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Links for July 14th through July 20th

by Mel Starrs on July 21, 2011

in News

These are my links for July 14th through July 20th: Dezeen » Blog Archive » “Good Design: it all adds up” – RIBA report on benefits of good architecture – “the Royal Institute of British Architects in London has published a report promoting the social and economic benefits of well-designed buildings. Entitled Good Design – […]

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Links for May 21st through May 24th

by Mel Starrs on May 25, 2010

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These are my links for May 21st through May 24th: Two thirds of firms ‘unprepared’ for carbon legislation | ITworld – “At the moment most organisations are just using guess work,” he said. “This can’t continue. In the same way that financial auditors wouldn’t accept guesses as to an organisation’s cash position, environmental auditors are […]

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Del.icio.us.ness for March 9th

by mel starrs on March 10, 2008

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What caught my eye today, March 9th: How to save money running a startup (17 really good tips) – The article that started the workaholic furore. Leaving that point aside, the tips are pretty good, especially the second monitor and the expensive chairs. Look after your staff appears to be the mantra – it pays […]

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Population – a sticky issue

by mel starrs on September 14, 2007

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Madeleine Bunting in the Guardian on Monday wrote a piece on population.  Always a tricky debate, her main thrust was that the debate should enter the green mainstream, whereas currently it is seen as a marginalised issue (due to pressure from some quarters – Bunting cites the Pope and US pro-life factions). A book which […]

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Green buildings in India

by mel starrs on June 21, 2007

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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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Skills shortage

by mel starrs on April 18, 2007

in The Profession

I’ve had many a conversation over the past few months lamenting the lack of engineers available for hire at senior and associate level. These figures from 2004 show that we’re not imagining this shortfall – look at the massive gap in age bracket 40-44: General concensus is that in the early 90’s when the industry […]

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Miliband’s webchat on 10 Downing Street

by mel starrs on March 1, 2007

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Following a tip-off from WorkinProperty (another new kid on the construction blogging block) I followed the proceedings here.  Not sure how long the chat will stick around so I’ve cut and paste it below the break for reference.  It was hard to determine how many of the questions were pre-picked and how many were ‘live’.  Some of […]

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Waiting for the energy review

by mel starrs on July 8, 2006

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image ©copyright 2004 UKAgriculture.com The government’s energy review will be published next week. The Independent has the following comment on the proposed proportions of renewable energy sources: They (Adas, analysts from Wolverhampton) have calculated that 3 per cent of all land in Britain, almost 7,000 sq km, will have to be filled with wind farms, […]

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Story from the Yorkshire Post on 1 June 2006 in which a local ecology company are spreading the word about BREEAM. In Canada, green buildings are happier more productive buildings: One study of a green renovation to the post office in Reno, Nevada, found that the $500,000 cost was offset by productivity improvements in the […]

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