United States

This is woefully out of date, but the report is still worth a read. According to the General Services Administration (GSA) in the US, LEED beats BREEAM, CASBEE, GBTools and Green Globes US, as reported in ACHR News on 12 October 2006 and USGBC 27 September 2006. Reasons given are: LEED applies to all GSA […]

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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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BEEP, BEEP…

by mel starrs on May 1, 2007

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A new one on me – BEEP stands for BOMA Energy Efficiency Program (and BOMA stands for Building Owners and Managers Association). Not content with all these acronyms, they also have a scheme called the GREEN (Green Resource Energy and Environment Network). Stateside FM focussed, there could be some useful resources here come the advent […]

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Myspace for engineers

by mel starrs on March 13, 2007

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via ENR (a US publication – how come the UK press hasn’t seemed to have picked this up?)  a story about a ‘Myspace for engineers’, called i-spark.  Looking at it, it seems more like ‘Linked-In for engineers’ to me (see my Linked-In profile on my sidebar). i-spark has a mentor/mentee type membership which might be […]

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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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Green Options – a community blog

by mel starrs on February 11, 2007

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Joining the ranks of other group authored green slanted blogs (including Treehugger and Gristmill) comes a newcomer Green Options. I recognise a few of the writers, such as Jeff from sustainablog, Preston from Jetson Green and Amy from It’s the environment stupid. It’s early days yet – the blog is only a week or so […]

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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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Came across some scary figures via this article (opens a pdf file) written by 2 Stanford MBA students. By their reckoning, the US accounts for 4% of the world’s population and uses 25% of world energy consumption. A sobering thought on it’s own. But their point is that in general global ‘economies’ appear to be […]

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