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Wednesday, 5 December 2007
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Please note: Eastbourne Downs PCT and Sussex Downs and Weald PCT have now merged to become one primary care trust called East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT have now merged to become one primary care trust called East Sussex Downs and Weald PCT. Please visit their website for information on the new organisation. 64% of smokers say they would quit if it was easier to do so - are you one of them? If so, you might be interested to know that it is easier to quit, the Eastbourne Downs NHS Stop Smoking Service can make it easier for you, for free! Research evidence shows that you are four times more likely to quit using our methods than by willpower alone. We are a friendly team of specialist advisers who can help you through your quit attempt. No one is going to give you lectures or harp on about all the negative attempts of smoking. You will be listened to and offered practical expert advise tailored to your specific needs. We run a seven week support programme with clinics running for 1 hour a week.

The first 2 sessions are spent in preparation for a quit date where an adviser will help build your motivation, assess the most suitable pharmacological aid for you to use and plan coping strategies for the times when a craving hits. After the quit date weekly support continues to maintain focus and share experiences and useful tips with others in the same boat. We like you to choose the right pharmacological aid and will help you find the most suitable one for you. There are a range of nicotine replacement products (NRT) available on prescription, as well as another product called Buproprion. It is important to note that while these products are designed to reduce withdrawal symptoms the products themselves will not stop you smoking.

We will help YOU to stop smoking. If you would like more information call our local freephone number 0800 917 8896 Eastbourne Downs PCT, 1 St Anne's Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UN Phone: 01323 417714 Fax: 01323 747701 Email: edpct@eastbournedownspct.nhs.uk Top of page | Disclaimer | Contact us | A-Z Architectural Record Innovation Conference, held in New York City October 12–13, brought together architects and engineers to discuss news, trends, and product developments affecting architecture and building systems today. The conference’s first day featured several practitioners sharing knowledge about the practical aspects of energy-efficient design, kicking off an intense program focusing on synthesis of design and technology. Test early, test often, test wisely (if budget permits). Nico Kienzl, a director at atelier ten, explained that there are many different ways to ascertain performance metrics through building modeling. “It’s just a question of expectations and how much information you need.” He highlighted several tools design teams can use to assess building performance. The first—and most comprehensive and costly—is whole-building modeling. That process starts with “elemental systems choices” and ideally should be done while “the design is still fluid” to see how different strategies would impact performance. The second was the thermal behavior model, which looks more specifically at design variables, such as comfort and performance metrics. The final type Kienzl highlighted was the daylight model, which, he lamented, is used more in architecture schools than in practice.

He called it an inexpensive and amazing tool. “Architects have a sense of how light works in spaces; this explains the payback.” You can get close to zero energy at the building level really the right idea? Arup’s Gary Lawrence posed this question and the follow-up: “Or should we just do the best we can and do the rest through politics?” He suggested that the question is as much zyban prices “political as it is technical.” A principal at the firm where is he an urban strategies leader, Lawrence challenged the architects in the room to help create real alternatives, noting that the government incentives are often a catalyst for change. “We have failed as designers to take leadership that gives people options.” The designers’ role is one of leadership in all sectors. “We have a moral obligation to move beyond conventional wisdom to challenge our clients.” Copyright 2006 The American Institute of Architects. All rights reserved.

Home Page Captions: Image 1: Architectural Record Deputy Editor Charles Linn, FAIA, challenged engineers from Arup to design a net-zero-energy building. Fiona Cousins and Gary Lawrence presented their response, an office building in Houston, where the region’s heat and humidity would put real-world constraints on the hypothetical mixed-use, purposefully energy-intensive 20-story building. They did not arrive at net zero energy, but found they could get quite close by parsing the design and each system for energy savings. “There is no silver bullet. You have to do a little bit of everything,” Cousins, a mechanical engineer, said. She noted that the building envelope and mechanical systems can work together to maximize efficiency.

New products offer more design choices, opportunities for customization. With gas prices still high and the ever-present question of oil dependence on the lips of politicians, Solar Design Associates President Steven J. Strong called this moment in time “the perfect storm for renewables.” Strong has been in the photovoltaics business since an epiphany working on the Alaskan Pipeline led him to found his own firm in Cambridge, Mass. Through his practice, he routinely works with architects to customize solar solutions to capture energy and design intent. In the old days, he said, it was perceived that to go solar meant ugly arrays; “not the most discreet” part of design. When Strong started with solar, the conversion efficiency rate was 7 percent. Now it’s three times that and electric glass elements can be cut, colored, and otherwise customized to the architect’s specifications.

He noted some of the many ways architects incorporate solar into their projects: flat, tufted, or sloped roofs; solar sunshades; and cantilevered canopies. True innovation requires the commitment of owners, tenants, and industry to follow through on energy conservation measures. Bigger buildings mean super-sizing all energy consuming systems. Owners market “power allowances” to potential tenants, Cousins said, creating a building “bigger than it needs to be.” With that reality, designers either have to push for adaptive reuse projects or make the case for inserting energy-saving measures wherever they can. With end-use appliances increasingly more efficient, it behooves owners and tenants to carry through on the high-performance design intent with these products. Expand the scope for renewable use and be smart about it. If the architect cannot arrive at the desired target at the site itself, it may make sense to look to building neighbors or regional resources to achieve efficiency goals.

For example, the building owners could cooperate with neighbors to share energy infrastructure and equipment, Cousins suggested. Ideally, the architect’s building would.


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