Plantroom pioneer: CIBSE Engineer of the Year Phil Draper

Phil Draper has been pioneering heat pump retrofits in commercial buildings since 2012 and has now been recognised as CIBSE’s Engineer of the Year. Andy Pearson finds out what the industry can learn from his innovative and collaborative approach


Fitness fanatics: the CIBSE Technical Symposium 2024

Making buildings fit for the future was the theme of the CIBSE Technical Symposium, which took place at Cardiff University last month. Alex Smith and Molly Tooher-Rudd report on the sold-out event, at which 86 peer-revewed building services papers were presented

Keeping fit with less energy: Ravelin Sports Centre

Designers behind the Ravelin Sports Centre have crunched its energy-use numbers down to an impressive 87kWh·m-2 per year, less than half that required to achieve a DEC ‘A’ rating. Andy Pearson discovers how an innovative mix of passive and active technologies produced a sector-leading building that won a CIBSE Building Performance Award



Groundbreaking services design in the best buildings of today

Heat networks: countdown to regulation

New regulations due next year are set to revolutionise the design and operation of heat networks in the UK. Phil Jones and Gareth Jones look at the latest rule proposals and explain the importance of technical assurance in setting performance standards in new and existing networks

District heating

Making the world a safer place: Hywel Davies retires from CIBSE

Hywel Davies HonFCIBSE may have retired from CIBSE, but Alex Smith discovers he is still at the forefront of building safety reform and will continue to cajole industry and government to strive for safer buildings

Building safety