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Bos-de Vos, M, Wamelink, J W F H and Volker, L (2016) Trade-offs in the value capture of architectural firms: The significance of professional value. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 21-34.

Burroughs, S (2006) Strength of compacted earth: linking soil properties to stabilizers. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 55–65.

Gottsche, J, Kelly, M and Taggart, M (2016) Assessing the impact of energy management initiatives on the energy usage during the construction phase of an educational building project in Ireland. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 46-60.

Hopkin, T, Lu, S-L, Rogers, P and Sexton, M (2016) Detecting defects in the UK new-build housing sector: A learning perspective. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 35-45.

Lisø, K R (2006) Integrated approach to risk management of future climate change impacts. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 1–10.

Murtagh, N, Roberts, A and Hind, R (2016) The relationship between motivations of architectural designers and environmentally sustainable construction design. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 61-75.

Robinson, W G, Chan, P W and Lau, T (2016) Sensors and sensibility: Examining the role of technological features in servitizing construction towards greater sustainability. Construction Management and Economics, 34(01), 4-20.

Saari, A and Aalto, L (2006) Indoor environment quality contracts in building projects. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 66–74.

Sexton, M, Barrett, P and Aouad, G (2006) Motivating small construction companies to adopt new technology. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 11–22.

Short, C A, Whittle, G E and Owarish, M (2006) Fire and smoke control in naturally ventilated buildings. Building Research & Information, 34(01), 23–54.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Fire and smoke modelling; fire engineering; fire regulations; governance; innovation; natural ventilation; performance-based regulation; regulation; sustainability; UK
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0961-3218
  • URL: http://journalsonline.tandf.co.uk/link.asp?id=x83k7v82282543q5
  • Abstract:
    There is a developing interest in achieving low-energy, naturally ventilated, non-domestic buildings in significant numbers over a relatively short period that is driven by the government's commitment to achieve reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and building owners' interests in reducing life cycle costs. The presumption is that this is possible within the current regulatory context. However, design for natural ventilation of public buildings is still innovative, at least within the regulatory framework. Two case studies involving the implementation of natural ventilation schemes indicate the concern and barriers raised by local authority Building Control departments, the fire authorities and various prospective insurers in response to design proposals. The design strategies devised fell outside the provisions of the prevailing codes and regulations in their approach to ensuring safe and effective fire control and smoke clearance using natural ventilation. The destabilizing effects of the current regulatory system impact negatively on the use of natural ventilation and hinder innovation. Schemes proposing to incorporate natural ventilation may be rejected through risk- and value-engineering exercises because of perceived uncertainties about compliance with current fire regulations and codes, and the time and cost implications of embarking on an exercise to prove at least equivalence in the creation of a safe environment.