Fuel for thought: Cambridge College plans for heat pump transition

Use of a community heat pump at Pembroke College’s mixed-use project in Mill Lane, Cambridge, is the latest in a long line of energy transitions on the university site. Andy Pearson looks at plans for the connection of both new and historic buildings

Daylight modelling: A new frame of reference

A radical new daylight-modelling schema allows the view from openings to become a material factor in the evaluation of building designs. John Mardaljevic looks at a fundamental change for lighting designers

Book review: The Architecture of Natural Cooling by Brian Ford

Brian Ford’s The Architecture of Natural Cooling gives guidance on implementing a collaborative approach to design, and explains the creative application of building physics. London South Bank University’s Andy Ford reviews the contents

Sizing the opportunity

Oversizing of HVAC systems is a £224bn problem globally, according to a joint study by Autodesk and the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).1 This found that using traditional static-load and rule-of-thumb approaches to system sizing can result in a 50% oversizing of systems.2 This reduces occupiable space, raises capital and operating costs, and decreases occupant comfort. […]