Circular route: New Street station lighting retrofit

To minimise embodied carbon in the retrofitting of nearly 900 luminaires at Birmingham’s New Street station, Q Sustain used CIBSE TM65 to calculate the potential savings of reusing existing luminaires. The firm’s Lovely Chavan and Yara Bekdache explain how it saved more than 163 tonnes of embodied carbon

It’s not just about the money: Hays 2023 salary survey

The skills shortage in building services persists, and if companies want to attract talent they will need to offer more than financial incentives, finds the 2023 Hays Salary Survey. David Blackman looks at the must-have perks for engineers

Arriving on Platform G: Google’s new King’s Cross office

Google’s landmark ‘Platform G’ office development will be arriving in King’s Cross, London in 2024. Andy Pearson talks
to building services consultant Atelier Ten to find out how a BIM model was used to coordinate the highly innovative buildings services design along its 330-metre length

CIBSE 2023 Building Performance Awards: winners revealed

An exemplary housing retrofit in Wales is the 2023 CIBSE Building Performance Champion. Judges thought the collaborative approach by the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University could provide a template for decarbonising other existing homes

Efficient lifting: improving chiller performance

Reducing the ‘lift’ in a refrigeration cycle can cut a chiller’s operational energy use significantly, according to Trent Hunt, in a presentation at last month’s ASHRAE Conference in Atlanta. Tim Dwyer summarises the paper

Who’s standing up to inequality?

As International Women’s Day again raises awareness of discrimination, Molly Tooher-Rudd looks at what companies and CIBSE Inclusivity Panels are doing to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the workplace

Switching to propane: reducing charge in a propane heat pump

Propane’s low GWP is making it an increasingly attractive alternative to refrigerants restricted by the F-gas Regulations. Tim Dwyer tracks the growth of propane and looks at the L150 initiative in Germany that is aiming to reduce the charge in a propane refrigerant circuit

On a mission: interview with Mike Burton

CIBSE’s current Building Performance Engineer of the Year, Mike Burton, wants to ensure everyone has the opportunity to fulfil their potential as a building services engineer, whatever their background. By Alex Smith