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The Young Engineers Awards, two years on

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We're just over a month from the closing date of  the 2015 Young Engineers Awards, which recognise the best of the next generation of building services engineers. To mark the occasion, we spoke to William Holley, Graduate Engineer and winner of the 2013 CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award.






Hi William. So, give us a brief idea of your role at Buro Happold.
Graduate Building Services Engineer at BuroHappold based in the Bath Office.  I am currently working on projects in the Sports, Education and Residential Sector.

In 2013 you won the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award, what did winning this accolade mean to you?
It was a fantastic honour as everyone on the short-list are extremely talented engineers. It has given me great confidence in progressing in the industry and to be an ambassador for building services

And what projects have you been working on during the last 12 months?
I have been working on a great variety of projects including the Olympic Stadium Transformation, C…

Facilities managers and the performance gap

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With squeezed budgets and ever more ambitious targets, facilities managers are increasingly finding that they have to do more with less. Following his speech at The Facilities Show this week, CIBSE FM Group chair Geoff Prudence expands on how facilities managers can step up to address the gap between a building’s designed performance, and its actual performance once built.
Sometimes, the job of a facilities manager is an overwhelming task. They’re the ultimate guardian of their company’s building, and they’re the ones who have to protect the company from loss and litigation on a day-to-day basis. While there is a lot the facilities manager can do to optimise the building’s performance, from implementing defined maintenance strategies to using proper commissioning codes, often a lot of the factors that make their building perform poorly are related to its design.
And it’s not a minor problem; the energy consumption of commercial buildings is estimated to be between 15 and 30 per cent h…

2016 Building Performance Awards ring the changes

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The Building Performance Awards have undergone a major shakeup for 2016, with the addition of new categories to the line-up. We explain the reasoning behind the introduction of the new awards.
Following the launch of another Building Performance Awards, change is in the air for 2016. We have made some alterations to the categories available to enter, with the intention of shining a light on some of the unsung heroes of the built environment.
We have introduced five new Project categories replacing the two ‘New Build Project’ and ‘Refurbishment Project’ awards withProject of the Year – Commercial/Industrial, Project of the Year – Leisure, Project of the Year – Public Use, Project of the Year – Residential and Project of the Year – Retail.
This decision was primarily driven by the sheer level of diversity that we experienced in last year’s entries, which make it extremely difficult to compare two projects from radically different sectors. The difference between a new-build shopping centre…

CIBSE President's blog: The collaboration agenda

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CIBSE’s newly inaugurated President Nick Mead shares an overview of his first month in office, and sets out some priorities for the future.
Welcome everyone to the first of my Presidential blogs, covering my year of office between 2015 and 2016. It’s been a month since I took office, and we have got off to a flying start. I have been looking forward to implementing my primary theme of collaboration, and I have already had the opportunity to talk more about it at over 10 major events so far. And they said it would be easy!

I thought I was on the back foot from the start, running against the General Election for attention at the AGM, but I couldn’t have asked for a better welcome at the Royal Academy of Engineering. It was here that I was able to set out my vision of a braver industry more interested in working together and breaking down silos.

I also got the chance to formally meet the board and staff at our May away day, a great opportunity to have a conversation about how the institut…