Desk research – Arup’s desk of the future

Low-cost web technology could give workers full control over their office environment, according to research being carried out by Arup. Andy Pearson takes a seat at the desk of the future

In control – thermal comfort and productivity

Architect AHMM has used its office as a testbed for thermal strategies in a building with no cooling. AHMM’s Craig Robertson and Ines Idzikowski Perez, of UCL, report on the balance between cost, comfort and productivity

Using weather data to make buildings climate proof

Climate change means CIBSE’s updated weather files are imperative for building energy and overheating risk analysis. Liza Young explains the new data sets and finds out whether the methodology for applying them is up to the task