Sustainable cooling in a warming world

As carbon emissions from cooling spiral upwards, Professor Graeme Maidment reveals the latest research underpinning government strategy on air conditioning and refrigeration

Glaring omissions: CIBSE response to building standards consultations

As the consultation period closes for a slew of regulations that will determine the sustainability of building stock for years to come, Julie Godefroy summarises CIBSE’s response to government proposals, and says they should have gone further to cut energy use and carbon

Preparing for the worst: lessons on overheating from Futurebuild

CIBSE’s overheating session at Futurebuild detailed the risks to care homes and apartments of a warming planet. Alex Smith hears from modellers and academics about the extent of the threat posed to buildings and the measures that could be taken to increase the climate resilience of future designs

A proactive approach in a warming climate

As global temperatures rise, CIBSE is looking to update its tools for calculating overheating risk in new homes. Dr Anastasia Mylona explains how work on TM59 and weather files aims to increase buildings’ resilience

Inspiring action: highlights from COP28

After attending COP28, Hoare Lea’s Ashley Bateson FCIBSE is more acutely aware than ever of the need to avoid fossil fuels, embrace biodiversity and focus on performance

Get ready for CIBSE Build2Perform Live 2023

The building services industry’s premier event includes, for the first time, the Light2Perform symposium and CABE’s Building Environment Live. Alex Smith picks out some highlights from the packed two days of discussions and learning

Biodiversity: engineering nature’s blueprint

With developments soon having to create a 10% biodiversity net gain, Ashley Bateson, Chin Chen and Robert Winch discuss why nature-based solutions are vital in reducing climate risk

On neutral ground: designing to minimise water use

Prolonged droughts are making water scarcity a global concern. Ramboll’s Rickesh Miyangar says new projects should aim for water neutrality, where water abstraction is no higher than existing levels

2022 preview: the clock is ticking

Over the next 12 months, the building services sector will be focusing on net zero targets, while ensuring building occupants are safe from Covid and other risks. Alex Smith looks at the main trends for 2022 and previews the guidance that will ensure CIBSE Members have the competencies to meet the challenge