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Seven steps for survival

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With the current 2018 record-breaking summer heatwave potentially stretching on into August, Bsria has created a seven steps to surviving in buildings, factory, office and workplace alike guide:

* Installation of external solar shading – technicalities, practicalities and location allowing. 

* Installing glazing that reduces solar gain – possibly ‘green’ foil that reflects high levels of radiant heat.

* Leaving thermal mass exposed as part of major internal refurbishment of concrete or masonry buildings.

* Making use of night-time free cooling, either using a building’s existing ventilation system, or some kind of ‘manual’ method (security should be taken into account if leaving windows open at night).

* Reducing internal gains by installing energy efficient lighting and ensuring all lights and other electrical equipment are switched off when not in use.

* Installation of energy-efficient air conditioning (although this should be seen as a last resort and it may be a trigger for Consequential Improvements under Building Regulations)

* Use of ‘old-school’ fans.

Drinking water should play a big part – with water coolers available for staff to keep hydrated and reminders for staff to drink more. One should be aiming for over the recommended two litres per day in hot weather. 

Another idea is to unplug electrical devices once they’re charged. Indeed: chargers, iPads et al all produce unnecessary heat while they’re plugged in – and every little bit helps when you’re trying to cool down.” 

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