability Consultancy, which works with all manner of technical specialists to reveal where better efficiency and outcomes can be found across a building’s life.

When it comes to bu…

Build2Perform Insider: Two Profound Revolutions = One Exciting Profession

CIBSE Build2Perform Live's programme is now online and is designed by leading experts to equip you with a mix of case studies, in-depth technical analysis, practical take-aways and insight to keep you ahead of the curve as a modern built environment professional. Over the upcoming weeks, we will be exploring some of the sessions featured at this year’s event.
This week, we will hear directly from Tom Randall, Chair of “Are we in Control?”session, taking place on Tuesday, 26 November at 14:30. 
Two Profound Revolutions = One Exciting ProfessionByTom Randall, Head of Building Optimisation Services, Verco United Kingdom
We are in the middle of environmental and technological revolutions, and both have profound implications for many professions, including those in buildings and building services.

While Extinction Rebellion and Greta Thunberg are raising the issue publically, the hard nose of corporate investment is also very clear on what is needed. Larry Fink, the CEO and Chairman of Bla…

How to achieve the CIBSE Associate or Member grade in 2020

The next UK closing date for membership applications at the Associate and Member grade is 1 Feb 2020.Follow our guide below to ensure that you have everything organised in time for the upcoming deadline.  October - Get Prepared Download the application documentation, criteria and guidance for the Associate or Member grade.Join a webinar or membership briefing to understand the application process and requirements. 

November / December - Start Writing Review your career to date and start writing down examples which demonstrate how you meet each of the competence criteria. Attend our Membership Application Workshop, run by CIBSE Interviewers themselves and designed to get you started on your Engineering Practice Report. (We run these through Nov - Dec) 

January - Ask for Feedback Once your application is drafted, ask your sponsor to review and give feedback on what you have written. They will need to sign off your entire application and complete part of t…