Mechanical Building Services - An Introduction

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Learn about mechanical building services and their practical application in the built environment.

      • 17 July 2024 - 9:30am17th July 2024. 1 day at Preston. 09.30 - 16.30. 6 CPD hours
      • 1st delegate: £395.00 (£315.00 for Members)Subsequent delegates: £370.00 (£290.00 for Members)
      • BSRIA, 68 Walton Summit Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston, PR5 8AQ
      • 23 September 2024 - 9:30am23rd & 24th September 2024. 2 x half days online. 09.30 - 12.30 each day. 6 CPD hours
      • 1st delegate: £395.00 (£315.00 for Members)Subsequent delegates: £370.00 (£290.00 for Members)
      • Online
      • 26 November 2024 - 9:30am26th November 2024. 1 day at Bracknell. 09.30 - 16.30. 6 CPD hours
      • 1st delegate: £395.00 (£315.00 for Members)Subsequent delegates: £370.00 (£290.00 for Members)
      • BSRIA, Old Bracknell Lane West, Bracknell, RG12 7AH

In-Company Training available on this course

Train with BSRIA specialists at your offices or another venue.


Mechanical building services account for around 30% of the capital and 50% of the operating cost for a typical office, and substantially more in highly serviced buildings such as hospitals.  They play a central role in creating a successful project and a successful building and are certainly the first thing noticed when not working well. 

This course will give all involved in the construction process a broad appreciation of mechanical building services and the role they play.

"A great course broken down into easily understandable bites" - Justine Allum, Facilities Manager, Kiserv

"Good, knowledgeable lecturers" - George Aust, Multiplex

"Lecturer was really engaging and encouraged people to asked questions" - Sarah Cuffe, Hoare Lea

"I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the knowledge will greatly assist me in my role" - Elizabeth Yates, Aztec Financial Services

Special offer

Book this course and receive 20% discount when booking onto the Electrical Building Services - An Introduction course. Contact us to arrange ( / 01772 754 387).

Learning aims

  • Explore the type, range and scope of common mechanical building services systems.
  • Learn how mechanical building services systems contribute to the creation of productive and comfortable environments.
  • Understand the need for effective integration of design and installation.

Who should attend

This mechanical building services course will benefit facility, project and commercial managers, sales staff, general construction personnel without a building services background and non-technical facilities personnel involved in operating buildings who require a basic appreciation of building services systems.  No prior knowledge of building services is required.

Content and timings

For in person training courses registration commences at 0900 and the course will run from 0930 until 1630.  Lunch and refreshments are included.

The following topics are covered:

  • Introduction: What are building services?
  • Thermal comfort
  • Heating basics: fabric losses, ventilation losses, infiltration losses
  • Heating systems: LPHW, steam, electric
  • Heat sources: boilers, heat pumps
  • Heat distribution: pipes, pumps, pressurisation, air removal
  • Heat emitters: radiators, convectors, unit heaters, underfloor heating
  • Cooling basics: fabric gains, solar gain, thermal mass
  • Split systems & VRF
  • Chilled water systems: chillers, heat rejection plant
  • Chilled ceilings & chilled beams
  • Ventilation: natural and mechanical
  • Recirculation
  • Heat recovery ventilation
  • Air conditioning systems: Constant Volume, VAV, Fan coil
  • Air handling units
  • Noise and vibration
  • Controls and BMS
  • Fire protection
  • Hot water, cold water and drainage
  • Commissioning


Martin Ratcliffe 
Martin is a chartered engineer in Building Services. He spent 13 years as a senior lecturer at the former National College (part of London South Bank University) where he taught a range of mechanical building services including commissioning.  Read Martin's full profile.

David Bleicher 
David has a background in building services design, with experience of mechanical and electrical design both in the UK and in the USA.  Read David's full profile.

Course details

1 day course 

6 CPD hrs

BSRIA Certified Course

Delegates are provided with a copy of BG 31/2012 Illustrated Guide to Mechanical Building Services.

Please be advised this course requires a minimum of 5 delegates.  Should we receive fewer bookings, BSRIA reserves the right to amend your booking to the next available date.

BSRIA Foundation Training Programme

This course is available through the BSRIA Foundation Programme

Product details

  • Publisher: BSRIA
  • CPD Hours: 6