CIBSE President Fiona Cousins: building performance reimagined

New CIBSE President Fiona Cousins is challenging building services engineers to re-evaluate building performance and collaborate with other disciplines. She tells Alex Smith that CIBSE Members should be striving to deliver buildings that meet the needs of society and the natural environment

Building on performance: CIBSE awards analysis

The quality of data in entries to the CIBSE Building Performance Awards is improving, says Julie Godefroy, who reveals new categories for the 2025 accolades, which are now open for submissions

Greater expectations: surveying occupants at CIBSE HQ

A survey of occupants at CIBSE’s Balham headquarters reveals that visitors and staff disliked the indoor environmental quality, but appreciated the collaborative nature of the space. David Fitzpatrick reports on the results and explains how they will be used when considering a new HQ

Plantroom pioneer: CIBSE Engineer of the Year Phil Draper

Phil Draper has been pioneering heat pump retrofits in commercial buildings since 2012 and has now been recognised as CIBSE’s Engineer of the Year. Andy Pearson finds out what the industry can learn from his innovative and collaborative approach

Leading the charge: CIBSE’s STEM ambassadors

CIBSE President Adrian Catchpole speaks to three engineers who have responded to his call for more STEM Ambassadors and finds out what they are doing to promote building services in schools

A model retrofit: the Building Simulation Award 2023 winner

The integrated modelling of an office retrofit in Weybridge won Yorgos Koronaios the Building Simulation Award 2023. Savills Earth’s Alexandros Chalkias MCIBSE looks at the work that gained Building 100 an impressive Nabers Design for Performance rating of 5.5

The X Factor: XCO2’s holistic approach to environmental consultancy

CIBSE Building Performance Award Winner XCO2 was set up to provide MEP and environmental engineering, which has enabled a holistic approach to building design, focusing on passive design and ‘barely there’ services. Andy Pearson speaks to co-founder Tom Kordel