Rinnai – the UK leader in gas-fired high efficiency continuous flow water heating units and systems – is to be the headline sponsor of the forthcoming Chartered Institute of Building Services Technical Symposium being held this year 12-13th April 2018 at London South Bank University.

The CIBSE Technical Symposium 2018 – themed as ‘Stretching the envelope’ will encompass techniques, applications and technologies for healthy and productive environments.

“The uncertainties of climate, resources, environment, and security will mean that there is an increasing need for those with a responsibility to deliver healthy and productive environments to stretch beyond ‘business as usual’, says CIBSE.

The 2018 symposium theme is aiming to provide the industry with a technical insight into the methods, technologies and techniques that are available, or just over the horizon, that will drive the development of increasingly sustainable future environments. This will include presentations and discussions on both the established and proven, as well as the developmental and cutting edge.

Topics presented may include the following: Assessing, assuring and improving occupant health, comfort and wellbeing; Developing and applying leading edge products and systems for a sustainable building future; Moving towards net zero energy and net zero water built environments; Delivering human friendly ecosystems beyond the ‘built’ environment; Fusing passive and active building systems; Designing and operating to meet future climates; Creative technologies and systems for an aging population; Intelligent systems and knowledge based tool; Metering, intelligent monitoring and control techniques to predict and manage energy use; BIM (and other information tools) for improved building development and operation; Case studies and measured performance of buildings in use

Rinnai Managing Director, Tony Gittings said “we are an industry-leading manufacturer of water heating technologies, products and systems for commercial sites and we have been a main sponsor of the CIBSE Technical Symposium, held in the Spring, for the past several years now. We believe it is the best event of its kind.

“We get to speak in a relaxed and informative manner about continuous flow hot water technology with members from all types of consultancies, building services and academia backgrounds. The fact that it moves around the regions makes it even more attractive to Rinnai – yes the South East has the biggest concentration of population but there is a lot more outside of the M25 area!!

“The event is well organised and, more importantly, it is well attended by CIBSE members all looking for new product and practices to improve the industry’s offering to end-users. Rinnai looks forward to continuing our sponsorship of the event well into the future.

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Over the past year, Giacomini UK has been making vast steps to ensure its technical sales team is fully up-to-speed with the very latest in the industry and to ensure that its employees are experts in the sector.

As part of this, the technical sales team has been undertaking courses from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and Giacomini is delighted to announce that all of its UK technical sales engineers are now fully registered CIBSE Heat Network Consultants.

Technical support manager, Helen Gibbons was the first to receive the accreditation in June 2016, followed by Giacomini’s UK and Ireland sales manager, Alistair Moore, and technical sales engineer, Warren Smyth, in May 2017. Hot on their heels was Oliver Gledhill, also a technical sales engineer, who was the most recent member of the team to pass the exam, ensuring that the entire technical sales team are now CIBSE registered consultants.

This reiterates Giacomini’s position of expertise in the sector as well as being a leading supplier of heat interface units and a specialist in providing unique complete underfloor heating packages. It also demonstrates Giacomini’s knowledge of HIUs and the intricacies of communal heating and district heating networks.

Matt Lowe, managing director of Giacomini UK, commented: “Having our entire technical sales team become CIBSE recognised consultants is a huge achievement and something of which we are very proud of. This gives our team wider expertise within the building services sector. Engineering technologies are rapidly evolving; at Giacomini, we strive to retain our positions as leaders of this so having our team receive the CIBSE accreditation for being Heat Network Consultants is a great feather in our cap!”

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With the introduction of a new UK Test Standard for HIU’s and advances in technology, the District Heating market is progressing rapidly. We have therefore updated our CIBSE accredited CPD seminar, to provide the opportunity to explore the topic in depth. Here we identify some of the key technical considerations that are fundamental to improving user satisfaction levels, and the overall efficiency of the network.

Our seminar entitled “Next Generation Heat Networks – Key Considerations” is accredited by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and provides credits towards consulting engineers’ Continuing Professional Development (CPD).

