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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?

Atamate join Innovate UK to get Britain safely back to work

Topic: About us

Atamate have just been awarded a grant from Innovate UK following a competition to find 'Business-led innovation in response to global disruption'.  Innovate UK received a record number of applications for the £40 million investment. From the over 8,600 projects submitted, 800 projects from innovative businesses...

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Atamate join Innovate UK to get Britain safely back to work

Air-source heat pumps vs electrical heating

Topic: heating

We often specify and control electric heaters and ASHPs in projects, and thought it would be interesting to compare and contrast what each has to offer. There are 2 main points to consider, the energy efficiency of each, and the capital cost of installation and maintenance.

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Air-source heat pumps vs electrical heating