Air conditioning is extravagant when a natural alternative exists. There is another way to Keep your Cool.
The July 2012 edition of Energy World published by the Energy Institute includes a feature on Heat Storage. Generating heat is easy in summer, so why not store this for extraction in winter when it's needed? Edward Thompson reports on a technology which does just that.
Building Design & Construction magazine publishes an article on Good Design & Thermal Balance and explains how the efficient use of energy in buildings can be enhanced by exploiting Thermal Energy Storage.
The Renewable Heat Incentive provides an opportunity to receive a generous incentive for those who install renewable heat. Which form of renewable heat is best for your building? RHI Options to save £s.
A series of articles appeared in May 2012 on Heated Runways Systems. Examples are linked from here, together with a more practical solution.
Duncan Osborne finds that Tesco has found a way to recycle more than just plastic bags through its supermarkets in the BSRIA supplement in the latest edition of Building Design & Construction magazine. Tesco Recycles Heat.
Telford & Wrekin have chosen Interseasonal Heat Transfer to provide sustainable heating to their ambitious plans to develop Wellington Town Centre. This article recounts the story of how Telford & Wrekin's in-house team of architects discovered Interseasonal Heat Transfer. Wellington Town Centre.
David MacKay has recently published Sustainable Energy - without the hot air. This wide ranging book aims to bring this large subject down to manageable units: KWh per person per day. He examines our uses of energy and the potential source of renewable energy and comes to some interesting conclusions.
Building Design and Construction magazine published an article on ICAX and the efficient use of energy in buildings called Interseasonal Heat Transfer in its BSRIA supplement in March 2011.
Edward Thompson looks at the Coefficient of Performance of heat pumps. A critical factor is the uplift needed between the input temperature and the output temperature. GSHP Breakthrough.
Natural Cooling is an elegant alternative to the extravagant costs of air conditioning. Natural Cooling.
Could a system used to heat buildings change the face of the highways' winter service? Derek Carder of TRL explains a project to recover solar energy from roads in summer to keep those roads free of ice in winter. Report on IHT by TRL appeared in The Surveyor in May 2008.
The London Borough of Merton has just opened the first purpose built Intergenerational Centre. This article, first published in the April edition of GeoDrilling International magazine, recounts the challenge facing Merton in complying with its own "Merton Rule". Merton Rules Apply.
It is easy to recycle plastic bags from supermarkets. How can supermarkets recycle thermal energy? Recycling Thermal Energy.
The governments's Clean Energy Cashback policy took shape on 1 February 2010 with the introduction of Feed-In Tariffs from 1 April 2010 and the consultation paper on the Renewable Heat Incentive which is due to be introduced from December 2011. These significant subsidies are expected to encourage investment in renewable technologies across the board.
Eric Payne recounts in the Science & Technology section of Euro Asia Energy magazine what he found out about mother earth in The Answer Beneath Our Feet.
Ben Sampson takes a look at innovative methods of storing thermal energy in the cover story of the May 2010 edition of Professional Engineering magazine. Heat Treatment.
Edward Thompson looks at renewable energy technologies individually and how these can be combined with advantage in order to balance the merits of solar thermal collectors with ground source heat pumps using the critical link provided by ThermalBanks. Complementary Forces in Renewable Technologies. This slide show was presented at the Ground Source Live! exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham in March 2009.
Edward Thompson looks at renewable energy technologies individually and how these can be combined with advantage in order to balance the merits of solar thermal collectors with ground source energy using the critical link of Seasonal Thermal Storage. The whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. Integrating Renewable Technologies to achieve Energy Efficiency in buildings. This article was published in GeoDrilling International magazine in March 2009.
David Casey examines the arrival of sustainable heating systems in the November edition of The Informed Executive: Here comes the Sun.
Edward Thompson looks at how renewable energy technologies can be combined with advantage in the quest for zero carbon buildings. The whole can be greater than the sum of the parts. Renewable Energy Synergy.
Ignacio Inda Caro writes of the tasks of integrating sustainable technologies into Howe Dell School. This perspective from Fulcrum Consulting, the Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, was published in the Spanish publication Solar Infodomus in September. Lessons Learnt.
ICAX attended the GSHP Scotland Conference at Edinburgh University on 22 September and was invited to present on Interseasonal Heat Transfer. IHT is a complementary fusion of the two favoured options in renewable energy: Solar Heat Collection and Ground Source Heat Pumps. The critical link is a ThermalBank which can store heat collected in summer until the time it is needed in winter. GSHP Scotland.
Edward Thompson looks at how to improve Energy Efficiency in Buildings by employing good design, good construction, good building management and recycling energy.
Carolyn Gilbey visits some eco-friendly trailblazers for the Building Schools for the Future programme and discovers that it is best to be Working in Harmony in the move toward zero carbon schools. This article appeared in The Guardian on 30 August 2008.
Mark Jansen of Property Week has published an inspirational list of 20 Greenest Buildings on 27 June 2008. From 600,000 sq ft City of London skyscrapers to primary school playgrounds, the future is green. Howe Dell School, Hatfield, appears second on this list because of the installation of Interseasonal Heat Transfer from ICAX.
Bill Holdsworth takes a look at the ability of buildings to act as collectors of energy. Skins of Power first appeared in the Autumn 2008 edition of The Green Building Magazine which focussed on promoting energy efficiency in buildings.
Claire Dodd has published an article on 8 June 2008 in BD Building Design on HM Garth Prison in Lancashire. Turning up the heat in Britain's prisons.
Bill Holdsworth takes a look at a unique building in Hertfordshire that could revolutionise the design of our schools in the approach to zero carbon school buildings. The article first appeared in the April 2008 edition of Energy in Buildings & Industry which focussed on promoting energy efficiency in buildings.
Edward Thompson explains how Interseasonal Heat Transfer™ allows this exciting new technology to double the Co-efficient of Performance of a standard ground source heat pump by banking solar energy in ThermalBanks™ in advance of the heating season. Banking on IHT appeared in the Spring 2008 edition of Scala News.
Esther Walker writes of her discovery of Britain's most eco-friendly building. Pièce de résistance appeared on 10 April 2008 in The Independent.
David Kirkland and Kenneth Fraser found "a hidden gem" at Howe Dell School "which has its fair share of glamorous technologies". The article first appeared in the May 2008 issue of EcoTech in a supplement with Architecture Today.
The Howe Dell School was commissioned by Hertfordshire council in order to test the latest eco-friendly systems, and as Chloë Stothart discovers, its most intriguing feature is its temperature control. Too Cool for School? appeared on 20 March in Building Magazine.
Edward Stephen, Science Editor of The Epoch Times, reports on the Royal Opening of Howe Dell School on 18 March 2008 by HRH The Duke of Gloucester. Debra Massey, the head teacher, elaborates on Education for Sustainable Development. Playground Power.
Helen Raymond, Joint Head of Sustainability, Capita Architecture, wrote An education in design for Sustain Magazine on how architects at Howe Dell managed to marry the environment with creativity by using thermal storage.
Amanda Birch has published an article in BD Building Design on Howe Dell School in Hatfield which is the first building in the world to use Interseasonal Heat Transfer to store summer heat in Thermal Banks for use to heat the school in winter. Going underground.
Howe Dell School has published an article on the variety of green technology elements used in the construction of this eco-school in Hertfordshire. The Head teacher, Debra Massey, believes strongly in education for sustainable development and the children at Howe Dell are learning in a unique school which is the embodiment of it.Sustainable elements.
On 12 September 2005 the ICAX IHT installation for the Highways Agency at Toddington was featured in a report on BBC London News by Louisa Preston and Andrew Wynn Stanley.