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My BREEAM 2010 wishlist

by Mel Starrs on September 17, 2010

in BREEAM

Over the summer, BRE have been consulting on changes to BREEAM, including an event in conjunction with UKGBC, which I attended (evidence is available on Hattie’s blog). The feedback from the UKGBC event is available on their website. The new BREEAM will hopefully be released in October and will align with Part L (a decision […]

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Award winning BREEAM assessor

by Mel Starrs on March 9, 2010

in BREEAM, Me, elsewhere

For those who missed the BREEAM awards at Ecobuild last week, I was chuffed to find out that one of the first projects I worked at when I arrived at Inbuilt had won the Prisons category for the BREEAM awards 2010. The project was a massive learning curve for both myself (having never worked on […]

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I often get requests from students for help with dissertations (and this blog suffers from a fall in readers during the summer recess, so hello and thanks to all the students reading!). This one particularly stood out and was in response to my post BREEAM is a means to an end. Anthony makes some good […]

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Biodiversity, BREEAM and LEED

by Mel Starrs on April 6, 2009

in BREEAM, BREEAM versus LEED, LEED

The UKGBC released a report called “Biodiversity and the built environment” on 31 March 2009. The portal was a couple of days late but was available when I checked on 3 April. I would recommend reading the full report (a quick read at 38 pages, mostly appendices). Below, I pull out the pertinent information regarding […]

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Green Book Live BREEAM Assessor listings

by mel starrs on January 28, 2009

in BREEAM

I was just about to draft a blog post which pointed out one of the advantages of LEED over BREEAM was that the assessors were listed on the LEED Accredited Professional Directory at the gbci website here. Historically, you have only been able to see which companies offer BREEAM with no way of knowing who […]

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A rough guide to BREEAM 2008

by mel starrs on June 27, 2008

in BREEAM

I’ve been promising forever to write some kind of field guide to BREEAM. With the launch of BREEAM 2008 to the general public on 24th June, a perfect opportunity has arisen and I don’t need to be as worried about accidentally releasing information into the public realm, as BRE have done it themselves. Major brownie […]

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I’m rediscovering Dave Snowden after bouncing him off my RSS feeds in an overzealous fit of ‘relevancy’ during my MBA. Which seems odd now, as cognitive behaviour was one of my favourite topics in the modules where it was relevant. This post is worth reading for this sentence alone: Humans display high ingenuity when you […]

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Hurrah for BREEAM

by mel starrs on April 18, 2008

in BREEAM, BREEAM versus LEED

Well, that post title may be a little OTT, but I am delighted to report that the complete technical guidance for BREEAM 2008 will be available to the public from June (thanks to Tom Saunders for letting me know). Also available for comment until 18 May is a discussion document which looks at how well three of […]

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Responsible Sourcing of Materials

by mel starrs on April 1, 2008

in BREEAM

A phrase which strikes terror into the heart of any BREEAM assessor. Since the 2006 update, the responsible sourcing of timber credit got a makeover and included just about anything in the project. The credit guidance is the longest in the manual – from memory I think it is 12 pages but this may be […]

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BREEAM revamp – my wishlist

by mel starrs on March 10, 2008

in BREEAM

Welcome news in Building this morning that BREEAM is to be revamped in May (just in time for my return to the UK). The article states: The new version of the 18-year-old BREEAM assessment tool will make post-construction reviews mandatory, set maximum levels for energy and water consumption and minimum requirements for material selection. It […]

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