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Links for July 6th through July 12th

by Mel Starrs on July 13, 2012

in News

These are my links for July 6th through July 12th:

  • Centre for Cities | Hidden Potential: Fulfilling the economic potential of mid-sized cities – “This report sets out how mid-sized cities, such as Sunderland, could use the City Deals process to tackle the problems that they face. While each City Deal will be a bespoke negotiation between an individual city and Whitehall, this report sets out how mid-sized cities should co-ordinate their efforst and call for a “mid-sized cities investment fund”, combining public and private investment, to help reconfigure their city centres, strengthen their urban cores and revive their economic hearts.”
  • Tools for the sustainability trade: spotlight on environmental assessment systems – Sustainability article from NBS – An old post, but worth reading: “BREEAM may be the go-to tool for understanding and rating the environmental impact of a construction project in the UK, but there are other tools and systems available. Get Sust gives an overview of the systems and their uses that have made the headlines in 2011.”
  • Interview: Building Science Pioneer Dr. Joe Lstiburek on the Good, Bad and Ugly Side of Buildings | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building – “And I would have loved to written my own LEED standard. It would have been a paragraph long and it would start off by saying, “Don’t do stupid things,” and, “Do this,” and we’re done. “And measure everything,” because if you can’t measure it, I don’t believe it. “
  • UK-GBC Legal Frameworks Sustainable Energy Infrastructure Report 2012 | UK Green Building Council – “This report explores the legal issues relating to the set up of sustainable energy infrastructure, specifically district heating schemes as this service is not currently regulated as with power. The report considers a wide range of general legal issues from the set up of the scheme through to consumer issues such as access to land, continuity of supply, and consumer repayment. Currently there is a lack of guidance, and many groups involved in setting up district heating schemes find themselves spending time and fees researching the same issues which often makes the integration of sustainable energy solutions financially unviable. Typical groups include local authorities, developers, operators, landowners, occupiers and energy services companies (ESCOs) who are often involved in the installation, operation and maintenance of a scheme.”