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CIBSE forms special interest HVAC group

Body will be formally unveiled in London next week to try and ensure heating and cooling innovation is not “overlooked” in broader building service efficiency focus

The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) will next week formally launch a new forum to share best practice around designing and installing heating and cooling systems.  Improved efficiency will be among one of the new body’s core aims for the HVAC Systems Group, which will be launched at the Build2Perform Live event that takes place in London from November 21 to November 22.

CIBSE argued that the group’s formation highlighted the challenge to try and more effectively manage and decarbonise heating and cooling systems, viewed as one of largest users of energy in a building.

“As national policy turns to the challenge of low carbon heat, this new CIBSE group will provide a ready means for sharing of new developments and experience in the effective design and operation of low carbon heating, ventilation and cooling systems,” said the organisation in a statement.

Part of the focus for the new group stems from concerns raised by CIBSE that HVAC systems “often get overlooked” when planning innovative new approaches to building service functions. This is viewed as particularly important considering the impacts on health and wellbeing from badly managed environmental conditions and indoor air quality.

The HVAC group will aim to focus on building knowledge on key strategic issues and technological developments in heating and cooling. In addition, it will also consider where knowledge gaps may exist in HVAC design and provide updated CIBSE guidance.

The group will be chaired by Professor Tony Day from the International Energy Research Centre, based at the Tyndall National Institute in Cork.

Professor Day said the special interest group was intended to ensure key HVAC developments were not being overlooked in the wider debate around improved building performance.

“Continued advances in information technology, sensor systems, and innovations in thermal engineering have the potential to transform HVAC systems,” he said. “This group will help our industry develop better systems thinking and cross disciplinary working and ensure best practice and innovation is shared across the sector.”


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