Atamate Blog

Modern offsite construction techniques: an overview

A range of modern methods of construction (MMC) is revolutionising the construction industry. Many involve work being done in factories rather than building sites, hence the term 'offsite construction'. Here we give an overview of the types of offsite construction and the techniques behind them.

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Modern offsite construction techniques: an overview

The BIG Show Oman 2019

Topic: About us

Why were Atamate taking part in a construction show in Oman? It may not seem like the place you would expect to see a British based software company whose markets have been mainly European.

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The BIG Show Oman 2019

Case study: Retire in comfort

Topic: smart home, case study

Peaceful retirement

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Case study: Retire in comfort

Case study: Country Living

Topic: lighting, case study

Somerset country home

Atamate replaced an existing system to control lighting in this rural period property. The home already had an existing automation system which Atamate was called in to replace as it was no longer fit for purpose.

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Case study: Country Living

Hot water in conventional and low energy homes: 3 important differences

The biggest expense in a conventional home is heating, which works by integrating central heating with the hot water system. A low energy home's insulation slashes the heating bill to leave hot water as the biggest expense, but also removes the need for a central heating system that the hot water can be integrated...

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Hot water in conventional and low energy homes: 3 important differences

Cutting air-conditioner running costs through building management

Air-conditioning is a major running cost of many commercial buildings, but it's needed to keep the internal temperature comfortable. Here we discuss some of the ways in which building management, selective use of new technologies and smart building controls can cut the aircon costs to a minimum.

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Cutting air-conditioner running costs through building management

Air conditioning: the how, what and why

Air-conditioning (aircon) removes heat energy and water vapour keep a room's temperature and humidity at comfortable levels. Most aircon systems use the same heat pump technology as a fridge or freezer. Here we'll discuss what aircon does and how, with particular reference to its use in the British climate.

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Air conditioning: the how, what and why

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

Shelter's Commission on Social Housing: a view from the construction industry

Topic: landlord

The Shelter Commission recently published their report on the poor state of social housing in the UK, and their recommendations for improving the situation. We welcome the investment called for by the commission, but we believe that regulatory reform will also be necessary to meet the goals laid out.

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Shelter's Commission on Social Housing: a view from the construction industry

CIBSE's TM59 overheating assessment part 2: modelling and reporting

TM59: Design methodology for the assessment of overheating risk in homes describes a methodology to assess whether a home stays comfortable in hot weather. It uses a mathematical model, allowing the design to be approved or altered depending on the results. This post describes the assessment procedure and reporting...

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CIBSE's TM59 overheating assessment part 2: modelling and reporting