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Solar Energy

Solar Energy   Using the energy of the sun is one of the most effective strategies of the renewable technologies, in part because buildings can benefit from both passive and active systems.    Passive solar design can provide between 20% and 40%...

Low and Zero Carbon Technologies

What are low and zero carbon technologies?   Low and zero carbon technologies (LZC) are systems that emit low levels of CO2 or no net CO2 emissions. The application of these systems are more effective when designed with an efficient building fabric, and...

Architectural Drawing and Sketching

What is architectural drawing?   Architects use drawings all the time. Architects use sketches to illustrate ideas and intentions, reinforce concepts and solve problems. Drawing is a way of representing something, a scene, a room an idea…. This is why the...

Building Fabric 06 – Thermal Mass

What is thermal mass?   This post will give you an introduction to thermal mass and night cooling.    Energy efficiency, rising temperatures and CO² emissions are very much on our minds in this current climate. As we look at the performance of...

Architecture and the Environment 02 – Water

Globally, water scarcity is as important as energy, and has an impact on health, and food production. A large proportion of the worlds population do not have access to safe water.    In the UK, we are assured a relatively secured supply of water....

Building Fabric 05 Airtightness

Why is airtightness important? Air leakage results in increased space heating demand of a building. Achieving a good level of airtightness will improve the energy efficiency of the building and the comfort of the occupants by reducing drafts and...

Free Download – People 02

Free People DownloadI have been playing around with some new techniques recently, and have come up with these people. I hope you like them! They are free to download, PNG files, in colour, dark grey and white, so they are easy to drag and drop into your...

Building Fabric 04 – Sound Insulation

You can download a free pdf of this post by clicking on the button below: As we have considered in a previous article, sound can have an impact on our physical and mental well being. Surveys have indicated that 50% of people find their home in some way...

CAD Drawing Template Download

This AutoCAD template provides you with a great starting point for your drawings.  This template is in METRIC units! AutoCAD 2010 or later. How many times have you opened a new drawing and spent too much time searching for the correct layers to use,...

Building Fabric 03 – Sunlight and Solar Gain

You can download this post as a handy pdf for free, just click on the button below. Benefits of natural lighting in our buildings   Natural light in our buildings is known to improve occupant comfort. Scientists suggest that good natural light can...

Building Fabric 02 – Insulation Materials

You can download this entire article as a handy pdf document by clicking on the button below. Introduction to insulation materials   In order to create a comfortable thermal environment in our buildings we need to maintain a constant temperature within the...

Building Fabric 01 – Thermal Performance

You can download a free PDF of this post by clicking on the button below.  Achieving good thermal performance of a building fabric will reduce the heat loss from a building, which in turn will reduce the space heating requirements along with carbon...