What the awards data reveals

The quality of data submitted alongside project entries for CIBSE’s Building Performance Awards improves each year. Julie Godefroy analyses the 2023 entries and signposts potential…

August 2023 awards

Building Regulations update: single sex toilets

In response to a growing trend towards ‘gender neutral’ toilets, Government is consulting a new Part T of the Building Regulations dealing with toilet provision.…

August 2023 Public health

Formula for success: Sizing heat pumps in hybrid energy centres

Reducing the size of heat pumps in hybrid energy centres can cut carbon and capital costs dramatically – but what ratio of heat should they…

July 2023 Decarbonisation

Lighting’s critical role in healthcare

As well as minimising infection risk, the big trend in healthcare lighting is circadian lighting. HDR’s Karen Murphy looks at the latest research

Phased approach: optimising heat networks

The government’s new Heat Network Optimisation Guide aims to improve the performance of existing networks by rigorously analysing performance and making cost-effective interventions that maximise efficiency.…

July 2023 Heat network

Beauty in standardisation: Travis Perkins’ digital plan to decarbonise housebuilding

Travis Perkins’ WholeHouse digital design platform allows housebuilders to deliver efficient, repeatable housing to the latest sustainability standards, and includes prefabricated heat pump systems. Alex…

July 2023 Decarbonisation

Case study: Comberton Village College heat network

The installation of a new heat network at Comberton Village College is set to significantly reduce the heating bill and save 248 tonnes of CO2.…

July 2023 Decarbonisation

Protecting building occupants from wildfire smoke

With wildfires recognised as an ‘emergent risk’ in the UK, what can be done to HVAC systems to mitigate the impact on the health of…

June 2023 Fire

Fire and façades: key guidance

To ensure the fire safety of building façades, designers should pay special attention to firestopping. CWCT’s David Metcalfe highlights the latest guidance on this key…

June 2023 Building safety

A recipe for good IAQ: the impact of cooking and cleaning on indoor environments

Indoor air pollution caused by cooking and cleaning poses a significant health risk, yet regulations focus on outdoor air quality. Now a new project has…

June 2023 Air quality
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