#58 Changing Energy: The Challenges and Solutions

This week I took part in a panel discussion for an event called Everything Change, which involved a series of online discussions, talks, and events looking at the role of creativity, adaptive thinking and storytelling in overcoming the challenges of the climate and ecological crises.  I was in the Changing Energy discussion, one of seven societal areas of change inspired by Wales’sContinue reading “#58 Changing Energy: The Challenges and Solutions”

#56 Active Building Data Monitoring

Why Monitor Building Energy Performance? A critical element of an Active Building is the energy performance monitoring for true building performance evaluation (BPE). Data collected from the individual systems integral to the operation of the Active Building are used to monitor performance. This enables rapid fault detection and remediation; the development of predictive control strategies;Continue reading “#56 Active Building Data Monitoring”

#52 A Week of Action for Climate Change

This week should have seen the UK host the UN Climate Change Conference, COP26 (now due to be held next year in Glasgow).  Wales marked the week by hosting Wales Climate Week, with a programme of talks focused on some of the most urgent climate issues, such as energy resilience and protecting our natural resources;Continue reading “#52 A Week of Action for Climate Change”

#51 A Spotlight on Heat

According to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the heating of homes accounts for 13% of the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions – comparable to the emissions of all the diesel and petrol powered cars in the UK (Net Zero – Technical Report). In March 2019, the UK government announced plans to introduce a Future HomesContinue reading “#51 A Spotlight on Heat”

#50 The Active Building Story

For my 50th blog post, I thought I would look back at the story behind my research, which links to plans for a journal paper that I’ve been forming this week. To help frame the reason the Active Building concept was developed and why design guidance to enable the adoption of the concept, supporting aContinue reading “#50 The Active Building Story”

#49 Sharing Knowledge and Lessons Learnt

In many of the seminars and conferences I attend, conversations around the challenges the UK construction industry faces in improving performance of buildings or the need to consider whole life values of buildings, often comes around to discussing the importance of sharing information amongst the industry and learning from each other. There is a vastContinue reading “#49 Sharing Knowledge and Lessons Learnt”

#41 A Sustainable Built Environment

While my research work is focused on Active Buildings and the development of a process to enable adoption of the Active Building concept in building projects (a process that can be applied to any new concept by the way), my doctorate is in the Sustainable Built Environment (D.SBE). So, I have been reviewing how ActiveContinue reading “#41 A Sustainable Built Environment”

#38 Data Capture for Improved Building Performance

One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways of improving a building’s performance (once passive design measures and building fabric have ensured reduced energy load) is to install accessible data monitoring equipment.  If reviewed regularly, the data collected can help ensure energy systems are working as expected and if not, determine why. So, what preventsContinue reading “#38 Data Capture for Improved Building Performance”

#36 Net Zero Challenges

Amongst the many challenges facing the UK construction industry as the target date to achieve Net Zero emissions from the built environment looms ever closer (2050 or sooner), are those facing developers, building users and anyone responsible for operating and maintaining buildings. The fire safety issues of Net Zero solutions, such as structural timber, MMCContinue reading “#36 Net Zero Challenges”