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At Breathing Buildings we care passionately about changing the world and have world experts in Natural Ventilation to help us. So we want to share our thoughts with you and would love to hear what you think too.

My first year at Breathing Buildings

29 Jul 14

I write this after my first year as an area sales manager at Breathing Buildings has just passed. A year that has flown by and has taken many interesting turns including a new geographical area to cover, new products to learn and most importantly new regulations to understand. Looking back over the last 12 months confirms I made the correct decisions in joining a business which is dynamic and has an exciting future ahead.

Are eco-friendly practices becoming more common in modern building?

26 Mar 14

Sustainable building design is very much mainstream concept in contemporary building. Planning conditions and building regulations require more energy efficient buildings and often some element of on-site generation. So, given that energy efficient building design needs to be at the core of a new building programme, how are we doing at really changing the world? Clearly the easy answer is that one can always do better. But how? Where are the big opportunities?

Sales @ Breathing Buildings

26 Mar 14

Crickey! Where to start! Well since joining Breathing Buildings in September 2012, my knowledge and understanding in the world of Natural Ventilation has grown hugely.

Introducing the NVHR

23 Jan 14

Breathing Buildings developed the e-stack® F-series range to provide mixing ventilation via the façade, however in spaces with a low floor-to-ceiling height and limited façade area a more discrete solution can be preferable.

Christmas Jumpers

13 Dec 13

On Friday the 6th December Breathing Buildings held a Christmas Jumper day to raise money for Save the Children. While the term "high quality" is not normally associated with Christmas Jumpers, the team managed to demonstrate some particular… stunning/ spectacular / "special" examples of this festive line of apparel.

Water bath modelling at different building scales

24 Oct 13

Water bath modelling is a powerful way of examining the various flow regimes that may occur within a naturally ventilated building. It involves creating a scaled Perspex model of part or all of the building, along with its ventilation openings. This model is submerged in water and heat gains on each floor are created by supplying power to hot wires representing the locations of heat sources on each floorplate.

The Science of Water Bath Modelling

16 Sep 13

Water bath modelling of ventilation flows in buildings is an extremely powerful tool at the design stage of a building. What other technique for example enables you to easily view in three dimensions a transient flow pattern in a building?

Are you sitting comfortably?

20 Aug 13

Yes, thank you! CIBSE TM52 was first tabled at a DTM where I was present a few weeks ago. It was at least 32°C outside and I was sitting comfortably in a naturally ventilated building. Internal air temperature was in excess of 30°C, I was wearing a suit, there were many people in the same board room as me and we were all comfortable.

Why we use water bath models and the role of CFD

18 Jul 13

One of the traditional methods of analysing air flow patterns in buildings with topologically complex features is computational fluid dynamics (CFD).

The Priority Schools programme explained

30 May 13

The Priority Schools Building Programme marks a new dawn for UK buildings. The programme is accompanied by a new set of regulations regarding various aspects of the design including ventilation. The reason for the new regulations stems in part from the fact that a number of schools built in the last 5 years have simply not been energy efficient.

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