The road to salvation – what can engineers do to slow climate change?

Guests at the Rumford Club debate last month were given two contrasting visions of the future by Cat Hirst, head of learning and development at the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC). Hirst was the guest speaker at a debate on what the future might look like in a world of advancing technology and finite resources, […]

Max Fordham takes on Britain’s biggest Passivhaus

Camden’s Agar Grove estate is to become the UK’s biggest residential Passivhaus project. Max Fordham’s Bertie Dixon describes the challenges of building an 18-storey tower to the standard, and explains why the council is committed to the low energy code

Light and shade – Siemens Middle Eastern headquarters

Masdar, in Abu Dhabi, is designed to showcase green technologies in the Middle East. Andy Pearson looks at how the city’s masterplan helped determine Aecom’s passive-first strategy in this Leed Platinum exemplar scheme

Above and beyond – innovation in building photovoltaics

As the 2020 ‘nearly zero’ energy buildings target approaches, Liza Young explores Swansea University’s pioneering research into building-integrated photovoltaics, as well as its unique ways of storing heat for use all year round

Making sense of the heat network regulations

The Heat Network (Metering and Billing) Regulations 2014 are still causing confusion and concern among building operators and managers. Hywel Davies offers some guidance on what they mean and who needs to comply

Guaranteed performance – Somerset House’s risk-free services retrofit

London’s Somerset House comes to life in winter. Its illuminated neoclassical façades form a sparkling backdrop to the open-air ice-rink that, each year, attracts thousands of pre-Christmas revellers. Until the end of the 20th century, it was a more austere place, housing many government departments, including the Inland Revenue. That changed in the 1990s, when […]

Everybody needs good Nabers

An Australian energy-rating scheme is so commonplace in the country’s commercial property market that government and commercial tenants insist they will only occupy buildings with a minimum standard. Hywel Davies looks at how Nabers transformed a sector and made the country’s property companies among the greenest in the world

Secure in the knowledge – CIBSE conference highlights

Security and innovation were two of the key themes at the CIBSE Building Performance Conference and Exhibition. Alex Smith and Liza Young report on the highlights of the 2015 event and pick out the issues and technologies most likely to transform the building services industry in the next few years