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Hurrah for BREEAM

by mel starrs on April 18, 2008


Well, that post title may be a little OTT, but I am delighted to report that the complete technical guidance for BREEAM 2008 will be available to the public from June (thanks to Tom Saunders for letting me know). Also available for comment until 18 May is a discussion document which looks at how well three of […]


These are my links for April 6th through April 8th: So you want to be an environmental performance assessor – Article from BSJ on EPC, etc. Interestingly, Gifford plan to have 6 assessors, but do not want to waste "good" engineers on the scheme. Certification already seen as a second tier profession and it has […]


These are my links for April 1st through April 5th: How To Find Lost Objects – via LifeHacker – a 122 page pdf on a similar vein to www.flylady.net IES <VE SBEM> EPC SOFTWARE MEETS 6TH APRIL DEADLINE – IES on the ball again when it comes to SBEM (even though their DSM software IMO […]


These are my links for March 28th through March 29th: Feed Copyrighter Plugin – via Casa Salt Shaker (excellent Buenos Airean food blogger) a WP plug-in to add a note at bottom of feeds in readers asserting copyright. Fast Track: Libya – More on BBC World's Fast Track about Libya's ecotourism attempt by Foster's (first […]


Del.icio.us.ness for March 28th

by mel starrs on March 29, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, March 28th: FT.com / Companies / Financial services – Tosca increases stakes in housebuilders – Redrow next for consolidation in the housing sector? “the majority of UK housebuilder stocks are trading below their book asset values and the potential cash value of land holdings” Build it Green and they will […]


Del.icio.us.ness for March 23rd

by mel starrs on March 24, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, March 23rd: This much I know: Amory Lovins – The US has cut by half the total amount of energy used to make a dollar of GDP. It has cut oil use per dollar by 54 per cent and electricity use by 17 per cent. The UK has started to […]


BREEAM revamp – my wishlist

by mel starrs on March 10, 2008


Welcome news in Building this morning that BREEAM is to be revamped in May (just in time for my return to the UK). The article states: The new version of the 18-year-old BREEAM assessment tool will make post-construction reviews mandatory, set maximum levels for energy and water consumption and minimum requirements for material selection. It […]


Del.icio.us.ness for February 29th

by mel starrs on March 1, 2008

in News

What caught my eye today, February 29th: FT.com / Home UK / UK – Walkable, pleasant, urbane, hot – Not sure if Edwin Heathcote is defending the new wave of Middle East architecture and planning or not, but food for thought… Tim Harford’s top 10 undercover economics books – Jane Jacobs at No. 1 – […]


Dysfunctional Workplace

by mel starrs on February 29, 2008

in Management

I found this post on The Top 25 Signs of a Dysfunctional Workplace via Tim Berry and would normally just have added to my del.icio.us feed. Until I read the comments from T R. : Thanks, sometimes it is difficult to understand if it’s you or your work place that is dysfunctional. I work for […]


Engineers – a protected species – part deux

by mel starrs on February 28, 2008

in The Profession

Remember about a year ago there was an epetition floating around regarding the use of the word engineer? Because I signed up to the petition (along with 1,726 others), I received the response in my email. I’ve copied it out in full in case anyone’s too lazy to click through. Basically, they aren’t going to […]

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