Technical

In this section we look at some of the more technical aspects to studying and working in architecture. Over the coming months I am working to develop this section of the site to provide more useful guides and resources for all your technical questions and problems.

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Metric Data 01 Average dimensions of person standing

Metric Data 01: Average dimensions of man and woman standingIn Metric Data 01 we look at the average dimensions of a man standing and the average dimensions of a woman standing. This includes details such as average male height, average female height,...

A Quick and Easy Guide to U-Values

Understanding and measuring U-values has become increasingly important as we aim to improve the sustainability and performance of our buildings. What is a U-Value? U-Value - is the measure of the overall rate of heat transfer, by all mechanisms under standard...

Understanding Scales and Scale Drawings

You can download a handy pdf of this post Understanding Scale Drawings by clicking the download button below! Understanding the concept of architectural scales and scale drawings Scale drawings allow us to accurately represent sites, spaces, buildings and...

Biomass Energy

What is biomass? Biomass is a fuel that is produced by organic means. It is derived from burning of trees or plants which have absorbed CO2 during their lifetime. So, the CO2 that is absorbed during the life of the tree or plant, is then re-released when...

Air source and ground source heat pumps

What is a heat pump? A heat pump is a system that extracts heat from a source, such as the ground, and upgrades the heat to a useful temperature. The heat is then used for space heating.  Electricity is required to convert the heat that is harvested into...

Combined Heat and Power

What is Combined heat and power (CHP)?   Combined heat and power (CHP) generates electricity by burning fuel, and captures the usable heat that is produced in the process. Essentially, it is a system that is able to produce both electricity, and heating....

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...

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...

My favourite Tools and Resources

I have curated a list of some of the tools and resources I would strongly recommend for anyone studying or working in Architecture.