CIBSE Knowledge, professional registration and the Journal have been voted the top member benefits in CIBSE’s member survey. More than 2,300 people responded to the poll, which is testament to the strong engagement within the Institution’s membership.
Every few years, CIBSE carries out a comprehensive survey of its membership. This initiative serves a vital purpose: ensuring that the Institution remains dedicated to delivering relevant services, creating essential products, and championing industry best practices.
The survey gave valuable insight into members’ preferences and needs. Among the most noteworthy were the top membership benefits: unlimited downloads of knowledge items from the Knowledge Portal; professional registration; and CIBSE Journal, which was rated ‘good’ or ‘excellent’ by 80% of respondents.
For the first time, the membership survey included dedicated questions about equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI), reflecting CIBSE’s commitment to fostering an inclusive culture. CIBSE firmly believes that inclusivity brings resilience, creativity and innovation, ultimately benefiting the profession and the built environment it serves. The voluntary responses to these questions will be instrumental in shaping our approach to EDI.
One prevalent request from members was for more outreach at events and in schools. This echoes the theme of CIBSE President Adrian Catchpole, who launched the partnership between CIBSE and STEM Learning at his inaugural address in June. This initiative aims to empower our members to become advocates for the profession. CIBSE has developed a suite of presentations that members can use to engage and inspire the next generation of engineers.
Another striking revelation was that 66% of respondents felt there were no visible role models within the industry. This is a challenge that CIBSE takes seriously. It is committed to being vocal and visible in its efforts to improve the performance, safety, health and sustainability of the built environment. CIBSE wholeheartedly supports and celebrates the talented individuals who make it all possible.
The survey results are being meticulously reviewed and analysed, and will play a pivotal role in shaping the future direction of CIBSE. Member involvement is at the core of its mission, and the team at CIBSE extend their heartfelt thanks to all who took the time to complete the survey.
The CIBSE membership survey is not just a snapshot of its members’ thoughts; it is a roadmap for a brighter, more inclusive and innovative future. Together, we will shape the future of our profession and continue to build a stronger, more resilient and vibrant CIBSE community.