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Why is air leakage important?

Minimising air leakage is good for the environment and for the client: if there are holes and gaps in the building fabric, heated air can escape. Reduced air leakage makes for an energy-efficient building, with lower CO2 emissions and – happily for the customer – lower energy bills.

Ahh, BIM. That infamous acronym has echoed around offices across the UK for the last decade. It stands for Building Information Modelling, or Building Information Management (the powers-that-be have yet to decide, really). But there’s more evidence of Father Christmas walking among us than BIM being used effectively in today’s construction industry.

Building regulations have come under the spotlight over the last few months and it is generally accepted that some regulations are in need of an urgent review. On a positive note, it is therefore welcoming to read the recently published recommendations on the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) (the UK methodology for assessing the energy and environmental performance of homes) and that Government has accepted that how we assess the energy performance of homes needs to change if we are to keep pace with research, innovation and technology developments. 

When you consider the global population is set to increase by another 2 billion by 2050 and with 70% of the world’s population living in cities, there will an unprecedented demand for energy across the planet. The opportunity for architects and stakeholders to create buildings which reduce energy use has never been more apparent.  But can energy efficiency be achieved whilst still maintaining architectural intent?