Uncategorized

Picnic for Mel, on 9 August 2014

by Mark Fretwell on May 19, 2014

in In memory of Mel, Uncategorized

We will be remembering Mel with another picnic in Regents Park this summer. Last year the rain [just about] held off, and we had an enjoyable afternoon of cheese wine and softball before retiring to the pub when it started to get chilly. As in previous years, we will meet from midday onwards at Gloucester Green […]

{ 1 comment }

UK-GBC today announced the shortlist for the 2014 Rising Star Award. As part of this years submission, those nominees were asked to create a short video (without focusing on high production values) answering the following question. If you had one minute to talk to the industry, what would you challenge them to change? It gives […]

{ 1 comment }

In case you haven’t got it in your diary already, we are having another picnic this year. Please pack-up your red wine, cheese (other nibbles are acceptable), games and children and join us on Gloucester Green in Regents Park for a happy day, where we can have fun and remember Mel. Follow the links for details […]

{ 0 comments }

Quango spending

by Mel Starrs on May 13, 2009

in Uncategorized

Spotted this article in BD last week which piqued my interest. I’ve been thinking long and hard what a change of government next May might mean to the industry. The Conservative Party has trained its sights on Cabe as part of an expected crackdown on expensive government quangos if the party wins the next election. […]

{ 2 comments }

Eye opening TED video on plastic waste

by Mel Starrs on April 3, 2009

in Uncategorized

Another great short video from TED – this time on plastics in the ocean. “Only we humans make waste that nature can’t digest” Charles Moore: Sailing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

{ 0 comments }

Housing gloom

by mel starrs on December 15, 2008

in Uncategorized

Been tidying up my RSS feeds, doing a bit of pruning and catching up on feeds. One of the feeds I’ve been diligently ignoring has been Brian’s Brickonomics. Having now read back over the past month, I’m utterly depressed. Having had a quick look at the mortgage market out there, the best deal I could […]

{ 0 comments }

Gordon’s low carbon future

by mel starrs on June 26, 2008

in Uncategorized

I love Twitter.  Settled down this morning to some light email and RSS catch up when a tweet flashed up (via twhirl) to tell me Gordon Brown was addressing the Government’s Low Carbon Economy Summit on London’s South Bank, complete with a link to the live speech.  One click later I was watching the speech […]

{ 0 comments }

Very ‘cool’ ideas at TED

by mel starrs on June 24, 2008

in Uncategorized

Apologies for the pun. I try to keep up with all the interesting stuff that goes on over at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) and came across this great idea for a mini fridge which works with a wood burning stove, based on absorption chiller principles.

{ 0 comments }

SDC publish NHS carbon statistics

by mel starrs on May 30, 2008

in Uncategorized

The NHS has produced an NHS England Carbon Reduction Strategy, as part of a broader sustainable development agenda. To support this process, the Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has completed a carbon footprinting study – covering all NHS England Estates and activities – in conjunction with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI). The report (pdf, 34 pages) […]

{ 0 comments }

Egan’s thoughts 10 years on

by mel starrs on May 22, 2008

in Uncategorized

Building have the full transcript of Egan’s speech at the Common’s reception here, and I would urge everyone to read the full thing, but I’ve pulled out my favourite bits below. The press have jumped on his comments about the housebuilders (probably because they make the best headlines) but there is some other juicy stuff […]

{ 1 comment }