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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?

Wired or wireless which system is right for your smart home?

Topic: smart home

The internet is the backbone of everyday life, we use it not only to keep in touch with family and friends, but to watch movies, shop and run our finances. There are however many questions still being asked about how we manage all this data, and how we can best distribute the signals through each room in our homes....

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Wired or wireless which system is right for your smart home?

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.

The top 5 reasons for facilities managers to consider air quality.

Topic: ventilation, Management, Wellbeing, Indoor environment, Facilities management

Air quality is impacted by carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen oxides and humidity. Good air quality management has many benefits:

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The top 5 reasons for facilities managers to consider air quality.

CIBSE Launch TM65 Embodied Carbon Calculation Toolkit.

Topic: Embodied Carbon, TM65

Embodied carbon has been nagging at the ‘net zero’ building ambition for a while but is often considered too complicated to consider in a useful way. The latest TM from CIBSE aims to simplify the process and stands to make the subject a real hot topic. 

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CIBSE Launch TM65 Embodied Carbon Calculation Toolkit.

MVHR - is it always the best option for domestic buildings?

Mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) extracts heat energy from exhaust air. However, it carries a high capital cost and case studies revealed that many systems are incorrectly designed and operated. In the mild climate of most of the British Isles, more efficient options are available at lower cost.

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MVHR - is it always the best option for domestic buildings?

NABERS UK Launch: Rating Performance.

Topic: Building behaviour, Office, Wellbeing, Operational performance, Building rating scheme, In-use performance, NABERS, Building performance

This morning (26 November 2020) I, virtually, attended the official launch of the NABERS UK Rating scheme, presented by the Design for Performance Initiative and chaired by the Better Building Partnership.

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NABERS UK Launch: Rating Performance.

Monitoring the indoor environment: wearables vs fixed sensors.

Topic: Building behaviour, health, Management, TM40, Wellbeing, Indoor environment

Recommendations for promoting workplace health and wellbeing often include monitoring the indoor environment using wearable sensors. Our view is that a fixed sensor network is a better option as it records more parameters, does not depend on who is wearing what sensor and is less intrusive.

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Monitoring the indoor environment: wearables vs fixed sensors.

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