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Links for September 8th through September 13th

by Mel Starrs on September 15, 2010

in News

These are my links for September 8th through September 13th:

  • Sustainability Matrix – Green Offices | Max Fordham – Very impressed that Fordham's are being this transparent: "As a practice we think it important to drive the sustainability agenda and stimulate discussion, so versions of our current matrices were published in AJ and we welcome feedback on them. The examples in this series for four building types give an indication of what we could produce for your specific building project in order to help you decide your own sustainability agenda and how to communicate this successfully."
  • Part L2A 2010: A case study | National Energy Services – "From October, SBEM 2010(v4) software will only be used for Building Regs compliance and EPC ‘as built’. Which means that EPC for existing building will still be assessed using SBEM 2006(v3.5) until 2011."
  • CBI Press Release – Move over mitigation, it's time to bang the adaptation drum: "The CBI today called for the Government to make its environmental data more easily available to help businesses prepare for the risks of climate change. Launching a new report: Whatever the weather: managing the risks from a changing climate, the UK’s leading business group said climate change projections should be published in a more accessible format. It also called for the creation of a new public information bank showing the risk to critical infrastructure. Together these would help firms to plan for rising temperatures and the risks of extreme weather."
  • Housebuilders to win reduced carbon target for homes | Business | The Guardian – I struggle with the term 'zero-carbon' – can we call it what it is, please, rather than redefine what zero is?: "A "zero carbon home" requires a 150% reduction in carbon emissions, a target which includes emissions from household appliances, heating and lighting. The plan was to achieve these savings from improved energy efficiency and on-site renewables. Housebuilders argued this was too ambitious and agreed a compromise where only 70% of the reduction would be on-site. The rest would be achieved by housebuilders paying £4,500 a house into a community energy fund, to finance small renewable energy projects or energy-efficiency measures. Now housebuilders say even this is too ambitious. The Home Builders' Federation says buyers would not be prepared to pay the 20% premium for a home. The Zero Carbon Hub, set up to co-ordinate policy, has begun final testing of the target and will make recommendations to ministers this year."
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  • USGBC Expands Data Collection from LEED Buildings – BuildingGreen.com – a step backwards? transparency is key, surely? or am I being idealistic?: "However, the reporting requirement raised fears that a project could lose a LEED certification due to poor performance, or that unflattering data would become public. USGBC has worked to allay those fears. As stated by a press release about BPP, “no building will be decertified for performance or a performance gap,” and USGBC has promised that public reports of data will be anonymous, while owners will receive tailored reports. Furthermore, while agreeing to report data is a requirement, the data collection systems of BPP are works-in-progress, and projects have been assured that they won’t be penalized as USGBC gets its systems running."
  • UK ‘heat pumps’ fail as green devices, finds study | Environment | guardian.co.uk – worth reading the comments, which are surprisingly well informed and sane: "But the Trust's peer-reviewed study, the largest of its kind in the UK, found the 83 devices it monitored for a year were underperforming. About 87% didn't achieve a system efficiency of 3 which the Trust considers the level of a "well-performing" system (higher is better). And 80% failed to meet 2.6, the level being considered under the EU Renewable Energy Directive for classification as a renewable source of energy."
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