CCC targets gas heating

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has demanded that no new homes be connected to the gas grid from 2025. In its report UK Housing: Fit for the future, the CCC also says that existing homes should be retrofitted for efficiency and use of heating technologies such as heat networks or heat pumps.

BEIS launches a £4.4 million competition to develop energy saving tech.

CIBSE recognises the best in building performance at its annual Award ceremony.

JTL calles on SMEs to take on apprentices with 'Trade Up' campaign.

ECA welcomes electrical testing for private rented domestic properties - and focuses on proper enforcement.

The CLC offers recommendations on labour and skills in post-Brexit construction sector.

BESA urges government to avoid construction workforce shortages in the event of 'no deal' Brexit.


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Building services have a significant part to play in improving the wellbeing of occupants in offices. 

Alan Jamieson discusses how to keep specifications intact from the design to the completion, a common challenge in M&E engineering. 

Alan Jamieson of Peldon Rose discusses the changes and trends of building services within offices and the focus of wellbeing. 

CSA expert Keith Barker explains why today's complex buildings need commissioning more than ever.

MBS reporter Renu Chopra looks into the future of building services design for offices.

According to the GIRI’s recent research project, the construction industry recognises that 21% of its costs is due to error.

The option of gas-fired radiant heating offers a solution for industrial and commercial projects.

Times are changing for the heating sector. Russell Dean maps out the route from harmful fossil fuels to clean energy.

Stephanie Gregory looks at the alternative approach to heating for a decarbonised future.

Paul Collins highlights the importance of proactive maintenance for saving energy and running costs.

Dave Cooper looks at the heavy load of documentation, legal obligations and standards to be reached at the varying stages in the life cycle of a lift and shares his experiences in the field of lift maintenance.

Space is now at a premium in urban areas, and we’re seeing more and more buildings being constructed upwards resulting in people having to live in closer proximity to one another.

How one university successfully updated the cooling and capacity for its data centre.

Mike Hefford, looks at how a high-efficiency technology like CHP can help hospitals reduce energy costs, improve environmental performance, and increase energy security

Mission-critical data centres require high security and reliability, and indoor air quality plays a crucial role in keeping blade server racks and electronic components fully functional. Mark Taylor explains

Jon Belfield, President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA), reflects on some of the key developments from 2018 and discusses the importance of good specification to ensure long term performance of a BEMS.

Nick Sacke describes the benefits of smart buildings – and the barriers we face in achieving more connected buildings.

Renu Chopra reports on trends in smart building technology and considers the gap between vision and reality.

Improving the performance of hydronic balancing valves requires accurate commissioning, says Paul Wightman.

Adam Cafer considers the complexities of water management in tall buildings

Off-site build (often abbreviated to OSB), has started to become more of an identifiable trend in a wide range of applications in recent years. Glynn Williams why this approach to building services is increasingly popular with engineers and installers.

The crucial role of specification writing has been so severely downgraded that it is undermining building designs, according to David Fitzpatrick*.

Newcastle University’s multi-award winning Urban Sciences Building (USB) is testament to a combination of advanced engineering, innovative design and energy efficient construction, which are being used for the benefit of the building’s occupants, as much as they are for the environment.

David Mowatt explains why the Smoke Control Association believes that now is the time to change how Building Regulations deal with fire safety, particularly when it comes to controlling the biggest killer – smoke.

The headline news in February was that the Committee for Climate Change (CCC) has recommended that no new homes be added to the gas grid from 2025. And that our existing domestic building stock be weaned off gas in no short order.

“In this issue we look to the future of buildings, while assessing where we really are. While it’s fun to consider where technology such as the Internet of Things might take us down the line, it is important to bear in mind the realities of applying technology to real buildings.

By Andrew Boothroyd, Energy Upgrade and Service Director, Armstrong Fluid Technology