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Links for May 5th through May 11th

by Mel Starrs on May 12, 2009

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These are my links for May 5th through May 11th: BREEAM: BREEAM Extranet – Elements of the BREEAM Extranet are now available to all with a public log-in option – loving how BREEAM are continuing to open up to all. Multiple monitors boost productivity by 35.5% | 18 Feb 2009 | ComputerWeekly.com – Some bias […]

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Ask and you shall receive

by mel starrs on August 22, 2007

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In a follow up to this post, I went on to the BSJ site and in the feedback form asked for RSS feeds.  Unbeknownst to me, they had already sneaked them in without my noticing!  The feed can be found here. (edit 13 Feb 2009: the BSJ archives are now available on the BSD website, […]

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CIBSE RSS feeds!

by mel starrs on August 20, 2007

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Now I know I am probably the only person out of the 17,000+ CIBSE members who uses RSS and I have complained in the past about the lack of feeds for the news area of the CIBSE site.  But never let it be said that I complain without seeking solutions.  To the right of the […]

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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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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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Babtie Jacobs ‘green’ transport!

by mel starrs on July 9, 2007

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Among my (many) past employers, I have 2 stints at Babtie, both before Jacobs took over.  Reading this in the Times, it could easily be about any of the larger engineering firms in the UK.  There seems to be a certain size in a company’s life when common sense fails to prevail over corporate bureaucracy: […]

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I’m going to have to change all my rss feeds from TheyWorkForYou.com.  Except for Yvette who now has a seat in parliament “when required”, which sounds like when they need someone to point and shout at (or maybe they’re being kind and relieving her of the tedium of having to attend all the time).  The […]

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HIPs delayed till 1 August

by mel starrs on June 22, 2007

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I’m a bit very late in commenting on this, but the inevitable delay to HIPs has been announced.  The government’s phased roll requires HIPs for properties with four or more bedrooms from 1 August, followed by three-bed homes once 2,000 energy assessors have qualified, and all homes when 3,000 have qualified. On 22 May NHER […]

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People and Planet University Green League

by mel starrs on June 13, 2007

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Using 8 criteria, universities have been ranked on Environmental performance. Leeds Met comes out top with 85% of energy coming from renewables, Queens in Belfast is joint 5th, and Leeds Uni is joint 8th.  Bradford gets a 2.1 with joint 16th place and 59% of waste recycled.

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Bits and pieces

by mel starrs on June 6, 2007

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Catching up on gossip, I have come across the following highlights: Low Carbon Kid has a hilarious parody of carbon offsetting here (fart jokes aplenty).  He then goes on in later posts to do a dressing down of the new Energy White Paper (he’s very anti-nuclear with some well reasoned arguments). LCC can earn 10% more […]

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