Need to know

Since Dame Judith Hackitt first called for higher-risk buildings to have a ‘golden thread’ of information, industry has wanted to know what this will need to include. New regulations tell us more, says Hywel Davies

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


With the COP26 Glasgow conference fast approaching, CIBSE’s Julie Godefroy outlines the associated events and activities in which the Institution is taking part and supporting, as well as its upcoming guidance

Proving competency

The Building Safety Bill proposes new competence requirements for all those working on design and construction. Hywel Davies explains the draft regulations, and asks how clients and the new Building Safety Regulator will know who is competent

Making a case

The Health and Safety Executive has published guidance on the safety case principles for high-rise residential buildings set out in the Building Safety Bill, and how to prepare for them. Hywel Davies considers the implications

What does zero mean?

The industry needs a clear set of definitions for buildings, and CIBSE Members have two opportunities to have their say, as Julie Godefroy explains

Setting standards

Standards are an essential tool of everyday life, underpinning everything from boiling a kettle to ordering products for a project. Hywel Davies explores the standards process and how CIBSE members can be involved

Regulations and guidance

Confusion is rife about what Building Regulations require and what government guidance suggests. Hywel Davies explores the role of Approved Documents and the responsibility for satisfying requirements of the Building Regulations

The big reveal

Disclosure of energy performance is coming. Julie Godefroy says now is the time to get ahead of the curve and contribute to CIBSE energy benchmarks and showcase developments and existing buildings

Getting zero done, too!

With a new government settling in, and another Queen’s Speech to digest, Hywel Davies looks forward to the year(s) ahead