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Are you passionate about advancing skills in the building services industry?

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Region) are about to expand our training and education services capabilities.  We are seeking a range of industry specialists to work with us to significantly advance the training and education professionalism of the building services industry.
If you are interested in helping CIBSE ANZ to expand the skills and knowledge within our industry, plus you have the passion to pass on your experience to the next generation of building services professionals, then we want to hear from you.

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AS 3000 / AS 3010 Alignment

35 attendees turn out on a very wet Tuesday lunchtime in Perth to gain insight to applying the updated AS 3000 (Wiring Rules) and AS 3010 (Generating Sets). These two standards have been updated to better align the requirements of generator connection applications for essential and safety service circuits eg what do we use to switch, why we do it and when do we switch the neutral conductor.

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Water treatment – established engineering or snake oil?

On 2nd of August, CIBSE Auckland presented an informative technical presentation on caring for our water. Gareth McCabe of Waterpro Environmental Ltd reminded delegates of the often underestimated task of treating water.

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Earthquake Design

Every 10 years (on average) Australia faces 1 shallow earthquake of magnitude 6 or above - equivalent to the 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Designing building services to withstand earthquakes is critical for certain buildings. At a CIBSE SA event, Peter McBean, National President for the Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, shared his experiences providing structural engineering advice following the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011, and offered delegates guidance for resilient design.

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Challenges Faced by a Building Surveyor

The role of a Private Certifier and Council is somewhat unknown, as are aspects of the regulatory mandate through the Development Regulations (SA) and terms used such as certifier or surveyor in the context of construction of buildings. Last month, Vic Barone of Katnich Dodd, outlined the requirements of the process of certification completed by Private Certifiers or directly through Council, at a CIBSE event in SA.

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Fire and smoke control in buildings – Australian Standard open for public consultation


Standards Australia are calling for public comment on draft standard AS 1668 Amd 1 - The use of ventilation and air conditioning in building Part 1: Fire and smoke control in buildings. Since the 2015 revision was published, the team have prepared proposed amendments. There are no major technical changes, but a number of clarifications are proposed.

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When the Building Industry Collaborate to Save the Environment 

With a threat of climate change imminent, it will take the unified voice of the built environment to affect change and mitigate that threat. PRIME (Professionalism, Regulation, Information, Measurement, and Emission abatement) is that voice for the built environment in Australia.

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CIBSE inaugurates new Chair to lead the ANZ region

At the recent AGM in Melbourne, the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) region elected Paul Angus, a hydraulic consultant with over 20 years’ experience, as the 16th Chair, 30 years since the region was originally founded in June, 1987.

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30 Years and Counting


It’s been 30 years since the Australia and New Zealand region of CIBSE was inaugurated. The faces of the ANZ committee have changed, but the passion driving our region forward is still as relevant as ever. In times where the pulse of change beats fast, CIBSE continues to provide industry with the guidance and training for safe, comfortable and efficient buildings. 

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2017 ANZ Young Engineers Award winners revealed

This year marked the start of a region-wide Award scheme for the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Australia and New Zealand region. Thai Nguyen, a Mechanical Engineering (Hons) Student of the University of New South Wales and Simon Green, a graduate Building Services Engineer from Arup specialising in mechanical engineering design have taken top prizes for the CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards.

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The Future of Global Engineering

The Presidents of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Peter Wong and Engineers Australia, John McIntosh have taken steps to simplify the transfer of equivalent Australian and International titles and qualifications by renewing a longstanding agreement of mutual recognition on Thursday 15 June 2017. 

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Is Ground Water a Viable Energy Source?

The Christchurch Chapter successfully brought together experienced professionals, each providing a unique perspective on bore holes and related energy systems, to discuss their experiences and share any lessons learnt via case studies in relation to seismic activity.
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Young Engineers Awards – 2017 Finalists Announced

ANZ region-wide finalists for the 2017 CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards have been named. Winners of the two awards will be announced as part of the CIBSE ANZ 30th Anniversary Cocktail Function, 15 June 2017.

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Stairwell Pressurisation

The hot topic of Fires in buildings are inevitable, but when the inevitable happens, it is essential to get the occupants out safely and efficiently.  Paul Chasteauneuf, Technical Support Manager of AG Coombs Pty Ltd, shared some real-world experiences in the design, installation and commissioning of these systems.

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Tomorrow's World – Green Sky Thinking

This seminar focussed on how we approach sustainability, analysing the often conflicting lenses of consultants and developers, reviewing if our current systems are addressing what sustainability is and what the future holds. 

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Show me the money! Getting the cost side of engineering right

The NSW Chapter delivered another hot topic that few could afford (pun intended) to miss on Tuesday, 4th April.  It’s the age old debate, when a consulting engineer and quantity surveyor compare an opinion of cost for a project, these are often worlds apart. 

