Links for June 18th through June 21st

by Mel Starrs on June 22, 2010

in News

These are my links for June 18th through June 21st: HAT Projects blog – Hana adds more to Charles' PQQ rant: "The big firms have clients – and particularly the weak public sector ones, who are bound by procurement guidelines – over the proverbial barrel. Not only is it then incredibly hard to promote less […]


Links for March 26th through March 31st

by Mel Starrs on April 3, 2010

in News

These are my links for March 26th through March 31st: My speech at The Economist (on innovation) « Scott Berkun – Replace innovation with sustainability – aha!: "Lastly, I need to talk about words. I’m a writer and a speaker, so words are my trade. But words are important, and possibly dangerous, for everyone. A […]


These are my links for December 10th through December 15th: » One Shot Left – "… if we are to give ourselves a roughly even chance of preventing more than two degrees of warming, global emissions from energy must peak by 2015 and decline by between six and eight per cent per year from […]


RIBA report on Smart PFI published

by mel starrs on January 3, 2007

in Publications & Standards

In what could herald the most radical shake-up for PFI in the past 15 years, RIBA have launched a position paper detailing its PFI procurement model – the Client Concept Design Model – and a number of firm recommendations following the Smart PFI principles: The Client Concept Design Model seeks to address the problems the […]

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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 […]


Learn, zero, sell, people…

by Mel Starrs on April 26, 2006

in Psychology & Marketing

I’m unashamedly pinching my topic today from a great post over at Inhabitat last week on ‘The Next Big Thing in Green Building‘. Guest writer Jared summarises his finding from the Developing Green conference. His four key ideas were learn, zero, sell and people. What I love about this medium (the internet) is the realisation […]


You can’t manage what you don’t measure…

by mel starrs on April 12, 2006

in Management

It’s nice to sit down with an enlightened client who wants to monitor the building once it’s built. Scary how seldom it happens. There are a number of resources out there to assist the design team and the client, and with TM39* ‘Building Energy Metering’ from CIBSE now cited in the Building Regulations Part L2A, […]