Welcome Message from Dr Gavin Dunn
02 March 2020
The results of the election are in for the Association's new Board Members and Vice President.
Congratulations to Joseph Burt, elected Vice-President (becoming President in May 2022). In addition, Dan Fordham and Russell Urwin have been elected Non-Executive Directors and will be joining the board as Directors in May 2020.
The Association prides itself on being representative of its members, owned by its members and run by its members, so this annual process of electing members to serve on the board and leadership of the Association is critical. Thank you to all of you who took the time to vote and to everyone who ran for election.
I hope you’ll join me in wishing our new Directors and Vice-President well in their tasks ahead. I’m delighted to announce CABE has become a member of the Engineering Council; applications from CABE Members who wish to add the Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration are now being invited. Please see pages 10-11 for more information on this exciting opportunity.
The next phase on the Association’s journey to become a fully digitally enabled professional body will be launched in the next few months. The website’s community platform will have greater functionality, enabling members to undertake peer-to-peer communications, engage with other members both individually and as part of various discussion groups and forums, as well as member-only groups to support the regional committees’ activities. The Building Engineer journal itself will have an online version and e-newsletters.
"The eyes of the world will be on the UK for the COP26 Climate Change Conference in November"
There are of course also challenging times ahead, not least, the increased focus placed on how our industry needs to respond better to the challenges of climate change both in terms of reducing carbon emissions from buildings, but also help to adapt the built environment to be more resilient to the effects of climate change that now seem inevitable. The eyes of the world will be on the UK for the COP26 Climate Change Conference hosted in Glasgow in November. And there’s no better time for CABE to set out its ambitious sustainability plan: looking at our own operations to become a zero-carbon professional body, including the refurbishment of headquarters and the off setting of all the Association’s travel. Embedding sustainability and the principles of responsible practice into all of the CABE’s membership standards; and empowering our members to make a positive contribution to reducing the environmental impact of our industry.
The latter has included a significant contribution by CABE members to the review of energy efficiency and future housing standards aspects of the building regulations in England and the development of PAS 2030 and 2035 retrofit standards. Building on this success, we are now working closely with The Edge, the Construction Industry Council and the Committee on Climate Change to help identify gaps in regulations, standards and industry practice.
These challenges are difficult, however, I remain convinced that CABE and its members, with their wide range of technical knowledge and practical expertise, working across the various disciplines of the environment, have the key knowledge and skills needed to make this happen. I hope you enjoy this month’s journal.
Dr. Gavin Dunn
BSc MSc PhD FCABE
Chartered Building Engineer