The purpose of this paper is to narrow the diverse views of the industry stakeholders on two controversial issues, namely the scope of core competence of building services engineers (BSEs) and the statutory role that they should play, which were encountered in an extensive research study on the building services profession of Hong Kong.
An expert panel was formed and the Delphi method was applied to resolve the controversies. In the Delphi process, every panel member was provided with complete opinions expressed by all other panel members in each round of the deliberation.
Sufficient support was found for the proposition that professional BSEs should be competent in handling air‐conditioning, electrical, fire services, and plumbing & drainage works, and that the government authorities should mandate the design and compliance certification of electrical and fire services installations by BSEs.
Although the Delphi method has not been hitherto applied to resolve the controversies addressed in the study, it was proven to be a very effective tool in seeking majority opinions from a group of experts. The same approach may be taken in similar studies in future.
The core competence identified should be made as a minimum requirement for practitioners who wish to practise as professional BSEs. The views and comments given by the expert panel members are informative references to public policy makers.
This was the first ever study conducted in an attempt to identify the core competence and statutory role of BSEs in Hong Kong.
Yik, F., Lai, J., Lee, W., Chan, K. and Chau, C. (2012), "A Delphi study on building services engineers' core competence and statutory role in Hong Kong", Journal of Facilities Management, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 26-44. https://doi.org/10.1108/14725961211200388Download as .RIS
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