Natural Ventilation Blog

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 Year in the “Nat Vent” Industry

14 Jul 16

Engineering Intern James Wilshaw talks about his experiences of the Year in Industry scheme, as he approaches the end of his 12 month industrial placement in the Nat Vent industry. Breathing Buildings are strong supporters of the Year in Industry scheme, we work closely with the Engineering Development Trust, and take great pride in helping to develop the next generation of world-leading engineer

Archaeologists discover ancient air conditioning

25 May 16

Archaeologists, working at the al-Kusur excavation site, in modern-day Kuwait, have uncovered a system of natural interior cooling,

Testing the weather performance of louvres and reviewing BS EN 13030

18 Feb 16

Breathing Buildings Engineering Intern Maxim Bird Discusses the standard BSRIA procedure for testing of weather louvres. The tests involve two main parts, rain rejection effectiveness and airflow pressure loss.

Using the new CIBSE Design Summer Years to Assess Overheating in London

21 Dec 15

In an article which first appeared in the CIBSE Natural Ventilation Group Newsletter, Dr Owen Connick discusses using the new CIBSE DSY weather files to assess overheating in London.

Post-Occupancy Monitoring

07 Dec 15

Breathing Buildings Consulting Engineer Nick Wise discusses the importance of post-occupancy monitoring to bridge the performance gap between prediction and reality.

What now for the progress of zero carbon buildings in the UK?

03 Aug 15

Earlier this month the UK government scrapped targets for all new UK homes to be zero carbon by 2016. This has been a huge blow to the construction industry which has been working toward this target since it was announced back in 2006.

Form Follows Function?

20 Mar 15

Having left architecture school 5 years ago, there are still a few phrases that stick with me. One of these is "form follows function", made famous by Le Corbusier, architect of the Villa Savoye, Ronchamp and so many iconic buildings of the modernist era.

UK Green Building Council launches new initiative to measure Health & Productivity in Retail

17 Mar 15

Following the hugely well-received 2014 report on health, wellbeing and productivity in offices, the UK Green Building Council is establishing a Retail Task Group to investigate ways to measure health, wellbeing & productivity in the retail sector.

Demystifying Natural Ventilation

10 Mar 15

I'm always eager to help promote natural ventilation and low energy ventilation design in buildings and this is why I didn't think twice about agreeing to present a series of seminars to Stride Treglown Architects as part of their recognition of the 'Bristol 2015 - Green Capital of Europe' festival.

Classroom Design can Boost Performance by 16%!

03 Mar 15

The results of a three-year research project have shown that the design of a classroom at primary school level can improve learning progress by up to 16% in a single year.

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