CIBSE President Fiona Cousins: building performance reimagined

New CIBSE President Fiona Cousins is challenging building services engineers to re-evaluate building performance and collaborate with other disciplines. She tells Alex Smith that CIBSE Members should be striving to deliver buildings that meet the needs of society and the natural environment

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Out of site: modular heat pump solutions

With site accommodation contributing significantly to construction projects’ carbon footprints, engineers on a £227m residential scheme at Wembley Park have come up with a modular heat pump solution that cut operation carbon by 14 tonnes in six months, as Solaris Energy’s Daniel Large explains to Andy Pearson


Low carbon, high safety: fire engineering and embodied carbon

The embodied carbon impact of fire safety measures is relatively unknown. Arup’s Grete Wilson and Dr Emma McIntyre have created a roadmap to establish how engineers can create low carbon designs without compromising fire safety

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Safe and practical applications: natural refrigerants

The higher flammability of low-GWP refrigerants in heat pumps and air conditioning systems has to be carefully considered by designers and installers. Alex Smith reports

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Building on performance: CIBSE awards analysis

The quality of data in entries to the CIBSE Building Performance Awards is improving, says Julie Godefroy, who reveals new categories for the 2025 accolades, which are now open for submissions