Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

United Kingdom

  • Established: 1897
  • Personal Members: over 21 000
  • Company Members/Supporters: CIBSE is an engineering institution and professional society for individual engineers, and does not have company membership as such. 
    CIBSE has a corporate association, CIBSE Patrons, with over 100 member companies, who support the work and activities of CIBSE, with a special emphasis on education and career development for engineers in the early stages of their careers.
  • In addition, CIBSE has five specialist Divisions, the Society of Light and Lighting (SLL), the Society of Façade Engineers (SFE), the Society of Public Health Engineers (SOPHE), the Society of Digital Engineering (SDE) and the Institute of Local Exhaust Ventilation Engineers (ILEVE), which each cover areas of specialist engineering within buildings. Both the SLL and SOPHE have significant Industrial Sponsorship groups.
  • Number of personnel in the office: approx 65. 



CIBSE Journal
Number of issues/ year: 12
Number of copies per issue: 21,000


GUIDES and other Publications: CIBSE publishes a wide range of design guides and other publications relating to building services engineering, and through its mail order service sells all CIBSE titles and also related publications from the Building Services Research & Information Association (BSRIA), ASHRAE and a range of other publishers including REHVA. A catalogue of all these publications and information on how to order can be obtained by visiting
CIBSE publishes two peer reviewed Journals.

Building Services Engineering Research & Technology : a quarterly journal of engineering practice and research papers

Lighting Research & Technology: A quarterly journal of engineering and research papers on lighting design and applications only.

Both are peer reviewed Journals with Impact Factors

CIBSE Knowledge Portal
All CIBSE publications are available online to members via the CIBSE Knowledge Portal as a benefit of membership,


Number of training events/courses per year: CIBSE Training runs around 100 events a year
Total number of participants per year: over 4 000.
In addition, there is a regular programme of Regional and Branch events in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Gulf Region, Hong Kong and Australia/ New Zealand.


National conferences per year: 2


CIBSE carries out a range of research and development projects in support of its publications development activities,

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