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by mel starrs on May 24, 2008

in News

What I’ve been reading about:

  • NYREJ – What works there, can work here: “Green” lessons from around the world – Architects and engineers sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture by focusing too intently on individual (certification) programs. Architects should focus on some of the universal themes found to be successful abroad, pull appropriate concepts and apply
  • BREEAM goes to Europe – Property Week – BREEAM Retail Europe will be launched in July and reviewed 12 months later. It will initially cover new and refurbished buildings, but will be extended to older shopping centres at a later date.
  • Best Green Companies tables – The Times 50 Best Green Companies venture has both a robust methodology to measure environmental performance and a survey of each company’s staff to find out whether the green sheen is more than skin-deep.
  • Departmental Energy: 19 May 2008: Written answers ( – Want to know what the energy spend in UK prisons was for the past couple of years? TheyWorkForYou has the answer.
  • BREEAM raises stakes – Property Week – ‘Outstanding’ will require an 85%-plus score, whereas ‘excellent’ requires 70%. The new category will set minimum requirements for water and energy consumption in developments. Occupiers will also be able to view compulsory post-construction certi
  • Free guide to alternatives to uPVC windows – The guide makes the various cases for alternatives, especially timber and goes into the different aspects of each one in terms of environmental impact and energy efficiency. It can be downloaded free from Sustainable Homes website – www.sustainablehomes.c
  • Renew or repair existing window units? A best value approach – "decisions of choice based on quality issues as well as capital cost have given rise to problems within the public sector, leading to financial loss for client organisations in instances where they have failed to adhere to statute or regulatory codes requ