New CIBSE strategy offers clear direction

Document sets out Institution’s commitment to seek improvement in built environment

CIBSE has set out its plans and commitments for the next five years, in a strategy document published in June.

The strategy aims to provide a clear direction for promoting members’ expertise and the role they play in ensuring building occupiers can feel secure, healthy, safe and comfortable.

It has been developed through consultation with CIBSE Council and the regions, and focuses on the actions the Institution will take to meet objectives relating to five key areas:

Better building performance: CIBSE aims to deliver safe, healthy and affordable buildings that are fit for purpose and adaptable for the future

Growing membership: CIBSE aims to be the membership institution of choice for those working in areas linked to building performance

Sharing knowledge: CIBSE will continue to develop and grow the Knowledge Portal

Strengthening CIBSE’s voice: CIBSE will represent the Institution, our values and the work of building services engineers with a purposeful voice

Increasing engagement: CIBSE will purposefully work with our members to develop a culture of engagement, offering opportunities for all to contribute to CIBSE and the broader industry.

Clear commitments are set out in the strategy to stimulate demand for better building performance, influence others to seek improvement in the built environment, and provide an authoritative hub for knowledge and innovation.

To meet these commitments, CIBSE has identified key actions, including:

  • Define best practice metrics for built environment performance
  • Demonstrate leadership in data sharing
  • Provide clear guidance on delivery of safe net-zero carbon buildings
  • Implement an online application process for membership
  • Attract increasing numbers of talent from broader engineering backgrounds
  • Proactively review CIBSE knowledge content and identify future focus
  • Create feedback mechanisms and a discussion forum for knowledge area
  • Refresh CIBSE brand
  • Improve ways members and the wider community can engage with CIBSE and create volunteering opportunities

To read the CIBSE strategy in full, visit