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Meet the New CIBSE President

CIBSE President, Peter Wong (left) with CIBSE Immediate Past President, John Field

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers Australia and New Zealand Region will celebrate 30 years of shaping the building services industry with a Cocktail Function at the Melbourne Aquarium on June 15 2017. Meet CIBSE President Peter Wong, who will be joining us for one of his first presidential engagements following his inauguration in May. 

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Fire Stopping of services penetrations – getting compliance right – February, 2017

David Robinson from Systems Solution Engineering discussed the issues with fire stopping of wet system sprinkler/hydrant pipework reticulation at the New Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH). 

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Expert Witness Reporting, The tips, tricks and pitfalls - February 2017

Jerry Tyrrell who took the audience through the tips, tricks and pitfalls of Expert Witness Reporting to effectively avoid finding yourself in hot water!

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CIBSE WA Chapter Christmas Luncheon

100 guests heard from key note speaker, Paul Race from Multiplex who provided his insights on the Western Australia economy, plus provided an over view of recent projects.

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CIBSE Christmas Cryptic Challenge - December 2016

The NSW Chapter Committee held a team building event to welcome new committee members at the the Enigma Room, Sydney. 

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Innovative Site Tour - December 2016

The CIBSE South Australia Chapter recently conducted a site tour of a project, utilising an innovative construction technique.

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Acoustics - Illuminating the Dark Art – November 2016

Presented by Alex Campbell and Kezia Lloyd of WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, “Acoustics – Illuminating the Dark Art” consisted of a two part presentation, aimed at both educating and increasing collaboration between various engineering disciplines.

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Making a splash down under – October 2016

CIBSE ANZ Regional Chair, Ian Small had a busy schedule recently where he represented the ANZ region at the Presidents Dinner, Regional Liaison Committee (RLC) and CIBSE/ASHRAE Young Engineers Awards in the UK.

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Building Services 101 – October 2016

Each Wednesday in October saw CIBSE NSW Chapter host a highly successful 101 seminar series, covering Mechanical, Electrical, Hydraulic and Fire Services.

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Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research – September 2016

CIBSE WA Chapter members and guests were treated to a site visit at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research at QEII on Tuesday evening. 

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The Great Debate: Architects Vs Engineers – August 2016

The young professionals at Consult Australia hosted the Great Debate in August at University of Sydney’s Great Hall. CIBSE NSW Treasurer Ian White participated as a panellist for the engineering team with the evening full of discussion and debate.  

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Built Environment Meets Parliament – August 2016

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Keeping up with the NABERS – August 2016

The CIBSE NSW August Seminar, discussed the upcoming changes to the NABERS Energy rules, their impacts on building ratings and how best to advise clients around accommodating these changes.

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Staying Alive – Legionella Risk Management – July 2016

This CIBSE NSW July Seminar, featuring industry leaders in legionella risk management, focussed upon the key aspects of a healthy working environment, as they relate to the design and specification of domestic hot and cold systems, as well as heating and cooling water services, which are perhaps some of the most important aspects of building design to provide a change for the better.

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Sirius, 23 Furzer Street 6 Star NABERS - Seminar June 2016

This year in London, an Australian building took out the coveted CIBSE Facilities Management Team Award. The award recognises the achievements of a facilities management team in delivering outstanding building performance.

Read more about the winner of this award, Sirius

ARBS Exhibition – May, 2016

CIBSE ANZ exhibited at the ARBS (Air Conditioning , Refrigeration & Building Services) Exhibition which was held in Melbourne on 17-19 May 2016.

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Full Steam ahead for our young engineers – March, 2016

On board the Sydney Heritage Fleet's Waratah, influential and key industry guests joined CIBSE ANZ on a cruise on Sydney Harbour to recognise the outstanding contributions from leading students and graduates, continually demonstrating engineering excellence within the built environment.

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The Soft Landings Framework - Australia & New Zealand – March 2015

In March 2015 CIBSE ANZ officially launched the "Soft Landings Framework Australia and New Zealand". Soft Landings has the potential to revolutionise the way we deliver buildings. 

Read more and download the Soft Landings Framework here

Vale Jack Pirie (MCIBSE 1939 - 2014)

CIBSE mourns the passing of Jack Pirie, who had a long and full career in the Building Services Industry. Jack's membership with CIBSE started some fifty years ago, and he was very actively involved with the ANZ Region.

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Story: Jack Pirie and the Suit

Vale Mark Griffin (MCIBSE 1962 - 2014)

Mark GriffinCIBSE mourns the passing of Mark Griffin, a well-respected Building Services Engineer, Past Chairman of CIBSE ANZ Region and a long term Chairman of CIBSE NSW.

Read more about the tribute to Mark here