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Links for October 13th through October 14th

by Mel Starrs on October 16, 2009

in News

These are my links for October 13th through October 14th:

  • Launch of HCA and English Heritage Guidance set to pave way for new approach to masterplanning – Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – "The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and English Heritage today launched its first joint 'How to' Guide outlining a new development-led approach to masterplanning, which advocates assessing the historic character of a site right at the earliest stages of redevelopment. This is set to transform the way sites are redeveloped.
    The Guide, 'Capitalising on the inherited landscape – an introduction to historic characterisation for masterplanning' is the product of an innovative joint pilot project between the two agencies. This took the established conservation-led Historic Characterisation approach – encouraging the use of specific techniques to identify the distinctive characteristics of a site in order to explain an inherited sense of place and identity – as a starting point – and tested its value at different stages of the development process."
  • BREEAM: BREEAM Europe Commercial 2009 – "We are delighted to announce the release of the updated BREEAM Europe Commercial 2009 scheme. After four months of consultation with clients, assessors, experts and technical researchers, the new scheme combines the 2008 versions of BREEAM Europe Offices, Retail and Industrial. Key changes to the Commercial 2009 scheme include:
    * Introduction of minimum standards specific to Europe
    * Introduction of exemplary level requirements specific to Europe. Other types of innovation credits will not be available in Europe at this point in time.
    * Post Construction Stage assessment is now mandatory like in the UK in order to get the final certificate.
    * New shell only approach as in UK BREEAM v3.0 Schemes applicable.
    * The manual is now be freely available for download on the website for anyone to access. "