CIBSE-TM57: Integrated School Design 2015

This Technical Memorandum (TM) focuses on acoustic, lighting and ventilation design in the context of energy efficiency and in-use performance. The idea behind this publication is the need to focus on the individual environmental parameters of successful school buildings and identify the conflicts and interactions that require the greatest attention when providing a holistic design solution.

Best Practices for a flexible and functional residential electrical installation

Over the years, the demand for flexible and functional electrical installations for houses and apartments has grown on a daily basis. Changing living conditions and habits, evolving housing needs, the availability of new technologies and the awareness of the importance of efficient energy use provide the impetus for an in-depth analysis of the electrical installation.

BUILD UP Web seminar video recordings | Horizon 2020 call EE05 on deep renovation and market uptake: Challenges and expectations

Horizon’s 2020 call EE05 funds deep renovation projects that overcome market barriers and give an impetus to the construction sector to engage in deep renovations. Up to now, barriers such as the lack of quality standards and inspection protocols impede the creation of a market place for deep renovation.


The call, fully titled ‘Increasing energy performance of existing buildings through process and organisation innovations and creating a market for deep renovation’, closes on 4 June 2015.


The BIQ House: first algae-powered building in the world


Project summary

Situated in Hamburg, Germany (Am Inselpark, 17), the "building with Bio-Intelligent Quotient" (BIQ ) is the first algae powered building in the world. BIQ is a cubic, five-storey passive house with two differently designed façade types. The sides of the building that face the sun have a second outer shell that is set into the façade itself. Microalgae – tiny plants, no larger than bacteria – are produced within this shell, enabling the building to supply its own energy. This façade is the first of its kind.