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Links for February 18th through February 23rd

by Mel Starrs on February 24, 2012

in News

These are my links for February 18th through February 23rd:

  • Working with the Overseas Territories – Corporate – Department for Communities and Local Government – Interesting: "The Climate Change and Sustainable Buildings Division has provided assistance to Gibraltar, giving them access to a standard methodology and energy calculation software for three years, free of royalties. This has given the Territory a proven way of assessing and demonstrating compliance with Building Regulations and generating Energy Performance Certificates when buildings are constructed, leased or sold. DCLG reserve the right to charge for a licence fee in future."
  • ResPublica | Think Tank | Phillip Blond | Big Society | Government policy | Re-energising Our Communities: Transforming the energy market through local energy production – "This paper reviews the benefits created by existing community energy schemes, and how these create a framework of responsibility for users, landowners and developers. Though the environmental and social effects are benefits in themselves, the micro-economies created via community energy projects are transformative on a much broader level, achieving incremental economic change to the entire supply and demand process."
  • Ditch ‘tick-box’ procurement for code of practice, demands DC CABE | News | Architects Journal – "The key features of the new code of practice:
    1 Expert advice for the client body at the outset
    2 Assessment of capability separate from project-specific submissions
    3 Appropriate selection criteria for projects
    4 Relevant requirements in relation to size, scale and experience
    5 Combined evaluation of fees, resources and personnel
    6 Fair scoring systems
    7 Best practice guidance for design competitions
    8 Mandatory feedback for bidders"
  • Residential Design and Crime Briefing Notes – University of Huddersfield – Outputs from the CABE study: "In an attempt to ensure that these important findings are disseminated to practitioners (including police, planners, architects, urban designers), ACPO Secured by Design, the Home Office and the Design Council/CABE have funded the University of Huddersfield (led by Dr. Rachel Armitage) to write a series of briefing notes. The subjects include:
    The impact of the design of car parking on crime
    The impact of connectivity and through-movement on crime
    Using case studies to assess the impact of housing design on crime"
  • 2011 version of the Green Standard Now Available | ashrae.org – ASHRAE 189.1 updated: "the 2011 version incorporates updated connections to its referenced standards – primarily ANSI/ASHRAE/IES 90.1-2010 and ANSI/ASHRAE 62.1-2010. Compliance with these updated provisions will result in further improvements to indoor environmental quality, while further reducing energy use and environmental impact through high-performance building design, construction and operation"
  • ExxonMobil’s 2012 Outlook for Energy Sees Efficiency, Developing World Economic Growth and Natural Gas Reshaping Global Demand through 2040 | Business Wire – Interesting (but hardly independent)report: "While global energy demand is expected to rise by about 30 percent from 2010 to 2040, demand growth would be approximately four times that amount without projected gains in efficiency. Efficiency is the key reason why energy demand will rise by only about 1 percent a year on average even as global GDP rises by nearly 3 percent a year. It also is the reason why OECD energy demand will remain relatively unchanged through 2040 even as its economic output nearly doubles."
  • CIC Start Online – Feasibility studies – 50(!) feasibility studies in Scotland for various low carbon buildings. Massive resource.
  • New Research Reveals the Safety Hazards of Green Building | News | Architectural Record – 'Perceived risk' sounds like dodgy research to me? But an interesting article nonetheless: "With the information gathered, Hallowell and his team of researchers were able to identify 14 LEED credentials that may create heightened risks to construction workers. Most notable risks include a perceived 41% higher risk associated with installing sustainable roofing, a perceived 37% increase in risk from installing PV panels for on-site renewable energy, a perceived 36% additional risk of cuts, abrasions and lacerations from construction waste management and perceived 32% heightened risk of falls from installing skylights and atriums to meet the daylight and views credit."
  • Urban Omnibus » What’s Your Building Made Of? Perkins+Will’s Transparency – An alternative to the black box that is the Green Guide?: "the architecture firm Perkins+Will went about creating a free, online database – called Transparency – of building materials that contain substances known or suspected to be harmful to health. The database is geared towards the consumers who most often specify what materials should be used in a building project – architects and interior designers. The firm based their listings on a careful, two-year review of scientific papers and government research. The goal is to “encourage the building product marketplace to become more transparent from extraction to end of life for all points of contact, from manufacturers to de-constructors, so that people are further empowered make informed decisions about specifying, maintaining and disposing of the products in their buildings.”"
  • Seattle Goes Green With Marine Toilets, Big Solar Hat: Review – Bloomberg – I'm fascinated by the ILBI standard (and up for it – anyone interested?): "Well-meaning as they are, I do wonder if many of these measures are worth the effort. Solar — for now anyway — is a lost cause in such a dim climate, especially in a city largely driven by clean hydropower.
    Water pollution needs to be tackled at a neighborhood or city scale, not within individual buildings.
    Still, there’s a crazy-like-a-fox quality to the Bullitt effort. It has encouraged a German high-performance window-wall manufacturer to build a facility in nearby Everett. A waterproofing-compound manufacturer called Building Envelope Innovations has agreed to reformulate its product without phthalates, a class of chemical compounds that may harm reproductive health."
  • Part L 2013: Impact of Change – Very useful overview of the lighting changes to Part L2A 2013: "Leni embraces daylight, occupancy, operating hours and the controls package to predict lighting energy use for the building. It knows, for example that the same building in Scotland will have to use a little more lighting energy than an identikit building in Brighton because the daylight availability differs."