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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

CIBSE Knowledge - Behind the scenes: an interview with the authors of 'Heat pump installations for multi-unit residential buildings' (AM16)

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CIBSE Knowledge has recently launched  Heat pump installations for multi-unit residential buildings (AM16) . We welcome its four main authors - Joshua Bird , Ilaria Ricci Curbastro ,   Mike Edwards and Iona Norton -  to share insights about AM16 and their work in building services. Because the delivery of heat pumps is so important in the decarbonisation of the UK economy, it was important to us that this guide would help people get their decision making and design decisions right so that they are designing and delivering successful heat pump installations that provide affordable, low-carbon heat to people’s homes. Mike Edwards Iulia Margineanu, Services Marketing Executive:  Thank you for making time to chat with us. Could you tell us about yourselves? Mike Edwards : I am a building services engineer and project director at Arup. I have had various roles with Arup since graduating including in our sustainability team, working overseas in the Middle East, a period as a resident engin

Tony Marlow, the Residential Fire Sprinkler Design: BS9251:2021 trainer

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Meet Tony Marlow, the trainer for the new  Residential Fire Sprinkler Design: BS9251:2021 training course. His area of expertise is fire sprinkler systems. Tony has been a CIBSE Trainer since 2011 and is also a trainer for the online learning course Fire Sprinkler Systems to BS EN 12845 . Iulia Margineanu: Welcome Tony and thank you for making time to discuss with us your trainer experience and upcoming new training course on Residential Fire Sprinkler Design: BS9251:2021. Could you tell us a little about yourself? Tony Marlow:   I have been involved in the fire sprinkler industry for decades working as a designer, engineering manager, contracts manager, supervision engineer for the LPCB in their sprinkler installer approval scheme and, for the last 17 years, training sprinkler designers.  I am a specialist surveyor in the fire insurance industry and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. IM: What do you enjoy most about being a CIBSE trainer?   TM: Sharing my knowledge with e

Get to know your CIBSE authors and trainers - Louise Hamot & Clara Bagenal George

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This October, CIBSE Training will release a new training course on embodied carbon -  Embodied carbon in MEP design: How to use CIBSE TM65 . The course is based on the popular CIBSE Knowledge publication  Embodied carbon in building services: A calculation methodology  (TM65) , and will be led by TM65 authors  Louise Hamot,  Global Lead of Lifecycle Research, Elementa Consulting and   Clara Bagenal George,  Associate, Elementa Consulting .   To celebrate the launch of the course, we’ve had a chat with Louise and Clara - to find out a bit more about their reasons for creating this publication and the associated course, and about what it takes to be a CIBSE author and/or trainer. Iulia Margineanu: Hello Louise and Clara, thank you for making the time to give the CIBSE community a chance to find out more about your work as CIBSE authors and future trainers. What are your building services area or areas of expertise? Louise Hamot & Clara Bagenal George : Net zero, embodied carbon, mech