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About Knowledge Portal

CIBSE is the standard setter and authority on building services engineering in the UK. It publishes the CIBSE Guides, Codes and other guidance material which are internationally recognised as authoritative, and sets the criteria for best practice in the profession.

The CIBSE Knowledge Portal gives access to the full range of CIBSE published guidance, including all the CIBSE GuidesCIBSE Commissioning CodesCIBSE Applications ManualsCIBSE Technical MemorandaCIBSE Knowledge SeriesLighting Guides, Codes of Practice and more.

Specifically, the content within the Knowledge Portal comprises:

  • All CIBSE publications. CIBSE members are given free access to full texts as electronic (PDF) files, where available, free of charge (dependent on payment of their annual membership subscription). Besides these published CIBSE books there are a number of other CIBSE titles including Briefings, Bulletins and similar documents included. CIBSE books can also be bought as hard copy by members at preferential member price. Non-members must buy priced PDFs or hard copy although a limited amount of CIBSE guidance is made freely available to all users of the Knowledge Portal (this includes open access to papers from l CIBSE's Technical Symposiums).
  • A number of complimentary titles from a range of leading publishers can also be identified through the Knowledge Portal. Most are only available to purchase, as hard copy at present - with CIBSE members generally benefiting from preferential pricing. A number of such publications are made freely available to CIBSE members, by agreement of the publisher.

These titles  can be found via the Knowledge search functionality or using the Topic seach which categorises the content under a number of generalised headings.

All entries within the KP can be browsed by title, identified by using text search functionality or through topic categorisation. The latter supports the fine honing of search results by the application of a number of filters. Available titles are listed in:

  • CIBSE's Publications Price list. This is available to download here (the latest dated January 2018)
  • List of publications available in our Bookshop from publishers other than CIBSE with the latest dated September 2019. This is available here

These lists will be updated periodically.

Archive and Repository 

CIBSE has also started to create a dedicated archive of publications and other knowledge items that are no longer current but which may have value to our membership and, hopefully, to the wider industry. Many of these may be difficult or impossible to locate or obtain elsewhere.

The initial content constituting his archive came from the Energy EfficIency Best Practice Programme (EEBPP) and includes many well referenced and highly regarded titles within series such as the Energy Consumption Guides (ECG) or ECON, Fuel Efficiency Booklets (FEB), General Information Reports (GIR), General information Leafles (GIL), Good Practice Case Studies and Good Practice Guides (GPG).

The list of available titles with links can be found here.