Europe

BREEAM in Europe – Statistics

by Mel Starrs on July 25, 2011

in BREEAM

A great report from RICS called ‘Going for Green’ Sustainable Building Certifucation Statistics Europe – May 2011 (pdf, 9 pgs, 5.86MB!). There’s four case studies – one each for DGNB (German), BREEAM (UK), LEED (US) and HQE (France). My favourite piece of data comes from the really useful map I’ve shown above (click through and […]

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As reported by Building4Change: A new ISO standard aims to bridge the gap between regional and national environmental assessment methods by providing a common framework for them to be carried out. ISO 21931-1:2010 highlights the key issues to be assessed at every stage of a construction project, from design through to operation and refurbishment or […]

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Links for October 13th through October 14th

by Mel Starrs on October 16, 2009

in News

These are my links for October 13th through October 14th: Launch of HCA and English Heritage Guidance set to pave way for new approach to masterplanning – Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) – "The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and English Heritage today launched its first joint 'How to' Guide outlining a new development-led approach […]

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Links for July 18th through July 19th

by Mel Starrs on July 24, 2009

in News

These are my links for July 18th through July 19th: Crouching Tiger? | Forum For The Future – Excellent article on China. "Government backing for big green ambitions is also in evidence at Tianjin. This industrial port east of Beijing is to be the site of a hugely ambitious new ‘eco-city’, a joint Chinese-Singaporean venture […]

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Links for May 26th through June 1st

by Mel Starrs on June 2, 2009

in News

These are my links for May 26th through June 1st: Concentration Solar Power Module Integrates Into Side And Roof Of Buildings – min-CSP – intriguing but no data in the article to back up the theory: "The system, of which the international patent has already been requested, consists of a stationary lens and a linear […]

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Links for March 31st through April 6th

by Mel Starrs on April 7, 2009

in News

These are my links for March 31st through April 6th: Sustainable Design: What Do Europeans Know That We Don’t Know (But Should)?- 3/1/2009 – Building Design & Construction – "The respective roles of regulation and market forces are quite different in Europe from what we expect in the U.S. and Canada. That's one of the […]

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These are my links for June 18th through June 19th: Mott MacDonald launches Abu Dhabi sustainable programme – Building – Estidama – Mott's BREEAM and LEED competitor, bespoke for Abu Dhabi. Anyone got a copy? HDI vs. Eco footprint – Great graphic from WBCSD plotting ecological footprint against human development index. Useful when comparing technologies […]

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Del.icio.us.ness

by mel starrs on May 24, 2008

in News

What I’ve been reading about: NYREJ – What works there, can work here: “Green” lessons from around the world – Architects and engineers sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture by focusing too intently on individual (certification) programs. Architects should focus on some of the universal themes found to be successful abroad, pull appropriate concepts […]

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Del.icio.us.ness for February 15th

by mel starrs on February 16, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, February 15th: The High Cost of Low Trust – Stephen Covey on trust in the business place: “With low trust, you get a lot of rules and regulations that take the place of human judgment and creativity” Ultimate House Design – Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) redesigns the house – […]

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Locavores – pros and cons

by mel starrs on January 28, 2008

in Opinion, Theory and Comment

 Turns out, there a word for what I talked about in this post , eating within 100 miles – locavore. Eating locally sounds like it will be of great environmental and social benefit – but is it? Tim Harford, one of my favorite economist/journalists* weighs in at Forbes.com here and the Free Exchange blog takes […]

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