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Category : Science

SARS-CoV-2

Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) is of significant concern worldwide, but what exactly is the virus, what does it cause and what is the concern? What is SARS-CoV-2? The phrase coronavirus has been used many times, technically whilst the virus is a coronavirus this phrase refers to the family of viruses rather than the specific virus itself. coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some of these viruses cause illness in humans whilst others cause illness in animals (e.g. bats). Rarely, animal coronaviruses […]

Indoor Environmental Quality – Carbon Dioxide

What is Carbon Dioxide? Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is often used within the indoor environment as a way to determine the ventilation rate. When an indoor environment is unoccupied and there is air entering from outside the concentration of carbon dioxide will eventually reach the same as the outdoor levels.¬†When people enter the space, as a result of breathing they produce carbon dioxide (amongst other things) and over time the concentrations increase [2]. Whilst many buildings are designed to have specific […]

Flammable Facades & Cladding

Flammable cladding or facades have been of particular concern within Australia in the last few years due to a number of significant building fires throughout the country. The phrase cladding is used fairly often, it simply refers to the outside skin of a building. It is most commonly used to provide thermal insulation and weather resistance as well as improving the appearance of buildings (2). There are countless types of cladding available for buildings however, the two most common types […]