Everything inside a building which makes it safe and comfortable to be in comes under the title of 'Building services'. A building must do what it was designed to do - not just provide shelter but also be an environment where people can live, work and achieve.
Building services are what makes a building come to life. They include:
In every place that you see these services...building services engineers have designed, installed and maintain them in working order. The Technical Resources area gives you a flavour of what's hot in our sector right now.
Imagine the air filtration systems you'd need in a forensic laboratory. The heating controls in a special care baby unit? How to control bacteria and humidity in an operating theatre? What about security systems at the HQ of MI5? Lighting the Wembley Stadium? Coping with a power cut in the dealing room of a City banker? This is everyday work for a building services engineer.
CIBSE professionals are at the heart of preparations for the 2012 Olympics in London, where every aspect of the environment for the indoor events must deliver comfort for the performers and spectators, and be energy efficient. When watching the Olympics, or any other sports event, think about what the spectators and athletes are experiencing. People movement, communications for scoreboards, security and safety .... all these systems are designed, installed and maintained by building services engineers.
On a smaller scale, look around you at home - your central heating, plumbing and power systems were all designed to work well . New homes with much more efficient systems using ground-breaking technologies are being created all the time. It's building services engineers who are creating a low carbon future for us all.