Spiritual dome: lighting design and fire protection at The Macallan distillery

Half submerged in the Scottish hills, The Macallan distillery is a dramatic visual representation of the distilling process. Andy Pearson looks at how Speirs + Major’s lighting design bought the process to life and how Arup dealt with the fire hazard


What went wrong with smoke ventilation at Grenfell Tower

The Grenfell Tower fire-safety investigation report found faults with the building’s smoke-extract system, among other failures. Liza Young finds out what went wrong, and what the industry can do to prevent a similar disaster


Energiesprong – the Dutch system that could rescue Britain’s social housing

Energiesprong is a Dutch housing process that encourages developers to consider real-world performance. Alex Smith looks at the first UK pilot and Melius Homes’ strategy for guaranteeing outcomes in a retrofit



Digital Built Britain; cloud-based BIM at London's Royal Wharf; BIM guides on security and health and safety; and a BIM manager shares his experiences


Groundbreaking services design in the best buildings of today

What electric vehicle charging means for building services design

With electric vehicles set to replace diesel and petrol cars by 2040, Ramboll’s Adam Selvey says engineers must act now to ensure buildings can deal with the unprecedented demand for electricity


How pollution affects indoor air quality in buildings

The quality of the air people breathe is vital for their health and wellbeing. CIBSE Journal looks at two reports focusing on how outdoor pollution affects indoor air quality in schools and commercial premises based in and around London

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