Green Building Rating

Passivhaus – gathers steam in UK, halters in US

by Mel Starrs on September 7, 2011

in Passivhaus

Passivhaus. I have a love/hate relationship with the standard. What really intrigues me is how as a standard it has captured the imagination of the industry in a way that CSH, for example, has completely failed to do? Why is this? Is it Wolfgang Feist, the public face of the standard who is typically characterised […]


Along with the usual updated quarterly figures for the number of dwellings built to CSH, we had a bonus publication this month – Cost of building to the Code for Sustainable Homes – Updated Cost Review. The report is interesting and I’ll go into deeper analysis below. What I found more interesting was the Andrew […]


BREEAM in Europe – Statistics

by Mel Starrs on July 25, 2011


A great report from RICS called ‘Going for Green’ Sustainable Building Certifucation Statistics Europe – May 2011 (pdf, 9 pgs, 5.86MB!). There’s four case studies – one each for DGNB (German), BREEAM (UK), LEED (US) and HQE (France). My favourite piece of data comes from the really useful map I’ve shown above (click through and […]

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by Mel Starrs on July 15, 2011


Announced in April’s BREEAM Process Note: Effective from 1st May 2011 the BREEAM Gulf scheme has been withdrawn from operation. This means that we will no longer accept new registrations against BREEAM Gulf. All future assessments in the Gulf should use the BREEAM Bespoke International scheme. Any existing registration will be recognised and assessment certified […]

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Anyone else getting impatient waiting for documents to be published? High on my wishlist are the NPPF and the government reponse to the IGT report. The good news is that the new Construction Strategy (pdf, 43 pages) confirms our wait is almost over: Specific actions will be developed in relation to Government‟s construction strategy for […]


Some thoughts on BREEAM at 21

by Mel Starrs on May 12, 2011


So my last post seems to have opened up quite a can of worms! I’m going to concentrate on the BREEAM issues for now (though lots of good points raised in the comments which I am sure we will return to soon). Before I go any further, can I urge commenters to remember that if […]


This post has been a long time brewing – my intention is to explain where green building rating systems sit within legislative and regulatory frameworks and why they exist in the first place. It’s a story of carrots and sticks and I’m afraid it gets a little muddy as the law is somewhat woolly. I’ve […]


Data, data, data – BREEAM database now live

by Mel Starrs on March 29, 2011


One of my wish list items for BREEAM 2011 was more data (actually it was BREEAM 2010 – what happened there then? We optimistically still thought BREEAM would be released in October to coincide with Part L 2010). I asked for: Ideally I would like to see a list of all BREEAM projects under each […]


Last Wednesday, buried in the midst of all the material associated with the Budget, came a watered down (almost) definition of zero carbon. I shall attempt to illustrate a short history of zero carbon and the past five years below, but the lesson remains this (from Robert Kyriakides almost 3 years ago): Trying to work […]


Is it RIP CSH?

by Mel Starrs on March 7, 2011

in Code for Sustainable Homes

Does it feel like the end of days for Code for Sustainable Homes or is it just me? Remember of course that I love a bit of DOOM and can see a conspiracy theory behind every incompetent decision (I need to try and remember Hanlon’s Razor more often – “Never attribute to malice that which […]

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