CIBSE’s guidance on ventilation during Covid-19

Guidance published by CIBSE last month has advice for ventilation and air conditioning systems in the UK amid the ongoing pandemic. Alex Smith summarises guidance aimed at mechanical systems and shares advice from Cushman & Wakefield on operating chillers

CIBSE’s Building Performance Champion – The Engine Shed

The Engine Shed in Scotland was named Building Performance Champion because sustainability was embedded at every stage of the project, from the briefing workshop to building aftercare. Andy Pearson speaks to Max Fordham about the design process behind the exemplar scheme

Getting to grips with whole-life carbon

Research into the amount of carbon embodied in building services is scarce. Louise Hamot reports on an Elementa study that attempts to measure the whole-life carbon impact of building services

Opening remarks: guidance on ventilation openings

Designing adequately sized windows for natural ventilation while ensuring occupants’ safety is a challenge. Benjamin Jones, Patrick Sharpe and Chris Iddon offer guidance ahead of CIBSE’s Applications Manual 10 update

Force of nature – naturally ventilating Amsterdam’s Breeze Hotel

The 11-storey Breeze Hotel in Amsterdam has a unique natural ventilation system that uses solar chimneys and water droplets sprayed into a shaft to move air around the building. Andy Pearson speaks to the academic behind the concept, Dr Ben Bronsema, and looks  at how his ‘earth, wind and fire’ theory became reality

Lessons from history

Bill Bordass warns about the ‘forgetting curve’ and looks again at the benefits of the 2+1 window