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Sustainability of buildings covers energy efficiency. It also encompasses environmental aspects such as minimising CO2 emissions from manufacturing, increasing recycled content of products to limit recourse to natural resources, avoiding usage of chemical substances and facilitating end-of-life management of building components. Nevertheless, sustainability is not limited to environmental considerations. Economic and social aspects such as occupants’ health, safety and comfort (be it, thermal, acoustic or visual) are equally important, even if harder to tackle through regulation.
Post date: 20 May 2013
Type: Publication

In February 2013, HomeWise commissioned a survey that revealed people feel dissatisfied with their new build home after only two years of moving in.Three key issues stood out as the biggest problems for residents of new build home:Energy, Space and natural light Daylight is essential. The importance of natural light in the household not only reduces energy costs & improves the appearance of your home but also affects your health & mental well-being.
Post date: 15 May 2013
Type: Link

It enables the user to estimate the instant heating or cooling powers needed to maintain a given set point, or to calculate the indoor temperatures when the heating or cooling system is insufficient. Humidity is treated the same way. CoDyBa can be used to investigate the energy performance of buildings of almost any type and size. In addition to performing peak load calculations necessary for mechanical equipment design, CoDyBa also estimates the annual energy performance of the building.
Post date: 28 Jan 2013
Type: Tool

Compelling, objective, independent research evidence regarding human health, happiness and wellbeing associated with glazing is presented in this report. Of particular importance are the findings from the healthcare and education sectors, together with emerging evidence regarding the importance of daylight in retail buildings and in providing a link to the natural world in homes.
Post date: 14 Jan 2013
Type: Publication

Phase Change Materials (PCM’s) are characterised by a large thermal capacity and by melting temperatures close to those associated with human comfort. Thanks to the “artificial inertia” they can give a building, they can be used in components such as wallboards, floors, etc. in order to:  
Post date: 21 Jan 2011
Type: Publication

Zu Beginn werden grundlegende Begriffe und Rahmenbedingungen für moderne Schulgebäude erläutert. Im Mittelpunkt steht das Behaglichkeitsgefühl in den Räumen, das als Voraussetzung für effeltives Lehren und Lernen angesehen wird. Es gibt vielfältige Einflussfaktoren auf die Behaglichkeit, die von Gebäudeeigenschaften und verwendeten technischen Lösungen abhängen. Vor allem bedarf es angenehmer Raumlufttemperaturen, einer guten Luftqualität und guter visueller Verhältnisse. Auf diese Bereiche geht der Leitfaden ausführlich ein.
Post date: 28 Jun 2010
Type: Publication

The last two years have seen an historic shift in the global climate, in the economy and in the balance of politics. Major industrial and financial touchstones such as the car, insurance and banking industries have in parts collapsed. The rate of climate change, and lack of effective actions so far to combat it, are now driving stringent ghg emissions targets as never before. New industries will grow to meet society’s changing needs to adapt to, and mitigate against, climate change.
Post date: 8 Oct 2009
Type: News

Post date: 14 Jun 2009
Type: Event