Chartered Association of Building Engineers

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Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) is a professional body for building engineers in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Chartered Association of Building Engineers
Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors Escutcheon.png
PredecessorThe Association of Building Engineers
TypeProfessional body
PurposeEnabling a professional construction sector that works to create better, safer and more sustainable buildings that enhance people's lives.
HeadquartersBilling Brook Road, Weston Favell, Northampton  NN3 8NW
Coordinates52°15′32″N 0°50′11″W / 52.25889°N 0.83639°W / 52.25889; -0.83639Coordinates: 52°15′32″N 0°50′11″W / 52.25889°N 0.83639°W / 52.25889; -0.83639
Region served
Official language
Key people
Dr Gavin Dunn, Chief Executive
Main organ
Presidential Team and Council
AffiliationsCABE Patron : John Lytton, 5th Earl of Lytton
25 - 50
Formerly called
Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors


Chartered Association of Building Engineers 2019 Re-brand Logo

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 in 1993 and then the Chartered Association of Building Engineers in 2014, its current name.[1]

The IAAS was among the bodies which opposed a draft bill which was presented to Parliament in 1927 by the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) Registration Committee in the course of events which resulted in the passing of the Architects (Registration) Act 1931.

Under the 1931 Act, the Architects' Registration Council of the United Kingdom (ARCUK) was established with the duty of setting up, maintaining and publishing the Register of Architects. The IAAS was among the bodies named, together with the RIBA, in the First Schedule of the Act as being entitled to appoint one member in respect of every five hundred of their own members.

The Register of Architects is now maintained and published under the Architects Act 1997, which reconstituted ARCUK. In consequence, the IAAS was no longer an appointing body, nor any of the other bodies named in the 1931 Act, which has been repealed.

In 2020, Chartered Association of Building Engineers opened a second office in Hong Kong, chaired by Kyran Sze.

CABE is registered with the Engineering Council and can accredit members with CEng, IEng, and EngTech. CABE is also a member of the Society of the Environment and can accredit its members with SocEnv.


CABE is a membership organisation and is governed by a board of directors that sets the objectives of the organisation – the executive team deliver these objectives. Entry to membership of CABE is via several routes and members must undertake continuing professional development throughout the lifetime of their membership of the association in order to maintain their professional standards.[2]

CABE has several designations for members, these are:[2]

  • Chartered Fellow (post-nominal "FCABE") is the highest level of CABE membership and reflects the knowledge, expertise, and experience of the industry's most experienced professionals and a commitment to furthering the profession of building engineering.
  • Chartered Member Building Engineers (post-nominal "MCABE Building Engineer") have a clear commitment to high ethical standards, professionalism, and technical competence recognised by the award of the additional title of Chartered Building Engineer, which is a regulated title under the Association's Royal Charter.
  • Corporate Members (post-nominal"MCABE") demonstrate a clear commitment to high ethical standards, to cross sector collaboration, and to continuous professional development.
  • Graduate Members (post-nominal "Grad CABE") focus on converting the theoretical knowledge gained as a student into practical experience.
  • Associate Members (post-nominal "ACABE") demonstrates a member's level of expertise and professional competence. Considered to be one of the preparatory routes to full chartered memberships.
  • Technician Members (post-nominal "Tech CABE") a sign of professional commitment to working towards the highest level of competency at the start of a career.
  • Student Membership is free and available to part and full-time students studying in a field relevant to the built environment and shows enthusiasm and commitment to a career within the industry.

In addition the membership grades for individuals, CABE Company Partners and CABE Academic Partners work with CABE to implement change in each respective area of the industry.


CABE holds an annual conference and awards ceremony in the latter half of the year which bring together members of the construction community from throughout the UK as well as international chapters. The awards honour innovative projects from around the world in five different categories: New Build Award, Preservation and Conservation Award, Sustainability Award, Maintenance and Refurbishment Award, and Building Health, Safety, and Wellbeing Award.

CABE holds a smaller scale of conference called "buildeng" regularly throughout the year and is attended based on region. The "buildeng" conferences offer continual professional development opportunities. It also provides accreditation for academic courses which confirms that academic programmes are aligned with a competency framework and that the academic partners meet high standards of education, welfare, and good practice.


CABE has regions in the United Kingdom and Ireland each with elected Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Committee, these are:[3]

  • Eastern
  • East Midlands
  • Northern
  • Northern Ireland
  • North West
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Southern
  • South West
  • Wales
  • West Midlands
  • Yorkshire & Humber

In addition, CABE operates in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Malaysia
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • Middle East
  • Macau
  • USA
  • China


Coat of arms of Chartered Association of Building Engineers
Granted 24 January 1955
On a wreath Or Gules and Azure a representation of the Parthenon Proper.
Quarterly Gules and Azure a fesse embattled between three lions' faces Or.
On the dexter side a figure representing an architect of the seventeenth century holding in the exterior hand a plan of St. Paul's Cathedral and on the sinister side a surveyor of the same period holding in the exterior hand a surveyor's pole and over the shoulder a surveyor's chain all Proper.
Probitate Et Arte [4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "About the ABE". Association of Building Engineers. Archived from the original on 19 September 2010. Retrieved 13 September 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Membership". Association of Building Engineers. Retrieved 14 January 2012. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Regions". Association of Building Engineers.
  4. ^ "Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors". Heraldry of the World. Retrieved 17 February 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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