Mackintosh Building after fire

Art of restoration: The Mackintosh Building

Timber-lined ventilation ducts helped spread the fire that destroyed large parts of Glasgow’s Mackintosh Building – but those very same ducts have been given a key role in the building services of the refurbished landmark, says Andy Pearson

Professor Alan Short

The history man: Interview with Professor Alan Short

Professor Alan Short says designers must look to the past to come up with resilient buildings that can withstand climate change. Alex Smith meets the architect who has helped revive the art of natural ventilation

City smog fog

Opportunity NOx: Testing standards for air filters

There is now one global testing procedure and classification system for particle air filters – which should have a positive impact on urban air quality and people’s health, as Peter Dyment reports

indoor air quality


Royal Academy refurb; heat networks best practice; water treatment guide


Groundbreaking services design in the best buildings of today

St James's market

Smart about metering: the Crown Estate at St James’s Market

Good communication helped Carbon2018 and The Crown Estate execute best practice and install a full metering system that meets building users’ needs at their new London development. Joanne Merry reports

Children in classroom

Making the grade: BB101 guidelines on ventilation

New ventilation guidelines will have a significant impact on the design of schools. Liza Young finds out how the requirements on air quality affect three ventilation strategies