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Swegon: Taking inspiration from a crisis

The way the industry has responded to the Covid-19 emergency is an opportunity to inspire a future generation of engineers.

This was the message from an online panel discussion hosted by indoor environment company Swegon and featuring three former winners of the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award.

The current crisis has presented the industry with unprecedented challenges, but also created a new unity of spirit and collaborative culture around its role in supporting essential services – not least the NHS Nightingale hospitals, which were designed, built, commissioned and handed over at lightning speed.

The industry should use this as an example to demonstrate the value of its work and to prove to young people that a career in building services engineering would give them the chance to make a real difference to society, the panel said.

“The crisis has shown just how important our work is to people’s health,” said current Graduate of the Year Laura Luckhurst of Cundall. “We need to find ways of letting people know about that and not let this opportunity pass us by.”

The work of building services engineers is often hidden behind the scenes, but their role on the NHS hospitals was much more prominent and the increased use of digital methods to support remote working also gave the industry a boost, the panellists said.
“It was noticeable how the supply chains were able to step up to the challenge,” said 2018 winner Reanna Taylor of NG Bailey. “However, not all sites are set up for remote working and many don’t even have a wi-fi connection – so that needs to be addressed if we are to make some of the improvements we have seen stick.”

Improving flexibility will be key to attracting and inspiring a new generation, according to 2011 Graduate of the Year Angela Malynn. She said the industry “simply must change” or this opportunity will be lost.

“Consulting engineers have embraced more flexible models, but many construction companies have not and are still working in more traditional ways. If the industry does not change, then people will not want to join us and all this inspiration will go out the window,” added Angela, who works for Arup.

The panel debate was held to mark the launch of this year’s CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards, which are now open for entries. 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award. It also sees the launch of CIBSE’s new Apprentice of the Year category and the continuation of the highly successful and much sought after Employer of the Year award.

Swegon has been sponsoring the awards for more than a decade and the discussion was chaired by the company’s head of marketing Josh Emerson. He said the crisis had highlighted the importance of high quality indoor environments to protect the health and wellbeing of building occupants – something that would help to raise the profile of building services engineers of all generations.

For more information about the awards go to:

Swegon Webinar: Could the COVID-19 crisis inspire the new generation of engineers?

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Kingspan support and recognise the hard work of young engineers and building services employers

As we work towards a zero-carbon built environment, the role of the mechanical engineer has arguably never been so important nor the possibilities for young people entering our industry so great. The CIBSE Young Engineers Awards offer a wonderful opportunity to recognise the hard work of the young candidates and their employers alike, and supporting this is a clear business priority for Kingspan Technical Insulation.

Companies like ours have a greater role to play in the future as engineers grapple with everchanging challenges. The demand for more sustainable designs and better energy-efficient performance of HVAC and building services systems will put future generations of engineers to the test. Kingspan Technical Insulation wants to be part of their education and, equally importantly, part of their ongoing technical support network as they look for ever more innovative design solutions.

Swegon support Young Engineers Awards 2020

In recent times, the building services industry has demonstrated its willingness and ability to step up to the challenge of supporting our country’s essential sites.

Specialists from building services have been ensuring facilities such as hospitals, supermarkets, and care homes can continue to function. At Swegon, we continue to play our part, but we are also preparing for the future because we know that the industry is going to emerge stronger and more determined than ever.

That is why we will continue our long-standing support of the CIBSE Young Engineers’ Awards.

Upcoming generations of building services engineers will be stepping up to the challenge of this increasingly digital world, where our work will play an important part in environmental sustainability and occupant wellbeing.

Their skills will have even greater prominence in a changing future. They have a wonderful opportunity to change the world, and we will remain right beside them.

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