Above and beyond – innovation in building photovoltaics

As the 2020 ‘nearly zero’ energy buildings target approaches, Liza Young explores Swansea University’s pioneering research into building-integrated photovoltaics, as well as its unique ways of…

January 2016 Electrical

Down to zero – winner of Ashrae modelling competition

An ASHRAE competition pitched teams of industry practitioners against each other to come up with the best model of a zero-net energy building. ‘Team IES’…

January 2016 BIM
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Engineers cut lose as ropeless lifts enter space race

A revolutionary elevator that uses magnetic levitation to move horizontally and vertically is set to transform the design of tall buildings. Alex Smith reports on…

CISCO headquarters, Bedfont Lakes

Giant strides – Cisco and Johnson Controls merge BMS and IT

Technology giants Johnson Controls and Cisco have merged the BMS and IT technologies at a Cisco HQ in the UK on a single platform, and…

November 2015 IT & Controls

The right tool for the job? Testing the BIM Toolkit

The NBS BIM Toolkit is designed to help organisations reach Level 2 BIM, but how does it perform under test conditions? The CIBSE BIM Group…

November 2015 BIM

Smooth transition – what the ErP Directive means for consultants

Condensing boilers have been mandatory in the domestic market for more than a decade, but it is only recently that the commercial sector has followed…

November 2015 Heating
CIBSE Balham HQ

Small and mighty – the performance of a fuel cell micro-CHP

Fuel cell micro-CHPs have the potential to make a huge contribution towards the UK’s energy reduction targets, but how do they work in practice? To…

November 2015 Heating

Exhaustive research – accurate flue design for commercial boilers

Accurate flue design is essential for many commercial boilers to work at maximum efficiency. Jim Kinnibrugh explains how performance can be compromised

November 2015 Heating
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The final word – modelling fluid flows

Past CIBSE president John Swaffield died before he was able to finish his second work on modelling fluid flows in building drainage systems. Michael Gormley,…

November 2015 Pipework

A higher authority – upgrading valves at Chiswick Park

Pressure independent control valves can offer extensive energy benefits according to manufactures. Frese has fitted 1,060 units to an office building at Chiswick Park, so…

October 2015 Cooling
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