Building engineer
NamesBuilding engineer
Occupation type
Activity sectors
Design, construction, assessment and maintenance of built environment
Competenciestechnical knowledge, management skills, mathematical analysis

A building engineer is recognised as being expert in the use of technology for the design, construction, assessment and maintenance of the built environment.[1] Commercial Building Engineers are concerned with the planning, design, construction, operation, renovation, and maintenance of buildings, as well as with their impacts on the surrounding environment.[2]

By country


In Australia building engineers, also known as architectural engineers may work on new building projects, or renovations of existing structures. Areas of study include:

As a multifaceted build environment professional, a building engineer can provide important leadership in the design and construction of the built environment, collaborating with architects, engineers, builders and other design professionals.[4]


In Canada, Building Engineers have to follow an interdisciplinary program that integrates pertinent knowledge from different disciplines. The building engineer explores all phases of the life cycle of a building and develops an appreciation of the building as an advanced technological system. Problems are identified and appropriate solutions found to improve the performance of the building in areas such as:

A building engineer can be a licensed professional, and in some countries is synonymous with an architect. Building engineers are licensed to perform whole-building design with architect-engineer teams, or as practitioners in structural, mechanical, or electrical fields of building design.[5]


Within the European Community, building engineers are affiliated with the AEEBC (Association of European Experts in Building and Construction) one of the biggest pan-European bodies for construction professionals.[6] The titles, tasks and duties of a building engineer may vary from one European State to another.

Hong Kong

In Hong Kong, building engineers can become member of The Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (registered under building discipline). They can also registered at Engineers Registration Board after they have chartered and become Registered Professional Engineer (Building).[7]


In Nigeria, a building engineer is simply known as builder.[citation needed] A builder is an academic trained specialist statutory registered professional responsible for Building Production, Management, Construction and Maintenance of Building for the use and protection of mankind. A builder must be a member of Nigeria institute of building(NIOB) and Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria(CORBON).[8]

The major consultancy services rendered by building engineers are listed below:

Functions of building engineers in the building code before plan approval according to the National Building Code:

United Kingdom and Ireland

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the title of "building engineer" is regulated by the CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineers). The 'Chartered Association of Building Engineers' was founded as the 'Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors' (IAAS) in 1925 in London. The Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors became the 'Association of Building Engineers' (ABE) in 1993 and on obtaining its Royal Charter, became the 'Chartered Association of Building Engineers' (CABE) in 2014, its current name.

The CABE accredits university qualifications to use the title Chartered Building Engineer.[9] In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Chartered Building Engineers are involved within the design, planning, engineering, construction, legal compliance, fire safety, and maintenance of buildings. Their roles may vary from one practice to another. Building Engineers may offer specialised services within phases of the construction process or for different engineering aspects of the construction industry, such as fire safety, conservation, sustainability, planning or construction.

In England and Wales, 'Building Engineers' may also be state authorised "Approved Inspectors" (or are employed by a state authorised "Corporate Approved Inspector") and thus may provide UK "Building Regulations" compliance & approval.

Many 'Building Engineers' are employed by Scottish, English and Welsh local authorities to enforce and apply the Building Regulations and other Building Act 1984 related functions, including public safety in respect of "Dangerous Structures", etc.

In the Republic of Ireland, where a semi-public building control system was implemented in 2014,[10] Chartered Building Engineers may register as Building Surveyors in order to act as certifiers for compliance with building regulations at design and construction stage.

The tasks and duties of the building engineer are:

United States

In the United States of America building engineering, also known as Architectural engineering is the application of engineering principles and technology to building design and construction. Definitions of an architectural engineer may refer to:

The architectural engineer applies the knowledge and skills of broader engineering disciplines to the design, construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation of buildings and their component systems while paying careful attention to their effects on the surrounding environment.[11]

With the establishment of a specific "Architectural Engineering" NCEES Professional Engineering registration examination in the 1990s, and first offering in April 2003,[12] Architectural Engineering is now recognized as a distinct engineering discipline in the United States.

See also


  1. ^ Definition used by the CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineer)
  2. ^ Information available from the website of the Concordia University in Montreal, Canada
  3. ^ "Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Architectural Engineering) | Victoria University | Melbourne Australia". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Architectural Design". 15 October 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Canada Building Engineering University Programs". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  6. ^ "AEEBC-Members & Membership plus Affiliations". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Registration of Registered Professional Engineer (Discipline) Notes to Applicants". Engineers Registration Board. Archived from the original on 31 August 2018. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  8. ^ Ibem, Eziyi Offia; Anosike, Michael Nwabueze; Azuh, Dominic Ezenwa; Mosaku, Tim O. (21 September 2011). "Work Stress among Professionals in Building Construction Industry in Nigeria". Construction Economics and Building. 11 (3): 45–57. doi:10.5130/ajceb.v11i3.2134. ISSN 2204-9029.
  9. ^ "List of Accredited Universities - Chartered Association of Building Engineers". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  10. ^ "S.I. No. 9/2014 - Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Architectural Engineering Institute – ASCE". Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Welcome to NCEES". Retrieved 21 October 2016.