Guidance Documents

BRE have just issued ‘Micro-wind turbines in urban environments: an assessment’ (BRE Trust report FB17, ISBN 978-1-84806-021-0) and although I haven’t managed to get a copy myself the Guardian have and they dissect it here. The gist of things is that micro-turbines aren’t a great idea in urban areas on a domestic scale.  Good to see […]

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ZED standards

by mel starrs on November 21, 2007

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Poking about the ZEDFactory site I came across yet more standards. Bill Dunster teamed up with Arup’s to give us ZEDstandards, which on first inspection appear to be in competition with CSH (Code for Sustainable Housing) but predate them by 2 years (2004). Arup have been down this path before – SPEAR was drafted as […]

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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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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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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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The good news is that the technical guide for Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is out and available here (pdf, 213 pages). Energy is now more heavily weighted (a total of 18.8% compared to 13.75% under EcoHomes 2006), new credits include composting and lifetime homes. Gone are the transport credits for local amenities and public […]

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