CIBSE releases Sustainability Toolkit
The much anticipated Sustainability Toolkit, complete with a searchable online database of good practice guidance, has been published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).
Previewed back in April at the CIBSE National Conference, the toolkit consists of Introduction to Sustainability, Guide L: Sustainability and the online Sustainability Engineering database, three new items which will be of enormous value to everyone with a professional interest in sustainability. Guide L: Sustainability contains a number of key actions which relate to design, construction, commissioning, building handover and operation, helping building services engineers across the sector.
The Introduction to Sustainability explains the origins and meaning of sustainability and the drivers to contribute to a more sustainable built environment. This can be easily accessed by all, by clients, contractors, planners and legislators. The full Guide sets out some fundamental principles which, when followed, will deliver more sustainable buildings. It emphasises the importance of influencing the brief and adopting a strategic approach, looking at opportunities that are open at the early design stages of a project and includes summaries and case studies of sustainable techniques and technologies
Accompanying these is the on-line tool, a searchable online database of good practice guidance. It allows users to generate a shortlist of measures related to a specific sustainability issue and pick the ones which are suitable for their particular building, along with references to relevant guidance documents, not just from CIBSE, but from BSRIA, BRE and CIRIA among others.
The Sustainability Toolkit is available now from CIBSE, priced £25 for members and £50 for non-members visit www.cibse.org or tel 020 8772 3618.