Atamate Blog

Atamate shows where SAP gets smart controls wrong.

Topic: ventilation, Building behaviour, smart home, UK building regulations, eco controls, Energy, Cooling

Kat Kelly recently showed that rented flats using variable ventilation and direct electrical heating under Atamate smart control delivered better energy efficiency than predicted for heat pump-based systems. We argue that the data shows that automation has been under-valued in planned reforms to the UK building...

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Atamate shows where SAP gets smart controls wrong.

Viruses indoors 4: The flu season.

Topic: COVID-19

The 200 common cold viruses are more prevalent in the British winter. That's mainly because indoor relative humidity drops below the comfort threshold of 40%, making it easier for them to infect. Being infected with one makes us more vulnerable to others, enhancing the misery of the winter 'flu season'.

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Viruses indoors 4: The flu season.

Viruses indoors 2: Licht und Luft.

Topic: health, TM40, Wellbeing, COVID-19, Indoor environment

Modernist architecture in the early 20th century adopted the Licht und Luft principle, maximising light and ventilation to combat tuberculosis. Amid another airborne disease pandemic, the same principles apply: the ultraviolet component of sunlight kills viruses and good ventilation is an established approach to...

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Viruses indoors 2: Licht und Luft.

Viruses indoors 3: Introducing the common cold.

Topic: health, TM40, Wellbeing, Indoor environment

The modern urban environment is ideal for the transmission of respiratory viruses, which is why the common cold spreads so fast. COVID-19 spreads using the same mechanisms but is far more serious because it can cause pneumonia and long-term illnesses. Developing ways to limit the spread of viruses in the built...

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Viruses indoors 3: Introducing the common cold.

Viruses indoors 1: The urban incubator.

Topic: health, TM40, Wellbeing, COVID-19, Indoor environment

The urban environment facilitates respiratory virus transmission. COVID-19 is now the major threat but the common cold has long had a serious impact on wellbeing, personal income and the economy. The factors by which urban living aids virus transmission are known but little attempt has been made to address them.

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Viruses indoors 1: The urban incubator.

Innovating through COVID.

Topic: About us, health, Management

As Britain returns to work at the end of the lockdown period, we need to limit transmission of Covid-19 and other pathogens to avoid another major outbreak to properly ensure  Britain's economic recovery.

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Innovating through COVID.

Future Homes 4: Future-proofing against overheating.

Topic: Building behaviour, health

The UK government's Future Homes consultation aims to improve energy efficiency in British homes but gives little attention to the problem of overheating driven by the warming climate. We call for the proposed regulatory reforms to include design to avoid overheating alongside design for energy-efficient heating.

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Future Homes 4: Future-proofing against overheating.

Can district heating make housing more efficient ?

Topic: heating, Future Homes, District heating, heat network, Efficiency, Energy

District heating schemes use a single powerplant to provide heating and hot water to many buildings. They have been promoted as important in decarbonising the British economy but their dependence on gas limits their carbon efficiency and heat is lost as it is distributed which causes internal gains.

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Can district heating make housing more efficient ?

The TM40 guide to wellbeing: a summary.

Topic: Building behaviour, health, Cooling, Office, TM40, Wellbeing

In March 2020, the Chartered Institute for Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) published an update to their TM40 guidelines titled Health and Wellbeing in Building Services. It discusses principles that place wellbeing at the centre of building design and management.

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The TM40 guide to wellbeing: a summary.

Is MVHR appropriate for the British climate ?

Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) extracts heat energy from exhaust air to pre-heat incoming outdoor air.

However, it is expensive to install and case studies found many systems are incorrectly designed and operated. In the mild British climate, there are cheaper and more efficient options.

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Is MVHR appropriate for the British climate ?