Futurebuild: navigating a path to net zero

The built environment industry gathered at the Futurebuild conference last month in London, to discuss various paths to decarbonisation. Alex Smith and Molly Tooher-Rudd report

Arc detection devices: fault-finding mission

Arc fault detection devices have been recommended in wiring regulations since 2019. Based on his own experiments, Hoare Lea’s Kenelm Hoare MCIBSE looks at the realities of arc risk and discusses how effective the devices are in preventing electrical fires

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

Using renewables to unlock the Grid

If electric vehicles and batteries are to herald an all-electric future for homes, smart tech must be developed and tested to ensure there is always available energy to match household demand. Andy Pearson reports

Taking charge: gas sensors in battery rooms

A build-up of hydrogen in battery stores or charging rooms will create an extremely flammable atmosphere, so detection systems should be competently installed and commissioned, says Medem’s Chris Dearden

Power of good – future of UK heat

The capacity to decarbonise the energy used to heat buildings and for transport is huge, say TÜV SÜD Wallace Whittle’s David Davies and Alex Pepper