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Building Services Explained for FMs

27-29 June 2018, London

Key areas
Course content
Learning outcomes
Who should attend
Course timings
Course fees

Key Areas

  • Energy consumption and electrical services
  • Electrical generation and renewables
  • Ventilation and heat recovery
  • Building heating
  • Hot water and controls
  • Simple and complex cooling systems
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Legislation and statutory requirements
  • Drainage and water services
  • Building Regulations

Course Content

This three day course covers building services found in commercial buildings. The course looks at heating and cooling systems, how to use them efficiently and how they fit within a building. Electrical and renewable systems are also covered allowing the delegate to understand how they can have a considerable impact on the buildings energy use.
A section on Maintenance and Legislation is incorporated to highlight the importance of regular maintenance and keeping up to date with current building legislation.

Day 1 - Building Utilities

Session 1: Energy Consumption and Electrical Services

  • How new building construction affects building services
  • Buildings energy consumption
  • Electrical supplies and distribution
  • Electrical circuits
  • Fuse boards and circuit breakers

Session 2:   Electrical Generation and Renewables

  • Power factor correction
  • Voltage optimisation
  • Combined Heat and Power (CHPs)
  • Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS)
  • Photo Voltaic Panels (PVP)
  • Lighting
  • Lighting Alternatives

Session 3:   Renewables

  • Solar thermal hot water
  • Photo Voltaic Panels
  • Wind turbines
  • Transpired solar collectors

Session 4:   Ventilation and Heat Recovery

  • Fresh air requirements
  • Night time ventilation strategy
  • Ventilation with enhanced thermal coupling to structure
  • Demand control ventilation
  • Plate heat exchangers
  • Heat pipes
  • Thermal wheels
  • Run around coils
  • Motors and Drives

Day 2 - Heating and Cooling

Session 1:   Building Heating

  • Types of heating systems
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Under floor Heating
  • Electric Heating
  • Oil and LPG Boilers
  • District Heating
  • Radiant heaters
  • Biomass

Session 2:  Hot Water and Controls

  • Hot water supplies
  • Heating controls
  • Building Management Systems (BMS)
  • Smart Metering
  • Metering, monitoring and targeting
  • Data Logging

Session 3:   Simple Cooling

  • Why cooling is needed
  • Cooling Loads
  • Evaporative Cooling
  • Splits and multi-splits
  • Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRFs)
  • Indoor packaged cabinet

Session 4:   Complex Cooling

  • Air cooled chillers
  • Water cooled chillers
  • Chilled beams
  • Dry Coolers and Cooling towers
  • Water loop heat pumps

Day 3 - Maintenance, Documentation and Legislation

Session 1:   Cooling continued

  • Air handling units
  • Variable Air Volume (VAV)
  • Constant Volume Systems
  • Fan coil units
  • Compressed Air
  • CRAC Units (op-flow and down-flow units in server rooms)
  • Phase Change Materials

Session 2: Maintenance

  • Condition of plant and equipment.
  • Maintenance issues and how they affect system efficacy.
  • Life of an asset.
  • Maintenance scheduling
  • F-Gas Legislation 

Session 3:   Legislation and Statutory Requirements

  • Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD)
  •  Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
  • Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
  • Legionella bacteria control
  • Regulatory reform fire safety
  • LOLER – Thorough examination & inspections
  • Fixed installation and portable appliance testing

Session 4: Drainage and Water Services

  • Plumbing and Drainage Systems
  • Rainwater Harvesting
  • Building Regulations 



Learning Outcomes

  • How construction affects building services
  • Understanding energy consumption within buildings
  • Appreciation of electrical plant and equipment used in final distribution and circuits
  • Understanding of heating and cooling systems in buildings
  • Why heat recovery is important in efficient buildings
  • Knowledge of complex HVAC systems
  • Understand why regular maintenance is important for trouble free operation
  • Importance of legislation and record keeping

Who Should Attend

The course is designed for those wanting to achieve a level awareness of how building services and electrical systems operate within commercial buildings eg:

  • Facilities and Building Managers
  • Building Service contractors
  • Project Managers
  • Mechanical & HVAC Engineers
  • Architects
  • Energy Assessors
  • Air Conditioning Inspectors

Course timings

Registration and coffee will be at 09.00
Course will start at 09.30and finish at 17.00 each day


Members Rate: £1,308 (£1,090 ex VAT)

Standard Rate: £1,458 (£1,215 ex VAT)

In-house training at your site

Training multiple staff at once is the most cost effective way to develop staff for organisations. All our courses can be delivered at your site (min 6 staff) at discounted rates. These In-House courses are only available in the UK and Europe. For an In-house quote please email; 
Name of course, approximate number of staff and your site address 


To contact the CIBSE Training Team with a query please

Email: or call: +44 (0)20 8772 3660