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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

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

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

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

Case study: Reducing costs for rental accommodation

Topic: Building behaviour, eco controls, case study

Providing high spec flats with complete control, lowering running costs and improving comfort.

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Case study: Reducing costs for rental accommodation

Design your building to behave better

Topic: Building behaviour, calendar, presets

Building behaviour is what we call the configuration of a building. This can be very useful when a building has multiple users each wanting different configurations (or behaviours). For example, a community hall may have different users, such as the grannies playing bridge and the energetic yoga club.

The bridge...

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Design your building to behave better