About Anton Vatev
The United Kingdom is nowhere close to achieving its Climate Change Act goals regarding GHG emissions, but one would ask himself why that is so, considering all the ‘green’ and sustainable campaigns taking place nowadays. The problem is that the existing technologies from other industries which can help reduce GHG emissions such as domestic sun-powered batteries and thermally massive wall systems with water are not used properly. According to the BRE Domestic & Non-Domestic Energy Fact Files 1994 & 2003 and the DECarb 1996 data almost 90% of the GHG emissions can be attributed to space and water heating and L&A (lighting and appliances) mostly in domestic dwellings and commercial offices. However, only about 1% of those buildings actually have efficient measures to limit their GHG emissions because it either costs too much for the client or the regulations do not require it.
The benefits of a thermally massive water system (similar to underfloor water heating) with a pump powered by a domestic battery (much like the Tesla Powerwall) are evident as the technology is available and efficient. The water system would gain heat during the day from the Sun and would be able to store it due to the high specific heat capacity of water for the night. Moreover, the battery would charge during the day in order to power the heat pump when the water gets colder or to provide power for L&A (lighting and appliances). Thus, buildings will reduce their GHG emissions due to the limited amount of energy needed for space and water heating and L&A which are the main reasons for the United Kingdom’s problem with GHG emissions up to this day.
Featured articles and news
Watch one of the first documentaries by the acclaimed Adam Curtis, examining the substandard system building of the 1960s.
Take a look at the tech start-up that could transform construction design and communication.
This house in Barcelona uses an innovative new facade tiling system to blend into the landscape.
The origins, evolution and future of Level 3 BIM.
For new and returning Urban Design students, check out our article list divided up into the modules you'll be studying.
Report states that health of urban dwellers could be significantly improved by rethinking transport design.
The Kremlin, the centre of Russian power, includes some of the country's finest architecture.
Report launched outlining steps for a national infrastructure system that is efficient, sustainable, and delivers until 2050.
A review of Justin Bere's concise and well-presented introductory guide to Passive House.
This article describes in detail the tender process for a typical commercial construction contract.
'The filing cabinet' which was labelled one of the best British buildings of the 21st century.