On neutral ground: designing to minimise water use

Prolonged droughts are making water scarcity a global concern. Ramboll’s Rickesh Miyangar says new projects should aim for water neutrality, where water abstraction is no higher than existing levels

2022 preview: the clock is ticking

Over the next 12 months, the building services sector will be focusing on net zero targets, while ensuring building occupants are safe from Covid and other risks. Alex Smith looks at the main trends for 2022 and previews the guidance that will ensure CIBSE Members have the competencies to meet the challenge

Climate action now

Following the latest IPCC report, Julie Godefroy looks at CIBSE’s work on this critical issue to date – and the practical steps you can take to support it

Testing for net zero

Government has led the way with its 2050 net zero target, but it will take more than targets to decarbonise buildings and construction. Hywel Davies looks at the assessment of policy development in the latest Progress Report

Survey: Clients crucial to driving change in a climate emergency

Many clients are driving change towards net-zero buildings, but finance and resource constraints are holding back others, according to a survey of 49 firms signed up to Building Services Engineers Declare. Hoare Lea’s Ashley Bateson and Andy Cane report the main findings

Learning from the pandemic response

This is a pivotal year for the global response to climate change, although some still question the need or the expense. Hywel Davies considers the cost of not preparing

Engineers respond to the climate emergency

As more and more organisations signup to Building Services Engineers Declare Climate and Biodiversity Emergency, seven signatories explain the movement’s significance

Key influencers: Saving energy at Parrs Wood High

Students at Parrs Wood High have responded to the climate emergency by making energy savings in their school buildings. Science teacher Chris Baker explains how other schools could replicate the model, which has cut annual carbon emissions by 543 tonnes and energy bills by £106,000