With our climate in the UK such that it is, legislation and energy efficiency targets have naturally focused on reducing heat escaping from our homes and buildings. However, is the industry considering the impact of the warmer months on the comfort temperatures? In fact it is often suggested that the very energy efficient measures designed to reduce heating requirements may increase the risk of overheating. This is of particular concern when the latest climate research indicates that we are due to see significant increases in average temperatures. And this within the designed lifespan of most buildings built today. In order to avoid the need to retro fit cooling systems, designers will need suitable guidance to truly deliver sustainable and future proof buildings.
Current guidance exists but is limited at best and is often not thoroughly investigated during the design process. CIBSE Guide A (Environmental Design) is a focus for the industry and provides guidance on comfort and appropriate overheating thresholds. Typically the thresholds are fixed temperatures that should not to be exceeded. Research shows that people's perception of comfort is more complex than this. For example, people can adapt to different climates given time. This along with other factors will feature in future guidance and be based around variable maximum temperatures taking into account recent local weather. The new guidance is likely to be available later this year.
Looking to future proof buildings based on the probable changes to our climate over the next century will become a bigger issue. The general consensus is that designing for a variable climate should be tackled at an early stage and may well find its way into the planning process. In addition to comfort guidance several projects are underway that look to provide new weather data based on predicted climate. One such project is known as Prometheus (http://centres.exeter.ac.uk/cee/prometheus/) and will be a useful tool for computer modelling the impact altered climate will have on our buildings.
Alex Duckworth is a fully qualified NDEA (Non Domestic Energy Assessor) registered through STROMA and also a CIBSE registered Low Carbon Consultant. To contact Alex, regarding your energy efficiency and thermal modelling requirements, please call: 01892-893170, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 2011-08-02 10:10:29 Added: 2011-08-02 10:10:29
On October 1st 2011, the ownership of private sewers and lateral drains will be transferred from the property owners to Water and Sewerage Companies. For the foreseeable future, the majority of these transferred assets are likely to be unmapped and therefore a risk that works will be carried out resulting in impact on access to, or structural integrity of these transferred assets.
Prior to this transfer, property owners were responsible for the entire length of the drain from the point it leaves the building to the connection with the public sewer wherever that situated. Sometimes this meant that the responsibility, for lengths of drain, extended under roads and footpaths, or into the gardens of neighbouring properties. After October 1st, only the length of drain within the curtilage of the property will remain the responsibility of the property owner. The length of pipe that runs from the boundary of the property to the public sewer will become a 'Public Lateral Drain' and henceforth be the responsibility of the local WaSC.
In order to assist with the mapping of these newly designated Public Lateral Drains and Sewers, anyone wishing to develop is requested to consult with their WaSC. It is recommended that in support of either an application for Planning Permission, a Building Regulation application to a Local Authority, or an Initial Notice submission to an Approved Inspector, a plan showing the drain and sewer layout on the land should be submitted.
For further information on the Code of Practice S105A Water Industry Act, please email email@example.com
Updated: 2011-08-02 10:09:03 Added: 2011-08-02 10:09:03
Wednesday, June 15th - The Compressor House in London's Docklands was, once again, the venue for TGCE's latest meeting. The event included a very interesting discussion on the Siemens Urban Sustainability Centre which is currently under construction beside the Royal Victoria Dock. The £30 million scheme, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, with Pringle Brandon as lead consultant and interior architect, is scheduled for completion in Q2 2012, ahead of the Olympic Games.
Matt Barker, Chairman of TGCE, opened the meeting. The speakers were: David Kitching, Project Manager, Siemens Plc and Simon Attwood, Head of Sustainability, ISG Construction. ISG has been appointed to manage the construction works and Simon gave a fascinating insight into this unique project. A lively Q&A session followed the presentations. Paul Newman, Principal, Juice Architects raised several thought provoking questions.
Updated: 2011-06-02 16:04:46 Added: 2011-06-02 16:04:46
We are pleased to welcome the following new members of staff to BBS:
Kevin Harris –Area Manager, London (East)
Andrew Selman, SAP Assessor, Head Office
Theresa Rayner – Building Control Surveyor, London (East)
Geoff Norris - Building Control Surveyor, London (East)
Stephen Downton – Building Control Surveyor, Portsmouth/Southampton
Jitesh Kerai – Building Control Surveyor, London (West)
Simon Shephard – Building Control Surveyor, London (West)
Chris Todd – Building Control Surveyor, London (East)
Darren French – Building Control Surveyor, Cornwall
David Richardson – Credit Controller, Head Office
Wendy Taylor – Building Control Admin, Head Office
Claire Thompson - Building Control Admin, London (East)
Sophie Wright – Building Control Admin, London (East)
Alison Dabrowski – Building Control Admin, Cornwall
Iain Tunmore – Graduate Building Control Surveyor, Head Office
Oliul Hussain – Graduate Building Control Surveyor, London (East)
Nick Vosper – Graduate Building Control Surveyor, London (East)
We would also like to congratulate Paul Booth on becoming a member of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers. Membership of CABE demonstrates that Paul has achieved a level of professional competence our clients and fellow professionals can rely on.
The continued significant expansion of our Building Control and Environmental business, through recommendations and referrals, means we are looking for further quality staff in many areas. If you are interested in a career with us, please forward your CV to Sarah Smith at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 0000-00-00 00:00:00 Added: 2014-10-21 15:50:04
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