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Silver for Kinsella

A Silver Medal is awarded to a member who has shown outstanding service to the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and shall be judged by the individual contribution they have made over a period, of not less than 15 years in connection, with representation on a national or international industry committee.

In recognition of outstanding service to the institution, Peter Kinsella, Victoria Chapter Chair was presented with the Silver Medal at the recent ANZ regional meeting in Perth.

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Breaking records to help others

At CIBSE, we recognise the need to look after our members and former members, their families, their loved ones and pride ourselves in helping, especially through sickness, bereavement or financial hardship through the Benevolent Fund.

On behalf of the WA Chapter CIBSE committee representing our local members and with solid industry support from our local sponsors, a donation of $10,000 has been made available to the CIBSE Benevolent fund."

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The Great Chilled Water Debate

On Tuesday, February 27, property group Charter Hall hosted the CIBSE NSW Great Chilled Water Debate. CIBSE NSW Chair Phil Senn and Energy Action’s Dr Paul Bannister moderated the panel which also included Michael Dagher (AECOM), Stefan Sadokierski (Arup), Simon Spiteri (BSA) and Barry Abboud (JCI Controls).
It was great to see all stages of the design and installation process represented on the panel and there was some excellent discussion about ensuring that a particular design solution is appropriate for a particular building. 

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NCC 2019 Regulation Impact Statements open for public consultation

The consultation period for changes proposed in the National Construction Code (NCC) 2019 is now open and the ABCB is seeking your feedback.

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Where are all the women engineers?

Women make up approximately 12.4% of the engineering labour force in Australia - even less in building services engineering. To tackle this statistic, Lucy is an innovative mentoring program offered to top students through the Women in Engineering and IT group at the University of Technology Sydney, pairing students with mentors in STEM related organisations.

Could this be an initiative for your organisation?

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Challenging the model of building services in high-care high-rise facilities

The unique and radically mixed 20 story Adelaide CBD ‘U-City’ development that has just commenced construction for Uniting Communities and will include a respite hotel for patrons with severe disabilities, long term disabled accommodation and retirement living. With such a diverse range of occupants, the fire and evacuation procedures had to be completely reassessed and redesigned.

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Beyond the 6 Star NABERS Barrier

Energy Action smashed it at the 2018 CIBSE Building Performance Awards, winning Energy Management Initiative of the Year for their entry Beyond the 6 Star NABERS Barrier, Tower 3, 747 Collins St, Melbourne. Find out how they created a building that produces just 50% of the CO2-equivalent emissions of an equivalent 5 Star building, and turned a 5.5 Star building tower into a 6 Star NABERS rating.

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Getting noticed in the world of building services engineering

Entering an industry competition like the Young Engineers Awards has benefits that extend beyond the first place cash prize of $1000. All entrants stand to gain, as 2017 entrant Simon Green explains on reflection of his experience.

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Coming in 2018 to a seminar theatre near you


CIBSE ANZ is proud to bring you a programme that examines the internal workings of the smart building that delivers energy savings, and sustainability. A programme that offers the perspective and expertise of a variety of stakeholders in the production of a smart building – from supplier to designer and client. The programme for 2018 is currently in production and due for release in 4 cities across Australia and New Zealand in October 2018.

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ANZ Annual Cocktail Function – Venue confirmed

Is Engineering an Artform? The newly refurbished venue for 2018 CIBSE ANZ Annual Cocktail Function and Young Engineers Awards suggest yes. Combining science, art and history, the Westpac Long Room at the Australian Museum in Sydney is booked for 21 June 2018. Young Engineers, graduates and engineering students are encouraged to make their mark by answering a simple question.

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ANZ 2017 Highlights

What a year 2017 has been for the CIBSE ANZ region. Celebrating its 30th anniversary has to be the biggest highlight but it was also a year for many new initiatives, including a regional monthly eNewsletter and the new Talking Buildings podcast. The Young Engineers Awards also went regional and for the first time, CIBSE ANZ sent 3 YEN Chairs to the global Conference in the Middle East and to end on a big win, after 2 years of hard work from the New Zealand committees, CIBSE New Zealand is now incorporated, to serve local members better.

There are plenty more new initiatives planned for 2018 with a strong focus on increasing CPD training and development opportunities, online and face to face.

Scroll through some of our highlights here

Celebrating 2017 with Asian flavours, SA wine and insights from Adelaide Zoo

A record number of attendees turned up to enjoy the traditional CIBSE SA end of year celebration at Citizen Chinese with a coveted selection of great SA wines. Delegates were entertained by Tom Whitworth, a tour guide at Adelaide Zoo with exceptional knowledge of the history of the zoo and in particular its curious and endangered inhabitants.

