CIBSE puts the spotlight on the performance of new homes


New guidance on good practice in the design of homes has been published by The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Good Practice in the Design of Homes, CIBSE TM60, is aimed at helping building services engineers and other professionals working on the design and construction of homes deliver dwellings that are safe, fit for purpose, resource efficient, low carbon, comfortable, healthy and easy to operate and maintain. The need for further Guidance to support Building Services Engineers working in the residential sector was identified by CIBSE’s Homes for the Future Group, who applied to the CIBSE Committee for funding and then commissioned the guidance.

TM60 includes:

  • Guidance on appointing and setting a project brief for the building services engineer.

  • Key considerations in the design of building engineering systems in dwellings and detailed guidance on the various different services available including: space heating, water heating, ventilation, cooling, lighting and renewable power.

  • An outline of the tools that are available to aid the engineering design.

  • A section on installation and commissioning of the building services and their handover

The publication covers both new and existing homes and aims to be of relevance to all types of residences.

While the document is written mainly for building services engineers working on residential projects in the UK, it also contains useful guidance for clients, designers, contractors, housebuilders and others who wish to have an informed discussion about the most appropriate building engineering services design solution for a residential scheme.