Free guides for universities

A full set of CIBSE’s industry standard guidance, the CIBSE Guides which offer comprehensive technical guidance on key areas of building services, is to be sent free of charge to every university offering accredited building services courses as part of a new initiative to support the next generation of engineers.

The Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) has pledged to provide these complimentary guides in order to better promote the industry as a potential career path and to highlight the depth of information required within the sector.

The university libraries in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales will receive the updated versions as and when they are published, with Guides C on Reference Data and Guide H on Building Control Systems due out next year.

CIBSE Chief Executive Stephen Matthews said: “Providing the university departments with the free guides is an important step in strengthening links between learning and industry and promotes the provision of accredited building services courses.

“The CIBSE Guides are an essential tool for engineers who must ensure that their work meets accepted industry standards, and tackles the essential challenge of energy efficiency appropriately. This donation will help students become familiar with the Guides while they are training, so that they can make quick and easy reference to them once they are in the even more pressured world of work.”

The initiative is part of a long term strategy by CIBSE to increase its work in promoting the building services industry and forms part of a wider careers policy including bursaries and scholarships.

In particular, CIBSE’s Publications and Research Outputs Committee, chaired by leading industry figure, Brian Moss, is working to provide new entrants to the building services industry, whether they come through traditional UK educational route, from other engineering disciplines, or train overseas, with the information they need to hit the ground running as demand for their services is expanding as never before.

As well as disseminating all the CIBSE Guides to accredited course universities, PROD has developed the Knowledge Series, a number of key publications which focus on specific issues within building services engineering, facilities management and energy management.

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