The seminar includes topics such as:

  • Regulations and Guidelines
  • Heat Network Design Principles
  • Heat Interface Units (HIUs)
  • Network Pipework Sizing
  • Central Plant – Capacity Calculation
  • Metering, Billing and Revenue Management
  • Remote Surveillance

The seminar is ideal for M&E consultants, developers and housing associations, and can be held at client’s premises or at the Evinox Energy offices in Chessington, and at a time convenient to you. Our speakers are highly experienced in Heat Networks with relevant professional qualifications. A certificate will be provided to all attendees for obtaining CIBSE CPD points and refreshments will be supplied.

Please contact us on 01372 722277 or complete the contact form on for further information or to book a seminar.

Giacomini is now a CIBSE approved CPD course provider and is offering two courses that CIBSE members can take to contribute towards their CPD qualifications.

The first in underfloor heating explores heat transfer, design factors and component applications and gives participants an understanding of how and why underfloor heating systems work. The 1 hour presentation covers:

  • Theory behind underfloor heating
  • Benefits of underfloor heating
  • System components
  • What influences the output?
  • System design
  • Types of floor build up

The second course focuses on Giacomini’s other specialist subject, heat interface units, and in 1 hour participants will learn about:

  • Central plant heating systems
  • The role of heat interface units
  • Types of heat interface units
  • Unit components
  • System design
  • Heat metering
  • System performance

Attendees will receive a certificate that will contribute towards CIBSE CPD requirements.

To arrange a seminar, or for more information, please contact Helen Gibbons, Giacomini’s technical support manager 07824 595527/01454 311012 or email

Polypipe Ventilation has expanded its specifier support services with the launch of a new dedicated Specification team, expert technical design services, Specifier’s Guide and editable Specification Clause documents, in addition to releasing the first in a series of CPDs, commencing with the topic of indoor air quality.

The new Specifier’s Guide features Polypipe’s range of specifiable ventilation solutions including Silavent whole house ventilation systems and energy efficient fans, along with Domus ducting systems. It highlights the key features and benefits of each product range and provides product specification details in a clear, easy to read format. The Guide can be accessed from, which is also home to a range of Specification Clause (word and PDF) documents which can be used to populate your own specification documents through a simple copy and paste action.

The new CIBSE accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) course from Polypipe Ventilation focuses on Improving Indoor Air Quality. It addresses why the quality of the air we breathe in our homes matters, the sources of household pollutants and the impact of regulations and developments in the housebuilding sector that are driving the need for improved ventilation, along with the range of ventilation solutions available. It also addresses best practise for energy saving and sustainability, as well as a useful overview of common design problems and how to overcome them.

The new Improving Indoor Air Quality CPD runs between 45-60 minutes and can be conducted on a customer’s premises or at one of Polypipe’s two training centres. To book a course, please call 03443 715523 or email

Polypipe’s CPD courses are written by Polypipe Ventilation’s Technical Manager, Jon Hill, renowned in the ventilation industry for his work in writing BPEC’s Domestic Ventilation Installer guide, which provides practical installation advice and guidance for ventilation installers.

Jon forms part of Polypipe’s in-house Technical Department which offers free technical and design services. The Department is led by an experienced Development & Technical Director and encompasses expert Design Technicians, Development Engineers and On-Site Engineers.

Working closely with the Technical Department is Polypipe Ventilation’s dedicated, trained and robust Specification Management team, who are on hand to recommend the most suitable and compliant system for a project.

Polypipe Ventilation has a well deserved reputation for quality, supported by excellent technical support, from a market leading manufacturer and designer. Polypipe Ventilation is well placed to offer immediate, practical solutions to Building Regulations Parts F & L. The company continues to provide differentiated solutions in the private and social housing sectors, transforming the way developers, specifiers, installers, home owners and distributors meet emerging environmental standards.

For more information, please go to or contact Polypipe Ventilation on 03443 715523.