COP22 – the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Marrakesh from the 7-18th November. This annual conference was eagerly anticipated, primarily because its predecessor COP21 – or the Paris Agreement as it is more commonly known – was a huge step forward in the fight against climate change. At Paris, several nations signed an agreement to limit the global temperature rise to below two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. Read More
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London has always been at the forefront of innovative changes in building design and city-scaping in the UK – if not the world! In keeping with the capital’s position as the centre of invention and innovation, recent legislation from the Greater London Authority (GLA) ensures that the energy sector of London is also charging ahead in terms of establishing renewable energy across the city, and in mitigating fossil fuel consumption. Read More
The demand for new schools and additional classrooms continues to grow as pupil numbers rocket. For those involved with the building of these establishments there is a Duty of Care to protect both children and staff, on top of the normal considerations when developing a new school building or extension. There are various safety considerations to be aware of in these environments, a primary one is how the building will be heated. Read More
Surface Water Source Heat Pumps (SWSHP) have a historically low profile. Builders, contractors and developers on the whole seem to know very little about them, nor the benefits that they pose for buildings. As a consequence, SWSHP’s are widely underused compared to air and ground source heat pumps, especially in the UK. The Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) is looking to raise the profile of SWSHP’s. They have recently published their Surface Water Source Heat Pumps Code of Practice for the UK, providing those in the commercial building industry with a comprehensive guide on the renewable energy source. The document, which covers everything from the technology’s feasibility to its installation,... Read More