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Young Engineers Awards open with a banging new accolade

Giving passionate, young engineers a voice and a chance to step out of the shadows is what the Young Engineers Awards are all about. That’s why, in its second year, the ANZ region-wide competition has added a new category to the line-up for 2018.

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CIBSE NZ – Now Incorporated to serve local members better

CIBSE New Zealand members will for the first time have the opportunity to formally engage with decision making and have their say in how the institution is run, locally. This is because the Chartered Institution of Building Services NZ is now incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908. This change, that became official on 23 November 2017, will ensure transparency and accountability of the Institution’s NZ operations.

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Dolphins crash CIBSE WA end of year celebrations

Almost 100 local building services professionals, including CIBSE members and their guests, attended the CIBSE WA annual luncheon at the gorgeous Matilda Bay Restaurant in Perth with some surprise guests in the adjacent Swan river - a pod of dolphins decided they weren't to miss out on the fun!

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Building Commissioning goes into the Innovation Incubator

Some issues are bigger than an association or an occupation. Some need the resources and innovative thinking of an entire industry value chain. Standards Australia recently launched its ‘Innovation Incubator’.  The Incubator was established to bring the agility, thinking, processes and project methodologies of a start-up to Standards Australia and embed an open innovation mindset across its internal and external business operations.

CIBSE collaborated with stakeholders from across the Building Commissioning value chain at an interative workshop to tackle the issues associated with Building Services Commissioning.

Now its your turn to get involved.

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A Young Engineer's Journey to London

CIBSE ASHRAE Young Engineer Finalist, Baoying Tong had never been to London before he boarded his flight for the Award Ceremony last month but that wasn’t the only first for Baoying on this journey. The opportunity opened up a spectrum of experiences for the young engineer.
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Lessons from the Middle East

It was an intense week of technical and cultural site visits, a conference and networking events for the region's young engineers' Chapter Chairs who attended the YEN Global Conference in the United Arab Emirates late last month.

Having come away with new knowlege and many international connections, CIBSE ANZ YEN Chapter chairs, Elliot Hewish from Adelaide, Jerrin Pius from Auckland and Sian Willmott from Melbourne reflect on their experiences and lessons. 

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Blue Sky student accommodation scores an A+

An excellent display of building services challenges and opportunities, the Blue Sky Student accommodation was a treat for CIBSE SA YEN last week. A wonderland of sustainable and state-of-the-art building services facilities, find out why this building was granted funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and classed as a market leading project in the sector.

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Too cool for school

To drive innovation and to meet Australia’s future job needs, we need an increase in STEM skills. CIBSE are collaborating with CSIRO, by connecting schools with industry engineering professionals
This is where you come in and your country needs you, now!
STEM Professionals in Schools is assisting in equipping teachers with the skills they need to boost STEM education in the classroom, and beyond.
Read on to find out what CIBSE is doing to help and how can you get involved 

Frankie goes to Advisory-hood

To keep our Independent Advisory Panel fresh with new blue sky thinking, ideas, innovations and direction, we are pleased to announce two key industry ambassadors, who have recently been introduced to the panel.
Find out more about the panel, our 2020 plan and learn more about our newest recruits.

Read all about it – Latest draft Standards out for review

CIBSE ANZ are at the forefront in collaborating with a number of industry groups, including PRIME, inputting and advising on updates for key publications on Australian and New Zealand Standards.  

Find out here which Standards have been issued for public consultation, and be sure your voice is heard.

Talking Buildings – CIBSE ANZ's latest initiative

CIBSE ANZ has launched a new platform to discuss and tackle thought provoking matters relating to the built environment.
Each month, tune in to hear key industry guests discuss various initiatives.  All our guests are passionately working to affect change, including making a positive impact on the environment and the people working within our industry. First up we chat to Frankie Muskovic, Property Manager at Property Council of Australia to find out what she's been up to.

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Smashing the “need” barrier!

Did you know that each of you all help to contribute to those in need through your local CIBSE Chapter.  We pride ourselves in organising high quality technical seminars, at low cost premium to our members. 

It’s with great pleasure to announce that the CIBSE Victoria Chapter, have not only provided a substantial donation to the CIBSE Benevolent fund, but have smashed all records in the process! 

How did they do it and how did you help…. find out more

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“ENGaging Buildings” - CIBSE ANZ quarterly publication –– Call for content

Finding new ways to bring together regional knowledge within our industry and our membership, in 2018, CIBSE Australia and New Zealand will launch a quarterly digital publication to increase communication and bring extra value to our membership.

This publication is an opportunity for you….yes you to get involved.  We want to hear from you to provide a publication that caters for our membership, which includes each and every one of you.

