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Win a trip to Chicago!

This year’s Graduate of the Year award is now open for entries. The award, sponsored by

Baxi Commercial Division, is now in its 16th year and is established as one of the industries most sought-after accolades. This year’s fi rst prize is a trip to the ASHRAE Conference in Chicago. To be eligible to enter, you

must have graduated in a building services-related

Coalition consults on effi ciency plan

● Key decisions still to be made on policy to fund energy improvements in homes

“Green Deal” is a fl agship policy to enable property owners and tenants to fund energy effi ciency improvements through funding which will be legally associated with their energy meter and repaid out of the cost savings resulting from the installed Green Deal measures. It is a key element of the Energy Bill currently passing through parliament. Green Deal is intended to be open

discipline within the last two years. Those shortlisted will be invited to give a short presentation, in front of the judging panel and audience, on 6 October 2011, at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, in London. The topic for the presentation will be confi rmed in advance to those shortlisted. The event will be followed by

an evening reception hosted by CIBSE’s Young Engineers Network. For more information, and an application form, visit

Undergraduate Award 2010 entries sought

Entries are now open for this year’s CIBSE Undergraduate Award 2010, sponsored by Hays Building Services. The award, with a fi rst prize

of £500, and runner-up prize of £100, is open to all students in the fi nal year of their BSc, BEng, MEng or MSc courses and provides a great opportunity to get recognised at a national level. To enter, please send us a

2,000 word synopsis of your fi nal year project. Judges will be looking for clear, easy to read submissions with a strong theme and sound understanding of engineering science, design, and originality. The closing date is 29 July 2011.

16 CIBSE Journal June 2011

to both domestic and non-domestic properties, and to owner occupied and other forms of tenure. The Department for Energy and Climate Change

is consulting on various aspects of the policy, including accreditation of Green Deal advisors to advise on measures which could be installed in a property and deliver suffi cient energy savings to meet the requirement for the savings to exceed the repayment costs of the Plan. It is also working on details of the measures, which will have to be permanent installations, but

it is not yet clear what permanent might mean in this context. A commercial working group is looking at how

‘ Green Deal has the potential to have a major impact on the work of building services engineers’

this might all work in a mixed use, multi-tenanted commercial property, considering who might have to consent, what might constitute reasonable grounds for withholding consent, and exactly how the repayment arrangements might work in this market. This also connects to the

current review of Part L of the Building Regulations, where the Green Deal could potentially fund consequential improvements required by the Regulations. There is still a great deal to be decided, and the various

discussions still have some way to go, but Green Deal has the potential to have a major impact on the work of building services engineers. As the policy develops information will be made available on the Consultations section of the Knowledge Bank on the CIBSE website.

For more information visit:

Heritage chair stands down

Brian Roberts has stood down as chairman of the Heritage Group after 29 years in the role. The group, which was the fi rst CIBSE special interest group to form, started life as the IHVE Archaeology of Building Services Working Party in 1973, taking its current title in 1982 when Brian became its fi rst chairman. As well as being chairman,

Brian has been the very backbone of the group and his output of lectures, papers and books on the history and development of building services engineering has been prodigious. His book Building services engineering – a review of its development, written with Neville Billington in 1984, is generally accepted to be the most important reference book for any study of the history of our industry.

Brian Roberts (right) is presented with his certifi cate by new chairman Dr Neil Sturrock

As well as scores of published

papers, Brian has produced about 90 electronic books – all of which are available to download from the Heritage Group’s website at He also authored the CIBSE centenary book, The Quest for Comfort, in 1997, which, thanks

to sponsorship, was presented free to every member. By way of a thank-you, the Heritage Group committee presented Brian with a framed certifi cate and a scale model of a boiler, made by group member Andrew More. Brian still intends to stay active on the committee as editor of its newsletter.

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