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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentAuthorarchie
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2007
    Hi, I'm a Part III student looking into the various Environmental Assessment Methods and Tools that are available to us either to help develop our schemes or to rate the performance of finished buildings. These might be systems such as BREEAM (Ecohomes etc.) and SAP but could also include software tools such as EcoTect. There's plenty of info out there explaining what these methods are for and how they work, but I'm struggling to find feedback from people that actually use them on a day-to-day basis. The floor is open!

    What are your experiences of these assessment methods? Do you find them to be an invaluable element of the design process or are there shortcomings that leave you wondering if they are actually worthwhile? Is the Government backing the most suitable methods? What is the evidence that the buildings that perform well on these test are actually performing well in reality?

    It would be excellent if anyone knows of any publications that have undertaken balanced but crtical analyses of these systems.

    Anything at all that springs to mind will be well received. Many thanks!
    • CommentAuthorGBP-Keith
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2007
    The last issue of BFF put the major green building assessment tools head to head.

    • CommentAuthorarchie
    • CommentTimeApr 24th 2007
    Hi Keith

    Many thanks for that lead, it sounds very helpful indeed. I have ordered it in order to look into it further.
    • CommentAuthorarchie
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2007
    Hi Keith

    Have received that issue of BFF and read the relevant article. Very helpful - thank you!

    Anyone else have any thoughts or comments?
    • CommentAuthorGBP-Keith
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2007 edited
    CAT have just done a small feature in their Clean slate magazine, mainly on AECB's scheme and Ecohomes.

    Also, it is interesting to note that the UKGBC, which BRE played lead role establishing, have chosen BRE's BREEAM and Ecohomes as their assessment tools of preference. What a surprise. This major decision was done and dusted as top priority about two days after establishment of the group. Why was this done in such a hurry? Perhaps before they had any membership who might have wanted to vote on it!

    Breaks the GBC tradition somewhat, as I think all the other GBC's across the globe have adopted LEED. Personally I would have recommended the AECB's Carbonlite or Passivhaus.
    • CommentAuthorarchie
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2007

    Sounds like you have a bit of an issue with BREEAM... Have you had any experience that leads you to suggest this, or is it just the principle that there could have been unfair internal pressure on that decision?

    Some of the info I've looked into suggests that BRE control the certification of your preferred Passivhaus alternative so I assume that they understand the alternative approach of this system and can appreciate its merits. I wonder, are there specific issues that lead to your preference of Passivhaus / Carbonlite?

    It is also interesting that you comment on how LEED is being adopted around the world. It is becoming clear from my research that local factors are crucial to the relevance of most of the assessment methods that are currently in use. Are GBCs around the world adapting the standard American LEED to suit their local conditions (as BREEAM was adapted for Canada and Hong Kong) or are they just using it as it stands?

    Anyone else have any experience of these?
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