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The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) has its origins in the final years of the Victorian era when technical solutions to building comfort were emerging. 

The Institution of Heating and Ventilating Engineers was founded in 1897 and the Illuminating Engineering Society was founded in 1909.

By Royal Charter, these two institutions were amalgamated in 1976, forming the Chartered Institution of Building Services. The word 'Engineers' was added in 1985.