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Dr David Miles is a virologist with 10 years of postdoctoral research in infectious disease immunology and co authorship of over 20 academic papers. Currently a tutor on the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in infectious diseases.

Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Topic: heating, eco controls, Efficiency, Domestic hot water, atBOS, Direct electric heating, Automation

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

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Apartment innovations 4: the direct electric option

Apartment innovations 3: hydrogen in the gas main

Topic: heating, Infrastructure, Natural gas, Domestic hot water, Hydrogen

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

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Apartment innovations 3: hydrogen in the gas main

Apartment innovations 2: heat pumps powering heat networks

Topic: heating, District heating, heat network, Air-source heat pump, Net zero, Heat pump, Waste heat

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

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Apartment innovations 2: heat pumps powering heat networks

Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, ASHP, Direct electric

Air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) are widely promoted as a source of low-cost, low-carbon space and water heating. However, a model of ASHP-powered heating in London shows that they compare unfavourably to heating derived directly from mains electricity, especially when compared to real-world data from flats using direct...

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Heat pumps take on direct electric heating in London

Apartment innovations 1: fifth generation heat networks

Topic: heating, District heating, heat network, Net zero, Domestic hot water, Low temperature heat network, Fifth generation, 5th generation, Regulation

There are many innovations transforming building services driven mainly by the huge challenge of achieving Net Zero targets. In a series of articles, we look at these innovations specifically where they are appropriate for apartment blocks.

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Apartment innovations 1: fifth generation heat networks

Heating bills are soaring: are we too dependent on gas?

Topic: heating, Energy, Gas, Renewable, Bills, Infrastructure, Natural gas, Electricity, Cost, Price rise, Price shock

This winter’s hike in international natural gas prices will lead to heating price hikes this winter. It exposes the vulnerability of Britain’s dependence on imported gas, both for heating homes and for generating electricity, and illustrates the importance of initiatives to replace gas heating systems.

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Heating bills are soaring: are we too dependent on gas?

The winter gas price shock shows we need renewable energy

Topic: heating, Gas, Renewable, Natural gas, Electricity, Price rise, Price shock, Net zero

If you’ve looked at the news recently, you’ll have seen dire reports of soaring gas prices and dire predictions of either a very expensive or a very cold winter ahead.

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The winter gas price shock shows we need renewable energy

Do the government’s boiler replacement grants solve the right problem?

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Energy, Grant, Gas, Air-source heat pump

Yesterday, the government announced a £450 million boiler upgrade scheme, offering £5,000 grants for households replacing gas-boilers with low-carbon heating systems. The scheme does not specify what low-carbon system should be used although it repeatedly refers to air-source heat pumps.

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Do the government’s boiler replacement grants solve the right problem?

Passive cooling for low-energy buildings.

Passive cooling methods keep the temperature inside a building comfortable without using energy-hungry air-conditioning, fans or heat pumps. Cooling is needed during the summer, when air temperatures get uncomfortably high, but also at cooler times because electronic devices and simple human metabolism can make a...

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Passive cooling for low-energy buildings.

LOT 20 standards for space heaters explained.

Topic: UK building regulations, heating

Standards for space heaters are governed by several European Union standards that remain in place in Britain including Regulation 2015/1188, often called Lot 20, which sets minimum standards for energy efficiency and emissions that all heaters powered by electricity, gas or oil must meet.

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LOT 20 standards for space heaters explained.

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