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This week’s essential reading January 14th through January 20th

by mel starrs on January 20, 2009

in News

These are my links for January 14th through January 20th:

  • 6 ways to justify A/E salaries to clients in a tight market, from PSMJ Resources- 1/19/2009 10:38:00 AM – Building Design & Construction – 1. Identify significant contributions that your people have made to actual projects.
    2. Assess your negotiating position accurately.
    3. Make sure that you can successfully demonstrate all the high-level activities your managers are doing on your client’s project.
    4. Quantify how much your project management team’s expertise adds to the client’s bottom line.
    5. Make the client believe that they are competing for the team they want.
    6. Don’t over-negotiate looking to gain the last penny.
  • Paul Miller » Blog Archive » Why education needs start-ups – Paul on why start-ups are better at innovation: "But why start-ups? Why can’t established large companies or agencies innovate? I believe that small, cheap, nimble organisations using technology to develop new products and services will be better at coming up with completely new ways of thinking about the structure of the education system. When you decide to put your energy into a start-up, you don’t start from the perspective of ‘designing a faster horse’, you think differently. You have an interest in the overall success and scalability of the project, not in a contract. You focus on the end user rather than what somebody would like who already has a vested interest in the way things are organized now."
  • A.nnotate a PDF document – CIBSE response to Zero Carbon consultation – CIBSE are getting increasingly digitally connected! They're using a.nnotate to collect comments on Definition of Zero Carbon Homes and Non-Domestic Buildings: Consultation. Very impressed!
  • REALZero | welcome – via CIBSE newsletter. Potential to tie in with BREEAM credit "Pol 2 – preventing refrigerant leaks" – which is one of my bugbears – never have I seen a refrigerant based system meet this credit. REALZero might be a better angle to come at the problem from: "The Refrigeration and Air Conditioning sector supported by the Carbon Trust is working across all sectors of business and industry, to help achieve significant reductions in carbon emissions due to refrigerant leakage from installed systems. The Institute of Refrigeration led initiative is building a clearer understanding of where and why leakage occurs as well as how to prevent it.
    Our conclusions are based on detailed site investigations on a wide range of equipment in operation. This valuable knowledge is being rolled out amongst equipment users, designers and service contracting companies so that UK industry can take a lead in developing a zero tolerance approach to refrigerant leakage – the project is known as REAL Zero!£
  • BOMA, Clinton Climate Initiative team to create owner-friendly contract model for energy performance contracting- 1/16/2009 12:36:00 PM – Building Design & Construction – The benefits of BEPC are significant compared to previous energy performance contracting previously offered:
    • The owner controls the process and specifies all project criteria, streamlining project development.
    • The standardized model minimizes costs, including up-front legal costs, man-hours, project management and component costs.
    • The template documents are easily edited to incorporate specific goals and objectives.
    • An industry-vetted model means high confidence in project implementation without having to be an expert in performance guarantees or energy efficiency.
    • The potential for commercial real estate firms to self-finance, using the energy savings produced by the retrofit to reduce operating costs even after amortizing the cost of the improvement.
    • Building performance is assured through a performance guarantee by the energy service company, guaranteeing performance throughout the life of the agreement.
  • Carbon Confusion « – "At least for design teams, the figure used to be constant throughout the project stages, but now the pre-planning process for renewables projects may be using this lower figure. When that project is building-related, architects may start by using the 0.43 figure they get from the suppliers, then 0.422 for grid-supplied and 0.568 for grid-displaced electricity for planning submissions, Part L and Code, 0.55 for the Display Energy Certificate if the building is public, and finally 0.523 when the building owner is calculating its ISO 14064 emissions, per DEFRA guidance. That’s five different emission factors for the same project!"
  • Green Building Resource @ – "The Harvard Office for Sustainability (formerly Harvard Green Campus Initiative) has developed this Green Building Resource to support the implementation of Harvard’s Green Building Guidelines and Harvard’s Sustainability Principles.
    The Resource documents the experience and knowledge gained from 13 completed LEED projects and another 38 pending certification at Harvard. It has been designed to foster continuous improvement in cost-effective green building design, using LEED as the accountability tool. The Resource will be continuously updated and expanded to reflect the frontier of best practice across the university.
    It is our hope that by creating and sharing this Resource, we can both support and learn from others as we all strive to meet the profound challenge of becoming an environmentally sustainable society."
  • Welcome to Green-e! – For LEED credit EA 6 (Green Power), products have to be certified under this scheme. Looks at REC's and renewable energy suppliers – something BREEAM does not yet allow (procuring green electricity does not comply with ENE5): "Green-e is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for the sale of renewable energy and greenhouse gas reductions in the retail market. Green-e offers certification and verification of renewable energy and greenhouse gas mitigation products. It is a program of the Center for Resource Solutions. external link"
  • Buildings Energy Data Book – US Department of Energy: "The 2008 Buildings Energy Data Book includes: Statistics on residential and commercial building energy consumption. Data tables contain statistics related to construction, building technologies, energy consumption, and building characteristics."
  • When Green Goes Bust : Green Building Law Blog – Shari makes some good points about risk and bankruptcy surrounding green building developments: "In addition to this risk, bankruptcy of green projects may be complicated by their connection to the renewable energy markets. For example, a development installs a solar array and arranges to sell its renewable energy credits (RECs) to a utility. The utility uses the REC purchase to fulfill its mandatory obligation to purchase alternative power. If the development goes bust and no power is produced, the utility and/or state/local government may come calling."