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Transforming a Slough waste-recycling centre using Green Infrastructure

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As Green Infrastructure Design Challenge 2017 winners we’ve been invited to share our experience of being involved in the competition which was part of Green Sky Thinking Week 2017, so here goes ….

We are Louise and Stephen Handley, Landscape Designers at Amey plc. I must admit Stephen ‘fell’ upon the competition whilst ferreting through the Landscape Institute website. We don’t usually have time to enter competitions, but the brief for the Green Infrastructure Design Challenge corresponded closely with a project we were working on for Amey, and as designers anything that allows you to play with a project is welcome!

The live project was a planning application to convert a piece of land near our offices to an additional car park, extra spaces being needed because our offices are merging with the local authority and an increase in staff will follow.

The site is currently green (e.g. grass) and acts as a flood defence for the adjacent stream - the area being in a 1 in 100 chance of annu…

Plan - Do - Check - Act

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Many UK businesses are looking to increase efficiency and reduce energy costs. Whether as part of an overall corporate strategy, a route to organisational efficiency or a key focus of a cost or carbon reduction drive, monitoring and managing your energy use effectively makes sound business sense. But what steps can companies take to manage their energy use? CIBSE takes a look at ISO 50001 and the business opportunities associated with it.

ISO 50001, the globally recognised energy management standard developed by the International Organisation for Standardisation, is the key tool in that process.

It provides a framework for effectively managing the energy that an organisation uses in its premises. It helps organisations understand where they are using energy, how that energy use can be managed effectively, and how consumption and costs can be controlled into the future.

The standard is effectively a framework to:

Develop policies and approaches for the more efficient use of energyHelp s…

Leading lights

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Local authorities have cottoned on to the cost benefits of LED lighting in our streets, and in government owned buildings across their portfolio. But to what extent can LEDs help squeezed budgets? Society of Light and Lighting Secretary Brendan Keely takes a look. Just under a year ago, the UK Government affirmed its commitment to the 5th Carbon Budget which binds it to a target of 57% cut in carbon emissions by 2032 – with a view to an 80% cut by 2050. This is a refreshingly ambitious target, but according to Dr Hywel Davies of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) it will mean that the Government must maintain all of its current climate policies and find further ways to make cuts if it is to stand any chance of hitting this goal. This means the Government is going to have to get creative in order to eke out savings above and beyond what it is already doing. Last year I wrote that a great way of cutting down on emissions is to target the 180,000 government ow…

New horizons

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With the launch of the new CIBSE UAE region, CIBSE is preparing for a rush of new activity in the area from all over the built environment. We take a look at some of that activity with Society of Public Health Engineering's UAE representative Andy Russell, who reports on the launch of their UAE chapter

After months of planning a SoPHE UAE launch event was held at the Dubai World Trade Centre Club on Level 33 overlooking downtown Dubai on the 8th March. SoPHE UAE was conceived in October 2016 with Andrew Russell of Hilson Moran, Simon Lewin of WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Keith Perry of Polypipe taking lead roles for SoPHE in the region. The partnership and collaboration between the three individuals and their organisations will be key to raising the standards of PHE design and profile of SoPHE in the region.

As a landmark in the UAE this iconic building opened in 1979 and the 39-storey Sheik Rashid Tower is featured on the 100 dirham bank note. As Dubai’s first skyscraper it remai…

A business plan

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British Land has won four CIBSE Building Performance Awards in the last five years, most recently for energy efficiency improvements to its property portfolio. With entries open for the 2018 AwardsSara Kassam, CIBSE’s Head of Sustainability Development, sets out to understand why energy efficiency is so important to the property company.
When British Land won the Client Energy Management category at the 2012 CIBSE Building Performance Awards the property company had achieved a 15% reduction in like-for-like landlord energy use across its office and retail properties and was targeting a 20% reduction in energy intensity per square metre across its entire portfolio.
Five years on and British Land won the ‘Test of Time’ category at this year’s CIBSE Building Performance Awards for continued energy performance. It won this accolade for a 40% portfolio-wide reduction in carbon intensity (scope 1 and 2) relative to 2009 levels, a 38% reduction in landlord energy use and its 2020 target to …

Bright future

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With record June temperatures and the launch of CIBSE's new TM59, the built environment is starting to get tough on overheating. Sara Kassam, Head of Sustainability Development at CIBSE, takes a look at a paper presented at this year’s CIBSE Technical Symposium set out to evaluate both the overheating risk and suggest appropriate mitigation strategies
Retrofitting homes and building new homes with high levels of fabric insulation, is a key tenet of the UK government’s carbon emissions reduction strategy. But, while a well insulated home may require very little heating in winter, without minimizing solar gains and without the implementation of sufficient ventilation strategies, in the summer, high levels of insulation can increase the likelihood of a home overheating. 
Research by the University of Sheffield, based on computer modelling, has shown that with increased levels of insulation overheating is a problem, one that is set to get worse under the impact of climate change. Howe…

Heat rises

In this month's #Build2Perform podcast, CIBSE PR and Communications Executive Matt Snowden spoke to CIBSE's Dr Anastasia Mylona about what's inside the newly launched TM59: Design methodology for the assessment of overheating risk in homes

New guidance published by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) aims to address the causes of overheating in homes, as the UK enters a summer that could be the hottest since 1976.

Addressing what the industry had identified as a gap in its knowledge, CIBSE have created the new Technical Memorandum 59: Design methodology for the assessment of overheating risk in homes (TM59) in order to set a standard by which overheating can be assessed using a consistent methodology.

The new TM59, available now as a free download and officially launched at University College London on 28 June, has created a common approach that will see the whole industry consistently apply the same methodology. This approach may be crucial in…

30 years and counting

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Celebrations of CIBSE Australia and New Zealand's 30th birthday are in full swing this year, with a Presidential visit and a cocktail reception already under their belt. CIBSE ANZ Business Development Manager Sharon Pestonji takes a look at the highlights.
It’s been 30 years since the Australia and New Zealand region of CIBSE was inaugurated. The faces of the ANZ committee have changed, but the passion driving our region forward is still as relevant as ever. In times where the pulse of change beats fast, CIBSE continues to provide industry with the guidance and training for safe, comfortable and efficient buildings.
It is not prudent to forge forward without looking back to recognise your roots, CIBSE ANZ has published 30 Years and Counting, to mark the occasion. The 30th Anniversary publication is a collection of monumental projects, photographs and memorabilia documenting the history of CIBSE in the region, plus a look at the present and future of the building services industry in…

Gothic revival

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As part of our new series about the future of the UK's building stock, we take a look at the past. Making new homes sustainable is already a massive issue, but with one in five houses more than 100 years old, bring them up to standard is key to meeting sustainability targets. CIBSE Technical Director Dr Hywel Davies takes a look at one such project.
If the UK is to meet tough carbon reduction targets for 2050, then it will have to tackle the emissions from the country’s 10,000 Grade 1 listed buildings. These buildings are notoriously difficult to refurbish because changes require listed building consent and because the interventions have to be removable to allow the building to be returned to its pre-intervention state. And often the refurbishment needs to understand the original design principles to ensure that the work enhances the building and does not cause longer term effects, for example by installing heating and changing the moisture balance in the fabric. 
Speaking at the la…