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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Combined Heat and Power

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Building Fabric 04 – Sound Insulation

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...

Building Fabric 03 – Sunlight and Solar Gain

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

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

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...

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

You can download a free pdf of this article by clicking on the button below: Internal Environment   Some of the key factors requiring improvement for the sake of the internal environment of our buildings include thermal performance of the fabric of the...

Construction and the Environment

Construction and the Environment

This is the first post in our new series - where we will look at a number of areas relating to sustainability, architecture and the environment, environmental architecture, renewables and more.    Construction and the environment    The construction...

Measured survey – how to measure a building

Measured survey – how to measure a building

For my day job recently I have been carrying out a lot of measured surveys – measuring buildings and drawing up the plans, elevations and sections. This is something that we touched on briefly during my course at University but now several years down the...

Understanding Architectural Details – Commercial 2nd Edition

Understanding Architectural Details – Commercial 2nd Edition

Understanding Architectural Details - Commercial (2nd Edition)   The ebook that will help you significantly improve your knowledge of commercial construction detailing. After the success of the first two Understanding Architectural Details ebooks, I...

How to Calculate Stairs

How to Calculate Stairs

Working out stairs can sometimes be a bit of a headache. In this article we are going to look at how to calculate stairs, the quick and easy way to work out your stair requirements. First, take a look at the regulations that we can use as a starting point for working...

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.