Our time is now: interview with CIBSE CEO Ruth Carter

CIBSE’s new chief executive, Ruth Carter, says the Institution is on the cusp of an exciting new era, in which building services engineers will be integral to the creation of a new generation of net-zero buildings that will put occupants first

Why space volume matters in Covid-19 transmission

It’s not just ventilation that removes viable virus from indoor air. To understand the risk of transmission of Covid-19, the University of Nottingham’s Benjamin Jones and Chris Iddon say other mechanisms that are dependent on the volume of a space have to be considered

The business case for wellbeing

Winner of the 2021 CIBSE Building Performance Awards Product or Innovation of the Year – Wellbeing is a timely productivity mapping toolkit from Cundall that helps make the business case for interventions in workplaces to improve wellbeing. Phil Lattimore reports

Open to change: interview with CIBSE President Kevin Kelly

To rise to the challenge of delivering safe and healthy net zero carbon buildings, the building services engineering industry must embrace diversity and become more inclusive, says new CIBSE President Kevin Kelly. He talks to Alex Smith about plans for his year in office and how he’s already taken action to get more women on the CIBSE Board

Survey: Clients crucial to driving change in a climate emergency

Many clients are driving change towards net-zero buildings, but finance and resource constraints are holding back others, according to a survey of 49 firms signed up to Building Services Engineers Declare. Hoare Lea’s Ashley Bateson and Andy Cane report the main findings

Meaning business: How CIBSE Award winner makes low carbon retrofits pay

When recession hit Ireland in 2008, Lawler Consulting turned to energy-performance contracting to engineer efficiency savings for its grateful clients. Since then, it has enjoyed growth in Ireland and the rest of the world, and this year retained its Consultant of the Year (0-50 employees) crown at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards. Andy Pearson reports

Making data count

Standardising energy data is essential to accurately assess relative building performance. Julie Godefroy compares data from previous CIBSE award winners with the latest energy use targets and introduces a new awards submission form that aims to maximise the value of data

Leading the heat revolution: Interview with Karen Boswell

Karen Boswell OBE joined Baxi Heating as managing director during a time of significant change for the heating industry. She tells Alex Smith how the boiler manufacturer plans to lead the transition to low carbon heating and become carbon neutral by 2030