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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

David Butler, the Design of Ductwork Systems trainer

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    F ull name : David Butler Area of expertise : HVAC Engineering (currently delivering Ductwork Design training) CIBSE Trainer since : 2021 Tell us a little about yourself I have recently retired from full time work at BRE (Building Research Establishment). I led a small team of HVAC specialists involved in designing and undertaking of physical mock-up tests, laboratory testing, site investigations and research and consultancy on the performance of building conditioning systems. This involved a range of practical problem solving and investigative skills covering conventional HVAC systems, including air supply and distribution, low energy and passive systems and heat pumps. Throughout my BRE career there was a continuous thread of dissemination of research and test information and knowledge through written reports and publications and oral presentations at seminars and conferences, including a fair number of CIBSE events.  Two of the most demanding but interesting projects I was invol

CIBSE Knowledge - Behind the scenes: an interview with Roz Burgess, author of 'Energy efficiency in commercial kitchens' (TM50)

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  Welcome to the new blog interview series from CIBSE Knowledge:   'CIBSE Knowledge - Behind the scenes: an interview with....'   Today we are chatting to Roz Burgess, the lead co-author of the  Energy efficiency in commercial kitchens (TM50) publication, released earlier this year. Iulia Margineanu, Services Marketing Assistant:  Tell us a little about yourself   Roz Burgess :  Intelligent Catering Limited is an independent foodservice consultancy that’s been running for 12 years and provides practical designs, solutions and guidance for commercial catering operations. My practical experience is backed up with a Master's degree with distinction in International Management and Design Consultancy and my thesis was ‘An investigation into the energy efficiency of mid-level restaurant kitchens’. My focus is to create more effective and efficient foodservice units that can meet the increasing requirements and restrictions of buildings, operations and services. Baking of all ki

The future of CIBSE Training, an interview with Laura Ford, Training Development Manager

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Wondering what new training opportunities are coming up? Laura Ford, CIBSE Training Development Manager, talks to us about her new role and future training plan. Iulia Margineanu, Services Marketing Assistant:   Hello Laura, thank you for making time to give us a peek into your work and let us know about upcoming opportunities to look forward too. How about we start with you telling us a bit more about your new role at CIBSE and what’s your favourite part about it? Laura Ford:  I started the role in January and have been implementing a quality assurance procedure to ensure we are focussing on bringing in new training content, new trainers, and of course, putting in place a revision of content we already have, to ensure we are delivering training that is of high quality, up to date and relevant.   CIBSE is at the forefront of the built environment and I have been keen to reach out to those who are making a difference in the industry, so they can share their knowledge by providing traini

International Day for Biological Diversity - "We're part of the solution"

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Saturday 22 May 2021 is International Day for Biological Diversity - a day of recognition for Biological Diversity. Globally we are reviewing our connection with the natural world and one thing is certain - we are completely dependent on thriving ecosystems - despite technological advances. The theme for Biodiversity Day 2021 is "We're part of the solution". In this post, CIBSE Resilient Cities Advisory Member, Derek Clements-Croome emphasises the dependence and importance we have on ecosystems. “Biodiversity is the backbone of life on earth” “It's how the planet continues to live” Comments from the biodiversity survey of respondents in Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in London 2017-18 In 2017, the Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham set up a Commission on Bio-diversity and I was privileged to be a member of this. This is an adapted and very brief summary of our work. Biodiversity is extremely complex, dynamic and varied like no other feature of the earth. Its i

Membership Top Tips & Advice

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  Achieving the Associate (ACIBSE) or Member (MCIBSE) grade with IEng or CEng registration is an important milestone in many CIBSE members’ careers. These well-recognised titles improve the employability and career prospects for engineers, demonstrating competence, knowledge, and commitment to employers and clients on an international level. The application process can be daunting at first, so we’ve set up a number of support initiatives to guide applicants through the process from start to finish. From webinars to workshops , and application help surgeries , we are committed to supporting engineers to achieve their membership and professional registration goals. We took the chance to ask some of our existing members and interviewers for their top tips and advice. Have you got your own advice to add? Leave them in the comments below. "Becoming an  Affiliate  member is a good starting point, as it opens up all the benefits instantly, and can be done online. The  Qualification A

