Agar Grove: measuring the performance of a Passivhaus winner

The success of Agar Grove at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards was in part due to the focus on controlling overheating and minimising plant heat losses. Andy Pearson finds out how the Passivhaus approach helped tackle fuel poverty

Health provider: The Samson Pavilion at Cleveland Clinic

With significant variation in seasonal temperatures and occupant density, the HVAC systems modelled at the Samson Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, by Foster + Partners had to be highly flexible. This was borne out by its recent conversion into a Covid-19 surge hospital, as Phil Lattimore found out

Healthy and smart: Edge’s plans for a London Bridge office tower

Smart-office pioneer Edge is coming to London and aiming for the highest ratings possible for Breeam and Well certification. Andy Pearson speaks to Atelier Ten’s Meredith Davey about balancing sustainability and wellbeing, and designing safe services around Covid-19

A marvel of science: Institute of Physics headquarters

The Institute of Physics’ innovative use of ground source heat pumps helped it secure the Commercial/Industrial Project of the Year accolade at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards. Andy Pearson reports

CIBSE’s Retrofit Project of the Year – UCL, 22 Gordon Street

The CIBSE award-winning retrofit of 22 Gordon Street has saved University College London £110,000 in annual bills. Andy Pearson looks at how BuroHappold Engineering used thermal mass in the original structure to minimise energy use and how researchers helped identify comfort issues