CIBSE launches HVAC systems group

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CIBSE is launching a HVAC Systems Group to support and encourage the efficient design, installation and operation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems

Launching at Build2Perform Live in London (21-22 November, Olympia), the new group will act as a forum to exchange best practice knowledge in the efficient design and operation of HVAC systems.

Heating and cooling systems can be the largest users of energy in buildings, but they are also some of the hardest services to decarbonise and manage effectively. As national policy turns to the challenge of low carbon heat, this new CIBSE HVAC Systems Group will provide a ready means for sharing new developments and experience in the effective design and operation of low carbon heating, ventilation and cooling systems.

While a building’s indoor air quality and environmental conditions are critical to occupants’ health, well-being and productivity, the HVAC systems often get overlooked when it comes to driving innovation in building services and delivering better buildings. The new group aims to enhance knowledge and awareness of the strategic and practical issues, the latest developments and new technologies related to HVAC systems.

The group will also identify knowledge gaps in the design and operation of HVAC systems to promote research in these areas in addition to contributing to the development of new publications and the maintenance of existing guidance such as CIBSE Guide B.

Professor Tony Day, executive director International Energy Research Centre, Tyndall National Institute, who will chair the new Group, said:

“I am delighted to see the launch of this long awaited special interest group on HVAC systems. We can often overlook the importance of these core services, and how better specification, design and operation can deliver huge benefits for building performance. Continued advances in information technology, sensor systems, and innovations in thermal engineering have the potential to transform these systems. 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”.

For more information or to join the group go to www.cibse.org/hvacsystems

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