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Fair Use Policy

CIBSE publications, the CIBSE Knowledge Portal, its content and any passwords issued by CIBSE are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. These rights are either owned by CIBSE or CIBSE has been given rights over them.

The Knowledge Portal is designed to allow CIBSE Members ready access to CIBSE publications as a benefit of their membership for their personal use. It is incumbent on CIBSE members to ensure that they do not abuse that benefit nor make their membership details available, knowingly or by accident, thereby permitting abuse by a third party. PDFs downloaded from the Knowledge Portal are watermarked to remind members of their responsibilities and CIBSE's ownership of the content . Responsibility to ensure downloaded documents are not abused nor CIBSE copyright infringed lies with the member making the download. Most CIBSE publications are available as hard copy for purchase by CIBSE members at very preferential pricing.

CIBSE data and tools supplied through the Knowledge Portal are also subject to similar conditions and copyright restrictions.

Users who are not members of CIBSE can use the Knowledge Portal to search for CIBSE publications and selected documents from other publishers. A number of the  former are available free of charge. The rest, and those titles from sources other than CIBSE,  are available to purchase through the bookshop functionality of the CIBSE Knowledge Portal. In some cases, even these may be linked directly from our entry.. Non-members can purchase these documents though the Knowledge Portal or choose to join CIBSE.

Abuse of the CIBSE Knowledge Portal includes:

  • Access to CIBSE members’ benefits (eg to document texts) by persons other than CIBSE members or other persons given those rights by CIBSE.
  • Excessive downloading of CIBSE texts.
  • Copying and distribution to third parties of CIBSE documents in any form, and for any purpose (without express permission from CIBSE).
  • Any other breach of CIBSE copyright eg use of CIBSE documents for re-use, re-sale or other gain, promotion or benefit to a third party (within a training course etc).

CIBSE data and tools supplied through the Knowledge Portal are also subject to similar conditions and copyright restrictions.

Usage of the Knowledge Portal is monitored to discourage abuse. Suspected abuses will be investigated. CIBSE membership may be withdrawn from offending members.

Requests for usage outside these parameters can be made to Nicholas Peake, CIBSE Head of Knowledge  npeake@cibse.org