A framework for change?

The Construction Playbook triggered an independent review of public sector procurement that recommends adopting framework structures and features to deliver better, safer, faster and greener outcomes in the public sector. Hywel Davies reports

We need to focus on ‘short-term’ emissions

Aiming for net zero carbon in new homes means rethinking the upfront carbon in building services engineering. Ilke Homes’ Nigel Banks looks at what this means for engineering design if targets are to be met

Charging forward

Hard on the heels of COP26, the government is set to make a flurry of announcements about energy and buildings, to press ahead with decarbonising our homes and offices. Hywel Davies sets out what can be expected


With the COP26 Glasgow conference fast approaching, CIBSE’s Julie Godefroy outlines the associated events and activities in which the Institution is taking part and supporting, as well as its upcoming guidance

Proving competency

The Building Safety Bill proposes new competence requirements for all those working on design and construction. Hywel Davies explains the draft regulations, and asks how clients and the new Building Safety Regulator will know who is competent

Tracking the gap

The performance gap cannot be closed until designers and main contractors plot the emerging energy and emissions profile of their projects, says Dr Roderic Bunn, who introduces a new tool that aims to do just that

Making a case

The Health and Safety Executive has published guidance on the safety case principles for high-rise residential buildings set out in the Building Safety Bill, and how to prepare for them. Hywel Davies considers the implications

What does zero mean?

The industry needs a clear set of definitions for buildings, and CIBSE Members have two opportunities to have their say, as Julie Godefroy explains

Safety first

The CIBSE BSER&T journal is seeking paper abstracts for a special issue on fire safety, as honorary special issue editor Professor José Torero, of UCL, explains