CIBSE receives HRB registration licence

Institution approved to assess competence of engineers working on higher-risk buildings

The Higher-Risk Buildings (HRB) Register, developed by the Engineering Council, provides clients, residents, employers and regulators with a higher degree of confidence that engineers are competent to work on higher-risk buildings.

Those working on HRBs with duty-holding responsibilities must now demonstrate that they are competent to undertake their roles CIBSE worked closely with the Engineering Council to develop the competences required.

The Institution has now been approved to offer assessment against the requirements of the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence and Commitment Contextualised for Higher-Risk Buildings (UK-SPEC HRB) and the building services discipline annexe. UK-SPEC HRB sets out the competences and commitments expected of engineers and technicians.

Being on the register provides assurance to building owners and occupants that engineers and technicians are competent to carry out work that complies with Building Regulations, and are committed to practising ethically and in accordance with their institution’s code of conduct.

For further information and to view the competence requirements for UK-SPEC HRB, visit the Engineering Council’s HRB webpage.

CIBSE will be running a pilot scheme for HRB assessment, with the aim of opening to general applicants in early 2024. To find out more and register your interest, visit