Lighting Solutions guide: Improve the lighting in your home
We found this great guide to lighting from the Royal National Institution for the Blind.
It explains good practice by giving ideas, hints and tips on how to light your home effectively with different types of household and task lighting, and the potential benefits for people experiencing sight loss.
Passivhaus primer: Designer’s guide
For anyone interested in low carbon design, this Passivhaus document from the BRE is very useful. Many of our students come across Passivhaus as they are googling, so here’s a guide to get you up to speed.
The BRE is very helpful – for anyone who wants to take their learning a little further, please do get in touch.
BSRIA “Rules of Thumb” Guidelines for Building Services
Rules of Thumbs provides a valuable source of approximate engineering design, environmental performance and project cost data for building services projects.
This guide offers general principles derived from practice and experience rather than precise theory. We like this a lot!
The Construction (Design and Management)
Regulations 2007 Industry Guidance for Designers
This guidance to CDM 2007 seeks to explain in simple terms what is required so that designers may add value to their project whilst carrying out their principal duty of eliminating hazards and mitigating risk in designs.
Health and safety in construction
This publication is aimed at the small contractor but is also applicable to all those involved in construction. It provides help and assistance on how to work safely on most tasks you are likely to encounter. It also helps you identify the main causes of accidents and ill health, and explains how to eliminate hazards and control risks. The guidance is simple but comprehensive. The solutions provided are straightforward and easy to adopt.
Application for Listed Building Consent for Alterations, Extension or Demolition of a Listed Building Planning
(Listed Building and Conservation Areas) Act 1990
CABE Design & Access Statements – how to write, read and use them
In May 2006, the government introduced changes to the planning applications process. The circular Guidance on changes to the development control system, effective from 10 August 2006, sets out the formal requirements. This guide explains how the changes can help make sure we create high-quality places that are easy for everyone to use. It also shows how the process of making a planning application encourages everyone to think about how inclusive, practical and attractive a place will be once it is built.
4 Tips to Increase Efficiency of Roof-Mounted Solar Panels
Installing solar panels is without doubt the smartest thing you can do to bring down power bills and save money. It is also great for Mother Earth and reduces the damaging carbon footprint we leave behind.
But the most important thing is to make sure your solar panel system is capable of performing at maximum efficiency. Here are a few tips to ensure that you are in the know about the key factors affecting solar array efficiency.
Designing for a circular economy: Lessons from The Great Recovery
If we are serious about moving our global economy towards one that is built on resource efficiency, product use optimisation and environmental protection, there is a lot of re-designing to do.
This report sheds light on the investigation work of The Great Recovery, which has sought to lift the lid on the way the products we have in our homes, even the homes themselves, are currently designed, built and disposed of.
Berkley Vision 2020 – Helping create a better future
The Berkeley Group is one of the UK’s leading sustainable developers. All of their developments are ‘designed for life’ which means that they have been designed and built to the highest standards of sustainability and include many features that enable the home owner to carry on the good work.
This guide explains some of the measures they have taken, to ensure that the homes and places they create make it easy for residents to live a sustainable lifestyle.