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CIBSE’s new international President calls for global response to global challenges

As global challenges are faced, building services engineers have an exciting opportunity to become part of the global response, stated the new President of CIBSE last evening (8th May).  Peter Kinsella, Associate at Lehr Consultants International (Australia), who is CIBSE’s newly appointed, first President to be based outside of the UK and Ireland, explained why he felt there has never been a better time to be a building services engineer.

Addressing an audience at the Royal Society, London, the first overseas President of CIBSE said that “amongst the uncertainties of the future, our profession can only grow in stature and relevance”. He described the context of a rapidly changing world which will require continual adaptation of the built environment to meet future needs and demands, and stressed the vital role of building services engineers in delivering this.

He said: “Buildings and their services play a very large part in a nation’s energy consumption and the resulting carbon emissions. Buildings are responsible for approximately 40-45% of aggregate energy demand. Delivering significant cuts in this demand and balancing the economic and the environmental imperatives will require very careful management.”

In terms of the voluntary measures driving building performance in Australia, Peter said the two main sources (NABERS and The Green Building Council’s Green Star Rating Scheme) had inspired change and raised the profile of building services amongst other professions and the interested public in the region.

Amongst the uncertainties of the future, our profession can only grow in stature and relevance

Peter Kinsella, CIBSE President

He also commented on “the elephant in the room” – that a very large proportion of the buildings that will be here in 40 years’ time are here already. He said “We cannot wait ‘til they are knocked down to make their replacements better… payback periods on energy efficiency measures [on existing buildings] are of course longer than on new build, but can still be very clearly justified.”

Peter outlined the priorities for his term of office as:

  • developing CIBSE’s influence worldwide;
  • promoting a more comprehensive feedback loop for the design and operation of buildings;
  • driving forward the benchmarking of energy use in buildings.

This is our era to make a real difference in this world through our expertise, experience and networks to help deliver a built environment that meets the challenges of the years to come.”

Download the complete text of the Presidential Address.

Incoming CIBSE President Peter Kinsella (r) receives his jewel of office Incoming CIBSE President Peter Kinsella (r) receives his jewel of office

The new CIBSE President will be based in Australia during his term of office, the Institution’s first ‘international’ President, not based in the UK or Ireland.

Peter’s address develops the theme and direction of the two most recent Past Presidents: George Adams’s focusing on ‘Whole Life Thinking’ and David Fisk calling for the industry to concentrate on measuring and learning from the performance of real buildings in his address “Reality Check”.
Previous presidential addresses can be found here

New CIBSE Officers and Honorary Fellows for 2014

The Presidential Address was given after the appointment of the President, President Elect and Vice Presidents at the AGM that also took place at the Royal Society, London, chaired by the outgoing President, George Adams.

The presentations and inaugurations were as follows:

CIBSE officers appointed were:

  • President: Peter Kinsella CEng FCIBSE
  • President Elect:  Nick Mead CEng FCIBSE
  • Vice President:  Prof Tadj Oreszczyn FCIBSE
  • Vice President: Cathie Simpson CEng FCIBSE
  • Continuing Vice President: John Field MCIBSE

Honorary fellowships were awarded to:

  • Dr Eur Ing Gina Barney CEng
  • Derrick Braham CEng FCIBSE
  • John Stephen Wynn

CIBSE membership, which is growing, numbers 21,400 members spread over 98 countries. Almost 30% currently live and work outside of the UK.