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Dave Cooper provides an update from the CIBSE Lifts Group - Manchester Seminar

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Following their Manchester Seminar in June, Dave Cooper, Managing Director of LECS UK provides an update from the CIBSE Lifts Group. I have the great pleasure of attending many events and very often I come away thinking that was just so worthwhile; the CIBSE Lift Group Meeting in Manchester on 7   June 2022 was one of those. I made the trip up from London, having seen the agenda and knowing that the topics covered were so relevant to what is going on in our industry now.    I was also delighted to present the CIBSE President’s message for the year. There were two main themes – evacuation lifts and professional competence.    Nick Mellor presented the standards affecting evacuation lifts, explaining the relevance of  BS9999: Code of practice for fire safety in the design, management and use of buildings ,  BS9991:2015 Fire safety in the design, management and use of residential buildings. Code of practice  and  BS EN 81-76 Safety rules for the construction and installation of lifts .  N

Embodied Carbon Award: A step towards net zero carbon

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Now in its 15th year, the CIBSE Building Performance Awards is the only awards scheme to celebrate the measured performance of projects and products in use while celebrating the engineering consultancies and manufacturers that are contributing to a low carbon future. Michael Lonsdale Group won the Embodied Carbon Award for its pioneering work with suppliers to create a database of low embodied carbon products that enable it to recommend low carbon building services systems to its clients.  We heard from Michael Lonsdale Group about what this award means to them: Caption: Senior Environmental & Sustainability Manager, Joanna Constandis (right) and Engineering Services Director, Paul Cornwell (left) collecting the Embodied Carbon Award at BPA2022. Industries and businesses throughout the globe have begun to show ownership of their environmental agendas. The significance of the topic has been realised, identifying the need for progress towards Net Zero Carbon. So, when Dame Jo da Silv

Fiona Cousins joins the #CIBSE125Challenges by sharing her building services icon

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Following the launch of the #CIBSE125Challenges , Fiona Cousins PE FCIBSE, LEED Fellow, Arup Fellow and Arup Americas Chair was keen to support this initiative. In response to the challenges, Fiona said: "The CIBSE 125 Challenges provide an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the people and technologies that have had an impact on our lives as engineers. Most of us have someone or something that inspired us and made us love building services and this is a great opportunity to celebrate them." Considering her career to date, Fiona celebrates her building services icon, Mike Holmes. “I worked with Mike Holmes when I first started at Arup and that first year laid the foundations for my career. At that time, Mike was working in the R&D part of Arup, developing a suite of programs for the analysis of buildings. I was assigned to work with him as a programmer, bug-tester and the chauffeur driver of the more complex analyses required by the design groups. It was cutting edge w

Ross French, the Energy Efficiency related Building Regulations: Part L trainer

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  Meet the new CIBSE Trainer, Ross French who will be teaching the updated  Energy Efficiency Related Building Regulations: Part L  course. His area of expertise is Energy Efficiency. Tell us a little about yourself Ross French:   I was interested in buildings from a young age, probably from having spent too much time playing with Lego! At university, I studied architecture and took a master's degree in passive design. There were few related opportunities when I graduated in 1996. More through luck than judgment, my first job was in buildings services engineering, designing mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems.  With a background in both architecture and building services, I was well-placed to help project teams respond to the increasing emphasis on 'sustainability' during the 2000s, for example successive revisions to Part L of the Building Regulations and the introduction of the 'Merton Rule'. After working for several consulting engineers and a contr

Effective disinfection with CIBSE recognised UV-C technology

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The winners of this year's CIBSE Building Performance Awards highlight the excellent work being carried out by CIBSE and its members in helping to create a low carbon future. Winners of the Product or Innovation – Air Quality, Signify discuss their winning entry for the CIBSE blog below. Restrictions may be behind us, but we continue to live in uncertain circumstances due to the pandemic. As organisations adjust to this new reality, good hygiene practices have become a prerequisite in our everyday routines - in the home, office, and public spaces. The increasing demand for solutions that promise efficiency in destroying harmful bacteria and viruses have, in turn, opened up opportunities for tried and tested forms of disinfectants. Enter UV technology.  There are three types of UV radiation found in sunlight. First, there are UV-A and UV-B, which you may recognise from sunscreen labels. On the other hand, UV-C has a powerful germicidal property and is now stepping in to provide an e

Peter McElroy, the Design of Heating and Chilled Water Pipe Systems trainer

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The ‘Get to know your CIBSE Trainers’ interview series continues in 2022 and we’re starting this year with Peter McElroy, a new CIBSE Trainer for the updated Design of Heating and Chilled Water Pipe Systems course. Tell us a little about yourself  Peter McElroy: I am a chartered building services engineer. I have been serving clients in the construction industry since 2014. After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with a BEng (Hons), I then completed my postgraduate studies in 2017 and was awarded an MSc in Building Services Engineering. Working within some world leading design consultancies, I was given the opportunity to work on major global projects across a broad range of market sectors. Consulting only ever tells one side of the story and my desire to immerse myself in the industry, led to a design role in a Mechanical and Electrical specialist contractor, giving me a wide angled view of Building Services Engineering projects from multiple perspectives. Taking the exp

Three simple tips to help you focus on your online learning

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Learning on your own might prove challenging when you have to ‘find time’ for it, especially when it seems so easy to just ‘do it tomorrow’ , or when you next have some free time. Here are three simple tips to help you focus on your online learning and make the most of the experience.   Create your comfort zone  Creating a comfortable zone to learn in can really impact on your level of concentration. Make sure you consider the following elements: Lighting. Is your lighting level right? Too bright and you can damage your eyes; too dim and you’ll start to feel sleepy You might also need to adjust the brightness of your computer. Positioning . Wherever you choose to sit – desk, couch, bed, etc – make sure that you are sitting with support behind your back so that you are comfortable and won’t feel stiff on in any pain. The Bare Necessities . Consider having a notebook and pen close, some snacks -fruits, biscuits and your water bottle so you can easily reach out for them if needed withou