Food for thought – power by cooking oil

Used cooking oil from London restaurants is powering two PwC office buildings. It is a pioneering approach to sustainability, but threw up challenges that required innovative thinking and strict maintenance. ChapmanBDSP’s Darren Coppins explains

Lack of knowledge about safe storage may cost lives

Since 2002 there have been at least nine fatalities in Europe caused by carbon monoxide poisoning after people have gone into wood-pellet storage areas. Hywel Davies reviews a report by the HSE aimed at preventing such tragedies

Creature comforts – David Attenborough Building

How do you turn a brutalist, uninsulated, concrete structure – housing the University of Cambridge’s zoology department – into a naturally ventilated showcase of sustainability that encourages collaboration between conservation groups? Andy Pearson finds out

Life support – providing heat and power in Antarctica

The facilities team at the British Antarctic Survey are responsible for maintaining heat and power in some of the most isolated buildings on Earth. Alex Smith finds out how remote monitoring and controls are ensuring the welfare of staff and scientists living near the South Pole