Green Building

The AECB appears to be realigning it’s Carbon Lite program with CSH.  Press release in the latest newsletter states: At the heart of the programme are three Steps to improved energy performance in buildings, which provide robust solutions to the CO2 targets at levels 4, 5 and 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes. These […]

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A familiar tale?

by mel starrs on July 4, 2007

in BREEAM

I’ve been reading Aber Environment and Ethics for a while now. He/She (sorry – no idea of the identity behind the author) has what sounds like a sorry tale regarding BREEAM and university buildings here.  It’s heartening to find that there are some students who are taking this issue and exposing the story – something those […]

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Green buildings in India

by mel starrs on June 21, 2007

in Uncategorized

Found this great little article by M. BHUVANASUNDAR, chairman, Indian Institute of Architects, Coimbatore Chapter, Coimbatore in The Hindu on green buildings.  Two definitions of green to add to the arsenal: The voluntary pursuit of any activity, which encompasses concern for energy efficiency, environment, water conservation, use of recycled products and renewable energy is defined as […]

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BEEP, BEEP…

by mel starrs on May 1, 2007

in Uncategorized

A new one on me – BEEP stands for BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (and BOMA stands for Building Owners and Managers Association). Not content with all these acronyms, they also have a scheme called the GREEN (Green Resource Energy and Environment Network). Stateside FM focussed, there could be some useful resources here come the advent […]

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All the usual suspects

by mel starrs on March 22, 2007

in Uncategorized

A nice placeholder piece in Building with various green ‘gurus’.  By placeholder, I mean it will be interesting to come back to in a few years time and see if things have moved on.  I suspect the gurus all would have said pretty much the same things if asked the same questions 5 years ago. What’s […]

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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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Hope for existing housing stock

by mel starrs on June 27, 2006

in Uncategorized

Hot on the back of the launch of EcoHomesXB, is the news that a major project by the BRE is to look at Victorian dwellings and how they can be improved to meet today’s environmental standards. Britain has the oldest housing stock in the developed world and much of this is represented by the Victorian […]

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Last week I attended an event organised by Construction News Conferences at 27 Sussex Place: ‘Sustainable Construction in Practice‘. Below are some notes and thoughts from the day, roughly in the order of the presentations. Some of the presentations were not available in paper on the day and when these are released on pdf I […]

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Lessons to be learnt from BedZed

by mel starrs on May 30, 2006

in Case Studies

BedZed, Bill Dunster’s pioneering zero-carbon development has been beset by a number of well publicised problems in delivering the vision. For the full details see the piece in the Guardian. The most interesting point to me is that the development has been a success ‘socially’ – always one of the hardest aspects of sustainability to […]

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Building Design reports that at the BCO (British Council for Offices) conference in Dublin 2 weeks ago (I was unfortunately unable to attend), agents were concluded to be the main stumbling block in designing green office blocks: Developers, though, are not the biggest barriers to the spread of sustainable design. If occupiers will pay more […]

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