A novel approach: air cleaning devices

A new CIBSE guide aims to equip specifiers and facilities managers with the knowledge to safely and effectively select air cleaners. Cundall’s Ed Wealend summarises the contents

For the greater good: interview Sasha Krstanovic

CIBSE’s 2021 Engineer of the Year, Sasha Krstanovic FCIBSE, took the bold decision to form a new consultancy at the height of the pandemic. She tells Alex Smith how she is using her knowledge and experience to help clients and communities work with designers to decarbonise their building stock

Engineering the new normal: Technical Symposium highlights

Striving for net zero while making buildings Covid-secure has been challenging academics and engineers since the virus first appeared. Last month’s CIBSE Technical Symposium was an opportunity to share experiences in two days of live sessions discussing 64 papers. Alex Smith, Liza Young and Phil Lattimore report

Net zero and Covid resilience

Improving the building fabric will allow for higher ventilation rates to minimise Covid-19 risk even in cold weather, says Dr Shaun Fitzgerald

Why space volume matters in Covid-19 transmission

It’s not just ventilation that removes viable virus from indoor air. To understand the risk of transmission of Covid-19, the University of Nottingham’s Benjamin Jones and Chris Iddon say other mechanisms that are dependent on the volume of a space have to be considered

Joining the dots

We will emerge from lockdown to a sense of déjà vu. Covid-19 has not changed targets to cut carbon emissions by 2050 or the need to improve building safety. Hywel Davies considers how these ambitions interact

Air of authority: interview with Professor Catherine Noakes

Professor Catherine Noakes’ knowledge of ventilation and infection transmission has made her one of the government’s key scientific advisers on Covid-19. In recognition of her work, she was made an OBE last month. Alex Smith talks to her about the challenge of winter and the impact of infection control going mainstream