Links for March 15th through March 19th

by Mel Starrs on March 20, 2012

in News

These are my links for March 15th through March 19th: Building4Change : Storage reduces effectiveness of loft insulation – "The research highlights the practicality issues with lofts in the UK," said Dave Raval, head of entrepreneur fast track at The Carbon Trust. "Lofts should be insulated to the recommended 270mm, but homeowners also need the […]


The BBC managed to ire me on Sunday with this news item on vocational training at 14. I was in the car and the news (on Radio 2) kept insisting on calling engineering a ‘vocation’. No wonder engineering has an image problem. They could have chosen to talk about actual vocations, such as hairdressing, car […]


Links for October 30th through November 5th

by Mel Starrs on November 6, 2009

in News

These are my links for October 30th through November 5th: GEO DYNAMICS – How sustainable are heat pumps? -:- Construct Ireland – Great, but long, article on the pros and cons of air source heat pumps. Level of detail is just right, with plenty of graphs and good argument. BSRIA review of NG Bailey’s Solais […]


Links for July 31st through August 4th

by Mel Starrs on August 7, 2009

in News

These are my links for July 31st through August 4th: By Degrees – White Roofs Catch On as Energy Cost Cutters – Series – – LEED rewards white roofs (heat island effect) and it also pops up in BREEAM Communities – but beware: "Still, the ardor of the cool-roof advocates has prompted a bit […]


These are my links for February 7th through February 27th: Why and how I blog « Robert Kyriakides’s Weblog – Great post from Robert explaining how he manages to blog so prolifically. Expedition’s blog » Think Up Mondays – Chris Wise et al are trying to create something useful out of the recession: "For one […]


This post is inspired by a conversation I had on Twitter on Sunday afternoon with @dbourbon, @SuButcher and @Revit3D. Yes, I know I bang on about Twitter far too often, but seriously. LOVE it. Revit3D wrote a blog post which I have tried to follow up here. The conversation started along the lines of debating […]


by mel starrs on November 28, 2008

in News

What I’ve been reading about: Expedition’s blog » The Call of the Wild: Structural engineers and the next 100 years – " I believe that both Glancey and the ACE are fundamentally wrong. We do not need more engineers. We need better engineers. We need quality, not quantity. We need more thinkers, more engineering designers, […]


These are my links for June 7th through June 9th: The New Environmentalism – Whereas traditional environmentalism perceived the free market as an adversary, the new environmentalism recognizes the marketplace as an important mechanism for problem solving through incentives Newsflash: The Economist accepts ‘curbs on traditional forms of growth’ | Forum For The Future – […]


Creative engineers?

by mel starrs on November 19, 2007

in The Profession

Spotted this great retort to Jonathan Glancey from Chris Wise in the Guardian: This need is poorly served by specialised research universities and corporate engineering practice, rooted as it is in the postwar era and a scientific tendency to avoid responsibility. Nowadays, sums are so easy that many engineers try to analyse their way to […]


Is BIM the future?

by mel starrs on November 13, 2007

in Engineering & Science

BIM (Building Information Modelling) has long been the way I think the industry ought to work. It just seems so logical to me. The premise is simple – build an intelligent 3D model of a building which can be exported and manipulated by various designers, including architects, structural engineers and building services engineers. This model […]