Google for January 15th

by mel starrs on January 16, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, January 15th: Weather Data – For use with Google Earth – loads of weather data in EnergyPlus weather format ? 295 locations in the USA, 71 locations in Canada, and more than 800 locations in 100 other countries throughout the world. Lyons-Dubai – via BLDGBLOG, news that “The Arab emirate […]

{ 0 comments } for January 13th

by mel starrs on January 14, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, January 13th: Best-of-Breed RSS Readers Now Free – Newsgator is now FREE. There’s a strong possibility I will switch from Google Reader in 2008 (which usurped Bloglines during 2007)… what percentage of school buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very […]


Let’s ban the word ‘sustainability’ for 2008

by mel starrs on January 7, 2008

in Fun

Sustainability (the word) is suffering from chronic overuse. I propose we stop using the word sustainability and instead actually say what we mean. I’m by no means the first person to suggest this. James Evison, aka The Foreman at Contract Journal said the same thing last month.  Don’t get me wrong.  I’m not advocating cynicism […]


Merry Xmas

by mel starrs on December 17, 2007

in Housekeeping

A bit early to be calling it a day for Xmas, but I am currently up to my eyeballs in learning Spanish – I have homework to do and everything! Normal service will resume in the New Year; expect blogging to begin again on Monday 7th January.  I am endeavouring to clear out all my […]


BREEAM around the internet

by mel starrs on November 26, 2007


I have BREEAM set as a key word in Google, Technorati, Topix, and Bloglines – if anyone writes BREEAM on the internet, I get notification of it (hey – you all know what a geek I am by now). Which is how I found this OT (off-topic) discussion on BREEAM at SingleTrack magazine. I […]


Tinkering again…

by mel starrs on November 22, 2007

in Housekeeping

Can’t quite find a WordPress theme I’m happy with – think of this as an interim measure.  At least most of the widgets seem to be working and I’ve got rid of the white space at the top of the page. My biggest problem was trying to remember how to get into net2ftp  – thank […]


Battle of the RSS feed readers

by mel starrs on September 20, 2007

in Blogging and social networks

I’m currently trying to decide between Google Reader and Bloglines for my RSS reader of choice.  Both keep adding new features and every time I think I’ve decided on one, the other adds the feature I like about the other.  Google Reader is winning at the minute, but the organisation of feeds needs a serious […]


CIBSE RSS feeds!

by mel starrs on August 20, 2007

in Uncategorized

Now I know I am probably the only person out of the 17,000+ CIBSE members who uses RSS and I have complained in the past about the lack of feeds for the news area of the CIBSE site.  But never let it be said that I complain without seeking solutions.  To the right of the […]


Housekeeping – job alerts removed

by mel starrs on July 27, 2007

in Housekeeping

For anyone who was avidly addicted to my job alerts column (on the right), I’m afraid I’ve deleted it.  The job market for BREEAM is currently at saturation – if you are BREEAM qualified, there are tens, if not hundreds of opportunities listed on other websites.  And any exciting opportunities tend to come about by […]


Happy Blogday to me!

by mel starrs on April 11, 2007

in Housekeeping

It’s been quite a year, but Elemental is one year old today. And to celebrate here’s some stats. My top 5 most popular posts are: What exactly is a zero carbon home then Gordon? In brief: HIPS, renewables, timber and Arup Is this the future for energy generation – magnets? Caspar in Leeds due for […]