VIEWPOINT

Informative articles by building product manufacturers and construction industry specialists.

 

 

Sedum Roof

The Secrets of a Sedum Roof

When people think of green roofs, many of them tend to think of a roof covered in grass or perhaps wild flowers such as those typically found in a meadow like corn flowers, poppies and[…]

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urban

Keeping the noise down in town, city and beyond

Jordan Jeewood discusses how quiet HVAC plant can help create a more fulfilling urban environment. The lure of the bright lights of the big city may have waned in recent years, but 80% of us[…]

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sedum plants

Which sedum plants should you have on your green roof?

In this brief article, we thought it may be a good idea to look at some of the varieties of sedum plants that you may wish to include on your sedum roof. What is sedum?[…]

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fuel poverty

Why should anyone have to choose between heating and eating?

by Max Halliwell ~ Product Manager at Mitsubishi Electric With energy prices rising for the second time this year, Max Halliwell explores the impact this is likely to have on fuel poverty and looks at what[…]

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cooling

Keeping cool – a more sustainable approach to air conditioning

by Martin Fahey ~ Head of Sustainability  As the weather blows hot and cold, Martin Fahey explores how important it is to control energy use in buildings. As the UK experiences its longest heat wave since[…]

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R32

An R32 checklist

by Ben Bartle-Ross ~ Technical Trainer at Mitsubishi Electric Trainer Ben Bartle-Ross takes a moment to review the key things you need to understand about R32 The industry is abuzz with news about R32 at the moment,[…]

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SAP 10

First look at new SAP 10 methodology

BRE has published the updated SAP 10 methodology, giving a first glimpse into the changes set to be included in the next update of SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure), the Government’s recommended system for measuring the energy rating[…]

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Engineering a Solution

Facing the Challenge Modern specifiers have to contend with a variety of challenges when upgrading rooftop plant in existing buildings or planning out plant for new build projects. Increasingly congested rooftops in cities, not to[…]

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air conditioning

Just how bad for the planet is air conditioning?

With negative press about air conditioning, Martin Fahey explores the issues behind the headlines. You may have noticed recent headlines in the Press such as “Air conditioning to tackle summer heat waves causes surge in[…]

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Can Green Roofs Create Greater Health and Well-Being?

As the evidence for greater human well-being grows as a result of contact (visual and physical) with the natural environment there would appear a greater need to incorporate green infrastructure within the built up environment.[…]

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living roof

How can Green Roofs improve biodiversity?

The level of biodiversity on a green roof will be dependant on a number of factors including the type of green roof installed. In the past green roofs were designed with mainly engineering concerns at[…]

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Windsor Castle

A royally renewable revolution

As Royal Wedding hysteria begins to settle down, Ellina Webb looks into what the Royal Household is doing to improve their green credentials and help save our planet. Whatever your views on our Royalty, it’s[…]

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Green Roofs

Changing Attitudes to Green Infrastructure in the UK

With increasing pressure on ground level green spaces it comes as no surprise that we are experiencing a growing momentum across the UK in the number of green roofing and green walling projects. The increased[…]

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INTAMIX

Anti-scald advocate calls for better education to avoid unnecessary deaths

Following the news last month that a 79-year-old man died after falling in a scalding hot bath at his Romford home, the director of leading bathroom product manufacturer Inta is once again calling for more[…]

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indoor air quality

School should be a healthy environment for young minds

by Janvi Patel ~ Ventilation specialist at Mitsubishi Electric  With news reports that air inside London’s classrooms is worse than the air outside, Janvi Patel looks at what we can do to protect our young. As[…]

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Futurology

Futurology: the new home in 2050

Homes of the future will increasingly tap into neighbourhood energy systems, feature flexible layouts and use improved technology to make automatic decisions about heating, security and even postal deliveries, according to a new report. The[…]

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Green Roof Maintenance

The Principles of Green Roof Maintenance

During very wet seasons green roofs can have problems retaining the plant nutrients.  If the flowers have been in short supply then it may be time to apply a sort of fertilizer. If there are[…]

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Climate Change in London

The effects of climate change in London

Article by by Ellina Webb – Mitsubishi Electric Climate change is an issue that makes us think about the wider implications to our planet. But what about the impacts on pinpointed locations like London? The potential impacts of[…]

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Green Roofs

Should the UK follow the German example in developing green roofs?

When we consider the development of green infrastructure as part of an overall strategy to combat climate change, few would argue that we need to look much beyond Germany as the leader. Germany Green Roofs[…]

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TheHubME

Where would Hollywood be without HVAC?