How to build a stronger workforce

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The CIBSE Inclusivity Guidelines provide guidance for members around a number of topics including language, communications, organising meetings, governance and recruitment. In this blog, Jo Edwards, Partner at Hoare Lea and CIBSE Inclusivity Panel member speaks on how fair and inclusive recruitment can help us to achieve a stronger, diverse workforce.   The start of a new year is always a time when people think about their career – what are their plans and objectives for the coming months, where would they like to have taken their role by the end of the year, or maybe it’s time to look for a new opportunity. The way recruitment is undertaken can be key to unlocking inclusivity in an organisation. So, as well as a time of opportunity for jobseekers, this time of year is a great chance for employers to look at their approach to attracting new people to join and enhance their team. It’s very well documented that diverse workforce results in a better business; one which has higher lev

Get to know your CIBSE trainers: John Griggs, the water services trainer

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  Full name : John Charles Griggs Topic area : Water supply and drainage CIBSE Trainer since:  2018 Tell us a little about yourself  My background is research, being at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) for nearly 30 years in the Water Centre. The work I was involved in was used in the UK building regulations as well as national and international Standards. Hence, I am well aware of the science behind many of the requirements in today’s Standards, Regulations and Directives. Whilst at BRE, I was seconded to the Department for Trade and Industry for over 3 years; where I was responsible for all construction products. I worked on the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, the F-gas Regulations and other draft legislation that embraced the whole construction industry; not just water. Since then I have worked for the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) and lead a number of European research and development projects on topics that included: renewable heat storage s

CIBSE Role Models - Emeka Efe Osaji

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The CIBSE Role Model series is intended to shine a spotlight on members of our building services community from under-represented groups and backgrounds to inspire and promote diversity amongst future engineers.  As part of our Role Model series this month, we speak to Emeka Efe Osaji a Teaching Fellow in Architectural Technology at the University of Salford, and Treasurer of the CIBSE Energy Performance Group. My name is Emeka Efe Osaji. Personally, I am a son, brother, husband, dad, uncle, nephew, cousin, in-law, and friend. Professionally, I am a Teaching Fellow in Architectural Technology at the University of Salford. I am lucky to be a 2nd-generation Academic, Researcher and Consultant. The steps taken by my parents and others have helped provide me with the right support network and prerequisite direction and clarity. I have kindly received recognition for my humble contributions, including in areas, such as: (1) Energy Certification Compliance Knowledge Transfer; (2) Teaching Ex

A Career as a Project Engineer in Solar Photovoltaics

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  As part of our  Career in Building Services  series, today we meet  Jerin Jacob, from CIBSE Young Engineer's Network UAE, who   works in Solar Photovoltaic (PV) engineering. If you have any questions about this career path, you can contact us at yenuae@cibse.org or  yepg@cibse.org . Jerin Jacob obtained his Master’s  degree in Energy at Heriot-Watt  University, Dubai in 2019. He has  since been working as a Project  Engineer in the Solar PV sector in  Dubai. Jerin has also been  volunteering with  the UAE region of the CIBSE  Young Engineers Network (YEN)  in multiple capacities since 2017  and currently holds the role of  Honorable Secretary within the  YEN committee. What do Engineers in the Solar Photovoltaics field do? The Photovoltaic Effect is the phenomenon under which sunlight is converted into electrical energy. Engineers in the commercial photovoltaic (PV) sector collaborate with MEP design specialists and operations/facility managers to develop the optimal strategy f

A Career as a Mechanical Engineer

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  As part of our  Career in Building Services  series, today we meet  Konstantinos  who works as a Mechanical Engineer. If you have any questions about this career path, you can contact us at  yepg@cibse.org . Konstantinos Tachtatzis Studied  Mechanical Engineering at the  University of Liverpool and  gained an MSc in Mechanical  System and Engineering from the  same University. He also has an  MSc in Renewable Energy  Engineering from Heriot-Watt  University.  He has a total of seven years of  experience within building  services and has worked on both  consultant and contractor roles  on a variety of buildings such as  residential offices, temples,  galleries, theatres, and hospitals.  Konstantinos is also vice-chair of  the CIBSE Young Energy  Performance Group (YEPG),  supporting the ongoing events  and liaising with external and  internal parties. What do Mechanical Engineers do? Mechanical Engineers are eclectic as they can choose to specialise in Heating, Ventilation and Air Con