Plugging in numbers: integrating cars with all-electric homes

Plugging an electric vehicle into a home energy network could save homeowners £300 a year, according to a new study by the University of Salford in collaboration with Honda and two energy firms. Phil Lattimore looks at the challenge of integrating cars with all-electric homes

Best practice for system maintenance

Scott James, Director at Viega, discusses the importance of ensuring building service systems are not only installed and commissioned correctly but also maintained appropriately to prevent contamination, corrosion and shortened lifespans of the pipework

Tuning into the body clock: spectrally tunable lighting systems

For the first time in a real office setting, a study has been carried out into the impact of a dynamic, spectrally tunable lighting system on the wellbeing of its occupants. Rohit Manudhane outlines the aims, methodology and initial conclusions of the research

Showcasing net-zero: Event Complex Aberdeen’s energy strategy

The Event Complex Aberdeen has a sophisticated energy strategy combining anaerobic digestion, hydrogen fuel cells and CHP plant. Andy Pearson talks to HDR | Hurley Palmer Flatt about the system design, which also produces hydrogen for a fleet of local buses

What is the most efficient system for heating zero carbon homes?

What is the most effective way of heating our future zero carbon homes? Chris Twinn has been researching the issue for five years and has found that standalone ‘autonomous’ heat recovery systems offer the most benefits when considering high-density homes

A condensing guide to CHP efficiency

CHP can offer savings in applications with high, constant heat demand, but how designers integrate it will impact on the benefits. Remeha’s Ryan Kirkwood considers the options in the first of a two-part series