Tiers for fears: How to ensure data centres keep companies flying

The meltdown of British Airway’s IT systems, after a power-supply failure, demonstrates how critical data centres are to business operations. Andy Pearson looks at levels of resilience and explains why cloud computing is making firms more susceptible to power cuts

Making the case for evaporative cooling

Evaporative cooling can save energy when used in the right climate. AEI’s James Falconer looks at the technology in Hong Kong, Las Vegas and London, and explains why the cooling method is making a comeback

Burying an investment, not an expensive problem

The design and installation of pipework is often overlooked in the delivery of heat networks, with potentially catastrophic consequences for performance, says Colin Taylor of Eneteq Services

In concert – reducing energy in data centres

A new data centre in Stockholm is reducing energy use dramatically by employing an algorithm that integrates separate control systems to reduce infrastructure energy load. Andy Pearson reports

Adapt and survive in these digital times

With the data revolution sweeping through the construction sector, building services firms are on the hunt for a new type of design professional. Liza Young finds out what it takes to be a digital engineer

How HIU performance testing will change heat network design

New codes and tests designed to root out poorly performing heat networks are shining a spotlight on the supply chain. Alex Smith reports on a new test for heat interface units that will have far-reaching consequences for designers and suppliers