Young designers learn with help from Toshiba

Up-and-coming building services designers from CIBSE’s Young Engineers Network (YEN) recently attended a CPD presentation by senior Toshiba technical staff on the topic of Mechanical and Natural Cooling Systems. The event took place at Cundall’s highly sustainable state-of-the-art offices next to St Paul’s Cathedral. It was attended by members of the London section of CIBSE’s YEN, as part of its ongoing series of training and professional development events. The presentation, by Toshiba’s Val Belz and Jason Batt, included an overview of natural cooling and ventilation systems, air- and water-based technology, direct expansion systems, the refrigeration cycle, types of compressors, and an insight into the efficiency and performance benefits of twin rotary compressors.

David Mather, Senior Mechanical Engineer with Peter Brett Associates LLP, Reading, and Vice Chairman of the National CIBSE YEN Committee, said: “CIBSE YEN’s regional volunteer committees regularly organise CPD evening events for members. The support of these events from manufacturers, educational institutions and employers is greatly appreciated. “The CPD on Mechanical and Natural Cooling Systems, sponsored and presented by Toshiba and supported by Cundall, gave a valuable and informative overview of different systems, and set the scene for a look at various compressor technologies.” He added: “The Q&A session provoked debate amongst the cross-practice audience. In particular, this led to an interesting discussion on the future of refrigerant selection for systems, with the perspectives of policy makers, manufacturers and specifiers all considered.”

Cundall’s new London office at One Carter Lane is the first building in Europe to achieve WELL Certification through the WELL Building Standard™. The aim was to create a practical expression of the company’s long-standing focus on sustainability and wellbeing. The building earned the distinction based on seven categories of building performance – air, water, light, nourishment, fitness, comfort and mind. High density areas have variable volume air distribution controlled by CO2 sensors to ensure that air quality is maintained.

The Toshiba presentation is part of a programme of CIBSE-approved CPD modules the company offers to consultants, engineers and end users. Presentations cover the fundamentals of air conditioning, legislation update, project design for air-cooled VRF systems, heat pump technology, controls, and the application of SEER and COP to VRF systems. Toshiba has been a CIBSE-approved CPD provider for over seven years, and continues to support the CIBSE CPD training program and new initiatives such as the CIBSE YEN. For more details on CPD courses, contact Neil Hitching on tel 07712 790866, or email