The hightech demand

Some designers are seduced by the imagery of advanced technology and install hardware that greatly exceeds the real demands of the building and its occupants. Avoiding the technological fix and installing only essential technology that is efficient, not overcomplex, easy to use and maintain, should be the aim of designers. Overcomplex systems which require elaborate maintenance tend to deteriorate fairly rapidly because service managers are not up to the demands of the technology. In extreme cases the system is abandoned altogether.

One problem facing clients is the relative scarcity of information which is accessible to the non-specialist. Even the professionals have problems in this respect though here there is useful guidance in the document 'Energy Use in Offices' 2003' published under the Energy Efficiency Best Practice Programme (now called 'Action Energy').

Getting Started With Solar

Getting Started With Solar

Do we really want the one thing that gives us its resources unconditionally to suffer even more than it is suffering now? Nature, is a part of our being from the earliest human days. We respect Nature and it gives us its bounty, but in the recent past greedy money hungry corporations have made us all so destructive, so wasteful.

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