Building Physics

BIM growth across the pond

by mel starrs on November 23, 2007

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Some good news on BIM from Building Design + Construction (A US publication).  The rate at which newcomers join the ranks of BIM users has been increasing, FMI reported. BIM usage grew by three percent in 2003, six percent in 2005 and 11 percent in 2006, the study found.  A white paper from CMAA is […]

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Is BIM the future?

by mel starrs on November 13, 2007

in Engineering & Science

BIM (Building Information Modelling) has long been the way I think the industry ought to work. It just seems so logical to me. The premise is simple – build an intelligent 3D model of a building which can be exported and manipulated by various designers, including architects, structural engineers and building services engineers. This model […]


FAERO ceases trading

by mel starrs on September 5, 2007

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Found this via the Energy Performance Certificates for All blog:    On 22nd August 2007, Faero Ltd’s board unanimously agreed that Faero Ltd should immediately cease to trade, and proceed towards corporate dissolution. The reasons are set out in the Notification of ceasing to trade       Whilst the website is now not functioning, old […]


Comfort is a green issue

by mel starrs on July 27, 2006

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image from FlickrAs I have discussed before acceptable ambient temperatures in offices have a key role in carbon consumption. Whilst letting temperatures drift beyond say, 28ºC for more than 5% of occupied time in summer can be detrimental to performance, limiting temperatures to 20ºC in summer and 24ºC in winter is overkill, as CIBSE agree: […]


I almost fell off the sofa last week when I saw this ad on TV. According to the Construction Skills website: ‘The new advertising campaign ‘Make Your Mark’ features iconic buildings, which come to life in a specially animated style, evoking the sense of dreams becoming reality. For the first time this year we will […]


Last September an ‘open mike’ piece in Building magazine written by Bill Ireland of White Young Green addressed the identity crisis facing building services engineers. The piece (subscription required) mirrored my own views: ‘Over the past three decades the M&E engineer has moved on from just designing the ‘pipes and wires’ that service a building, […]