Interview: Piers Heath – integrated design at Foster + Partners

Global architect Foster+Partners now has fully integrated environmental engineering in its design studios to optimise building performance. Piers Heath tells Alex Smith how scientific first principles are embedded in designs and shares plans to incorporate soft landings in every project

Interviews

Eight vie for CIBSE ASHRAE Graduate of the Year Award

Following a record number of entries, 2019’s awards will be decided from a shortlist of outstanding young professionals

Testing the water – designing the UK’s first Passivhaus swimming pool

The UK’s first Passivhaus swimming pool, currently being developed by Exeter City Council, seeks to halve energy use and create a chemical-free, healthy environment. Andy Pearson speaks to project team members about the innovative design that aims to set new Passivhaus standards for pools

Passivhaus

HEALTH AND WELLBEING SPECIAL

Plants as a building service; dynamic lighting; updated TM40; air quality at Deloitte UK HQ

CASE STUDIES

Groundbreaking services design in the best buildings of today

Hydrogen

In the pipeline – is hydrogen a potential low carbon replacement for natural gas?

Hydrogen is being widely touted as a potential low carbon replacement for natural gas but, for it to succeed industry will need to address substantial challenges. Andy Pearson speaks to the pioneers in the sector to see what progress is being made

Heating

Case study: Cambridge Central Mosque

Cambridge’s elegant new mosque has comfort and sustainability at its heart thanks to the involvement of the environmental engineer at the project’s inception. Andy Pearson looks at how Skelly & Couch’s creative design worked with the grand scale of the prayer hall to provide natural ventilation and daylighting for more than 1,000 worshippers

Cooling