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On your bike

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Luke Ramsay of non-profit charity Julie’s Bicycle has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Ken Dale Travel Bursary by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers. Earlier this week, we caught up with him as he sets off on his trip, to ask him what he's working on

I'm incredibly excited and honoured to have been awarded the Ken Dale bursary this year. Data centres are predicted to surpass the aviation sector in terms of carbon emissions in the near future. This research will expose me to some of the most innovative data centres in the world who are successfully making huge reductions in their energy consumption.
Carbon emissions associated with data centres currently represent approximately 2% of global emissions. Data centres have large cooling demands and often strict thermal parameters. This can mean some data centres use up to 70% of their energy on building services alone. My research aims to understand how some low carbon cooling strategies are helping data…

Should Facilities Managers be chartered?

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By former CIBSE President George Adams

The built environment is hugely important to UK business and to our social requirements. Equally so are the essential reductions in carbon emissions required by the Government’s target of 80% within the next 35 years. Buildings affect people’s health, security, productivity and overall lifestyles. As they become increasingly complex and modern systems and operators become more focused on in-use performance levels, then building services engineers must play an important part in ensuring their efficient operation and helping to optimise facilities management delivery and energy efficiency.

Engineering and FM covers the life of an asset from concept design through operation, maintenance and ultimately disposal and replacement. This is often portrayed as a linear process, but to me it should be a circle of continuously improving functions and systems. Many engineering systems within a building will be replaced more than once during the life of that b…