Ellina Webb looks at the importance of HVAC infrastructure in large buildings, spaceships and Hollywood action films. What do Aliens, Die Hard and Mission Impossible all have in common aside from gore, action and heroism?[…]

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TheHubME

It’s time to embrace the ‘living wall’ years

Ellina Webb looks at some of the most successful examples of living walls in the UK Over the past few years the number of buildings with living walls both internally and on the external facade[…]

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The University of Huddersfield – Inspiring Tomorrow's Professionals

Artificial intelligence used in major study analysing occupant behaviour to enhance building energy performance

The work, using AI’s Machine Learning, aims to combat and minimise the ‘energy performance gap’ in buildings ARTIFICAL intelligence has been at the centre of many media reports recently and a researcher at the University[…]

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The Wildlife Trusts

New proposals for a wilder Britain

Critical moment to reverse the decline of nature On Tuesday 1st May, The Wildlife Trusts are publishing Towards a wilder Britain – creating a Nature Recovery Network which shows how new laws could lead to the creation[…]

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air pollution

Can art improve air quality?

Article by Janvi Patel ~ Ventilation specialist at Mitsubishi Electric Will a new London art installation help improve air quality? As a Londoner, I love the diversity of the city and the amount of cultural[…]

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Södra Wood

Six reasons why timber frame is surging in the UK

In the mid-1980s negative press about quality control for timber-frame housing caused a healthy market to slump from around 40 percent to less than 10 percent in a single year. It was slow to rebuild[…]

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building materials

Top construction materials that can positively impact the environment

The building industry is undergoing a shift. Most of the cities around us are built using a combination of steel and concrete. Concrete blocks are used to build our homes, offices, schools, bridges and pathways.[…]

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Fall Arrest

Working in fall arrest: what you need to know

Fall arrest is the term used when working at height with a system which doesn’t prevent you from accessing a fall risk, unlike fall restraint. Instead of preventing you from going into these places, fall[…]

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Sustainable Building

Building the cities of the future

Martin Fahey reports from MIPIM, the global property event where sustainability was top of the agenda Having just spent four days in the south of France meeting some of the most influential and important people[…]

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F-Gas

3 steps to planning ahead with F-Gas

As we continue to talk about the important industry topic of changes in F-Gas Regulation, Carl Dickinson looks at 3 steps aimed at encouraging those in building services to gather information before making an informed[…]

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Sodra

The benefits of timber as a building material

Jeremy English, Sales Director at Södra – Sweden’s largest forest-owner association – explains how timber is perfectly placed to meet the needs of the UK construction industry. With its clean, cost effective, attractive and efficient[…]

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Energy efficient help for SMEs

With business looking for ways to reduce operating costs, Scott McGavin looks at how even small adjustments to a building’s HVAC systems can make a significant difference to bills. Did you know for every 1ºC[…]

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R32

18 Things you need to know about R32 in 2018

As the market sees R410A refrigerant increase in cost by over 600%, Deane Flint looks at 18 reasons you need to be thinking and talking to your customers about the move to R32-ready air conditioning[…]

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Bushboard Omega

Antibacterial Protection For Worksurfaces Better Than Wetwipes

It’s well known that a kitchen dishcloth is a breeding ground for bugs – leading to increases in sales of anti-bacterial wipes. The trouble with wipes is that a recent feature on BBC’s Trust Me[…]

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What’s in a number? The search for true capacity

Max Halliwell looks at what can be deduced from heat pump manufacturers’ performance figures when the temperature drops below zero. Many of my colleagues have recently made the switch to hybrid, plug-in vehicles but they[…]

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F-Gas

18 Things you need to know about F-Gas in 2018

As industries using refrigerants continue to discuss changes related to the F-Gas Regulations, Deane Flint looks at 18 important details you need to undertake and plan for now. In March 2014 the European Parliament passed regulation on[…]

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Love your home: The power of the positive

Can positive energy really affect happiness, well-being and love for your home? Ellina Webb investigates the three lifestyle concepts of Feng Shui, Hygge and Minimalism. Over the past year on the Hub, we have posted[…]

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Commercial Buildings

Top of the class: The smarty pants office building

Ellina Webb looks at the smart solutions that can help building owners comply with legislation and improve both the energy rating and the graded class of their office space. Retrofitting smart technology to commercial buildings[…]

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MEES

The 18 things you need to know about MEES in 2018

With big changes soon to affect commercial buildings in England and Wales, Deane Flint looks at 18 important details regarding MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) and the changes landlords might need to make to their[…]

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air pollution

Can we now breathe in deeply and celebrate air quality?

As London manages not to exceed legal limits, ventilation expert, Janvi Patel ponders on air quality News last week on the BBC website that London’s air quality has not exceeded legal limits in mid-January for the[…]

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Green Gateway

25 year plan to tackle environmental issues

Has the government done enough with the publication of its environmental plan? On the 11th of January, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced a 25 year plan to “nurture” the environment, referring to it as a[…]

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