Starry cityscape

Learning from Nabers: Designing for performance in the UK

The Design for Performance initiative is partnering with pioneering developers to create a performance-in-use rating scheme in the UK that could transform office design and delivery, as Liza Young finds out

Facilities management

Climb every mountain: BIM from design to operation at Schneider Electric’s Grenoble campus

Can a single BIM model be used from design to operation? Schneider Electric was keen to find out if true BIM was achievable at two flagship new buildings in Grenoble. The company’s Bertrand Lack describes the not inconsiderable challenges to Andrew Pearson

BIM

Heat spring’s eternal: The Bath Abbey heating plan inspired by Romans

An ambitious project is under way to replace Bath Abbey’s 150-year-old heating system with low-energy underfloor heating, using heat recovered from hot springs rising in the nearby Roman Baths. BuroHappold Engineering’s Neil Francis describes the challenges encountered at the Unesco World Heritage city site

heat pumps

LIGHTING SUPPLEMENT

SLL's retail lighting guide; lighting on the Elizabeth Line; biophilic design study

CASE STUDIES

Groundbreaking services design in the best buildings of today

Salary Survey 2018

Hays Salary Survey 2019: Bridge over troubled water

Uncertainty over Brexit has not dented the confidence of the building services sector. Above-average pay rises and a continuing skills shortage mean adventurous engineers still have many opportunities to explore. David Blackman reports

Without bias: How to design the perfect occupant survey

So you want to conduct an occupant survey in a non-domestic building? It requires more thought and skill than you might think, and good design may prevent you jumping to the wrong conclusions, says Roderic Bunn