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Building Services Explained

04 December 2019 9:00 - 06 December 2019 17:00

222 Balham High Road

A1774 Members Rate ex VAT £1090.00

A1774 Standard Rate ex VAT £1215.00

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CPD Hours

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

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)

Session 3: Renewables

  • Solar thermal hot water
  • Wind turbines
  • Transpired solar collectors
  • Renewable heat incentive

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

Day 2 - Heating and Cooling

Session 1: Building Heating

  • Types of heating systems
  • Boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Radiant heaters

Session 2: Hot Water and Controls

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

Session 3: Simple Cooling

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

Session 4: Complex Cooling

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

DAY 3 - Maintenance, Documentation and Legislation

Session 1: Cooling continued

  • Air handling units
  • Variable Air Volume (VAV)
  • Fan coil units
  • CRAC Units (op-flow and down-flow units in server rooms)

Session 2: Maintenance

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

Session 3: Legislation and Statutory Requirements

  • Energy Performance of Building Directive (EPBD)
  • Legionella bacteria control
  • F-gas legislation
  • Regulatory reform fire safety
  • LOLER Thorough examination & inspections
  • Fixed installation and portable appliance testing

Session 4: Drainage and Water Services

  • Building drainage
  • Hot and cold water distribution systems
  • Questions

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

AnchorCourse timings

Registration is open from 09.00 

Start Time: 09:30

Latest finish: 17:00


Members Rate: £1,308 (£1,090 ex VAT)

Standard Rate: £1,458 (£1,215 ex VAT) 

Ways to Book:

Email: (*invoice / card)

Phone: Call the team on 020 8772 3660 (*invoice / card)

Online: Click the 'Book Now' button at the top right hand side (*card ONLY)*Payment by invoice is only available to organisations. 

Terms and Conditions

  • All delegate alterations / cancellations must be received in writing to:
  • CIBSE have the right to cancel or amend training courses. Please contact the training team before making any travel or accommodation arrangements - particularly if you are travelling from outside the UK mainland, as CIBSE will not be liable for any cost incurred by this.

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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  

To contact the CIBSE Training Team with a query please

Email: or Call: 020 8772 3660

Kevin Noyce is an Energy Consultant who splits his time between training on building and mechanical services and carrying out Efficiency and Condition Surveys at commercial premises.

Kevin is an electrical engineer by trade and has spent all of his career in the building and building service industry.


Kevin is a qualified Air Conditioning, Commercial, and DEC Assessor.

A1774 Members Rate ex VAT £1090.00

A1774 Standard Rate ex VAT £1215.00