Shaping a low carbon future

Work by the government on Building Regulations and the future of heat offers opportunities to be involved with CIBSE activities, says Julie Godefroy

Global reform

Following reviews of construction in high-rise residential buildings, the construction sector is facing major change with calls for a significant update of regulations. Hywel Davies reports

Taking stock

As CIBSE Journal enters its 11th year, an unprecedented level of activity in legislation and policy is affecting building services engineers in the UK and worldwide. Hywel Davies looks at what is happening

Missing opportunities

Last year was a very busy one for government statements of intent, but what has actually been confirmed – and what can we expect in 2019? Julie Godefroy rounds up the latest policy developments

SAP 10: Other factors to consider

Lower carbon factors for grid electricity, in draft SAP 10, will profoundly affect how designers provide heat and power to buildings. Remeha’s general manager, Mike Hefford, puts the case for monthly intensity calculations

Building a safer future

Hywel Davies assesses the implications of the government’s fire safety implementation plan

Pump assemblers must step up to the mark

Mechanical and electrical consultants risk breaking the law unless they ensure packaged plant systems – and not just individual components – are CE Marked, says Gary Wilde, of the British Pump Manufacturers’ Association

Skills for the future

Digital construction and zero carbon buildings are changing how the building services industry develops its engineers, says Hywel Davies

Highlighting the line of duty on building designs

Engineers have a duty to act with reasonable skill and care, but that doesn’t necessarily mean their designs are fit for purpose under the law, says CNS Consult’s Vincent Fogarty, who summarises designers’ legal obligations

Carbon’s X factor

The mass uptake of heat pumps and widespread comfort cooling could be the consequence of lower carbon factors, says WSP’s Mark Grace