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Links for August 31st through September 3rd

by Mel Starrs on September 4, 2009

in News

These are my links for August 31st through September 3rd:

  • BBC – Open Secrets: Comparing the energy efficiency of public buildings – In case anyone missed this (over 5000 properties get a G): "until a few days ago, if you wanted to compare all the buildings on the register, you had two somewhat time-consuming and tedious options: you could visit the 28,000-plus buildings, look for the doubtless prominently displayed certificate, and note down the details; or, if you had a means of finding out their reference numbers, you could enter them, one by one, into the database and retrieve the data.
    However, new regulations came into force a fortnight ago which now allow this material to be divulged.
    In response to my request under the Environmental Information Regulations, the Department of Communities and Local Government has sent me a large spreadsheet [MS Excel, 8.14Mb] listing all the properties on the register, their energy efficiency rating and their CO2 emissions, so that it is possible to analyse this to compare all the buildings on it."
  • E. O. Wilson Takes a Position – E. O. Wilson, one of the most distinguished and respected scientists in the world, has signed the position on economic growth developed by the Center for the Advancement of the Steady State Economy (CASSE). The position statement points out the conflict between economic growth and environmental protection and proposes a steady state economy as a desirable alternative. A steady state economy aims for stability in population and consumption of energy and materials — it is a truly green economy that meets people's needs without undermining the life-support systems of the planet.
  • Real Life LEED: SRI Values for Copper Roofing – Old vs. New – Credit interpretation rulings for SSc7.2 yielded no inquiries about materials that have a non-stable SRI value. Although this is simple conjecture, given the rapid deterioration in SRI for copper (non-compliant within a year, likely much sooner), I would suggest that this product is not in compliance with the intent of the credit which is to reduce heat islands. Clearly for the majority of the life of the copper roof will help foster heat island issues and not reduce them.
  • Some Buildings Not Living Up to Green Label – NYTimes.com – Actual energy performance in use will be flavour of 2010 on both sides of the Atlantic: "But in its own study last year of 121 new buildings certified through 2006, the Green Building Council found that more than half — 53 percent — did not qualify for the Energy Star label and 15 percent scored below 30 in that program, meaning they used more energy per square foot than at least 70 percent of comparable buildings in the existing national stock."