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Grab a discount for the Smart Buildings Summit 2017

The Smart Buildings Summit, being held on the 29th and 29th of November 2017, at the Holme Building, University of Sydney will bring together senior executives from Commercial Real Estate, Facilities Management, Developers and Construction Companies, Architecture and Design Firms to discover new strategies and hear new trends supporting smart buildings.
As a special offer for CIBSE members, you can receive 10% off registration prices for the Smart Buildings Summit. Simply mention CIBSE_10  when you call on +61 2 9977 0565 or click here to book online. 
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Building Services on Steroids - What can we learn from infrastructure design?

Building services are not just for commercial property! Due to the increasing number of infrastructure projects seen in Australia and especially in Sydney, CIBSE NSW delved into the world of services for infrastructure projects. Our speaker panel talked about their experiences and provide us with some useful insights to tackling these large projects.

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Energy Auditor Training and Certification Pathway

The Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) is seeking input from commercial and industrial energy auditing stakeholders on a proposed training and professional certification pathway for Australia’s energy auditors. The NSW Office of Environment & Heritage (OEH), Sustainability Victoria (SV) and the EEC are working together to assess the need for a training and certification pathway for Australia’s energy auditors, and – if a need exists – the best model for such a pathway.

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Fired up - New fire safety laws and an AS1668 revision

How will revisions to AS1668 - Part 1 Fire and smoke controls in buildings affect you? Brett Fairweather explained the proposed changes at a CIBSE Technical Seminar in NSW.

Alan Host – Specialist Policy Officer, NSW Department of Planning and Environment provided an overview of the recently published changes to the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000, aimed at improving fire safety in new and existing buildings.

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2018 ARBS Awards

The ARBS Industry Awards are now open for entries. Recognising excellence for personal achievement, outstanding products, projects, service and education in the Australian HVAC & R and building services industry across 6 categories. This collaborative national Awards initiative is fully endorsed by the major HVAC & R industry associations, including CIBSE ANZ.

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NATSPEC response to Non-Conforming Products

The tragedy of the Grenfell Towers fire in the UK, resulting in up to 80 deaths, has thrust product conformity and compliance into the global spotlight.  Locally we have not been immune. From 2006 to 2012 there were increasing reports of non-conforming products entering Australia including structural steel bolts, structural plywood products, copper pipework tubing, fire collars and glass sheets.  In recent years, there have been significant issues with electrical cable, combustible cladding used inappropriately, products with asbestos, and glass failures.  Construction products have been used in the Australian market with inadequate or false evidence of conformity to applicable standards (non-conforming), and products and materials which have not been used in compliance with regulation (non-complying).  This has affected the safety and construction quality of Australian buildings.

NATSPEC has responded to requests from Government departments and industry organisations by setting up a register of construction products. 

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Flushed with Success

Whilst in the UK in August, ANZ Chair Paul Angus, was interviewed for a feature in CIBSE's Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) Journal. It traced his career back from 1992 when he started as an apprentice plumber in Aberdeen until earlier this year when he achieved CIBSE Fellow grade of membership.

Paul also utilised his UK visit to meet with the CIBSE team in London. They collaborated on future developments in the region and on the ANZ 2020 strategy proposal.

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The Future is Bright!

Within the ANZ region, we’re fortunate enough to be involved in the construction and retrofit of some of the most challenging and sustainable buildings in the world. Young building services engineers rely heavily on experiences gained through their studies at university, including the opportunity of internship, to face the real-life challenges within the workplace.

One bright young graduate, Baoying Tong, Graduate Electrical Engineer at AECOM based in Sydney has recently propelled himself into the limelight and will be representing the ANZ region, for the prestigious CIBSE | ASHRAE Graduate of the Year 2017.

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Furthering Building Services training and knowledge in Queensland

We are seeking new Queensland committee members passionate about building services to help us develop and deliver a cutting-edge programme of events and training and raise the profile of CIBSE in the chapter. We welcome professionals from across the industry and with varying levels of experience to join us.

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Electricity VS Gas – When do we transition?

Australia ratified the Paris Agreement in November 2016, committing to set five-yearly targets in order to limit global warming below 2°C. The implications of this and other state and local government commitments (such as the Victorian Governments TAKE2 pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2050) render the decarbonisation of the electricity grid critical. The Victorian government has set ambitious renewable energy targets of 25% by 2020 and 40% by 2025.

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East Melbourne Library YEN tour reveals sustainable upgrades

CIBSE Young Engineers Network Victoria held a site tour at East Melbourne Library this month. The tour, led by Garry Ormston, Principal Architect, City of Melbourne, included a look at recent retrofits including a ground source heat pump, natural ventilation and PV roofing.

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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 turned 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.

And the finalists are...

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.

Read more about the events Ian attended here

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. 

Read more about the site visit here

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.

Read more about the seminar and download the presentations here

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.

Read more about the seminar and download the presentations here

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.

Read more about the tribute to Jack here

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