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Get to know your trainers: Martin Woolley, Essentials of Electrical Systems and Safety Awareness trainer

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Meet the trainer behind the new CIBSE training course,Essentials of Electrical Systems and Safety Awareness:
Full name: Martin Woolley Topic area: Electrical and Mechanical services CIBSE Trainer since: 2019
Tell us a little about yourself:  I have over forty years of experience within the building services industry, which includes both industry practice and teaching and training. I still try and play squash regularly but on a social basis now. I have two lovely grandchildren who also keep me on my toes.
What made you become a CIBSE trainer? I was made redundant from my last industry role and I still want to pass on my knowledge and experience to the engineers of the future. I also believe that the courses offered by CIBSE are high class and very informative.
As a new trainer, what are you most looking forward to? I am looking forward to meeting a diverse range of course delegates and, as well as passing on my knowledge and experience to them; also learning from their experiences too. I am a …

An interview with... Carl Collins, the author of ‘DE8: Project Information Requirements’

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On the release of the new online learning module: ‘DE8: Project Information Requirements’, CIBSE Training spoke to the author of the module, Carl Collins (Head of Digital Engineering at CIBSE), to find out whyProject Information Requirements are fundamental to best practice BIM.


CIBSE Training: What does the term ‘Project Information Requirements’ refer to? Carl Collins: The term Project Information Requirements (PIR) is a fairly recent reinvention of the Plain Language Questions (PLQs), these terms are interchangeable.
CT: Is the knowledge of ‘Project Information Requirements’ required by the laws and regulations? CC: The use of PIR documents is not required under the UK Government BIM Level 2 mandate, but it will make the generation of the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR)* a simpler process for the employer or their representative.
CT: Following on from the previous question, could you please detail what you mean by “a simpler process for the employer or their representative”? C…

"Giving back to the industry will give back to you, in strange and interesting ways you weren’t expecting" - #IamCIBSE

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I am a Mechanical Engineer I am the CIBSE Yorkshire and YEN Yorkshire Vice Chair

I am giving back to the building services industry
Raymond Knights LCIBSE EngTech is a Mechanical Engineer at FHPP, as well as Vice Chair for the CIBSE Yorkshire Region and Young Engineers Network (YEN) in Yorkshire. We asked him to tell his story on how he entered the building services industry and what it’s like supporting the CIBSE Yorkshire region.
On getting into building services…. I fell into the building services industry by complete accident. I spent a year working on a building site as a site operative. As I was working directly for the main contractor, I worked with nearly every trade on site in some capacity and was introduced to most aspects of site life. I really enjoyed this job and decided I would pursue a career in construction.

From here I went into Leeds College of Building looking at Apprentice routes. By chance I ended up speaking with the course leader for the Building Services Engineeri…

"The CIBSE Building Performance Awards provide an invaluable beacon that others can use to light their way" - Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Building Partnership

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For the first time in a long time, Climate Change seems to have a sustained presence in the headlines. The scientific evidence is overwhelming and as the physical impacts become ever more apparent, a wide range of stakeholders are beginning to acknowledge the risks and opportunities associated with addressing climate change.  
In the real estate sector, we continue to highlight the oft-quoted statistic that buildings are responsible for c40% of the UK's carbon emissions and yet evidence from CIBSE and the Better Buildings Partnership amongst others continues to highlight both the gap between the predicted performance of new buildings and their actual performance in use, and the huge inefficiencies in portfolios of existing buildings. This is why the CIBSE Building Performance Awards are so important to our industry.  
The clue is in the title. The BPA are one of the only awards that require submissions to include evidence of performance in use. This evidence is scrutinised closely b…

"I am experienced in conducting over 250 interviews for CIBSE members" - #IamCIBSE

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I am on the CIBSE Membership and Registration Panel
I am experienced in conducting over 250 interviews for CIBSE members
I have designed services for government offices, royal palaces, galleries and museums 
John Forster CEng FCIBSE, has been a member of CIBSE since its inception and was elected as a Fellow in 1994. He also sits on the CIBSE Membership and Registration Panel with the important job of interviewing and assessing membership applicants. Now retired, John spent many years working on Government Buildings for the PSA before leading bid teams at Interserve. We asked John to tell his story and give us his top tips for future membership applicants. 

How did you come to work in the building services industry?

I always had an interest in engineering and on leaving school had a conditional place to study electronic engineering at university. When I did not achieve the required grades, I signed an apprenticeship as a Heating and Ventilation Draughtsman with the Department of the Enviro…