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Sustainability Timber takes up the airtightness challenge Robin Lancashire of TRADA FrameCHECK explains how timber frame buildings can help the construction industry meet Part L requirements and win the battle against air leakage Issue 40 - Spring 2007

Timber takes up the airtightness challenge Conservation of fuel and power - another broken promise? The Government manifesto commits us to reduce CO2 emissions by 20% by 2010. John Boanson, architect / Technical author, National Building Specification, argues that there is no way that the current energy regulations are going to save anywhere near this target Issue 39 - Winter 2006

Conservation of fuel and power - another broken promise? Specified waste water solutions National Building Specification (NBS) Technical Author, John Glen, dips his toes into some unwanted urban water, and shows how many NBS work sections can contribute to resolving this issue Issue 38 - Autumn 2006

Specified waste water solutions Acclimatise to the extreme The Boscastle floods and the Birmingham tornado are both examples of intense weather events that have hit the UK in the recent years. There are many who have suggested that extreme weather events of this kind will become more common with climate change. Issue 37 - Summer 2006

Acclimatise to the extreme SUDS – Tackling the drain on our natural resources The management of stormwater within the urban environment is an increasingly important issue. Over the past 30 years it has become clear that the combined effects of covering large areas of urban catchments with impervious surfaces are not without consequence. Issue 37 - Summer 2006

SUDS – Tackling the drain on our natural resources Time to harvest precious resources The water shortages widely reported currently in the national press echo the earlier warnings of Elliot Morley, then Minister of State for Climate Change and Environment, who stated that both time and water are running out – and we have to act now. Issue 37 - Summer 2006

Time to harvest precious resources Building an airtight case From April 6 2006, Part L of the Building Regulations requires all buildings to be pressure tested for airtightness, irrespective of size or sector. David Pickavance of BISRIA explains what this means for the construction sector. Issue 37 - Summer 2006

Building an airtight case Moisture management DuPont Tyvek have launched Climate Systems – a proven solution for effective moisture management and protection against heat loss through a specially engineered combination of innovative reflective technology and a Vapour Control Layer (VCL). Issue 37 - Summer 2006

Moisture management What is sustainable development? There are two generally accepted definitions of sustainable development. Firstly, that it ‘meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’ and the UK definition: ‘Ensuring a better quality of life, now and for generations to come’. Issue 37 - Summer 2006

What is sustainable development? Code for Sustainable Homes – hit or miss? Sunil Shah, Chair, British Institute of Facilities Management – a member of the Environmental Industries Commission Climate Change Working Group – argues that the new Code for Sustainable Homes has failed in its original requirements to improve the sustainable performance of buildings. Issue 37 - Summer 2006

Code for Sustainable Homes – hit or miss?