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The CIBSE Auckland chapter has a history of encouraging excellence in building services engineering at the university level. For the past three years, CIBSE has sponsored awards for students at Unitec Institute of Technology and Auckland University of Technology who are studying Building Services courses. The longest standing of these awards is the Best Performing Student studying Building Services, part of the Unitec Bachelor of Construction.
This year the prize was awarded to Lauren Wilson who achieved grade of 96% showing an outstanding appreciation of a wide range of services systems and in particular their impact on a construction project. Lauren was presented with a cheque for $100 and a certificate from CIBSE Auckland Chair, Mark Crawford.

Award candidates are assisted to apply for CIBSE Student membership which is free to all full-time students study a relevant industry course.

Lauren was also invited to attend the Auckland technical seminar in February where she networked with committee members, CIBSE Young Engineers Network representatives and other delegates. On the night she was also encouraged by the committee to submit an entry for the 2019 CIBSE ANZ Young Engineers Awards.

CIBSE Auckland also awards prizes to AUT students studying on the Bachelor of Architectural Engineering and Bachelor of Construction Engineering programmes for best performance in the Year 1 paper Electrical Principles B, Year 2 paper Building Construction and Year 3 paper Heating Ventilation and Air-conditioning Systems.

For the first time this year Raitis Kjestrup, a member of the Auckland Committee assisted in judging the final year Industrial Projects and awarded prizes to the best team project. The multidisciplinary teams had to prepare a professional standard client report outlining proposals for structural systems, construction methodology, energy strategies and services systems for a medium density residential project.

This is the first time a New Zealand Academic Institution has produced engineering graduates specifically prepared for the Building Services Industry. This indicates a significant growth of interest in the area and the new talent makes the future very exciting.

The winning AUT team from left: Philip Palfreyman, Cameron Good, James McDonnell, Megan Burfoot with CIBSE Auckland Committee representative, Raitis Kjestrup

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