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by mel starrs on November 30, 2008

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What I’ve been reading about: Inderpaul Johar of zer’o zer’o at the RSA – Great video interview with Indy of 3 yo company zer'o zer'o, talking about how zero carbon will only be possible through collective behavioural change. Also how architectural design now has to design around architecture, social models and business models. Innovative thinking! […]

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These are my links for September 24th through September 26th: Fabric Insulation – ways of further raising performance standards for all types of building fabric: BD 2428 – Planning, building and the environment – Communities and Local Government – This report summarises building thermal performance requirements in Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands and classifies […]

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by mel starrs on September 23, 2008

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What I’ve been reading about: Andrew Todd: ‘the Gehrys and the Libeskinds don’t add anything to a city’ ~ Cafebabel – "Architecture has now become a political act, involving huge amounts of money, so only good governments can support good projects." The Chinese Century – Review of a book I have on my bookcase on […]

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These are my links for August 18th through August 19th: One green energy firm 100% renewable – "Data available on electricityinfo.org shows that Good Energy is the only firm offering its customers energy which is all generated from renewables. Other companies which claim to offer green power, such as Ecotricity and Green Energy, don't even […]

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These are my links for July 9th through July 10th: Low carbon refurbishment of buildings – Management guide – This guide is aimed at those who wish to ensure that a planned refurbishment delivers carbon savings, in addition to meeting its other objectives. It provides clear, practical guidance based on real world experience. Jones Lang […]

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These are my links for July 6th through July 8th: BREEAM: Buildings BREEAM Supplement – To coincide with the launch of BREEAM 2008, BRE Global and Building Magazine released an supplement – BREEAM Beyond Excellence U.S. Green Building Council set to modify LEED standards – Washington Business Journal: – The certification process has been criticized […]

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These are my links for May 27th through May 29th: 10 Reasons Gen Xers Are Unhappy at Work – Harvard Business Online’s Tammy Erickson – Why Gen X are ditching corporate companies for start-ups. As always with lists, there are some generalisations, but some insight here. Show Us Your Food: A Q&A With the Authors […]

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by mel starrs on May 26, 2008

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What I’ve been reading about: Building cities from scratch in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. – By Witold Rybczynski – Slate Magazine – Slide show showing two approaches to new cities in the Middle East The Sustainable City–Ecological Dream or Technocratic Nightmare? – Something I've been giving thought to recently. I'm veering towards the Jane Jacobs […]

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by mel starrs on May 14, 2008

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What I’ve been reading about: Design Builder – (Relatively) new kids on the DSM software block, 30 day free trial, uses the DOE Energy Plus engine. Anyone got any experience – good or bad? Task force gives housing the green light – "This is not about dumbing down or abandoning the concept of zero carbon. […]

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I’m deep into some competitive analysis for BREEAM services at the minute and whilst browsing through some websites found this very odd example. The chain of events went such: Find a BREEAM for schools assessor using www.breeam.org Find website addresses on the list of assessors Go to Gifford website listed on the website Use the […]

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