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RICS Going for Green 2012

by Mel Starrs on June 26, 2012

in Green Building Rating

I first blogged the RICS Going for Green Report back in July last year. I hadn’t realised the report was going to be an annual affair – as a stats geek, I’m over the moon. The May 2012 version can be downloaded here.  The great new addition to the report is the focus on existing […]

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McLeod, R.S., et al., An investigation into recent proposals for a revised definition of zero carbon homes in the UK. Energy Policy (2012), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2012.02.066 I found this paper via one of the many publications I scan via RSS. The paper has two slants to it – an excellent history of zero carbon and the route […]

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Very quietly pushed out on 17th April 2012 (the only press I’ve seen which picked it up were Construction Enquirer – linked further down), a press release buried in the Masonry First website heralded the launch of a new report from ‘think tank’ The Futures Group “Building Better Homes for the Customer” (pdf, 16 pages). Their […]

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A couple of weeks ago the twittersphere and US blogs were awash with news that LEED was now recognising BREEAM energy points, to much fanfare. Worldwide domination of LEED over BREEAM could only follow (or perhaps I read too much into that?). The UK press dutifully repeated the press release with no comment or questioning […]

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The second in my short series of guest posts on CSH Lessons learned continues (the first post is here). The author is the same as the previous post: Here is another situation that also occurred on a recent project being assessed for the Code for Sustainable Homes, which is another example of how easy it […]

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I was recently approached by a long time friend of the blog to see if I could host a guest post, about lessons learned whilst dealing with Code for Sustainable Homes. I said ‘certainly!’. We are not able to mention the project – it will remain anonymous. The author was the sustainability manager for the […]

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BREEAM, Part L and my digital life

by Mel Starrs on February 19, 2012

in BREEAM, Me, elsewhere, Part L

I feel like I’ve been blogging quite a lot lately, but then I realised most of what I’ve written has been pubished in magazines and on other websites. So a quick update is due. This blogpost on “Defending BREEAM (again)” led to BD asking if I’d write the pro side of the Debate piece “Should […]

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BEAN – BREEAM what’s your opinion?

by Mel Starrs on February 16, 2012

in BREEAM

The latest BEAN (Building environmental assessment network, facilitated by BSRIA and made up of BSRIA members) meeting was entitled ‘BREEAM, what’s your opinion’. The slides are available here. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to make it in person – some thoughts I gleaned from the presentations are below. Dave Cheshire links to the Target Zero project […]

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Defending BREEAM (again)

by Mel Starrs on February 1, 2012

in BREEAM

In ‘news’ that isn’t new (see my blogpost back in May), Micheal Gove is threatening to remove BREEAM for Schools as a mandatory funding requirement from the son of BSF. Why the industry has waited until 2 weeks before the announcement before making a kerfuffle over this, I don’t know. Anyway, UKGBC have written a […]

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Remember this post where I couldn’t find the figure of £4,458? I was determined to find out where the figure had come from. I emailed Andrew Stunnell, but as I wasn’t a constituent, his office couldn’t respond. They assured me the query was sent on to DCLG, but no response to date. I tried emailing […]

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