Green Building

Long-time friend of the blog, Andrew Kinsey, Senior Sustainability Manager at the Athletes Village for Bovis Lend Lease, kindly invited myself and a few colleagues to have a nosey around the Athlete’s Village back at the beginning of November. We had fantastic luck with the weather as you can see from the picture, which is a […]

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Del.icio.us.ness for March 2nd

by mel starrs on March 3, 2008

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What caught my eye today, March 2nd: Green – alltop – Spending too much time over at Worldchanging, Treehugger et al.? Alltop aggregates the top sites to one page of top headlines. via Guy Kawasaki. Green Building at Stanford Just As Smart As People It Houses – Mac evangelist Guy Kawasaki gets a tour of […]

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Del.icio.us.ness for February 5th

by mel starrs on February 6, 2008

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What caught my eye today, February 5th: JCT wants legally binding sustainability commitments in contracts – Future building contracts could include legally binding commitments to sustainability. The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) started a consultation exercise on 4 February aimed at gauging the industry?s appetite for the idea. AEC, environmental consulting, still strong in U.S.- 2/5/2008 […]

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Eh? What’s going on?

by mel starrs on September 13, 2007

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For the first time since I’ve been out of the country, I’m feeling out of the loop.  Catching up on some reading I found this in Building: Faber Maunsell, the RICS and refurbishment specialist Skansen are to launch a green ratings system for fitting out commercial properties. The online system will be launched at the […]

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Existing buildings key to carbon reduction

by mel starrs on September 7, 2007

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The blogosphere have been saying it since day one, now the industry events circuit is catching up.  CIBSE have announced The Great Refurbishment Event: Making refurbishment a green opportunity scheduled for 24 October 2007 in London. And in case we need reminding why existing buildings are key, Cyril Sweett estimate that by 2050, 60% of […]

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FAERO ceases trading

by mel starrs on September 5, 2007

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Found this via the Energy Performance Certificates for All blog:    On 22nd August 2007, Faero Ltd’s board unanimously agreed that Faero Ltd should immediately cease to trade, and proceed towards corporate dissolution. The reasons are set out in the Notification of ceasing to trade       Whilst the website is now not functioning, old […]

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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 […]

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Again on HIPS

by mel starrs on August 3, 2007

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Thanks to Mark for this one: “our assessment is supposed to be a purely visual one. We are not obliged to be thorough.” Steve Younger, HIP provider Oh dear.  As anyone who has ever tried to do a post construction heat loss calculation for any building built before 1985 will know, it is a minefield […]

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Green paper on housing

by mel starrs on August 2, 2007

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I’m in a pdf blackspot currently so have not been able to read the paper yet.  Luckily Mark Brinkley has done a sterling job summarising the key phrases here. Phil (who is no longer a zero champion, but now merely sustainable*) has a round up here. *I jest of course – it’s a name change […]

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It’s OK, Germaine has the answer

by mel starrs on August 1, 2007

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Germaine Greer (yes, the feminist) has solved the world’s building problems with just over 1000 words. In the Guardian. Why? I have no idea what purpose this serves. Plus Jane Jacobs said it all a lot better and with significantly greater authority. Germaine might want to think about physics and math, too: Following Lloyd Wright’s […]

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