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Sustainable Building & Services Course - Birmingham

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

Guest blog by delegate Malcolm Glenister, Dipl. Arch. (Glos.,) RIBA, Director of BPL Architecture, Tewkesbury, Glos., GL20 5NX.

I attended the 2-day introductory course "Sustainable Building & Services", at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, 1046, Bristol Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham, B29 6LJ, on 12th - 13th May, 2009, which was a very rewarding and enjoyably informative 2 days, with a small group of fellow architects in tranquil landscaped surroundings just off the A38.

The 2 days were packed full of interesting and useful information across a wide range of topics, which actively involved the 9 architects from a diverse range of practices and locations.

Day 1...


The Success of Sustainability Now

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

On 13th and 14th May, Phil Clark, Editor-in-chief digital communities at UBM Built Environment pulled off an impressive feat inviting everyone from the construction industry to participate in the virtual event 'Sustainability Now'. I was invited as an expert to take part, and had two slots over the two days where I would contribute to live discussions on issues close to my heart.

After overcoming the technology, I enjoyed a very lively debate with lots of people whom I'd never met - with at least three threads of conversation going on at the same time. There was much to discuss and some controversial comments such as "it has not been proven that human activities cause increases...

Posted in Testimonials


Sustainabilty Now - virtual event 13th-14th May

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

I’ll be joining Building Design’s exciting virtual event entitled Sustainability Now on 13th and 14th May. You don’t have to leave your seats, but do join us some time over these two days for what looks likely to be an event with lots of healthy debate, something The Green Register is renowned for.

Amongst other topics, we’ll be discussing what are the best scale-able ways of improving our existing stock of properties, possible closer ties between BREEAM and LEED, how the Passiv Haus method could be expanded to apply to non-domestic buildings and the old chestnut, the definition of zero carbon.

Follow this link for information on the event -...


Low Carbon Technologies

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

By Guest Blogger Robert Borruso

The session started off with an in-depth look at global energy supply as it currently stands - which for many was an eye opener. Seeing the numbers there on the screen in glorious Powerpoint really brought the 'business as usual is not an option' message home. We moved on to have a look at some of the current technological solutions available to the specifier. It then became apparent that the hype surrounding a technology is rarely a good pointer to how well it really works, which simply confirmed some attendees suspicions.

We then looked forward to a time when some technologies move into the mainstream and large grants for eco-accessories...


Welcomed Turnout for Builders on SBS Course

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

The Green Register ran our regular two day Sustainable Building and Services introductory course in Exeter last week. Usually more than half of the attendees on these courses are architects but this time nearly half were builders. We were really delighted with this - each time we run these courses we get a different mix of people, all contributing their own experiences, frustrations and ideas for the future. This time the builders brought a fresh perspective to the two days, their contributions rooted in the practicalities of achieving well insulated, airtight, low impact buildings.

It's an unfortunate side effect of the downturn that builders have more time to attend training...

Posted in General News


Green Register's Take on Ecobuild

Posted on February 23rd, 2011

The Green Register (TGR) had a small-but-perfectly-formed stand at Ecobuild in Earl's Court this year. The position of our stand was much better than last year's so we received many more visitors including lots of familiar faces - friends, fellow colleagues and TGR members - and all of us staffing the stand were grateful for these visits which kept us going throughout the 3 days.

But we had lots of interest from those who hadn't heard of us. Sadly some industry professionals were telling us that they have been made redundant, yet they were interested in using this time to gain more skills, particularly in sustainability – which is where TGR can help! It was good to have the...

Posted in Events


UK Government CO2e Targets & Seeing Through the Eco-hype

Posted on August 7th, 2009

Guest blog by Robert Borruso, TGR Expert Trainer

The profile of renewable technologies has been growing relentlessly over the past few years, spurred on by countless government initiatives and regulation. Some planning authorities now even insist that a proportion of all the energy used in any new development comes from renewables sources as a planning condition. With the latest targets for UK CO2e emission levels set at 34% below 1990 levels by 2020, and with the government’s own delivery plan containing plans to cut CO2 emissions from the power sector by 50%, you could start to tentatively believe that the promise being made since the early 90s by some green groups that with...


Full House at New Accredited Eco-Refurbishment Course

Posted on July 23rd, 2009

The Green Register held its new Accredited Eco-refurbishment seminar in Bristol on 24th June with a satisfyingly full house. We had three things in mind when creating this course - architects workload slowing down, people not being able to afford to move (and so needling to refurbish/expand their current abode) and the demand for advice on refurbishing houses using eco-principles and hey presto the course was born.

There were so many aspects of eco-refurbishment we wanted to explore on the day that we ended up having 9 speakers and they did a fine job of covering all the main issues. We started off with Forum for the Future describing their Refit West programme, followed by Arup...


Thrifty Dave, Darling Alistair & the G20

Posted on February 23rd, 2009

It pains me to say this and even more to write it down but ‘Thrifty Dave’ (aka David Cameron) is correct in that the way forward through the economic gloom is to become more thrifty, although quite how the Tories intend to achieve this is not clear, least of all to themselves. We cannot ‘grow our way out of a recession’ as darling Alistair stated last week in the Budget report and at the G20 meeting held in London a few weeks ago our great leaders went even further by closing their eyes and throwing inconceivable amounts of money at the problem, perhaps hoping that the sheer number of bank notes would patch up the gaping hole in the economy.

I do not for one minute claim to be any...

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