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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 integrated...

Building Fabric 06 – Thermal Mass

Building Fabric 06 – Thermal Mass

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!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...

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. However, changes...

Building Fabric 05 – Airtightness

Building Fabric 05 – Airtightness

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!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...

Building Fabric 04 – Sound Insulation

Building Fabric 04 – Sound Insulation

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!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 unsatisfactory because of...

Building Fabric 03 – Sunlight and Solar Gain

Building Fabric 03 – Sunlight and Solar Gain

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!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 increase occupant productivity and...

Building Fabric 02 – Insulation Materials

Building Fabric 02 – Insulation Materials

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!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. By providing a building fabric...

Building Fabric 01 – Thermal Performance

Building Fabric 01 – Thermal Performance

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!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 emissions and make for...

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

Internal Environment – Thermal, Air, Sound and Light

Scroll to the end to download this article as a handy PDF guide!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 building and an improved...

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 industry has a...

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 knew it was...

Building Regulations Basic Requirements For Your Project

Building Regulations Basic Requirements For Your Project

In this part of the Building Regulations series, we will look at some of the key points to consider when designing to meet the requirements of the Building Regulations. We will look at some of the more common works to existing properties, and mention some of the main...

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.