Solar Updraft Tower

The solar updraft tower (SUT) is a renewable-energy power plant for generating electricity from solar power. Sunshine heats the air beneath a very wide greenhouse-like roofed collector structure surrounding the central base of a very tall chimney tower. The resulting convection causes a hot air updraft in the tower by the chimney effect. This airflow drives wind turbines placed in the chimney updraft or around the chimney base to produce electricity. Plans for scaled-up versions of demonstration models will allow significant power generation, and may allow development of other applications, such as water extraction or distillation, and agriculture or horticulture. As a solar chimney power plant (SCPP) proposal for electrical power generation, (more…)

What do we think we know about Cavity Walls?

What can we find exciting on the subject of external wall construction? After all we’ve been building them since we moved out of the cave. Don’t know what your last cave was like but mine was very damp. Mainly due to all the water. Well of course it was due to the water; after all... Read more »

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BDE Podcast – In conversation with Peter Caplehorn

BuildingDesignExpert Podcast – In Conversation with Peter Caplehorn . It is very common for professionals and tradespersons alike, to underline their careers with a reference to how long that career has lasted, and how long they have been doing what they do. I have have been an Architectural Technologist for 30 yrs. for example, and involved... Read more »

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The Chartered Architectural Technologist and the Green Deal

I nearly became a green deal assessor, after all I already had the socks. The shorts would transfer from another kit, I just had to order the shirt with favourite name and number on. Problem was I couldn’t decide between long and short sleeve. Phew, that saved the day then, as well as a lot... Read more »

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Self Build Advice – Disposing of Building Waste

When you self build, there are a lot of things to remember and organise. One of them is what to do with your construction waste. This post is designed to help you with this facet of self-building. Here we give you of the different types of waste you will be generating when building a home... Read more »

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