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Links for November 27th through December 2nd

by Mel Starrs on December 4, 2009

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These are my links for November 27th through December 2nd: Smart Vendors: Biomass Supply Chain (UK) – Innovation & Cleantech – Possibly interesting (but very expensive – £150!) report on biomass (not sure how independent the authors are?): "The future evolution of the UK biomass supply chain will be significantly impacted by the opening of […]

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Babtie Jacobs ‘green’ transport!

by mel starrs on July 9, 2007

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Among my (many) past employers, I have 2 stints at Babtie, both before Jacobs took over.  Reading this in the Times, it could easily be about any of the larger engineering firms in the UK.  There seems to be a certain size in a company’s life when common sense fails to prevail over corporate bureaucracy: […]

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Miliband’s webchat on 10 Downing Street

by mel starrs on March 1, 2007

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Following a tip-off from WorkinProperty (another new kid on the construction blogging block) I followed the proceedings here.  Not sure how long the chat will stick around so I’ve cut and paste it below the break for reference.  It was hard to determine how many of the questions were pre-picked and how many were ‘live’.  Some of […]

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HEEPI (Higher Education Environmental Performance Improvement) have released a position paper on “Sustainable Laboratories for Universities and Colleges – Lessons from America and the Pharmaceutical Sector” (.doc, 29 pages). Although not a design code, it has some useful observations which will interest those involved in laboratory design, and outlines the Labs21 approach. Some points I […]

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edit: this was originally posted 22 January, but I fear there may have been a glitch and it has been marked as private.  Odd.  Anyway, here it is again… Spotted via the IET headlines, this article in the Telegraph highlights the findings of a report in Energy Policy in December which criticises the fragmented approach […]

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Waiting for the energy review

by mel starrs on July 8, 2006

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image ©copyright 2004 UKAgriculture.com The government’s energy review will be published next week. The Independent has the following comment on the proposed proportions of renewable energy sources: They (Adas, analysts from Wolverhampton) have calculated that 3 per cent of all land in Britain, almost 7,000 sq km, will have to be filled with wind farms, […]

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Hope for existing housing stock

by mel starrs on June 27, 2006

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Hot on the back of the launch of EcoHomesXB, is the news that a major project by the BRE is to look at Victorian dwellings and how they can be improved to meet today’s environmental standards. Britain has the oldest housing stock in the developed world and much of this is represented by the Victorian […]

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The disastrous implementation of Part L continues with solar panels the latest technology to fall foul: Johnston (Managing Director of Chester based company Solartwin) says ODPM red tape makes it impossible for 82% of Britain’s solar water heating panels to be installed legally, unless they are installed in a place where they will not heat […]

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