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The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE; pronounced 'sibs' or 'sib-'see') is a British professional engineering body based in London, England that represents building services engineer. In the United Kingdommarker CIBSE is regarded as an authority on building services engineering , and has been consulted by government on matters relating to construction, engineering and sustainability . It is also licensed by the Engineering Council UK to assess candidates for inclusion on ECUK's Register of professional Engineers.


The Chartered Institution of Building Services (CIBS) was formed by the merger of the Institution of Heating and Ventilating Engineers (founded in 1897) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (founded in 1909) in 1976, receiving a Royal Charter in the same year. The word 'Engineers' was added in 1985, and hence the Institution became CIBSE. CIBSE's first president was John Gundy.


The Institute states that its objective is to ‘support the Science, Art and Practice of building services engineering, by providing our members and the public with first class information and education services and promoting the spirit of fellowship which guides our work.'

As of May 2007, CIBSE claimed a membership of over 17,000, from "more than 80 countries" . The Institution is organised on a regional basis; with 16 regions in the United Kingdommarker and 3 regions overseas:

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on sustainability and green design by the UK government. CIBSE has responded to this growing trend by providing training to accredit engineers to become Low Carbon Consultants (LCC) and Energy Assessors (LCEA), the latter of which are qualified to issue Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and Display Energy Certificates (DEC), in addition to their Professional Engineering registration.

Many training options are available through CIBSE, with the aim of providing specialised courses and seminars for those within the building services industry. Mid Career College (MCC) is a branch of CIBSE which focuses on providing Continuing Professional Development (CPD) training, to improve and enhance the skills required to be engineering professional. Included are a range of courses from fire safety and mechanical and electrical services courses, to facilities management and business skills focused training.

CIBSE Societies

Three societies exist within CIBSE to reflect special areas of expertise that exist within the field of building services:

  • Society of Facade Engineering (SFE) was set up in 2003 as a Society of CIBSE but with the support of the IStructE and RIBA. Its aim is to advance knowledge of and practice in facade engineering to meet the many and varying requirements placed on them.

  • Society of Light and Lighting (SLL) acts as the professional body for lighting in the UK. It represents the interests of those involved in the art, science and engineering of light and lighting in their widest definition and has over 2,000 members in the UK and world wide.

  • Society of Public Health Engineers (SoPHE) is to provide a higher profile and focus for public health engineers within CIBSE.

CIBSE Special Interest Groups

CIBSE lists a number of special interests groups that operate within the Institution:

  • Daylight
  • Electrical Services
  • Facilities Management
  • Heritage
  • Information Technology and Controls
  • Lifts
  • Energy Performance
  • Project Management
  • Combined Heat and Power
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Industry, Education and Training
  • Healthcare
  • Intelligent Buildings
  • School Design
  • Building Simulation
  • Young Engineers Network (YEN)

Although CIBSE lists American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) as one of its special interest groups, it is a completely separate body that CIBSE liaises with.

Categories of membership

CIBSE has eight grades of membership, with the upper four granting designatory postnominals. In descending order of hierarchy, there are:
  • Fellow (FCIBSE)
  • Member (MCIBSE)
  • Associate (ACIBSE)
  • Licentiate (LCIBSE)

Below this there are four grades of membership with no designatory postnomials:
  • Graduate
  • Student Affiliate
  • Companion, a grade for professionals of other disciplines who have "made a contribution to the promotion of building services engineering".
  • Affiliate

Past CIBSE Presidents

Past presidents (1990 - present) include:

  • Derek S Gillingham CEng FCIBSE 1990
  • Tom Smith FEng CEng FCIBSE 1991
  • Brian Moss OBE CEng FCIBSE 1992
  • David Lush OBE CEng FCIBSE 1993
  • David Arnold FEng CEng FCIBSE 1994
  • Alec Moir CEng FCIBSE 1995
  • Jerome O'Hea OBE CEng FCIBSE 1996
  • Geoffrey Brundrett FCIBSE 1997
  • Ronald Kirkwood CEng FCIBSE 1998
  • James Fretwell CEng FCIBSE 1999
  • David Wood CEng FCIBSE 2000
  • Max Fordham OBE CEng FCIBSE FREng 2001
  • Doug Oughton FREng FCIBSE 2002
  • Terry Wyatt FCIBSE 2003
  • Graham Manly CEng FCIBSE MInstR 2004
  • Donald Leeper 2005 OBE BSc(Hons) ARCS CEng FCIBSE FIMechE FRSA FConsE
  • Eur Ing David Hughes CEng FCIBSE 2006
  • John Armstrong MPhil CEng FCIBSE MIMechE MBIFM

For the complete list, please refer to CIBSE Official Website - CIBSE Past Presidents (1898-present)


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