BREEAM

BREEAM is a means to an end

by mel starrs on January 16, 2008

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 Again, this is a draft which has been kicking around a long time.  I hope the links are still valid.  I was originally going to post this as part of a BREEAM primer, which still hasn’t quite materialised.  Some day I’ll pull all the threads together … I’m beginning to see a dangerous tendency towards […]

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BREEAM around the internet

by mel starrs on November 26, 2007

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I have BREEAM set as a key word in Google, Technorati, Topix, del.icio.us and Bloglines – if anyone writes BREEAM on the internet, I get notification of it (hey – you all know what a geek I am by now). Which is how I found this OT (off-topic) discussion on BREEAM at SingleTrack magazine. I […]

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Underwhelmed

by mel starrs on November 22, 2007

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Bovis Lend Lease has pledged to build all projects worth £5m or more to BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard by 2010. I’m finding myself underwhelmed by this.  I would be more impressed if they committed to carbon reductions (it’s easy enough to get a ‘Very Good’ on a reasonably sited new build project without necessarily addressing […]

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This is woefully out of date, but the report is still worth a read. According to the General Services Administration (GSA) in the US, LEED beats BREEAM, CASBEE, GBTools and Green Globes US, as reported in ACHR News on 12 October 2006 and USGBC 27 September 2006. Reasons given are: LEED applies to all GSA […]

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BREEAM in the news

by mel starrs on November 6, 2007

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I have a post in the offing which is my attempt at a BREEAM primer.  That will take a bit of thought, but in the meantime, here’s some wisdom from a client on the receiving end of a BREEAM rating : “I was shocked to find out how the process works. I was under the […]

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A familiar tale?

by mel starrs on July 4, 2007

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I’ve been reading Aber Environment and Ethics for a while now. He/She (sorry – no idea of the identity behind the author) has what sounds like a sorry tale regarding BREEAM and university buildings here.  It’s heartening to find that there are some students who are taking this issue and exposing the story – something those […]

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BREEAM for Schools – status so far

by mel starrs on March 27, 2007

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Have I mentioned before how much I love Theyworkforyou.com?  Yes, I believe I have.  Pinging into my inbox today a great Q&A regarding schools and BREEAM: David Willets asks: how many schools have completed the BREEAM schools assessment process; and what rating they have achieved? Jim Knight replies: The numbers of schools that have registered […]

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UKGBC to stick with BREEAM

by mel starrs on February 15, 2007

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Phil Clark over at zero champion has an interview with Peter Rogers of UKGBC (UK Green Building Council).  It’s a good read, and I was glad to see Rogers’ thoughts on UKGBC and BREEAM.  In the states, the USGBC backs LEED, the main international rival to BREEAM (in the middle east projects tend to be either).  […]

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What’s the collective noun for BREEAM assessments?

by mel starrs on February 13, 2007

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BRE have rebranded BREEAM and the new look website is here. Notable changes include the breeam:international and breeam:multi-residential (formerly bespoke ecohomes) schemes. And ecohomes is now known as breeam:ecohomes (until April, when CSH will take over). And apparently the collective noun for BREEAM is a family. I’m sure we could have come up with something […]

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Is BREEAM carbon neutral?

by Mel Starrs on November 30, 2006

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One of the neat things about having a blog is finding out how folks find me.  Recently someone has found me by asking a search engine the question – Is BREEAM carbon neutral? I’m happy to answer that question – unfortunately, no.  BREEAM is not currently carbon neutral.  Which brings up a topic I had […]

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