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  • PublisherCIBSE
  • Product CodeIEEF
  • Number of pages18
  • Publication DateOct 2012
  • ISBN9781906846237

Introduction to energy efficiency: A companion to Guide F (2012) (pdf)


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Introduction to energy efficiency: A companion to Guide F (2012) (pdf)

Introduction to energy efficiency constitutes a companion guide to the 2012 edition of CIBSE Guide F, which has been fully updated from the previous 2004 edition which it supersedes. It introduces the main Guide and summarises:

  1. the current policy agenda,
  2. the changing role of building services engineers, and
  3. the key themes of Guide F

This publication is primarily intended to provide guidance to those responsible for the design, installation, commissioning, operation and maintenance of building services. It is not intended to be exhaustive or definitive and it will be necessary for users of the guidance given to exercise their own professional judgement when deciding whether to abide by or depart from it.


1 Why energy efficiency?

2 What are the drivers for energy efficiency?

2.1 Policy

2.2 Clients

2.3 Professional

3 Key messages in CIBSE Guide F

3.1 Input into concept design

3.2 Controls

3.3 Handover and commissioning

3.4 Design versus actual operation

3.5 Low carbon refurbishment

3.6 Operating buildings efficiently

3.7 Landlord/tenant relationship

4 Conclusions

Author: David Cheshire (AECOM Sustainability Group)