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Getting high: How tall can skyscrapers get?

Posted on February 6, 2018

As a city with its fair share of skyscrapers, London is a prime candidate for future developments in architecture, especially as the London housing crisis continues to quietly rage on. Since the Natwest tower was built in 1980, the city skyline has slowly morphed to include taller and taller buildings. Despite not being the largest in the world, our skyscrapers make the average Londoner stop and think – how much bigger can they get? This month, that’s what we’re here to find out. The Race is On From 1930 to 1931, the world record for the tallest building was broken no…

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20 Nations Sign Kigali Agreement to Reduce Use of HFC

Posted on December 4, 2017

Since 2015, hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) emissions have shot up by 54% thanks to a global increase in air conditioning usage. For the economists, it’s a sign of wealth and prosperity in the international markets. For ecologists, it’s a disaster. HFC is a greenhouse gas that’s known to pollute up to three times more than your average car’s exhaust fumes. As a responsible air conditioning specialist, Conditioned Environment are keen to reduce the amount of HFCs used in air conditioning and HVAC systems worldwide. Here’s how the Kigali Agreement will help with that aim. The Kigali Agreement On 19 November 2017, Sweden became…

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The Fatbergs of London

Posted on November 1, 2017

  A congealed mass of solid waste consisting of nappies, wet wipes, sanitary products and raw sewerage. This isn’t one of Dante’s circles of hell. It’s one of the many fatbergs that block the sewerage pipes of London every year. In September 2017, the largest fatberg ever recorded was found under the streets of Whitechapel. Measuring over two football fields long, the mass had become ‘like concrete’ according to Thames Water’s Head of Waste Networks, Matt Rimmer. To give a sense of scale here are a few facts: Tower Bridge is 240 metres long An Airbus A318 aeroplane weighs 68 tonnes…

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Fire safety scammers are targeting London: don’t get caught out!

Posted on October 2, 2017

Criminals are targeting vulnerable tower block residents in the wake of the Grenfell Tower and Shepherds Bush fires. The scammers are entering residential tower blocks posing as fire safety officers and convincing tenants to allow entry into individual flats to carry out bogus safety checks. The scammers are in fact looking for valuables within the flat. These individuals have been accused of taking advantage of the devastating Grenfell Tower fire in Kensington in which 80 people lost their lives, and are therefore wanted for questioning by the police. How to spot a fake council letter In many cases, residents have reported…

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Top 3 Thermostat Mistakes

Posted on June 28, 2017

It’s costly to heat your home or office all winter long but it’s also vital to remaining comfortable. Heating bills in winter are on average three times higher than summer bills which is why modern replacement thermostats and energy meters are very popular. These offer more control over heating your home or business than older systems, however, research shows that consumers are making costly mistakes when using their thermostat. To save money during summer and winter, here are the top 3 thermostat mistakes and how to avoid them. Get saving on bills this coming winter, with advice from Conditioned Environment. Setting…

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Keeping Cool on the Tube – The Trouble With Deep-line Air Con

Posted on March 27, 2017

The September 2016 heatwave reminded London commuters of a problem that has plagued the Underground for most of its history. Poor ventilation on its deep-level networks meant that temperatures as high as 35°C, or 95°F, were recorded on the Central Line, and this lead to new calls to find a solution to the capital’s sweltering Tube lines. The Problem With Air Con on the Underground Many have cried, ‘fit air con in the trains!’ but the problem with fitting air conditioning on deep-level trains is that it would cause the entire network to become hotter. On certain lines, the train doors…

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Here’s why your business SHOULD invest in an emergency back-up system

Posted on February 28, 2017

The 2003 London blackout brought the capital’s rail network to a standstill and its bus replacement services into gridlock. The London Underground happened to have replaced its last independent generators in favour of grid power just a few months earlier. Commuters were trapped aboard trains, inside tunnels and the buses were equally useless because of traffic light failure. The lesson? Important infrastructure and private business should always adequately invest in back-up power systems and be prepared to deal with the fallout of a power outage. Businesses that need emergency back-up systems The following are businesses that should always have back-up generators…

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CAD: Computer Aided Design and How it Can Help Your Project

Posted on January 24, 2017

For any mechanical project, the initial design process is integral to any success, so it’s always important to use the best possible design tools and techniques from the beginning. Here at Conditioned Environment, we employ computer-aided design (CAD) to ensure that every project is as meticulously planned as can be, before we get to work on installation. In this article, we’re taking a closer look at CAD, including what it is, how it is used and the range of benefits it brings to any project. What is computer aided design? Computer-aided design uses specialist software to draw, plan and design a…

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What Are the Benefits of Portable Air Conditioners?

Posted on December 20, 2016

If you’re looking for a convenient and simple way to a room or specific space, a portable air conditioner might be the way to go. A portable air conditioner brings a hassle-free cooling solution to any room, and can be put to use in the home or office. In this article, we’re taking a look at portable air conditioners and how they could be of benefit to you. What is a portable air conditioner? A portable air conditioner is an alternative air conditioning system which expels warm air from a room via a duct (or hose) connected to a window. Portable…

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How Does Underfloor Heating Work?

Posted on November 24, 2016

As the cold season draws ever closer, you might be tempted to pursue alternative methods of heating your home to keep things cosy and comfortable. Underfloor heating can be an incredibly effective means of providing warmth to your home, and can be a sound investment for anyone looking for a luxury, modern and minimalist heating method throughout London and the surrounding areas. If you’re interested in installing underfloor heating in your property, but are unsure as to how it might work, then this article is for you. Types of underfloor heating There are two options when it comes to the style…

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