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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Links for February 19th through February 21st

by Mel Starrs on February 23, 2011

in News

These are my links for February 19th through February 21st: TEQs – David Fleming's TEQ's lives on. House 2.0: More on Denby Dale: lessons learned – Do I link to Mark too much? Probably, but this one's a doozy I hadn't thought of before. Utilities pricing structures disincentivise low energy use (eg: Passivhaus) as first […]


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 There is a significant backlog of unpublished reports that were produced by the previous government […]


What exactly is a zero carbon home then Gordon?

by Mel Starrs on December 7, 2006

in Zero Carbon

Gordon Brown announced his pre-budget report yesterday. The pertinent chapter for our industry is Chapter 7 (pdf, 26 pages). Driving home last night Radio 4 were asking the question ‘what is a zero carbon home?’. The reporter had even rang up DCLG for an answer – a spokesman said “one which was not a net […]


Ever since I discovered the DCLG forums, I’ve been waiting for this: The Government has recognised that there are some issues with the existing system of Building Regulation, including concerns about compliance and enforcement. In particular, the Government is interested in reviewing the effectiveness of its guidance, concerns about industry’s ability to find the right […]


I was mooching around the CIBSE discussion forums today, lamenting why they weren’t active and what could be done about it. There’s a few problems with the forum: There is a members only discussion forum, locked away behind your membership number and a password – not information I could readily remember. The general discussion forum […]


A new report out today from DCLG outlines the potential brownfield land available for redevelopment in the UK.  As a BREEAM assessor, I would predict that the majority of land owned by local authorities or other public bodies (such as English Partnership) would require a BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ in order for any development […]