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Mechanical Services Explained

18.0 CPD Hours

Standard Rate
£1320.00  +VAT
Member Rate
£1055.00  +VAT
  • Mechanical Services

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The course will introduce many building engineering systems from water supply, plumbing and drainage, through heating and ventilation systems to more complex systems for air conditioning. It will emphasise the relative merits of different systems and explain the context of current regulatory and professional practice related both to design and maintenance. 

This course looks at heating and cooling systems, how to use them efficiently, and how they fit within a building. Engineering services in buildings are complex and often account for more than 40% of the capital cost of a building. Increasing demands to conserve energy and improve environmental performance mean that good design, efficient operation and reliable maintenance of services have never been more important. 


Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course you will have an understanding of the following: 

Mechanical services issues and their engineering background

How construction affects building services

A wide knowledge of a range of different HVAC systems

How the services integrate with building performance

Legislative requirements


"Excellent, thorough course"

"This course covered every aspect that I was looking to have more understanding of."

"Exceptional course and information"

This three-day course is suitable for those needing a knowledge in mechanical building services who may not have had any formal training directly in mechanical services. 


This course is ideally suited to those who:

Have been given additional responsibility for mechanical engineering services

Have responsibility for estates and engineering personnel or contractors

Facilities Managers with overall responsibility for buildings and their services

Maintenance Managers

Are a specialist in another branch of engineering but find they now have to understand mechanical services systems

Agenda for event
Time Description
Day 1



Arrival / coffee / tea


Session 1: Heat Transfers in Buildings

  • How heat is lost from buildings
  • How to reduce energy use and building heat loss
  • A brief review of the latest building regulations

Coffee / tea break (15 mins)


Session 2:     Ventilation

  • The increasing importance of ventilation heat loss
  • Fresh air requirements and provision of passive cooling

Lunch (60 mins)


Session 3:   Heating Systems

  • A review of the advantages and disadvantages of the different types of heating system

Session 4:   Plant sizing and controls

  • Energy trends
  • Boiler sizing
  • Effective and efficient controls and types of control system
16.00 – 16:30

Q & A

Day 2

Cooling and air conditioning


Session 1:   Heat gains and assessment of cooling loads

  • How to calculate a cooling load
  • How to reduce cooling & plant requirements

Coffee / tea break (15 mins)


Session 2:   Air conditioning systems

  • A review of the different a/c systems available & their relative merits
  • Latest Developments

Lunch (60 mins)


Session 3:   Types of equipment and standards of use

  • Fans
  • Filters
  • Heat exchangers
  • Humidifiers

Coffee / tea break


Session 4:   Refrigeration 

  • Understanding how refrigeration works
  • The refrigeration cycle
  • Plant and equipment
  • Issues associated with refrigeration systems
16.00 – 16:30

Q & A

Day 3

Arrival / coffee / tea


Session 1:   Hot and cold water services

  • An explanation of different water service systems including current developments

Coffee / Tea Break 


Session 2: Legionnaires Disease 

  • Explanation of Legionnaires Disease
  • Consideration of its wider impact on Building Services Engineering
  • Professional responsibilities

Lunch (60 mins)


Session 3:   Drainage

  • A brief overview of the principles and design of above and below ground drainage systems



Coffee / tea break 


Session 4: Building regulations

  • A review of the significant impact of the latest building regulations
16.00 – 16:30

Q & A

Remote - How to join:

This course will be hosted live online on Microsoft Teams. A Microsoft Teams account is not required, you will be sent a link to join.

You can choose to join on your preferred web browser, or if you already have the Microsoft Teams desktop app, click 'join meeting'.  You will then automatically join the course through the app.


The course location will be underneath the respective date, please make your way to the location.

Parking is not available.

Course Materials:

The course presentation and any additional materials will be sent to delegates once attendance is confirmed on the day of the course.

We are working towards being more sustainable, therefore we do not recommend materials to be printed.

What is included?

-Full day training with an industry expert trainer

-CPD certificate

-PDF course materials

- Lunch and refreshments**

**For face-to-face courses

Two simple ways to book:


Card - Use the 'Book Now' button at the top of this web page.

Invoice - Please fill in the booking form herePlease note you are only booked onto the course once Training has processed the form.


* If you are having any difficulties please either email us at [email protected]


Gordon Hudson

Consultant & Lecturer, Mott MacDonald & Northumbria University

Gordon Hudson is an experienced chartered building services engineer, who has worked extensively in the industry and has played a role in higher education in the specific subject area of building services, sustainability and the wider built environment disciplines.

Gordon is a consultant to Mott MacDonald and lectures at Northumbria University. He led the MEP design team for the Houghton Primary Care building that achieved the only BREEAM “outstanding “ healthcare certification to date. He has reviewed CIBSE guides and papers for CIBSE conferences and was lead author for the Scottish Government’s school design guide.

Gordon carried out the first BREEAM assessment in Iceland and led the Mott Macdonald team in developing the initial stages of the Estidama sustainability code for the UAE and the first green building code in Egypt. 

CIBSE Training reserve the right to make changes to the speakers or programme. The right is also reserved in absolute discretion and without further liability to cancel any seminar when fees paid will be refunded. Acknowledged bookings are firm. Cancellation up to 4 weeks before the course is subject to a charge of 25% of fees due, later cancellation is not accepted but delegate substitution is allowed at any time. We reserve the right to request payment in advance for companies which have not had previous financial transactions with CIBSE Services Ltd. 

All delegate alterations / cancellations must be received in writing to: [email protected]  

Please note we do not accept card payments via American express

Please contact the training team before making any travel or accommodation arrangements - particularly if you are travelling from outside the UK mainland, as CIBSE will not be liable for any cost incurred.