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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 can cut energy bills by 18% and there are many options available to building owners to help achieve this; especially[…]

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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 buildings in 2018. In case you didn’t know, MEES will apply to every new lease and every renewal of commercial[…]

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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 first time in 10 years is obviously good news that everyone will welcome. It is certainly better than breaching these[…]

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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 “national plan with international ambitions“. The Policy Paper called ‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment‘[…]

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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 news of further expansion in the solar industry, such as the biggest solar farm in the UK being planned for the[…]

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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 help to reverse decades of wildlife and habitat decline. ‘Homes for people and wildlife – how to build housing in[…]

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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 attention not only on the economic impact for the country, but also the environmental. Any increased use of petrol will[…]

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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 natural resources, they also contribute to global warming. But beyond these issues are more immediate side effects that unbeknown to[…]

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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 able to see the beauty of the design and colour of your taps. Limescale Removal Limescale occurs from diluted minerals[…]

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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 of resolutions they have set out to improve their quality of life in 2018. But aside from joining the gym,[…]

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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 and cooling systems. Yet most systems do not have the correct airflow. As a result compressors overheat, fans blow hot[…]

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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 been having problems with my heating at home. For pretty much most of the last month, we haven’t really had[…]

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smart heating

The smarty-pants home

As our homes head towards being “smart” and we are bombarded with a plethora of different home devices to add to our Christmas presents list, Ellina Webb looks into what’s on offer to help her boost her smart home credentials. Hello Alexa? As a new homeowner I’ve become obsessed with all things home this year,[…]

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green roof

Key considerations for green roof specification

Stuart Hicks from cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, discusses the rise of green roof applications and specification best practice. The green roof market is quite literally growing – in 2017, the annual market growth rate was revealed at 17%, according to ‘The UK Green Roof Market’ report produced by Livingroofs.org. This year alone, the[…]

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Key Drivers Forcing the Green Gateway Agenda

Growing awareness and evolving values are driving Government, businesses and individuals to demand greener, more affordable and socially acceptable energy technologies. As an essential part of both the challenge and the solution, it is up to all of us in the building services industries to forge a plan together and ensure we’re ready and fit[…]

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living with dementia

Access to nature among top considerations when designing buildings for people with dementia

Buildings designed for people living with dementia must prioritise unrestricted access to nature, support for wayfinding and navigation, and the safety of the environment – new research has found. Academics at Birmingham City University have carried out the study examining how homes and houses should be designed in order to provide the best support and[…]

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Light Pollution

The sky at night

As she struggles to see the night sky, Ellina Webb looks into the effect of light pollution on the world around us and why turning off your lights at night won’t just save you money but will also reduce your impact on the environment. With Jupiter and Venus aligning recently, the internet has been buzzing[…]

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urban gardem

Greening the city, the community and your home

After recently becoming a homeowner, Ellina Webb has been actively pursuing ways to incorporate greenery into her home – which is easier said than done when your home is a city based apartment. Unfortunately the dream of a garden and even an urban garden are unrealistic for me at the moment, but the endless scrolling[…]

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IAQ

Healthy, Happy Homes

Health and wellbeing is a hot topic, it’s affected by everything from lifestyle to the air we breathe and even noise levels in our environment. Recent research has highlighted the crucial importance of good indoor air quality (IAQ) and how the nation’s health depends upon it. And noise-related stress is increasingly recognised as affecting our[…]

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carbon footprint

Office fit-out with sustainability and wellbeing at its heart

Martin Fahey looks at how the refurbishment of a small city centre office has helped improve staff wellbeing and lower the organisation’s carbon footprint The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) recently refurbished its London headquarters, with a design team drawn from its membership and the aim of challenging industry thinking as to what is achievable[…]

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BEMS

A rational approach to alarms

Timely notification about any events concerning a building services infrastructure is vital. However, Steve Browning at Trend Control Systems, explains why the generation of too many individual alarms is deterring end users from configuring a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) to undertake the monitoring of their key compliance needs. When initially presented with the choice,[…]

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Virtual Reality

VR: from environmental awareness to product placement

Ellina Webb looks at the likely impact of virtual reality on our world. Last week my colleagues and I took a trip to the arctic to discover the melting polar caps and look in awe at the northern lights. The trip however didn’t require us to travel thousands of miles into the snowy abyss of[…]

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SBEM – correct efficiency figures can reduce project costs

Richard Warry looks at why talking directly to the manufacturer rather than relying on SBEM calculations can reduce project costs. I read an article on LinkedIn entitled “SBEM isn’t a design tool” and this reminded me of a recent experience which backs this up. I hope this helps provoke debate amongst anyone involved in using[…]

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What is your local council doing to green the community?

