Max Fordham Blog

When Will the Music Play at Alexandra Palace?

Tucked away in a forgotten corner of the sprawling Alexandra Palace complex lays a forgotten treasure. Eighty years ago the curtains in the…

Heat Networks - I Don't Hate Them, They're Just Not Working

In his recent blog post, Casey Cole suggested that I ‘really, really don’t like heat networks’. That isn’t true. If Combined Heat and Power…

Overheating in Housing- A Hot Topic

Last summer, now but a distant memory, there were a number of industry events held, and reports and guidance published, on the subject of overheating…

If a Tree Falls in the Forest

There's a curious paradox between the ambitions of sustainable design and those of good building acoustics. Many of the design features, both…

The Importance of Performance Acoustics

Recently, an article in the Telegraph posed the question ‘Do Acoustics Actually Matter?’. Music journalist and academic Ivan Hewett said that…

18th July, 1992. Where Were You?

Do you recall Saturday the 18th of July 1992? Were you even born by the 18th of July 1992?  If you don’t, or you weren’t, then you won’t know…

Why I do what I do

Today marks National Women in Engineering Day, which aims to highlight the importance of women in the industry. And today, I speak as a building…

'Social Engineering': Green Sky Thinking 2015

Once again this year, Max Fordham hosted an event as part of the Green Sky Thinking programme. Titled ‘Social Engineering – Why People Won’t…

Is there a hidden cost for sustainable homes?

In a recent roundtable in Building magazine, a number of housing experts discussed ‘The True Cost of Sustainable Homes’, highlighting some interesting…

Architecture. Meet Beautiful Engineering

Earlier this year, architect Ken Shuttleworth stood in front of a group of engineers at the CIBSE Awards dinner and branded members of his own…