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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Heightened awareness: Avoiding cold draughts in offices with exposed ceilings

The trend for exposed ceilings in offices can have serious consequences for occupant comfort if designers don’t take into account the impact they have on…

May 2019 Cooling
Audio visualisation

How audio visualisation can drive the natural ventilation of buildings

Acoustics and ventilation should be designed in tandem to ensure optimal performance in naturally ventilated buildings, says Mach’s Ze Nunes, who shares research on software…

May 2019 Acoustics
A'DAM Tower, Amsterdam Credit: Dennis Bouman

Take me higher: A’DAM Tower lift strategy

The lift configuration in the newly refurbished A’DAM tower in Amsterdam has been radically redesigned to accommodate a huge increase in traffic. Jochem Wit explains…

May 2019 lift
Dave Pearson

In the hot seat: Interview with Dave Pearson

Large heat pump installations could change the way heat is generated in the UK and help decarbonise existing buildings in cities, says Star Renewable Energy’s…

May 2019 heat networks
The BEN being trialled at LSBU serves two buildings

Intranets for heat: Introducing BEN networks

The balanced energy network at London South Bank University has been part-funded by Innovate UK to help accelerate the creation of smart heat-sharing networks. These balance…

May 2019 heat networks
Concept car

Unlocking 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…

May 2019 Battery storage

The meaning of life: Comparing whole life carbon for gas and electric heating

As electricity generation reduces its carbon intensity, embodied carbon represents a higher proportion of whole-life carbon. Clara Bagenal George’s study, summarised at last month’s CIBSE…

May 2019 Heating
Air Quality NOx CHP

Tackling NOx from CHPs

Policies encouraging gas-fired CHPs in London are going into reverse. David Blackman looks at how new air pollution policies will affect the future of heat…

March 2019 Air quality
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