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Changing Climate Change

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This year the CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards competition will focus on what actions or changes, we as the Building Services industry can make to contribute to the carbon reductions Australia and New Zealand have agreed to in the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

To give building services professionals of the future some tips ahead of the closing date for entries on 25 June 2019, we have asked CIBSE members and colleagues from around the region to share their thoughts on the topic.

The Building Services industry should focus on creating a “Six Stars Green Star” mindset, which would address not just energy efficiency, but will look into a wider impact of a certain design choices. For example, how often we consider carbon footprint and system life cycle in our design?

Making more considerate and thought through decisions will help to amend price driven reality and will get us closer to the stated carbon emission reduction goals.

 – Anastasija Taranenko, Intermediate Mechanical Engineer at WSP Opus, Auckland


In my opinion the building services industry should strive to push boundaries in energy reduction along with onsite energy generation and hence reduce carbon emissions. This can be achieved by considering the efficiency of equipment when specifying products, implementation of renewable energy generation, better control features and setting higher performance requirements and standards.  

Will Hayes, Electrical Engineer at Public Transport Authority, Perth


Our commitments to carbon neutrality means we need to start thinking beyond historical low carbon solutions, such as gas; and look toward zero carbon solutions such as renewable energy. This means that buildings historically relying on gas for heating will need to start thinking outside of the box to achieve carbon neutrality. 

– Sian Willmott, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Sustainability Team Lead, AECOM, Melbourne


Decarbonising of the grid through the adoption of renewables in conjunction with large scale energy storage will change the energy landscape. Much like the transition to Electric Vehicles, buildings will need to move away from direct use of fossil fuels to become highly efficient and all electric.
– Andrew Pettifer, Principal, NSW Regional Leader, ARUP


The buildings we design today will stand for decades, and the sustainability thinking and design approach we apply on the drawings and in the specifications will define its footprint for a long time. We need to understand that our work has significant impact on this initiative, and we can lead in this initiative by coming up with the right sustainable solutions and showing others our contributions. Afterall, sustainability should be a norm in our day-to-day practice.

– Baoying Tong, AECOM, Sydney

We will continue to share more views from across the building services industry and we would love to hear your ideas on twitter,  # changeclimatechange.

This year the competition asks students  to present findings, following a literature review, in a 3-minute video, whilst Graduate and Young Building Services Professionals are being asked to draw on work experience and global trends to present what they believe are the most novel, scalable and implementable ideas that could be applied to building services in Australia and New Zealand today to meet reduced carbon emission targets. 

Any young building services professionals or students who are passionate about how the building services industry can make an impact, are encouraged to enter the 2019 CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards.

Click here for more information on entry criteria and prizes.

The awards are made possible with the support from our partners. 2019 Awards programme partners include:

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