Plymouth’s 5th-generation heating network

When Plymouth City Council looked at heating and cooling buildings more efficiently, it found the area’s geology offered a source of energy that enabled it…

July 2019 Heat network

The scale of the problem – water quality issues in heat networks

A recent study found 15% of heat networks had suffered failures as a result of issues around water quality. Jon Greaves, of Hydro-X Water Treatment,…

July 2019 heat networks

Opening the loop – CP3 guide

Open-loop groundwater source heat pumps are poorly understood and little used in the UK. A new code of practice, CP3, aims to raise standards, say…

July 2019 Cooling

Electrocaloric cooling – making a difference

Electrocaloric cooling works by applying an electric field to change temperatures and requires no refrigerants. Metkel Yebiyo and Professor Andy Ford look at the benefits…

June 2019 Cooling

Life safety support: CIBSE Guide E: Fire Safety Engineering

Grenfell put fire safety in building design under greater scrutiny. Martin Kealy introduces the new CIBSE guide to fire safety engineering, which – in its…

June 2019 Fire
CIBSE Journal November 2016 news overheating BSERT

Hot off the press: research on overheating in homes

The latest research on assessing and mitigating overheating in buildings is the focus of a Building Services and Engineering Research and Technology Journal special edition.…

June 2019 Overheating

In plane sight: ultra-high-resolution thermal imaging

Ultra-high-resolution thermal imaging technology is giving researchers much more detail on how cities are affected by high temperatures. James Richards explains how a land-temperature sensing…

June 2019
Research suggests succulents such as Zamioculcas zamiifolia could be effectively used in indoor green walls

Plants as a building service

Plants are proven to remove pollutants and improve air quality, but which species should be considered? Researchers from the University of Birmingham and the RHS…

May 2019 biophilia
Office space with the original fluorescent lighting

Evaluating dynamic lighting

Dynamic ‘circadian’ lighting varies in colour and intensity during the day, but does it improve alertness and help people sleep? BRE’s Paul Littlefair and Cosmin…

May 2019 Lighting
Lark Rise Passivhaus Plus home

Case study: Lark Rise, the UK’s first Passivhaus Plus

A Passivhaus Plus home in the Chiltern Hills establishes the ‘building as a power station’ concept and shows the viability of an electrical grid powered…

May 2019 Housing
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