energy use

One definition of a zero carbon development

by mel starrs on November 29, 2007

in Zero Carbon

There is a wealth of information available at the LEP website including ‘Towards Zero Carbon Developments’ (pdf 108 pages from July 2006). The document proposes a definition of a zero carbon development as: A zero carbon development is one that achieves zero net carbon emissions from energy use on site, on an annual basis. Excluded […]


Green gyms

by mel starrs on November 15, 2007

in Uncategorized

As a former gymrat, this idea has it’s appeal for me: A pioneering project at a health club in Hong Kong takes the excess energy from Lycra-clad gym members and uses it to power the fluorescent lights overhead. The system involves rewiring the generators in gym machines to capture excess energy and running wires under […]

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Skyscraper Monday*

by mel starrs on August 6, 2007

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Plenty around on skyscrapers and tall buildings currently.  Fogetting for a minute Ms Greer, we have: New guidance from CABE on tall buildings. Tall buildings may in future be acceptable at outline planning consent stage provided the proposals are part of a robust and credible long term master plan. The new guidance (pdf, 8 pages), just […]


The logic of green buildings

by mel starrs on March 19, 2007

in Green Building Rating

A very positive pro-green building article here from Eric Corey Freed, a San Franciscan architect. For centuries, people understood how to use natural materials, thermal mass, insulation, and solar orientation to create comfortable shelter. One generation of “cheap” energy use has lost that ability. Tomorrow the sun will rise in the east and set in […]

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Comfort is a green issue

by mel starrs on July 27, 2006

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image from FlickrAs I have discussed before acceptable ambient temperatures in offices have a key role in carbon consumption. Whilst letting temperatures drift beyond say, 28ºC for more than 5% of occupied time in summer can be detrimental to performance, limiting temperatures to 20ºC in summer and 24ºC in winter is overkill, as CIBSE agree: […]