Ellina Webb investigates what her local council of St Albans City & District is doing to combat climate change, be sustainable and green the community. I first became aware of the city’s influence on climate change when I saw a poster for Sustainable St Albans Week – a week in November which consists of community events and seminars to[…]

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porcelain tiles

Porcelain takes to the floor

Flooring needs to be extremely hard wearing and easy on the eye, but how can you ensure that all practical and aesthetic requirements are met? Simon Boocock, Managing Director or CRL Stone, looks at why porcelain is becoming such a popular option. When it comes to specifying materials for interiors projects one of the most[…]

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BEMS

Air traffic control

Indoor air quality has a major influence on the health, comfort and wellbeing of a building’s occupants. Graeme Rees, marketing director at Trend Control Systems, explains how a Building Energy Management System (BEMS) can optimise comfort conditions and help keep people healthy and happy. Over the last few years a growing body of scientific evidence[…]

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Be afraid, be very afraid

In ode to Halloween, Ellina Webb looks into the real threats that should be giving you the heebie-jeebies. Did you know, according to a 2017 survey by Chapman University in America, global warming and climate change scored as number 8 in the top 10 American fears (out of a total of 80 fears). With Halloween around[…]

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Preparing your new home for its first winter

Preparing your new home for its first winter

As a first time homeowner, Ellina Webb looks into how to prepare a home for winter. In the past 10 years, house prices have continued rising year on year whilst the shortage of new homes is also well documented. In the past 5 years or so, these rises have been eagerly watched by me as[…]

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future energy

So, have we reached the future yet?

Russell Jones looks at an historic article from the 1960’s to see just how far we’ve come towards the future predicted. We’ve discovered a fantastic new website called StumbleUpon.com which throws up random web pages based on the interest criteria you select when joining. I warn you though, it can be highly addictive, whether that is finding a[…]

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green energy

The business case for going green

Gemma Lakin looks at the benefits to business of embracing ‘green’ technologies A couple of weeks ago I wrote about what companies such as Nandos and The UK Green Building Council are doing to try and help combat climate change. Each company has their own reasons for going green, they may have a real passion[…]

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heat pumps

Is the golden age of gas and oil coming to an end?

Donald Daw looks at whether the world is finally relinquishing its grip on carbon intensive fuel. The news currently seems full of stories about how much renewable energy is on the rise yet there is still a lot of the World’s economy invested in gas and oil so what will the transition to a low-carbon[…]

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Climate Change

Are companies doing enough to combat Climate Change?

Gemma Lakin takes a look at what companies are doing to help tackle climate change A few weeks ago, my colleague Russell Jones looked at the story of John B McElmore, a man in a small town in Alabama who couldn’t understand why he was the only one in his neighbourhood who seemed to be[…]

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mega-basement

Is the future of commercial building below our feet?

by Ellina Webb ~ Marketing Specialist at Mitsubishi Electric The term “iceberg” is usually referenced when speaking about climate change, the demise of the Titanic or a rather luscious lettuce, but are you aware of iceberg building? Ellina Webb investigates the good parts and the bad parts about this building phenomenon. With the struggles of[…]

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FaulknerBrowns Architects 

Architectural Technology Awards: 2017 Winners

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) is pleased to declare the winners for its annual Architectural Technology Awards. Announced and presented by CIAT President Gary Mees on 15 September 2017, the Awards celebrate the latest achievements and highest quality in Architectural Technology. The event, hosted by Matt Allwright, was attended by a cross section[…]

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#TheHubME

Educating the energy consumers of tomorrow

Article by Jenny Maskrey – The Learning Curve at Mitsubishi Electric With the ever expanding threat of climate change it is becoming more important to educate future generations about how to cope with increased demands for energy use and how to deal with a changing climate. The UK is doing its part to combat the[…]

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Kemper System

Liquid Waterproofing: Key differences between wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry applications

Stuart Hicks from cold-applied liquid waterproofing specialist, Kemper System, looks at the key differences and benefits of installing a wet-on-wet vs. wet-on-dry liquid waterproofing solution. In many refurbishment and new build projects, specifying a liquid system for a roof, walkway or balcony is an obvious choice.  However, not so obvious are the key considerations to[…]

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What lessons can the UK learn from Norway?

After visiting Norway, Gemma Lakin looks at how the country has embraced renewable technology. Last month I had the pleasure of visiting in the beautiful country of Norway. We spent the weekend kayaking and walking through the idyllic Nærøyfjord and during my short time spent there I can understand why Norway is often ranked as[…]

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Does everybody need good neighbours?

by Ellina Webb ~ Marketing Specialist at Mitsubishi Electric Ellina Webb examines neighbourhoods and the social, economical and environmental benefits of co-housing. A few weeks back The Independent reported that in the words of former Downing Street adviser Max Chambers “Britain’s neighbourhoods are dying”. This statement has led me to ponder over its truth and what the[…]

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Green Building

Building services can help everyone be lean, mean and green

Martin Fahey Head of Sustainability and Commercial Business at Mitsubishi Electric looks at how the building services industry can help us all be energy efficient. It may seem strange for a manufacturer of heating, cooling, ventilation and controls to say to its customers “use less equipment”, but that is exactly the message that Mitsubishi Electric[…]

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interior door

Glazed doors, the clear choice

Summer is upon us, bringing with it increased light levels to building interiors.  This natural borrowed light is invaluable, illuminating dark spaces and reducing the need for artificial light.  With this in mind its worth giving closer consideration to the use of glazed interior doors that can transform both living and communal space.  Vicaima doors[…]

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