Around the Regions: CIBSE Scotland

Gerry Branigan, chair of CIBSE Scotland fill us in on what the region – in its 80th anniversary year – has been up to

Kiyomi Honjigawa with CIBSE Board member and CIBSE Scotland committee member Lynne Jack

The first Scottish branch meeting of the Institution of Heating and Ventilating Engineers was held in Glasgow, on 15 May 1936. Since then, CIBSE Scotland committee has also grown to almost 1,100 members – with 79 new members across all grades joining in the last 12 months.

The CIBSE Scotland committee has also grown this year, with representatives from most aspects of CIBSE membership, as well as demonstrating a good balance of age and gender.

We have integrated groups and societies into the regional committee structure, building strength and diversity. It has truly developed into a sustainable group, with opportunities for more members to get involved in activities.

In the last year, we have delivered more technical seminars than ever before, hosted the YEN Conference and instigated new initiatives to promote membership and improve relationships across the industry.

CIBSE Scotland, in association with the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Scottish government, has been developing training and an accreditation process to enable CIBSE members to self-certify their designs to Section 6. An announcement will be made at the end of the summer.

Congratulations to Kiyomi Morag Honjigawa (pictured (r), with CIBSE Board member and CIBSE Scotland committee member Lynne Jack), for being the first recipient of the CIBSE Scotland Student Award, presented to the top performing student at each of the CIBSE-accredited courses in Scotland. The courses include architectural engineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, and building services engineering at Glasgow Caledonian University. The winner of the latter course will be announced in the autumn.

We have developed both our website and social media strategy, with technical seminars now recorded and stored online.

In response to members’ requests for additional networking opportunities, we initiated the CIBSE Scotland golf championship, to be held on 25 August, while our annual dinner, celebrating our 80th anniversary, will be held in November.

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