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Informative articles by building product manufacturers and construction industry specialists.

 

 

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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TheHubME

The solar revolution: 3 everyday items you didn’t realise were solar powered

As we look towards a positive growth in solar and renewables, Ellina Webb looks backwards and forwards at the solar revolution. Solar power was the fastest-growing source of new energy worldwide last year, and with[…]

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Wildlife Trusts - Homes for people and wildlife

New guidelines call for homes for people and wildlife

Why and how to build nature-friendly housing developments New guidelines published by The Wildlife Trusts today show how new housing developments can be built in a way that provides people with greener, inspirational homes which[…]

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TheHubME

Are we driving towards an electric future for heating?

Russell Jones finds parallels between news of electric car sales and renewable heating. The news last Friday was full of reports about the drop in UK car sales with a 17% decline in diesel in particular focusing[…]

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fossil fuels

Fossil Fuels: Beyond global warming and beyond the UK

Ellina Webb examines how burning fossil fuels causes damage to the world we live in. We all know the wider implications of burning fossil fuels, not only do they use up our limited supply of[…]

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limescale removal

Top tips for limescale removal

Limescale is incredibly common, and it’s likely that you will have it on your taps at some point in your life. Your taps will look significantly nicer without limescale on them as you will be[…]

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conscious shopping

Can you make a commitment to conscious shopping?

Ellina Webb challenges shoppers and encourages retailers to be environmentally conscious this 2018. As the New Year dawns, about 63% of people are waking up to – not only a hangover, but a commitment to a series[…]

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Keeping your HVAC airways clean

RICHARD BETTS, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF RABSCREEN, THE EXTERNAL FILTER SPECIALISTS, DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF AIRFLOW IN HEATING AND COOLING SYSTEMS. Airflow is the single most critical element in the correct operation of all air heating[…]

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Preparing your new home for its first winter

The future of heating is wireless

After a month without any gas heating, Russell Jones now looks towards a wireless future and online control If you read my last post ‘But baby it’s cold outside’ you will already know that I’ve[…]

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