Seven civil engineering students, including four MSc and three BEng students, have undertaken CIBSE projects relevant to the enhancement of CIBSE guidance and resources, as part of the Dissertations for Good pilot scheme.
The scheme has involved CIBSE working with students at the University of West London to develop dissertations in the following areas: the environmental performance of refurbished buildings; the comparative study of weather files and buildings; and the critical review of current climate change information for building adaptation.
The pilot scheme, run by the National Union of Students (NUS), works to match students who want their dissertations to contribute to social, economic and environmental good with like-minded organisations.
It also helps students carry out meaningful research that has a practical application.
CIBSE’s involvement with the Dissertations for Good programme has led to further collaboration with the University of West London. This includes a PhD sponsorship to look at the design of buildings for extreme weather events – research that will contribute to developing practical guidance.
Being involved in the NUS pilot has allowed CIBSE to give students valuable experience in working on practical issues that have direct applications to industry, while also building strong collaborative relationships for the institution.