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
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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
Operators of care homes face a constant struggle. They are forced to juggle the health, safety and well-being of their residents against increasing financial pressure. If opportunities arise to improve residents’ health and the standard of living whilst also saving money, they shouldn’t be ignored. One of the most prominent – and unpredictable – issues is heating. Because care homes are effectively 24/7 operations, energy usage is one of their greatest expenditures. However there are heating options available that can help exceed residents’ expectations of their living environment whilst freeing up greater financial resources for the operators. Money saved is money that can be reallocated towards improving the overall quality of care. *Rising in... Read More