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by mel starrs on October 15, 2008

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What I’ve been reading about:

  • Daylighting code of practice revised by BSI. – Building Services Journal – The newly revised BS 8206-2:2008 Lighting for Buildings Code of Practice for daylighting gives recommendations regarding the design for daylight in buildings. It includes recommendations on the design of electric lighting when used in conjunction with daylight.
    Daylighting design needs to be integrated into the design process; it is not a technology that can be installed once a building is complete. The new code of practice provides guidance to architects, engineers and others involved in lighting design.
    The 2008 revision includes a new annexe on climate-based daylight modelling along with information on how daylighting can impact on health.
  • Category:The Transition Handbook – Appropedia: The sustainability wiki – We-Think, Rob Hopkins and Transition Handbook experiment – re-write the Transition Handbook yourself…
  • UKGBC releases new guidance on carbon emissions – Government should commit to at least an 80 per cent cut in CO2 from UK households by 2050, with interim targets every five years along the way.
  • New AIA documents include BIM agreement, two new IPD contracts- 9/29/2008 11:14:00 AM – Building Design & Construction – From the US: "The first of its kind in the industry, the new E202™-2008 was written by industry practitioners as a practical tool for managing the use of BIM across the entire project. Among other things, it sets the requirements and authorized uses for BIM content and identifies BIM authors at five progressive levels of development. It also establishes protocols for model ownership, conflict resolution, storage, viewing and archiving. Although written primarily to support a project using IPD, E202-2008 may also be used with more traditional methods of project delivery."
  • How To Read A Sustainability Report | FabianPattberg.com – Great post from Fabian on what to look for in a sustainability report. Worth reading the comments too.
  • Building “must stand up” | Forum For The Future – "Speaking to those involved in delivering sustainable built environments, I’m confident that the slowdown in construction will free up more time for real thought leadership around the projects that are going ahead. There are many talented and progressive individuals looking to incorporate sustainable design out there, but such has been the ‘heat’ in the market over recent years that they have often been so pressed for time that they have had to compromise their aspirations with operational reality. Now is the time to go back to the drawing board and rethink the way we build. This is not high risk. It’s about investing in some serious long-term thinking, and anticipating the opportunities that are likely to arise as we move towards more sustainable communities, buildings and infrastructure."
  • A very warm welcome to Thomas L. Friedman | Forum For The Future – Porritt reviews Friedman's Hot Flat and Crowded.
  • Bank of England|Statistics|Statistical Releases – Another rich source of statistical data, downloadable in excel – the Bank of England.
  • Steve Rose: Should architects design beautiful nuclear reactors? | Art and design | The Guardian – Bill Dunster on nuclear energy: "Any architect helping to promote this technology is entering into a Faustian pact with dark forces, and may never have a good night's sleep again. If we cannot run a stable financial system, what chance is there that we can afford to spend billions for millennia keeping our nuclear legacy from poisoning our groundwater, our seas and agriculture?"
  • TheStar.com | Columns & Blogs | The end of planning? Just maybe – "However," writes the co-author of the report, University of Toronto doctoral candidate Zack Taylor, "prescribing density numbers alone with the expectation that certain outcomes will occur may prove ineffective, because density numbers alone do not capture the full range of variables that make up urban form.
    "While density is a useful indicator of the efficiency of infrastructure and service provision, especially for public transit, it tells us little or nothing about other important attributes of urban form: housing mix, the degree to which uses are mixed, contiguity of the urbanized area and the connectivity of the street system."
  • http://www.appropedia.org/User:Lonny Lonny

    Wow… what a great reading list.

    I hope you’ll consider editing/augmenting the Transition Handbook you are reading… as its revision is a global collaboration effort.

    http://www.appropedia.org/The_Transition_Handbook

  • http://www.appropedia.org/User:Lonny Lonny

    Wow… what a great reading list.

    I hope you’ll consider editing/augmenting the Transition Handbook you are reading… as its revision is a global collaboration effort.

    http://www.appropedia.org/The_Transition_Handbook