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.
Bridging the divide: From Architect to Engineer
09 Jan 13
Throughout my first year with Breathing Buildings my business card said ‘Consulting Engineer’, but with a first degree in Architecture, I felt like maybe I should go about getting qualified as an engineer.
Design Guidelines or “What do we really want to achieve?”
18 Oct 12
At Breathing Buildings, we work across a range of sectors of the construction industry, from schools to healthcare, retail to offices, as well as receiving enquiries about everything from railway switchgear sheds to amusement arcades!
A Cool Way To Save Money
26 Sep 12
DURING the last 20 years thousands of commercial offices and public buildings, including schools, theatres and hospitals, across the UK have adopted natural ventilation for its energy saving benefits. However, up-take in the retail sector has been much slower, despite the fact it is one industry that stands to gain significantly - particularly with respect to reduced refrigeration bills.
The Science of Cold Draughts
19 Aug 12
The science behind cold draughts and why simply putting an opening high up in the room will not solve your problem. Don't take our word for it but follow the science and let your building breathe.
A help or hindrance?
27 Apr 12
I am often asked about my opinion on the PassivHaus design principles for the UK. Where do I stand, have we got it right? It isnatural to think that a new, improved building standard is helpful, but many professionals have concerns about applying it blindly. Does the PassivHaus standard really move us forward in our desire for improved energy efficiency or does it actually hurt us? Do we in fact make things worse?
Living a sustainable life
06 Mar 12
In the latest Blog Azu, one of our project engineers, talks about personal sustainability. How do you juggle the demands of delivering sustainable natural ventilation with family life? She also pushes BRE to add sanity to their BREEAM assessment criteria
09 Jan 12
With the UN COP17 Durban Climate Summit to commence 20 days later, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office held a Climate Change Question Time on the 8th November. I attended this as a member of Plan UK’s Youth Climate Network (YCN), alongside members representing youth groups from UNICEF, the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC) and Oxfam.
Updating BB101 to deliver the original vision
02 Jan 12
Managing Director, Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, explains how the original vision of BB101 is being realised through a revision to the standard. BB101 sets the ventilation and indoor air quality standard in most education buildings, but the impact on other services and the energy use of the building can be profound.
Commissioning on site
22 Dec 11
In the first of our series of online diaries we spend a day with one of our commissioning engineers on site. It can't be that hard can it? On a building site, nothing is easy.
Facebook leads the way
02 Nov 11
Blog about the news last week that Facebook is to build a huge datacentre in Lapland. A decision based on the opportunity offered by the icy local climate which means that the energy consumed in cooling the facility will be reduced significantly.
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