Sustainability Focus – Page 11

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    Positive thinking: Masdar HQ

    2010-05-21T00:00:00Z

    The seven-storey Masdar Headquarters, under construction outside Abu Dhabi, will be the world’s first large building that generates more energy than it consumes

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    The big brother houses: monitoring residents' energy use

    2010-05-14T00:00:00Z

    Housebuilders can specify all the green technology they want, but what happens when human beings get left in charge of the thermostat? Buro Happold installed sensors to find out, then told Thomas Lane what they discovered

  • Energy from waste as a means of treatment is preferable to the last resort of landfill
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    Cost model: Energy from waste

    2010-04-23T00:00:00Z

    Simon Rawlinson and Matthew Hicks of Davis Langdon weigh up the costs and the risks of treatment solutions

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    Ashley Primary School: Any colour as long as it’s green

    2010-03-26T00:00:00Z

    Ashley Primary School is run with such zeal for the environment that when an expansion became necessary, it grabbed the chance to increase its sustainability credentials

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    Building pathology: Wind turbines

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    The output, reliability and lifespan of wind turbines varies widely depending on a number of factors. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance talks us through them

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    Natural insulation

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Second Nature is launching EdenBloc35, a patented, low-density rigid insulation that is suitable for roofs and walls

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    Mechanical ventilation

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Vent-Axia will launch a number of ventilation systems at Ecobuild

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    Biomass boiler

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    As well as its heat pump towers, German heating products maker Viessmann will be launching the Vitoligno 300-P biomass pellet boiler, which has outputs between 4kW and 48kW and a claims efficiency of 86%

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    PV roof tiles

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Redland is launching five photovoltaic roof tiles for the housebuilding market to take advantage of the government’s recently announced feed-in tariffs

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    Membranes

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Building membranes specialist Icopal is launching five products at Ecobuild

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    Green roofs

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Lindum is launching the Biodiverse Green Roof Mat, a pre-grown vegetative layer designed to offer an alternative to pure sedum blankets

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    Biomass heating

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Windhager is launching its VarioWIN compact biomass pellet boiler

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    Boilers

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Atag has announced a range of six “A” Series boilers, with heating outputs from 4.4kW to 30.9kW

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    Heat recovering ventilation

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Vortice is launching the Vort Prometeo HR200

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    Floor coverings

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Floor covering specialists South East Coatings will be launching several products

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    Air-source heat pumps

    2010-02-26T00:00:00Z

    Calorex’s is launching its new Pro-Pac air-source heat pump range for the small-to-medium commercial market

  • Extending the home has created a spacious kitchen/dining area and folding doors link the space to the garden
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    Victorian Passivhaus: a Haus in Hackney

    2010-01-22T00:00:00Z

    Is it possible to refurbish a Victorian house in a conservation area to Passivhaus standards? In the last in our series on upgrading existing homes, Thomas Lane visits one east Londoner who was determined to find out

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    District heating: The heart of the community

    2010-01-15T00:00:00Z

    District heating could hold the key for greening the UK’s existing homes. So why, when the technology exists and is used throughout Europe, do we still rely on individual systems?

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    Raising the green standard

    2009-12-04T00:00:00Z

    Bennetts Associates went home a double winner as construction’s most eco-friendly practitioners were honoured at Building’s Sustainability Awards

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    Building pathology: Photovoltaic panels

    2009-11-27T00:00:00Z

    Photovoltaic panels can be great energy providers, as long as an eye is kept on potential problems with power output and deficiencies. Peter Mayer of BLP Insurance explains what to look out for