Mark Brinkley for March 19th

by mel starrs on March 20, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, March 19th: One year on, is the Code for Sustainable Homes working? – Building Design – Mark Brinkley on the ‘no’ side of the debate (I know there’s a word limit on this piece which explains why Mark’s not his normal verbose self ;o)) 40 Under 40: Nominate a young […]


Green paper on housing

by mel starrs on August 2, 2007

in Uncategorized

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 […]


A green and murky conundrum…

by mel starrs on April 4, 2007

in Embodied Energy

Mark Brinkley has written up a great critique of Bill Dunster (of BedZED infamy) and his green philosophy, following on from the article in the Sunday Times at the weekend. Highlights include: Bill’s a fan of thermal mass, acheived by concrete (high embodied energy) He’s not a fan of mech vent, opting for wind cowls […]


Futility and green appendages…

by mel starrs on February 28, 2007

in Uncategorized

Mark Brinkley has been to EcoBuild. It obviously hit a nerve as he has a blinder of a post up on the contradictions of greening our economy. Well worth a read. He asks if he’s alone in his morass – he’ll find fine bedfellows in George Monbiot and Dave Pollard. Reading as much as I […]


Craig Macintosh over at Celsias has a somewhat Malthusian solution to global warming.  Rather than agriculture limiting population (and thus limiting carbon emissions, halting or reversing global warming) a major pandemic could do the job much swifter.  As I keep mentioning, Jared Diamond covers similar topics in ‘Collapse‘.  Gareth Kane has population on his mind too.  […]


Cost Benefit Analysis for Windsave system

by Mel Starrs on October 10, 2006

in Economics, Renewables

Mark Brinkley has bought a domestic wind turbine. If you don’t know who Mark is, he is author of cult self-build manual ‘The Housebuilder’s Bible’. I couldn’t resist running the numbers Windsave quote on their website to see how long Mark will have to wait to see a return on his investment of £1498. I’ve […]