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'More data and less greenwash' urges new CIBSE president

Professor David Fisk calls for rethink of fundamentals in building services

Incoming CIBSE president, David Fisk, has called for more real performance data and less ‘greenwash’ in building services systems. In his presidential address “Reality Check” Professor Fisk said it was time to rethink fundamentals.  

He argued that the right response to the industry’s uncertain times was to get back to fundamentals, reassert normal engineering values and challenge spin.  Looking at issues from the Shard to Sustainability he asked why engineering institutions were reluctant to ‘take on’ exaggeration and misinformation. 

A ‘Normal Engineering’ approach would probably have produced at least as much reduction in greenhouse gases by focussing on energy efficiency and UK’s emerging energy situation, without any of the complication of many of the current ‘low carbon’ schemes, he argued.

He called for more reliance on real world data: “I urge DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) to unlock the rich benchmarking database that underlies the Display Energy Certificates to put the UK back in the lead in tracking building performance.”

The CIBSE Knowledge Portal had already received 40,000 visits, proving the appetite for a knowledge system for ‘Normal Engineering’ and reinforcing it with real performance data.

He said: “CIBSE is about better building performance in the most rounded sense.  We need to make that clear in how we present ourselves in the role we play.”

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