Publications & Standards

Legacy research from DCLG

by Mel Starrs on February 2, 2011

in Publications & Standards

Very unusual announcement popped over my radar today from Grant Shapps yesterday: Reports from research commissioned by the previous administration Today the Government is publishing the first group of reports presenting the findings from research projects commissioned by the previous administration. There is a significant backlog of unpublished reports that were produced by the previous government […]

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As reported by Building4Change: A new ISO standard aims to bridge the gap between regional and national environmental assessment methods by providing a common framework for them to be carried out. ISO 21931-1:2010 highlights the key issues to be assessed at every stage of a construction project, from design through to operation and refurbishment or […]

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The CAT Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report which came out 16 June 2010 has some interesting ideas in it, but I wasn’t immediately convinced by this one (as reported in the Ecologist): Thirteen million hectares in Britain are used mainly for grazing livestock and growing feed for them. By cutting the numbers of cows (by […]

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I missed this report the first time around, but it is from RICS FiBRE (Findings in Built and Rural Environments) – Making the Business Case for Sustainable Buildings. It was brought to my attention through the UKGBC BREEAM consultation (apologies – UKGBC members only link). A short 12 page report it is worth skimming through, […]

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It’s that time of year again – the government’s Sustainable Indicators in your pocket 2008 is out. Those long time readers will know I’m a sucker for stats and pretty graphs – and this document does not fail to satisfy. Some of the headlines for me (and there’s a wealth of stuff I don’t touch […]

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RIBA report on Smart PFI published

by mel starrs on January 3, 2007

in Publications & Standards

In what could herald the most radical shake-up for PFI in the past 15 years, RIBA have launched a position paper detailing its PFI procurement model – the Client Concept Design Model – and a number of firm recommendations following the Smart PFI principles: The Client Concept Design Model seeks to address the problems the […]

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Spotted on the CIBSE events pages: The Association for Project Management (APM) is the UK Member body of the International Project Management Association (IPMA) and through them CIBSE is offering a Professional Project Management qualification that is recognised worldwide. The IPMA set standards offering an international terminology for project managers in a wide variety of […]

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Defra have been busy – released this week are lots and lots of pretty graphs, facts and figures.  The pocket sized guide ‘Sustainable development indicators in your pocket‘ covering the 68 sustainable development indicators can be found here. Of particular interest to me were the indicators which have shown deterioration.  With the exception of aviation, […]

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A debate I often have with folk is what constitutes sustainability in construction? Carbon and M&E is only one part of it. The framework given in the BRE publication BR 436 ‘A sustainability checklist for developments’ gives a fantastic starting point for educating clients as to what sustainability can encompass. It takes the 4 themes […]

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