University challenge – optimising BMS at Oxford University

When the project team uncovered issues with a new ground source heat pump in a flagship building at the University of Oxford, it prompted a large-scale investigation of existing HVAC systems across the estate. Liza Young looks at how system optimisation is helping the university to cut its carbon emissions

A higher authority – upgrading valves at Chiswick Park

Pressure independent control valves can offer extensive energy benefits according to manufactures. Frese has fitted 1,060 units to an office building at Chiswick Park, so Tim Dwyer spoke to managing director Stephen Hart to find out more

Building by the book – UEL’s award-winning Stratford Library

Soft landings is instrumental in helping Aecom target tough energy requirements for the University of East London’s new library in Stratford. Andy Pearson found out how continual refinement of the building, once in operation, helped it win CIBSE’s New Build Project of the Year (up to £10m) award

We cannot afford another boom and bust

Rob Manning gives his view on the greatest threat to the design, construction and operation of buildings ahead of CIBSE’s Building Performance Conference

A changing landscape

The first 100 days of Conservative government have resulted in numerous policy changes related to energy in the built environment. Hywel Davies takes stock

Build tight – ventilate right?

Indoor air quality in housing is being compromised because ventilation scenarios in Building Regulations are not realistic, says Strathclyde University’s Stirling Howieson, who co-wrote the paper that won the 2015 Napier Shaw Bronze Medal

No compromise – Passivhaus Enterprise Centre in Norwich

In aiming for Passivhaus the project team at the Enterprise Centre worked to the tightest of parameters leading to the use of 70% bio-based materials, a super-airtight envelope and minimal plug loads. Andy Pearson reports on the challenges involved

Prepare for landing

As the 2016 deadline for using BIM Level 2 on public sector projects looms, Martin Howe explains how Shepherd Engineering Services is adapting to BIM by improving supply chain coordination and integrating its software tools

Back to basics

With some way to go before natural ventilation is completely accepted as a viable alternative to mechanical systems, Andrew Acred shares a simple model for implementing it effectively in atria buildings