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Building regulations Part O: overheating

Topic: UK building regulations, Cooling, Part O, Overheating

The newly drafted Part O of the UK building regulations, mandating measures to mitigate domestic overheating, will come into force in June 2022. Some homes can comply through limiting window area and ensuring windows can be opened but some will need to undertake dynamic thermal modelling using the TM59 methodology.

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Building regulations Part O: overheating

Solid fuel burners 2: design and installation

Topic: heating, Biomass, Wood burner, Solid fuel

The problems of overheating and air pollution are inherent to any solid fuel burner, but they can be mitigated. A well-designed installation can achieve the pleasant ambience that makes a solid fuel burner desirable while minimising the drawbacks and meeting the regulatory requirements.

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Solid fuel burners 2: design and installation

Solid fuel burners 1: pollution, overheating and regulation

Topic: UK building regulations, heating, Regulation, Biomass, Wood burner, Stove, Solid fuel

Are solid fuel burners appropriate in a modern new build home? Can they be incorporated into an eco home without ruining it's green credentials? 

Burning solid fuels like wood or briquettes is an attractive option for a living room but tends to generate particulate air pollution and over-produce heat. Here we discuss...

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Solid fuel burners 1: pollution, overheating and regulation

Electrification of Heat project 1: opportunities and limitations

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Air-source heat pump, Electricity, Heat pump, Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project, ground source heat pump

Heat pumps are a possible way to close the gap between low-cost, high-carbon gas power and high-cost, low-carbon electricity in heating the British domestic sector. Energy Systems Catapult’s recent project tested the feasibility of installing them across the many home types and ages that comprise the British housing...

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Electrification of Heat project 1: opportunities and limitations

Electrification of Heat project 2: the Atamate view

Topic: heating, Efficiency, Air-source heat pump, Electricity, Electrification of Heat Demonstration Project, ground source heat pump

Energy Systems Catapult has declared its Electrification of Heat (EoH) project successful in installing heat pumps in all types and ages of British homes. However, their published reports suggest that installation may not be possible in many older, low-income homes where the high cost of electricity will be most felt.

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Electrification of Heat project 2: the Atamate view

Case study - small housing development

Topic: ventilation, case study, Efficiency, Air-source heat pump, Domestic hot water, Direct electric heating

The client

A developer building new homes for social housing and for private sale.

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Case study - small housing development

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

Psi-values: What are they and why do they matter?

Topic: UK building regulations, Building performance, Regulation, SAP

In this article we look at the impact of psi-values and why they matter. Psi-values are a measure of the heat loss of a junction between two fabric elements, eg floor and external wall. These junctions are called non-repeating thermal bridges.

Previous iterations of the UK Building Regulations have raised awareness of...

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Psi-values: What are they and why do they matter?

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
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