Typically, this time of year places vast amounts of pressure on the National Grid. With building users cranking up the thermostats to keep their workplaces warm during the day and individuals returning to their homes to carry out energy-intensive tasks in the evening – such as cooking, washing, heating, hoovering etc. – it comes as no surprise that cash incentives, like the Peak Save scheme, have taken off.
This rise in energy bills is prompting more building owners to look at alternative, lower-cost means of heating premises. In the residential sector, many are choosing heat pumps as a way to heat and cool their homes because they are more efficient. Of course, using less energy and producing fewer emissions leads to lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint, which is appealing to all.
In this month's issue, Jason Allen, Commercial Product Manager at Hamworthy Heating, explores the role heat pumps play in today's changing climate. Turn to page 28 to read the full article.
As well as an increase in heating buildings and the associated energy price hikes, transmissible illnesses are also circulating. With that comes a heightened sense of awareness for well-ventilated spaces.
Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the importance of proper ventilation in buildings has been brought to the forefront of people's minds. Many experts have pointed to poor ventilation as a potential contributor to the spread of the virus, as it can allow airborne particles to linger in indoor spaces. As a result, people are becoming increasingly aware of the need for proper ventilation in order to keep themselves and others safe. This includes ensuring that buildings have enough fresh air circulating, using various forms of ventilation, and keeping windows open when possible.
In this month's issue, David Cook, Technical Product Manager at Vent-Axia, looks at the role ventilation has to play in the fight against infection control. Turn to page 30 to read more.
ON THE COVER:
A team comprising Zaha Hadid Architects, Sweco and Tredje Natur has won the competition to build the new Aarhus Football Stadium in Denmark.