The new President of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Nick Mead, used his inaugural address to outline the challenges faced by building services engineers today.
His speech, delivered at the Royal Academy of Engineering, addressed the challenges building professionals are facing. Energy and resource constraints are worsening yet expectations of comfort are growing: “Policy makers around the world face what is termed the 'energy trilemma' – the need to improve security of supply, reduce energy costs to consumers and businesses, and to reduce carbon emissions… Meanwhile, public expectations of the buildings they learn, work, live and play in are greater than ever and new technologies bring an increase in energy consumption.”
He stressed the responsibility of building services engineers to meet these conflicting demands, owing to the large proportion (around 40-45% in developed economies) of energy use and carbon emissions caused by buildings services systems: “How do we ensure that buildings continue to improve? This must begin with our sector becoming joined up and giving the Government good reason to believe that we are serious about delivering what our clients require.”
Nick called for the industry to pull together and “put its head above the parapet” by working collaboratively across the supply chain. He emphasised the importance of considering the whole lifecycle of the building to deliver outstanding projects, avoiding short-term, siloed thinking. He called on the professional engineering institutions to drive this unified approach and give a clear lead to the industry.
Listen to the speech via the CIBSE website