Global CIBSE Young Engineers Network Conference

6th Jan, 2020

Services Design Solution (SDS) Engineering Consultants were pleased to support Building Physics & Services Engineer, Gemma Taylor, with her recent trip to the Global CIBSE Young Engineers Network (YEN) Conference in Malaysia. Gemma, based in SDS’ Bristol office, is also chair of the South West CIBSE YEN committee.

As a highly urbanized city state, Singapore has very little primary rainforest and more land is being created for development through land reclamation from 581.5 sq km to an area of around 710 sq km. Being a tropical climate, building’s energy demand is driven by mechanical cooling and ventilation which can account for up to 50{895b8dc471cf1bbe2286a2e91978c7a7b8572966127bf2e242dc5bf677f7648a} of the annual running cost in a commercial building. Therefore, as buildings become more integrated to the people and the environment, more sustainable solutions will be required for the generations to come.

Gemma will apply her experience and shared knowledge through her designs for SDS customers, who include the NHS, local authorities and private sector clients. With offices in Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol, the company employs 56 staff offering a full range of consulting mechanical and electrical design. Designing innovate, flexible, energy-efficient solutions which create exceptional environments for living, working or leisure.

Gemma’s passion for the construction industry and determination to portray the positive image that it deserves as a career choice, is one of the major reasons she chooses to volunteer her time to the chartered institute.

Gemma comments, “Building’s would not be alive without services. Engineering is a common language, but it’s been fascinating not only to see similarities in operation but also to understand how construction and consultancy practices differ on the other side of the world. We were hosted by the CIBSE president, Lynne Jack for a packed schedule of activities. We heard from local design engineers constructing and designing the next £480 Million city centre in Malaysia. We also heard from award winning architectural firms designing the Putrajaya masterplan, with sustainability at its heart. We had site visits and building tours including the Petronas Towers, the Malaysian Energy Commission Headquarters and the Heriot Watt University ‘Green Campus’. Malaysia is home to lots of iconic structures and has a real mix of building styles. Singapore have a fascinating regulatory system that is very progressive in cutting carbon emissions and creating a sustainable vision for their city. I’m really looking forward to turning this learning and experiences into fulfilling designs for our clients. The event was only possible because of the hard work of CIBSE YEN’s Committee, the CIBSE Regional Committee, and the support of CIBSE staff. Thanks go to all of the people and companies that supported the conference, and my employers, Services Design Solution, for enabling me to take part in this once in a lifetime trip”

 To read more about Gemma’s trip, including photos of the many places and building visits, please visit Gemma’s blog posts here: