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NGS PROJECTS BUILDING CASE STUDIES


ASWS, NGS & BrianSpecMan Project List

List of projects, commissions and activities

The following may look like a lot of work but I have not included my 'employee' activities prior to ASWS and only cherry picked those projects with an environmental flavour, rather than all of them, hope thats okay with you.


CASE STUDIES

You could regard the following as case studies

New British Library: Phase 1A: Stages: 1AA & 1AB                               March ‘86 to April ’92
Value: £450m                                                     Site based with SO (Resident Architect)
Project Management: PSA Projects                    Architect: Colin St. John Wilson & Partners Ltd.
Construction Management:  Laing Management Ltd.
This project has a design life of ‘Long life and maintainable’ appropriate for public buildings, meaning a minimum of 120 years, for the building and its fit-out, whilst the structure and substructure design life were 250 and 500 years respectively.  This resulted in the use of methods of construction which were both unusual and traditional, as well as choosing tried and tested product under the then PSA MoB Method of Building scheme, BBA Agrément Certified products and systems and the specification of BSI Kitemarked product.

ASWS started developing Preliminaries A90 Performance Specification here
See GreenBuilding Specification A90 Performance Specification

Brick, stone, slate and natural asphalt are used extensively.

At this time very little was being done or published on sustainability, planet friendliness, health and safety of builders etc and these were not high on anyone’s agenda on this and many other projects.
The design of the dimly lit Exhibition Hall furniture required Afromosia veneer and hardwood to be stained black, I argued very hard against any veneer being used let alone Afromosia CSJW refused to budge, but the built furniture appears to use stained MDF, who knows?
Foamed glass slab and rock mineral wool thermal insulation were specified extensively whilst foamed plastics were not permitted by the DS.
Ramin a species on the CITES lists was called for by CSJW on shelf nosing in store rooms I requested that this was substituted in the specifications.
Stocks of English Oak were insufficient for this large project so crown-cut American White Oak veneer and hardwood was used in all private and public spaces including reading rooms, chosen for its figure free appearance so as to allow the book collections to stand out.  Swiss herd cow leather free from barbed wire scars and linoleum were used extensively in reading room furniture surfaces.
Polyester powder coated aluminium is used extensively on the external envelope because of its long life expectancy and its low VOC.
UV filtration is used in all glazing and luminaires to reduce the risk of damage to books and prolongs the life of all finishes in the building.
Solar shading is used extensively to maximise passage of daylight whilst minimising passage of sunlight and UV light by reflecting it off as many UV absorbent surfaces as possible.  Some Solar shading is active and computer controlled, it learns where the sun is at different times of the day and year and how to maximise available daylight.

Imperium, Speculative B1 Building, Worton Grange, Reading               November ‘88 to June ‘89
Value £9m                                                          Office based
Architects: Bennetts Associates,                          General Contract,          Client: Speyhawk.
External hard works, ASWS /NBS based Performance specification for pond linings, waterfall and fountains, including pumping system.  
Carried out audit on Landscape Architects soft landscape specification.
BA have subsequently gone on to become a leading light in producing good architecture with Greenie Points and promoting it as a method of design we as a profession should adopt, showing the way by example.

ASWS Specification                                                                                 ’91 – ongoing
I have been developing, maintaining and refining my own specification in SpecMan database, built around the NBS library with considerable embellishment to suit different contract and procurement methods and benefiting from past project experience.
Many work sections are included which are not covered by the NBS library, for different construction methods and are being added all the time.
Recent work included developing a work sections for G21 LOAD BEARING STRUCTURAL TIMBER BLOCKWORK created around Steko available from Construction Resources.
Recent developments include Z10 clauses addressing CITES, FSC, A90 clauses for BREEAM, COSHH, CDM, BS 14000, EGAN, off-site prefabrication, Sustainability, A38 Waste management,
My next task is to continue to develop base clauses for materials selected for their Greenie Points, defining their Environmental credentials and performance characteristics to enable robust defence in specification substitution situations.
I have it in mind to make these available as a Specification available on subscription.

See GreenBuilding Specification

Powergen Operational Headquarters Warwick University Science Park, Coventry
Value: not known                                                                                      Jan ‘93-Feb. ‘93
Design & Build contract (contractor not then selected)
Landscape Architect: Mark Westcott (Ex Bennetts Associates)                        Architect: Bennetts Associates
Soft and part hard landscape acknowledged an indigenous population of insects in a nearby ancient forest by providing an insect friendly habitat of ponds, bog gardens and planting, wells, Jacobs ladder, storage, pumping, re-circulating system, waterfalls, visitors boardwalk etc.
A subsequent extension built over much of this landscape.

Product Specification Clause libraries.                                                         Feb. ‘93
Initiated enquiries to establish the clause library for Quality Assured products. 
Initiated enquiries to establish the clause library for Environment Friendly products. 
Approached NBS informally to consider NBS acceptance of "NBS complimentary clauses"

Syntha Pulvin Plus Specification Guide                                                 May - Sept. ‘94
Manufacturer: H B Fuller Coatings Ltd.  Syntha Pulvin (UK)
Specification guide: Clauses and guidance notes: Syntha Pulvin Plus, polyester powder coating.
Structured around NBS Specification work section Z31 and the original Syntha Pulvin Specification using CAWS and CPI principles. 
Guidance notes include guidance on VOC = Zero.
Powder coatings are seen as a long life coating avoiding use of solvent based paints at least 8 times during the products guaranteed life let alone its life expectancy.

Outline Specification Guidelines                                                             Jan ‘96
Practice: GMW Gollins Melvin Ward.
No guidance existed for creating an outline specification, this was requested by a senior member of staff.
Prepared a report looking at references, purpose: covering Client's, QS's, PM's, CDM PS's Technical Resource's needs and BREEAM (Office) assessment needs, responsibility for authoring, objectives; framework and methods.
Draft prepared and issued to TCM Technical Committee Meeting

Bluewater Kent Regional Shopping and Leisure park                            April ‘96 to Nov. ‘98
Value: £380m
Developer: Lendlease Projects (Australian retail developer)
Construction Manager: BCMT (Bovis/Lendlease) D&B procurement
Design Architect: Eric Khune (American)
Executive Architect: Benoy Ltd. (Architects & Designers)
Initial audits of 3 contract specifications.
Establishment of Practice/Project/Package specifications on NBS SpecMan software to simplify and rationalise the creation of approximately 200 package specifications over the next two years.  
Project is broken into many zones including 3 Anchor stores, the triangular Mall Retail Centre, 3 themed entertainment and food villages, 2 carried out by other Architects, 13000 car park spaces on site and in 4 multi storey car parks, Landscaped grounds with activity centre and lakes.
144 package specifications prepared in first two years.
This project has many ‘Violet’ points against it, despite this there are some Green merits.  The landscape contracts were one of the first to be let to encourage the establishment of the planting on site from an early date.  The project brought back into use a redundant chalk quarry.  Care of the natural aquifer, the creation of 13 lakes and activity (boating, walking, cycling) landscape in the grounds required careful selection of materials and treatments to avoid contamination or poisoning.  Reed beds are to use help clean the landscape runoff into the lakes.
The Damp-proof membrane is a clay particle mat that reacts with moisture to create a Bentonite mud-like barrier to rising ground water.

Metal Compatibility Chart and notes                  November ‘96
Furniture designer: Simon Percival FDes RCA 
Ex CSJW. Furniture designer for the New British Library
Simon designs and hand-makes bespoke garden furniture for individual clients and needed guidance on compatibility, durability and methods of protection and separation of different metals and timber.
Prepared a chart to show compatibility and vulnerability between preferred metals, timbers, soils, water and concrete, with reference notes linked to the boxes of the chart.  
Arranged in Base to Nobel metal order for clarity.  
I included notes on acidic timbers, inappropriate Tropical Hardwood species and CITES listed species to be avoided. 
The chart will appear on GreenSpec Download Website See GreenSpecMatrix.

Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University Wales:      May. ‘97 - Nov. ‘97 
Architects: Smith Roberts Associates (Peter Roberts and Brian Murphy past working colleagues).
Value: £2.75m (seeking Millennium fund/Lottery money)
Extension and reuse of existing ‘60s university buildings as Arts, Media & Theatre School for joint public use.
Scope: Site visit, photographic survey, prepare specifications for Building, Finishes, Fittings, External Works.
Advanced works alterations in Great Hall Minor works specification by Brian Murphy.
Internal linings include recycled gypsum and water from Scandinavian electricity generation industry, reinforced with timber fibres from forest thinnings, being used as a lining to the Art gallery for its British Museum approval for compatibility with works of art.
EPDM rubber single layer roofing, Zinc roofing, Welsh slate is used, high performance Scandinavian doors and windows were specified, to cope with this high exposure site.  Rock mineral wool insulation is used generally.
SRA do not claim to be Green but their sensitive contextual design and client base lends itself to assisting in supply and use of local materials for projects.
SRA have used meadow grass about to be destroyed by other developments, as a roofing finish; local rubble with turf mortar in site walls; selective felling of Douglas Fir trees from local managed forests for stripped log structural members and untreated unseasoned Welsh Oak in finishes, reuse of local rubble for drystone walls and use of traditional lime based mortar, render and paint materials.

Oxford Science Park Plot 4 B1 Office building                                       Dec. ‘97 - April. ‘98
Value: £ 2m                                                        Client: Developer
Architects: Proctor Matthews Associates.
Used local Oxford stone in gabions.
Used recycled blue glass as mulch and paving in landscape and in stair treads, ramps and balustrades.
Solar shading is used as well a polyester powder coating.

Benoy TAG CPD seminar:  Durability, Life expectancy, Product Quality and the HAPM manual.
Brian Murphy gave a lunch time presentation on the subject including Specification Substitution, Guarantees etc. followed by the authors of the HAPM manual presenting the Manual, the new ISO on building durability and auditing methods and how they relate to retail design.

CIIG Events Organising Working Group                                                 Nov. ’98 - 
Teresa Brown, Sarah Burgess & Brian Murphy
Ecological Building Centre Construction Resources                                       Feb. ’98
CIIG Review: See published articles.
I encourage all my client’s staff to visit the CR.
Tentative discussions with Lucy Pedler about developing a Green Specification.

Green is the Colour: The Practical Application of Sustainability:           March ’99 - April ‘99
Building Design Conferences at RIBA
Paper on Building, Health & Safety Regulations & Specification in the use of Green materials.
Over an 8 day period of intermittent research in a client’s library and CD information service, I created a bibliography and chronology of environmental issues including; International Summits and Conferences, Public awareness, Green activists, Ethical financial activity, Legislation, Information and Guides, project case studies, publications and articles in the press.
I selected 35 mm. slides from my collection, went on recognisance with camera, I presented the show to the staff members at Benoy, honed the chronology, created the seminar paper and slide show.
Presented the paper at the RIBA conference.  The Chronology will appear on my Website.

See GreenSpec CPD

Public Declaration of Intent to work on Green projects in future           April ’99
I feel that it is all of our responsibilities to change and sooner rather than later.  I now wish only to work with designers adopting sustainable approaches to design and building in the future.
I hope to be able to decline all other work as quickly as possible.  In the mean time I will do all that I can to encourage the use of ‘Green’ and sustainable approaches in ‘Violet’ projects.

Application for post as Senior Lecturer in Architecture (Technology)    April ‘99
Application for post at Kingston University, Faculty of Design, School of Architecture and Design.
Responsibilities could include the teaching of principles of technology and sustainable design and managing the technical and environmental input into the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Potentially developing new modules and their integration with design in Architecture and Landscape courses.
The application was unsuccessful but I will pursue similar roles in the future

AECB Association of Environment-Conscious Building                         June ’99
Having been advised that AECB is not just for builders I took up membership of the Association in order to develop my understanding of the issues to be addressed in building design and specification.

CIIG Visit to BRE                                                                                      Jun ’99
I organised a visits to 3 parts of BRE: Environment Building, Wood Library and Integer House.

Comax Nursery, RAF Farnborough                                                          July '99 - Dec '99
Architect: Walters and Cohen                                                                   Client: Comax Nursery Schools
New single storey two mono-pitched winged steel framed building on an existing wooded site.
Review drawings and provide NBS specification from SpecMan.
External envelope, interiors, furniture, external works and soft landscape.
To enhance their already child safety conscious approach the practice took my advice and visited CR and immediately adopted suitable materials for floor and wall finishes.  Linoleum was specified in place of Vinyl
External works included recycled timber logs from the felled woods as gabion wall filling.
Developed my Gabion Specification to include log filled Gabion wall.
Practice set out to adopt a breathing wall, with unseasoned, untreated, unfinished English hardwood cladding.

Greenwich Millennium Village Phase 2a Blocks 11-20 & Live/Work units              Aug '99 – July ‘00
Architect: Proctor Matthews                                                                      
Important commercial/social housing project setting standards for other 21st Century speculative housing for sale and social housing for rent.
Standards include Parker Morris, Safe by Design, Lifetime Homes, NHBC standards, Egan industrialisation and innovation, Sustainability etc.
BRE are monitoring and guiding choices of materials and has indicated uncoated aluminium can readily be recycled and is therefore acceptable as a green solution so long as it is not coated.
Novel methods are tempered with need to comply with the Construction Products Directive.
The site uses a heavily polluted ex gas-works Brown-field urban site, with a gas resistant membrane 1 meter below site level and passive gas venting system using expanded polystyrene void formers.
The scheme uses CHP with on-site thermal storage, passive vent humidity control, increased U-Values and high performance Scandinavian windows.
I introduced PML to Construction Resources the ecological building centre and pursued the use of Steko timber building blocks as an alternative to traditional timber frame construction.  
After meeting CR and the manufacturer, I developed new specification work section G21 Structural Timber Blockwork.
Despite Steko’s fast construction, the project brief required more off-site prefabrication as well as fast site assembly.
Carried out audit on tender for traditional timber-frame cassette panels used on site.
Metal stud and plasterboard has been used as a non-loadbearing infill panel in later stages.
I argued for the use of rubber as a single layer roofing membrane in place of PVC and built up felt, which has been used on roofs but not terraces.
The Project has achieved BREEAM "Excellent" assessment, BRE Has also been monitoring waste from the site and 50% reduction in the quantity of waste material leaving the Phase 1 site has been achieved.

Interbuild 2000 CIIG Conference                                                             Nov '99 - May '00
Initiated the CIIG conference subjects, based around Egan and Sustainability, I suggested Theme and speakers and joined the sub-committee to develop the proposal.  I spoke briefly on the subject of the profession’s need for topical information and its accessibility.  BRE, CBPP, M4I, T2K presented papers and CR’s Richard Handyside presented Green materials available in the UK meeting Egan requirements to protect contractors..

Lunchtime CPD @ Libraria                                                                      Jan ’00 and ongoing
Joyce Chidlow of Libraria and Brian Murphy are running a series of lunch time CPD seminars from Libraria’s Covent Garden premises at 11 West Street, (Just off Cambridge Circus) Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE.
Initially they will run at monthly intervals 3rd or 4th Wednesday of each month, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  £5.00 will be charged to cover the cost of a buffet lunch.
Subjects so far:
January               Gabion Walls                                               Macafferri Ltd.
February              Safe Access Latchways                                  Latchways plc.
March                  Solar shading                                               Levolux the Louvre Blind Company
June                   Green Materials available in the UK today          Lucy Pedler of the CR
July                    Designing to reduce water demand                  Cath Hassell of the CR

CIIG AGM Events Review                                                                       Mar ’00
In addition to the usual spoken presentation on the previous years CIIG visits, I presented a slide show with dialogue on amongst others the 3 visits at BRE to the Environment Building, Wood Library and Integer House, BAA Heathrow HQ, Christmas do and others.

Artists Studio Peterborough                                                                    Sept ’00
Client: Dr. Ho Law PhD
Architect: Brian Murphy                                                                            Value: £10,000
The final scheme envisaged the use of unseasoned, untreated Oak frame and boarding, breathing wall, clay plaster, clay roof tiling, solar powered/electrical storage lights, using harvested rainwater for brush cleaning and a reed pond to clean the water.
 The scheme was realised in untreated unseasoned and unfinished Green Oak, by a garden shed maker, the building is some what smaller than the original design for half the budget.
My client attended Cath Hassell’s seminar at Libraria to learn about harvesting rainwater water.

The Green Register of Construction Professionals                                       Oct ’00 - 
Attended the launch meeting at Construction Resources.
Developed current CV and Project list emphasising commitment by my clients (architects and designers) and myself to environmentally sound construction into a new Green CV.
Attended 2 days training course at CR in Feb ‘01
Interviewed and accepted as a member of The Green Register.

CAT Centre for Alternative Technology                                                    Nov ‘00
Took up membership with the centre and started purchasing books.
The most important and used almost daily is:
The Whole House Book - Ecological building design & materials, by Pat Borer and Cindy Harris.
I provide all my clients with a copy of the book so we have a common point of reference.

Royal Docks Nursery, East London                                                         Nov '00 - Jan '01

Forum Queensgate Building Science Museum London                          Nov ’00
Architect: MacCormack Jamieson & Pritchard                                          Client: Science Museum
7 storey building and external works including 50 seat Forum, meeting rooms, study bedrooms for visiting students and lecturers, offices and Directors Flat.
Typed 300 page specification describing components and materials in Word file and 175 page workmanship file from SpecMan using NBS text.
Project includes a substantial external solar shading installation.
Created new work section N17 for Internal anti-glare and blackout solar shading blinds
Rewrote and incorporated manufacturer’s schedules and specifications, Acoustic Consultants requirements.
Some team member at MJP are already well versed in choice of the Green materials which is most encouraging, but some times the building details prevent the use of the greenest material.
CFC-free insulation is specified but due to tight construction dimensions use of HCFC-free insulation was not possible despite its availability.
FSC approved hardwoods are required.
Internal linings include recycled gypsum and water from Scandinavian electricity generation industry reinforced with timber fibres from forest thinnings.

Construction Best Practice Club Cambridgeshire                                  Dec 2000
Following on from the CIIG conference on Egan I have taken up membership of the discussion group, an offshoot of the CBPP.
April 2000 included an evening discussing Sustainability in its broadest sense. 

CIIG Events & Visits Organising Working Group                                          Nov. ’00 - 
Tony Howarth, Sarah Burgess & Brian Murphy
Selected events planned
CBPP, M4I, Environment Building & Integer House                                        Feb ’01
Greenwich Millennium Village & Sainsbury Store                                           July ’01
BedZED Beddington Zero Energy Development                                       Aug '01
BRE Environment Design test Facilities                                                    Sept ’01
London Development Agency                                                                  Oct ‘01
Environment Agency                                                                                Nov ’01

CPD EVENTS:
Great Notley Discovery Centre M41 Demonstration Project                      Feb '01
Visited Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales                                            Mar '01
Cambridge CBPP Club Discussion: Sustainability KPI due for launch soon    Mar '01
Cambridge CBPP Club Discussion around Sustainability                          April '01

Penthouse flat interior The Effra Site, Vauxhall, London                        Jan '01
Interior Designer: The ADM Consultancy, Stamford (Interior Designers and Project Managers) 
Developer: St George South London Ltd.                                                 Value £5m
Prepared a Workmanship clauses only specification to support a set of heavily annotated drawings and schedules, clauses were added to address the particular concerns of the practice in relation to poor quality labour carrying out work on recent projects.
The practice is very keen to be educated in choice of green building materials, and to embark on educating its developer clients, who will, in turn take advantage in promoting the green aspects in its sales literature.

Digital Camera                                                                                         Feb '01
Invested in a Kodak DC 280 with a 96 Mb compact flash card capable of taking between 158 and 1100 shots depending upon picture quality and image resolution settings.  
Images saved as *.Jpg format for easy use in Powerpoint presentations, exhibition display, email and Website.
Using a PCMCIA Type II carrier the compact flash card plugs directly into the side of my portable computer to down load the days shots, formatted and ready to start all over again.  
Avoids the use of chemicals in photographic processing.  
Uses rechargable Ni-MH batteries which can be topped up without the memory problems of other types of battery. 

CIIG Review & AECB Green Pro                                                             Feb '01
Invited Keith Hall of AECB to prepare an article for inclusion in a themed issue of CIIG Review, focusing on Information Provider's CD or Online services.
An opportunity for the Green alternative to be seen in context with other predominantly Violet information systems.
The publication goes to 300 individuals, mostly librarians, in offices of all disciplines in the Construction Industry.

Attended TGR events
BedZED visit (Southwark Building Inspectors visit)                                           
Talk by Jon Broome of Architype                                                              Mar '01
BedZED and other ZED projects Talk by Bill Dunster                                
Green Dragon Housing Covent Garden visit                                              April '01
Peter Rickarby 21st Century House                                                            May '01
Solar Century visit                                                                                     June '01

Car engine size reduction & Electric Bicycle:                                         Mar '01
Since most of our car use is for short town runs (12 mile round trips) with infrequent 160 or 400 mile round trips to clients in remote parts and infrequent 1000-2000 mile touring holidays, we felt a greener future is in the form of a smaller engined car.  
Despite a desire and tendency to run a car until it is no longer viable, we have decided to replace the 2 litre engined G reg. Mazda 626 early with only 77,000 miles on clock, with a W Reg. 790 cc Daewoo Matiz SE+ with 9,000 miles on clock.
This is complimented by the electric (rechargeable battery and motor) bicycle we purchased last summer for Maggie to use during the warmer weather to go to town etc.  Maggie's joints will not let her cycle without this additional assistance.  12 mph and 35 mile range on single charge, Cost: £676, UK manufacturer.
I will continue to use a pedal bicycle to get to the local railway station in all but the worst weather when visiting London Practices.  Investigating a foldaway PV panel for charging electric bike.

Planning to design/build our own EcoHouse                                          Mar '01- '06
Having searched intermittently for the past 4 years for a suitable bungalow for 3 with room for an office at a maximum price of £100,000 (possible in Peterborough) in a suitable location, without luck.
We have decided to build our own.  
Our first bit of research was to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales for Maggie to get a flavour of what an EcoHouse might look like and to get an introduction to the many issues addressed at CAT.
The building plans are well developed with initial ideas for phased progression from binuclear bungalow for parents with semi-autonomous accommodation for 24 year old son, with provision for self catering flats in attic space for a small income in the future.

Specification workshop at the AECB AGM/Conference                                June '01
Invited by Lucy Pedler of Archipeleco to run a Specification workshop, on Sources of Eco-materials and Information to assist in writing specifications for Eco-materials.  Ran workshop twice, Friday and Saturday.

66-68 Sclater Street, Whitechapel, London                                             Mar '01
Architects: Pastina Matthews Architects (Chris Matthews is brother of Andrew Matthews of PMA)
Jacqueline Pastina works with a number of land and building owners who have no specific proposal for their sites, works with the local community to determine their needs and finds a solution which best keys into site restraints and building envelope.  A local Agenda 21 in action.
This projects brings back into use three empty floors above a pair of shops with under utilised basements, as 3 No. 2 bedroom flats and 2 shops.  The basements are to be given better access and light with stairs in the shop window space to enable them to become retail space rather than only storage.

City Lofts Hoxton Square Shoreditch, London                                         Mar '01 - Aug '01
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                           Client: City Loft Developments
Value: £6.4m
This project was too close to tender date for a full specification to be prepared by ASWS, however a service is being provided to write prescriptive clauses only and wrap them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification included such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill cladding panels, waste management and use of green products in insulation and other products.

Ark Nursery and Women's Day centre, Southwark London                           Apr '01 - Dec '01
Architect: Walters & Cohen
Client: Ark,                                                                                                Value £_m
The existing building required interior strip-out and new, lift, ramps, escape stairs and accommodation pods constructed insitu to provide a comprehensive mix of rooms and toilet/kitchen/utility facilities.
The Specification made use of all demolition and alteration materials including building fabric and services, maximising waste separation and recycling on and off site.
Green Materials for linings, floor and wall finishes and paints were included in the Specification.

City Lofts Argus House, Robert St. Brighton                                            Mar '01, Aug '01 - Dec '01
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                    Client: City Loft Developments
82 residential and live-work units above multifunctional community uses including fringe theatre and exhibition spaces at ground and basement floors.
The proposal brings back into use a neglected and fire gutted Victorian print works, an Edwardian building and replaces two '60's buildings with new bookend buildings to complete the block.  
In a Conservation area with 3 existing planning permissions including 40% social housing. 
The Cast Iron and steel framed brickwork building suffers from flooding of the basement floor, thought to be tidal.
ASWS have written prescriptive clauses only and wrapped them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement without Bill of Quantities, with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification included such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill wall and roofing panels, waste management and use of green products in insulation behind render, carpets, paints and other products, refurbishment of existing timber windows rather than replacement.
The Design and Build negotiated tender has virtually removed all of the green products on the grounds of cost but negotiations were still under way with Construction Resources.
The project is electrically heated and used 24 Hr. mechanical ventilation extracting from bathrooms, numerous team members had pushed the Services Engineers to review this without luck. I managed to get the reluctant M&E engineer to review his proposal for permanent mechanical extraction in conjunction with electrical heating after three pervious attempts by other team members, after I proposed three possible alternatives one heat reclaim scheme was implemented that saved each flat £300/annum in heating costs. 
The Design and Build negotiated tender has virtually removed all of the green products on the grounds of cost.

6 Penthouse flat interiors, Eaton House, Canary Riverside, London     Jun '01 - Jul '01
Architect: Walters & Cohen
Developer:                                                                                                       Value £_m
Materials and Workmanship Specification for Fit out of two top floors of tower.
This project originally set out to use thermal energy via heat pumps from the Thames as renewable heat source, costs were used to justify changing to Electric Heating.  Some natural materials were specified.

CPD EVENTS:
Attended GAIA Sustainable Construction Series
Materials Selection                                                                                         Jun '01
Lighting and daylighting                                                                                 Jul '01

Joined EDA Ecological Design Association                                           Jul '01

Joined ZEN Zero Energy Network at Hockerton Housing Project                 
Prepared first of a series of articles on specification related to Green and Zero Energy development materials, the first is on the contractual and legislative framework around Specification Substitution and suggests measures to control and mange it to the buildings advantage.

CPD events
Welsh Civic Trust Awards Cardiff Millennium Stadium Aberystwyth Arts Centre           July '01
CBPP/M4I/CITB at BRE Construction and Demolition Waste                    Aug '01
Self Build Exhibition Alexandra Palace                                                   Sept '01
WSSBT Self Build Conference                                                                 Oct '01
WSSBT Segal Self Build Seminar                                                            Nov '01
BRECSU & Sussex CC Energy efficiency drive                                         Dec 01      

 

AECB VISITS ORGANISER:                                                                      June '01
I volunteered to arrange visits throughout the year and was elected onto the AECB Committee at the AGM.
Will co-ordinate with Lucy Pedler on The Green Register visits.
Preparing for the NGS launch has been an obstacle to progress.
MAKING BUILDINGS IN ABERYSTWYTH                                                 Nov '01
Encouraged Peter Roberts of Smith Roberts Associates is providing the Guest Lecture on The Evolution of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and its Construction, it was planned to coincide with The Crafts Council touring exhibition MAKING BUILDINGS and Centre for Alternative Technology's special children's education project which explored different materials and methods such as rammed earth and straw bale construction.

NATIONAL GREEN SPECIFICATION                                                         April '01 - Nov '01 - on going
NGS is to be a readymade Specification primarily for all Construction Industry's Design Professionals:

It also has the potential to be of value to:

NGS will describes all materials, products and methods of construction available in or from the UK which have Environmental Credentials which are better then the conventional materials in general use in the industry today.
These will include a diverse range including:

All descriptions will be in the form of ready made Specification clauses ready to include in Project Contract Specifications.
NGS will be available as:

NGS hopes that with the help of LTCS the first issue will be available free in order to distribute it to the biggest number of people, on a CD on the front cover of many professional's and industry wide and domestic magazines, and from the website.
NGS hopes the initial cost of producing the specification will be paid for by an annual 'club' membership fee enhanced by grant Moines, membership will access user groups, feedback, draft reviews, news on progress, etc.
Landfill Tax Credit Scheme appears to offer the best prospects for success.
Assuming LTCS Moines are no longer available after the first issue, subsequent updates could be available on paid subscription.
The building industry generally is on the brink of conversion to Greener practice and greener building.
NGS will be a great asset to those wanting to change but not having the know-how, time or the resources to find, scrutinise information, assess materials, to design with them or to describe them adequately for contract.
Much information exists in diverse formats and much research has been carried out and published, but most of this is unavailable to the vast majority of one-man-bands that makes up the majority of Architects practices.
It is hoped that the many Greenies who already know and use these materials will be recruited to write and edit the many chapters (work sections) of the NGS to provide a comprehensive specification.
It is hoped NGS which will be compatible with existing industry standard National Specifications NBS and NES used by the Violet (non-green) majority of the industry.

NGS was launched at CR on the 21st November 2001 which required promotional leaflets distributed throughout London, an exhibition display screen and PowerPoint show.  Five presentations were run over the day with special events for CIIG and TGR.  I am actively seeking funding and applying for Grants and have posted a survey of current specification practice on the website www.greenspec.org.uk, to determine what the industry and professions require.  During 2002 I am taking the NGS presentation to the country running as many events in conjunction with AECB & CAT, one for Wales at the Centre of Alternative Technology, another in Edinburgh with GAIA, and numerous with RIBA regions, etc.

New Office Block 64 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark                           Oct '01 - Feb '02
Architects: CCCP Ltd                                           M&E Engineer: Atelier 10
Client: Real Studios Ltd. (Interior Designers and Exhibition Designers)
Garath Wilkins is a friend of Chris Matthews (Pastina Matthews Architects) who passed my details on.
CCCP adopt Green approaches and seek out Green Consultants to work with.
This building uses an open topped staircase to allow low velocity mechanical ventilation using fabric ducts and opening windows to occur within the stair core protected from the road and rail noise.  An exposed cellulose fibre Class 0 fire board is proposed as a rain screen for the stair wall, timber or metal stud, cellulose fibre insulated and plasterboard is used to support the rainscreen.  Very low flush toilets come as standard working with Atelier 10.
Quality service and sensitivity to the design are rare commodities in M&E Consultants, they have all of this and are proactively Green to boot.  This has been good to work on, is near to CR and could be the subject of a TGR visit.

Public House Refit, New 4 Flats in upper floors and 6 New maisonettes     Nov '01 - Jan '02
Architects: Walters and Cohen                                                                  
Specification for Surveys, salvaging materials and components, reuse and repairs to existing building and demolition for new build.  New work interiors and existing work fitting-out are consistent to maximise repetition and minimise costs.
Green materials were specified extensively but it is expected many will be filtered out at tender stage.

CPD EVENTS:
Attended TGR events
Hockerton Housing Project                                                                        Nov '01
Mile End Park, Green Bridge and Earth Sheltered Community Build       Dec '01
Urban Nature Talk by Andre Viljoen                                                          Dec '01

AECB AGM Conference 2002 Sub-committee                                         Jan '02
Joined 4 person sub-committee to determine and arrange the workshops and speakers for the two day annual gathering of AECB members.  My initial submission to the committee for consideration:.
How To Green Up Your Act
National Green Specification
Natural Swimming Ponds
Bio Engineering (Next year)
Green Landscape (not this year)
Construction And Demolition Waste Management & Use Of Second Hand Materials
Industrialised Construction Processes (not this year)
Brownfield Site Issues (not this year)
Forest Stewardship Council Scheme (not this year)
Segal Method And Segal Approach and Timber Buildings Without Preservative Treatment
Grant Funding Of Green Projects (not this year) (Leaflet?)
Visual Review Of AECB Visits (AGM)

Mungo TGR member's Magazine                                                             Jan '02
I was invited to prepare a 250 word mini biography about my role in the green world to appear in the first edition of the new member's magazine.

CPD EVENTS:
Attended GAIA Sustainable Construction Series
Water and Sewage treatment                                                                    Jan '02
Heating, NGS Display at Exhibition                                                          Jan '02
Attended AECB events:                                                                           
Centre for alternative technology: new environment information building.     Feb '02
Guided tour with Cindy Harris and Pat Borer, followed by NGS Presentation.
Attended TGR events
Attended 4 additional in depth TGR seminars at CR                                Feb '02
XCO2 Connisbee Talk by Robert Webb                                                     Mar '02

Green Tariff Electricity Supply to Home and Office                                 Nov '01
Changed from Eastern Gas and Eastern Electricity, via Scottish Power (since discovered they are big users of Nuclear Power) to Powergen Gas and Green Electricity supply.
By accepting gas and electricity from Powergen they make profits on gas to enable cheap green electric supply.

NATIONAL GREEN SPECIFICATION                                                         Jan '02 and ongoing
As part of the NGS launch I invited anybody with a location and an audience to contact me.  I have had 10 tentative discussions with Architects, Local Agenda 21 Officers, Green organisations AECB, CAT, GAIA, EDA, SEDA about running events between February and October 2002.
I am actively seeking funding by applying for Grants.
I am negotiating opportunities to work on greening-up Practice Specifications or NBS formatting Green Practice's own specifications and negotiating copyright licences to use the specifications created as core material for NGS.
I am considering attending Interbuild 2002 and other industry shows to promote NGS with display and presentation.
NGS Promotional Activity:
Green Drinks Peterborough, UK CEED                                                      Dec '01 and monthly
GAIA Heating event, NGS Display at Exhibition, short presentation                Jan '02
Building for a Better future Guildford Sussex CC, Display at Exhibition    Jan '02
WRAP event Cambridge                                                                           Feb '02
HECA event Godmanchester Fenland DC, Display at Exhibition                     Feb '02
Greater London Authority visit to discuss funding                                            Feb '02 (more below)
Invitation to be a Peterborough Ambassador (UK CEED link)                           Feb '02
Attended Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Construction Committee       Feb '02
Peterborough Environment Cluster Launch, Display at Exhibition                   Feb '02
AECB event: NBS Launch in Machynlleth Wales at CAT                                Feb' 02
Cambridge CBPP Club, Cambridge University Building Programme        Mar '02
CIIG AGM Years review of events and visits including NGS launch          Mar '02
Marketing & Sustainability Construction Products event, NGS Display      Mar '02
Recycled Plastics Are you missing out? Recoup Peterborough                Mar '02

GAIA Environmental Audits for Manufacturers and Products                Feb '02
Have agreed to invest £5000 in kind into a DETR PII bid project to disseminate information on manufacturers and products having achieved an Environmental Audit on their operation and manufacturing processes.  This is an opportunity for reciprocal benefits for the project and for NGS and will allow products to be specified in NGS and via ASWS consultancy.

Anne Thorne Architects                                                                           Feb '02
I met Zana Dean at the AECB AGM/Conference and Francis at a Walter Segal Self Build Conference.  I was later invited to do project Specification Writing when I was too busy to accept the commission.  I followed up a hint that they might want to create a Practice Specification from their existing project specifications.  In the meeting we discussed the possibility that ATA could pay NGS to do the work for ATA; if ATA gave up Copyright for NGS to use then NGS would offer a 40% discount to ATA for the privilege.  Thus ATA get a specification cheaply and NGS is underway.

Greater London Authority visit to discuss NGS funding                                Feb '02
Samantha Heath the Chair of the Environment Committee recently addressing Waste and now Energy, attended the NGS Launch and invited NGS to meet and discuss the prospect of NGS submitting a bid for Monies from the Single Pot of funding from many London Organisations and Authorities.
Submitted a 5 page outline of NGS intentions and objectives for a three year programme to create NGS, with a guess of approximately to £1m. to achieve this.  A more accurate budget is being prepared to submit in May/June.

Architects Can't Read                                                                              Mar '02
Event: Marketing, selling & sustainability in the construction products industry
Organiser: Joint LTA and CPA event, held at the Building Centre.
Architects can't read, Technicians want facts and figures, Specification Writers want it done for them, and Builders don’t want yours, they want your competitors, so where do you pitch your literature.
My paper will be about the differing needs of different team members of the design and construction processes.
The title is prompted by the over-generalised view that Architects learn a great deal more information from diagrams, charts, illustrations, diagrams, cartoons, pictures than from any amount of text, and they communicate with drawings, other members of the team need different information.
BRM spoke to an audience of Manufacturers about selling products and difficulties selling sustainable materials.
This will be an opportunity to promote NGS directly to manufacturers.  NGS exhibition also displayed.

Paul Davis & Partners Staff Training CPD evening                                Mar '02
Alec Howard (Ex Benoy) and Elliot Carter (TGR member) invited me to talk about the basics of writing specifications, with the view to follow up events, in more detail.  The talk included a critical review of recent project specifications by the Practice, highlighting weaknesses and solutions.
The first follow up meeting planned is to discuss how PDP can help to fund NGS and benefit with a PDP practice specification of the back of the NGS Specification.  Similar issues on funding to the ATA suggestion were suggested in a pre-meeting letter.

76 Sclater Street, Whitechapel, London                                                  Mar - April '02
Architects: Pastina Matthews Architects (Recently joined TGR)
This new build projects completes a terrace of 3 storey empty and derelict terraced houses brought back into use by the same practice and client with 5 stories of flats at one end.  The local authority Planning Officer is particularly interested in the project since the building is within a Conservation Area quality detail and materials will be adopted.
All materials and services will be green in this project from the outset, budgeted accordingly.
ASWS will prepare a complete specification.

Urban Mines, Halifax, West Yorkshire                                                    Mar '02
They are a Landfill Tax Funded Environment Body helping small business to build around recycling and reuse of materials from Domestic and Municipal Waste streams.  One of their projects is to build a Sustainable Growth Park including Business Innovation Centre, Civic Recycling Centre, Reprocessor starter units, Commercial and Domestic Waste Materials Recycling Facilities (MRF), Wood chipping site, Composting facility, Settlement and treatment Lagoons, Aggregate Recycling, etc.
They see a need to help stimulate this activity by creating a demand by encouraging designers to think recycled and second hand and ensure there is a supply to match demand.
Specification is the way forward and Fiona Ellwood invited NGS to discuss NGS's potential to help this initiative and possible future funding of NGS

NBS SpecMan Standard and Advanced, SpecWriter & NBS Landscape Software Training                        Mar '02 - May '02
I intend to attend the training to learn about the more detailed features of these programmes, to see and confirm details of how NGS can best exploit these 3 programmes to integrate NGS and NBS and provide a simple solution for the existing NBS Specification writers, and a simple platform to use NGS.  An opportunity to meet potential users of NGS and promote NGS to them.

Health Club for Bank's own staff                                                             Mar '02
Architects: Walters and Cohen                                                                  Client: to be advised
After the initial telephone enquiry on budgets I prepared a page of notes on services strategy for energy saving health club addressing CHP heating and power generation, water use reduction and heat recovery from water and air, and submitted it to the Architect.

City Lofts Manchester                                                                              April '02
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                           Client: City Loft Developments
80 residential units above Restaurant/retail unit
ASWS prepared prescriptive clauses only and wrapped them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement without Bill of Quantities, with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification included such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill wall and roofing panels, waste management and use of green products in insulation behind render, carpets, paints and other products.
The project is electrically heated as are many housing schemes of late.
Introduced specification for domestic waste segregation at kitchen sink and communal bin store using colour coded 2 and 4 wheel bins.

Jupiter 4 Birmingham Residential development                                           June '02
Design Architects: RMA Architects London                                               Developer: Redrow Homes Midlands
Production Architects: Ruddle, Wilkinson & Partners, Peterborough                
Value: Phase 4 £15m of £60m
Initial enquiry to review drawings and prepare budget.  
Will prepare a proposal for Architect, Client and QS consideration outlining possibilities to green up this project.

Peterborough Innovation Centre                                                             April '02
Architects: Ruddle, Wilkinson & Partners                                                   Client Briefing: UKCEED,
The Client Briefing body has referred the Architects to NGS and insisted the building is as sustainable as possible using the best Green materials available.

AECB Visits Organiser:
Agreed to co-ordinate with TGR's visits organisers.
Walter Segal Self Build In Brighton 2 site visits                                        May '02
ZEN, TGR and AECB Joint meeting at Hockerton Housing                       Spring '02
BRE Visit                                                                                                   Summer '02
NATURAL SWIMMING PONDS                                                                 Sept '02

NGS Budget meeting with Collaborators                                                 April '02
In order to finalise the detailed budget for NGS creation over the first 3 years and one year of maintenance and subscription service, NGS called a meeting at Construction Resources to show the 3D Excel spreadsheet that has been developed so far by way of email correspondence and correct any assumptions and receive any feedback.
Collaborators identified so far include, Green Architects, Builders, QS, Service Engineers, Educators, Researchers, Technical Authors, Specification Writers, Librarians, Information Suppliers, Database Creators, Visual Basic Authors, Authoritative Bodies, Marketing and Fund Raising, Trainers.

Cambridge CBPP Club, National Green Specification Workshop           18th April '02
Invited to run an evening workshop at the Construction Best Practice Programme Cambridge Club on the NGS to try to do some Market Research into what is needed by many disciplines across the industry.
Set up syndicate groups to Brian storm and return with top 5 topics which prevent progress towards a more sustainable industry.

Wakehurst place Visitors Centre                                                             May - Jul '02
Architect: Walters and Cohen                                                                   Value: £1.75m  £1,184/m2
Client: Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, Wakehurst Place and the Millenium Seed Bank
Fee proposal accepted, prepared a 17 page report reviewing scheme with detailed proposals indicating materials, methods of construction and services to be avoided and suggesting others for consideration, steering team towards more sustainable high performance building, structure and services.  Submitted for the first design team meeting.
Preparation of Prescriptive Specification to follow.

NGS Brochure                                                                                          May - Aug '02
In order to source large funds it has been suggested NGS should prepare a Brochure suited to financial Institutions, funding bodies and Grant funding agencies.  The brochure text is being prepared

NGS Presentation to London RIBA and CLAWSA                                    Jun '02
Evening CPD event

NGS, BPG and HAPM                                                                               Jun '02
Building Performance Group invited NGS after attending CLAWSA event.
Discussed possibility to join forces with BPG, HAPM, SPON (publisher of HAPM and BPG CLM)
NGS desires to include CLM (Component Life Manual's Guaranteed Life and failure mode information.
Possible inclusion of HAPM audit guidance 'Nuggets of information' in NGS.
Discussed development of A90 Performance Specification since most government-funded projects take away final specification from Architects.  Will review clauses on Design Life, Component Life, Durability and Guarantee.
Will take the opportunity to prepare A90 for publication and subscription service to give NGS the kick-start required.
See later DETR PiI Fund Applications.

NGS and BRE CWR meetings                                                                  June '02
Meeting with Centre for Waste Recycling to discuss possible collaboration and LTCS Grant applications.

CIIG 40th YEAR CONFERENCE & AECB Green Pro                                        Jul '02
Presented AECB's GreenPro product database now web based at www.newbuilder.co.uk and I will man the AECB exhibition stand at a themed conference focusing on Information Provider's CD or Online services.
An opportunity for the Green alternative to be seen in context with other predominantly Violet information systems.
The audience will be mostly librarians, in offices of all disciplines in the Construction Industry.
Other speakers will include Building Centre, NBS, Barbour, RIBAP, TI, TSO, etc.

AECB SUMMIT 2002 COMMITTEE, AGM & CONFERENCE                             Jul '02
One of 4 sub-committee proposing and selecting venue, speakers and subjects.
Proposed 10 subjects 7 selected including: National Green Specification, Walter Segal Self Build, Construction and Demolition Waste Management, Recycled Products, Natural Swimming Ponds, Bio Engineering, How To Green Up Your Act.  An opportunity to present the NGS proposal to members and do some market research which will feed into the discussion on How To Green Up Your Act.  Helped with organising Speaker's IT,
Displayed NGS screen with other exhibitors.  Presented two work sections from NGS relevant to speakers topics.

White City Retail Development
Value £600m                                                                                            Jun ’02 - May '03
Executive Architects: Benoy                               Concept Architect: Ian Richie
Developer: Chelsfield                                          Project Manager: Second London Wall
The brief indicates a Green and Sustainable design, Benoy require advice on these aspects.
Asked to comment on a proposal in respect of use of 50% recycled materials to be used on the project.
Asked to help with Project Specifications for whole project using ASWS specification in SpecMan.
This requires a Copyright Licence to ASWS specification and the project represents an opportunity to progress NGS at the same time as the Project.

Laing Homes Central Procurement
Invited to help rationalise Group Supply Agreements                               Jul '02 - Oct '02
Work includes Specifications; suggested NBS format and with LH desire to improve waste management and use green materials, there is scope to bring NGS into play.
Potential for Sustainability/Environmental Consultancy to LH.

Greenwich Millennium Village Phase 2b                                                Jul ‘02 - Oct '02
Architect: Proctor Matthews Ltd.
Continuity from phase 2a since Aug '99, 
Carried out audit and update of core text for each trade package which are, in most cases, to be repeated with the existing constructors on phase 2a.
BRE Has also been monitoring waste from the site and well in excess of 50% reduction in the quantity of waste material leaving the site has been achieved.
Architectural metalwork and External Joinery packages.

RIBA Enterprises Specifiers Network                                                     Jul '02
Further to the CIIG conference I was asked to attend the review of RIBA Product Selector, PS+ CD (issue 14) and PS Website content and format.

City Lofts Piccadilly Basin, Rochdale Canal, Manchester                             Jul '02 - Nov '02
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                           Client: City Loft Developments
Medium rise block of flats with Lift and stair access.
ASWS prepared prescriptive clauses only and wrap them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement without Bill of Quantities, with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification include such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill wall panels, A38 Waste Management and use of green products in carpets, paints and other products,
The project is electrically heated as are many housing schemes of late.
Investigating domestic waste segregation in multi storey building with refuse chute and communal bin store.

Queripel House, Duke of York, Cadogan Estate, London                              Jul '02 - Nov '02
Architects: Paul Davis Architects                                                              Value: £5.5m
Client: Cadogan Estate                                                                             Construction Manager: Laing
Façade retention and 3 new elevations, Retail, Office and medical Centre.
Phase 2 of 3 chase project, rationalise Phase 1 specifications and outline specification.
Opportunity to introduce clauses to implement guidance given in PDP's NBS Environmental Advice Sheets created from ECD's Greening of NBS report.

Experience Northumberland at Woodhorn                                              Jul '02
Project: Mining Museum Exhibition design                                              Interior Designer: Real Studios Ltd.
Initial enquiry: Indicated interest in offering Specification Service and Sustainable/Environmental Consultancy and possible role as partner in project.
Sustainability is important part of brief as is BS EN ISO 14001 accreditation.
Prepared a report on issues for Design Studios taking steps towards accreditation in their daily operation and in their design role.

Green Construction and NGS Presentation to Ryder Architects             Jul '02
Late afternoon/Evening Staff CPD event 3 hours informal presentation.

BENOY Staff CPD Event: Green Specification and Retail Developments     Sept '02
Howard de Mont (Specification Writer) and Andrew Maryniyak (TGR member) invited BRM to talk to the Practice about NGS.  An opportunity to discuss how a practice concentrating on commercial developer led large retail developments, can green up its act and adopt more sustainable approaches to product selection.

Pre-Johannesburg Summit Conference                                                  July '02
NGS exhibition and Attend Conference Birmingham International Conference Centre

NGS and NBS meeting                                                                             Jul '02 - 
Meeting in Newcastle with Richard Waterhouse NBS's new MD to explore any opportunities for collaboration between NBS and NGS with NBS.
Opportunities potentially exist in many aspects of NGS production:
Software training in the use of NGS as a template within SpecMan and SpecWriter, (1200 and 3000 subscribers) and the newly launched Scheduler (500 subscribers already).
Understanding the future developments NBS software which is becoming more intelligent and less prone to poor specification writers generating poor contract specification.
NBS have a printing/publishing house which can be used to create binders and content for NGS (NBS has 2700 hardcopy subscribers).
NBS uses Newcastle University for generating its software and updating services.
See DETR PiI Fund Applications.

NGBPB National Green Building Price Book                                           Aug '02
Alistair MacConnocie a Contract QS with an MSc in Sustainability is interested in creating a Building Price Book for Sustainable construction.
NGS is keen to see this develop and is doing all to assist and encourage Alistair to carryout feasibility study and budgeting for his project and NGS will investigate opportunities to fund NGBPB.
Have reviewed reports by Alistair by email and added suggestions about scope and detail.
Arranging meetings with BRE CfRM Centre for Resource Management.
Attended joint meeting with Tarmac Recycling division Wolverhampton.

GRANT APPLICATIONS                                                                            August '02
Prepared Applications to NESTA and DETR PiI funds for Grant monies.
Joint application with BRE CfRM making application.
NGS will do a substantial part of the work on this project in partnership with BRE.
This project consists of:
A38 CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT/MINIMISATION preliminaries development.
C20 DEMOLITION WASTE MANAGEMENT/MINIMISATION to create.
To write a specification clause for 1920 recycled products and suppliers and add them to the NGS Website with manufacturer's literature as PDF files for downloading by users.
To feed this into the new BRE Geographical Information System.
Convert a number of BRE publications on waste management and use of recycled materials into specification clauses.
Joint application with UKCEED on a Local Waste Recycling initiative to be promoted to other counties.
PiI Focus applications: both successful at stages 1 & 2.
PiI Application for Performance Specification passed stage 1 failed to submit 2nd stage
NESTA application rejected.

TGR Expo 2002

TGR induction Seminars

Resigned from AECB in support of TGR

BRE WRAP Certified Recycled Building Products

BRE WRAP

WRAP Aggregain

NGS Website replacement                                                                       April 2003 - 
Sandy Patience recent director of Causeway and inventor of SpecNet, joined forces with NGS to develop a new Website for NGS, Sandy is an Architect, experienced information user and keen to see Sustainability brought to the masses.
Sandy is now developing the new Website to offer a simple easy to use interface of drop down menus to CAWS and Uniclass tables.  The site is in the early days of including manufacturers product information, specifications, Checklists, Design Guidance, Articles, Bibliographies, Links and Image bank.

RIBA Sustainable Futures Committee                                                       April 2003

Ethical Consumer World

Groundwork LASEER                                                                                June 2003

AECB AGM                                                                                              

NGS and BRE CSC meeting                                                                     '03
Planning a meeting with Centre for Sustainable Construction to discuss possible collaboration, copyright licences to use Environmental Profiles, EcoPoints/BREEAM, EcoHomes, data.

NGS User Group Meetings                                                                      Autumn '03
The purpose of the meeting(s) will be to carryout the survey that was intended for the NGS website, to ensure that the NGS is what is required.

Joined EDA Ecological Design Association                                           Jul '01

Joined ZEN Zero Energy Network at Hockerton Housing Project                 
Prepared a paper on Specification Substitution to part of the First Members Handbook this will be followed up in future editions with other specification related papers.

Royal College Street Apartments Kentish Town London                         Nov '01 - Jan '02
Architect: Walters & Cohen
Client: ___                                                                                                Value £_m
The existing Public House required interior strip-out for reuse in other public houses, new flats were created in the upper floors squeezing three floors into two.  A new 4 storey terrace of 6 maisonettes with ground floor gardens to replace a redundant church hall and function room.  Communal access and stairs are included.
The Specification made use of demolition and alteration materials including building fabric and services, maximising waste separation and recycling on and off site.
The buildings use cavity masonry walling and precast floors, Green materials include, damp proof membrane, insulation, cellulose board insulated render, linings, floor and wall finishes and paints FSC approved timbers.

AECB VISITS ORGANISER:                                                                      Nov '01 ongoing
I volunteered to arrange visits and was elected onto the AECB Committee at the June '01 AGM.
 Preparing for the NGS launch has been an obstacle to progress.
Will co-ordinate with Lucy Pedler on The Green Register visits.
Events planned and being organisation so far:
MAKING BUILDINGS IN ABERYSTWYTH:                                                Nov '01
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Crafts Council, Centre for Alternative Technology and Smith Roberts Associates.
CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY: NEW ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION BUILDING.
Guided tour with Cindy Harris and Pat Borer, followed by NGS Presentation.  Feb '02
ZEN, TGR and AECB Joint meeting at Hockerton Housing                       Spring '02
WALTER SEGAL SELF BUILD IN BRIGHTON                                          Spring '02
BRE VISIT                                                                                                Summer '02
NATURAL SWIMMING PONDS                                                                 Sept '02

AECB AGM CONFERENCE 2002 SUB COMMITTEE                                       Jan '02
Joined 4 person sub-committee to determine and arrange the workshops and speakers for the two day annual gathering of AECB members.  My initial submission to the committee for consideration.
How To Green Up Your Act
National Green Specification
Natural Swimming Ponds
Construction And Demolition Waste Management & Use Of Second Hand Materials
Industrialised Construction Processes
Brownfield Site Issues
Green Landscape
Forest Stewardship Council Scheme
Wind Turbines
Segal Method And Segal Approach
Timber Buildings Without Preservative Treatment
Grant Funding Of Green Projects
Visual Review Of AECB Visits

Mungo TGR member's Magazine                                                             Jan '02
I was invited to prepare a 250 work mini biography about my role in the green world to appear in the first edition of the new member's magazine.

76 Sclater Street, Whitechapel, London                                                  Feb '02
Architects: Pastina Matthews Architects
This new build projects completes a terrace of 3 storey terraced houses brought back into use by the same practice and client.  The local authority Planning Officer is particularly interested in the project since the building is within a Conservation Area quality detail and materials will be adopted.
All materials and services will be green in this project.
ASWS will prepare a complete specification

NATIONAL GREEN SPECIFICATION                                                         Jan '02 and ongoing
As part of the NGS launch I invited anybody with a location and an audience to contact me.  I have had 10 tentative discussions with Architects, Local Agenda 21 Officers, Green organisations AECB, CAT, GAIA, EDA, SEDA about running events between February and October 2002.
I am actively seeking funding by applying for Grants.
I am negotiating opportunities to work on greening-up Practice Specifications or NBS formatting Green Practice's own specifications and negotiating copyright licences to use the specifications created as core material for NGS.
I am planning to attend Interbuild 2002 and other industry shows to promote NGS with display and presentations.

ARCHITECTS CAN'T READ                                                                        Mar '02
Event: Marketing, selling & sustainability in the construction products industry
Organiser: Joint CPA and LTA event, held at the Building Centre.
My paper will be about the differing needs of different team members of the design and construction processes.
The title is prompted by the over-generalised view that Architects learn a great deal more information from diagrams, charts, illustrations, diagrams, cartoons, pictures than from any amount of text, and they communicate with drawings, other members of the team need different information.
This will be an opportunity to promote NGS directly to manufacturers.

CIIG 40th YEAR CONFERENCE & AECB Green Pro                                        Jul '02
Invited Keith Hall of AECB to present GreenPro product database now web based at www.newbuilder.net and I will man the AECB exhibition stand at a themed conference focusing on Information Provider's CD or Online services.
An opportunity for the Green alternative to be seen in context with other predominantly Violet information systems.
The audience will be mostly librarians, in offices of all disciplines in the Construction Industry.
Other speakers will include Building Centre, NBS, Barbour, RIBAP, TI, TSO, etc.

The Green Register Workshops
TGR is a Web based register of Consultants and Constructors offering sustainable solutions to building projects.  TGR offer a two day course of seminars to introduce new members to the basics of environmental design and further in depth workshops on subjects for delegates to select from.  The courses are run 3 times a year in London and increasingly around the country in partnership with Local Authorities.  NGS offers 2 of the detailed workshops on Waste Management and NGS GreenSpec.

Kingston University’s Recycled by Design
A survey or Architects and Designers on use of Recycled Building Products.  NGS participated in the survey and was invited to speak at the Salford seminar to disseminate the survey results.  NGS gave a visual presentation of alternative recycled construction materials and products for use in building, interiors, landscape and infrastructure.

East of England EofE Sustainable Construction Strategy
The Government Office of East of England invited NGS to participate as a member of the Task Group, in the development of the EofE Sustainable Construction Strategy.  The Task Group has organised and run 4 events to invite industry to determine the details of the strategy, a public consultation process, refinement and publication of the strategy and follow up events to add detail, invite industry commitment and organise a programme of events to disseminate and learn.
NGS developed and presented two Matrix: issues and sustainable solutions and presented case studies from the region.

‘Exploiting the value of (local) demolition and construction Waste’
UKCEED’s DTI funded project ‘Exploiting the value of (local) demolition and construction Waste’ exploring the details and difficulties of achieving joined up thinking and actions.  NGS is on the steering group, participating in reviewing development.  NGS developed graphic representations of on-site, off-site and landfill, good, better and best practice in construction and landscape waste minimisation and management to present to designers and contractors.
NGS participated in 10 regional events presenting ‘The big picture’ on waste statistics, ‘Expanded Waste Hierarchy’ looking at 10 topics and many opportunities to reduce waste generated

SITEwise Waste Campaign
The Environment Agency’s Anglian Region and Constructing Excellence invited UKCEED and NGS to participate in its SITEwise campaign initially tackling Construction Waste Management and Minimisation, at 6 events in the Anglian region.
NGS presented graphic representations of on-site, off-site and landfill, good, better and best practice in waste minimisation and management and case studies.

Design Guide to Using Reclaimed Equipment, Components and Materials in Buildings
Buro Happold and BSRIA are developing the Design Guide to Using Reclaimed Equipment, Components and Materials in Buildings.
NGS is on the steering group, participating in reviewing drafts and promoting the method of classification and structure of the guide.  NGS is also contributing information to guide the authors and suggesting case studies.

BSRIA seminar
NGS and Buro Happold were invited to participate in a BSRIA seminar on the same subject.

BRE Certification of Recycled Building Products:
BRE Centre for Resource Management and WRAP held two events promoting and summarising the WRAP funded 50% grants available to manufacturers of recycled construction products to have BRE Certification carried out on its products.  NGS was invited to speak at the first event about Regulations, third party accreditation, certification issues and NGS facilitated a workshop.

A38 Construction Waste management/minimisation Preliminaries
BRE Partnered with NGS to secure DTI Partners in Innovation funding to develop NGS GreenSpec A38 Construction Waste management/minimisation Preliminaries and C20 Demolition/Deconstruction Resource Recovery/Waste Minimisation Specifications; 12 supporting Appendix, C13 Building Fabric Surveys.
400 recycled construction product pages and specification clauses and conversion of BRE publications to specification clauses.
D20 Excavation/Filling Resource Recovery/Waste minimisation and Q29 Landscape Resource Recovery/Waste minimisation to follow.

EcoConstruction.org recycled database in its Phase 2
NGS shared data with EcoConstruction.org recycled database in its Phase 2 development.
Links built from their website into NGS website

BREMAP.co.uk waste and recycling GIS website
NGS shared data with BRE to improve the content of the website.
Links built from their website into NGS website

Identifying the Potential for Recycled Content in Project SLAM
Scott Wilson and NGS partnered in a WRAP funded project with Defence Estates “Identifying the Potential for Recycled Content in Project SLAM” (Single Living Accommodation Modernisation) 250 page report created.

NGS have initiated a number of other proposals to develop other parts of NGS GreenSpec.
BRE, NBS (National Building Specification) and NGS are discussing the opportunity to develop a Partnership where BRE information is incorporated in NGS GreenSpec product pages, clauses and guidance and these clauses be added to NBS specification software.
NGS Other topics to be addressed:
Energy saving materials and services, low embodied energy and high thermal mass materials
Water saving, harvesting and recycling services, appliances, porous construction and SUDS
Housing materials and services
The remainder of the 6000 products identified to be added to the NGS GreenSpec.

Fund application to EEDA East of England Development Agency to assist with NGS development:
Offering options on more recycled products, green products or EofE manufacturer’s products or all

Development of the definitive sustainable timber specification and FSC Certified product clauses.
Discussions have started with TRADA and FSC-UK.
Will speak at members FSC AGM August 2005

DTI Launch of the SWMP Site Waste Management Plan
NGS spoke and presented Waste Graphic diagrams.
Two subsequent events for LA in Sussex.

WRAP AggRegain Website development of two modules as partners with other parties:
Sustainability Module with Golder Associates and Demolition Module with EnviroCentre
Reviewing drafts and contributing information.
Links built from the Demolition Module to NGS website

Application for WRAP Education and Training Programme:
Joint venture with Kingston Uni, West Focus, The Green Register and National Green Specification NGS GreenSpec. To introduce Recycled material selection and specification to many sectors.
Did not win the project.

British Waterways annual meeting of sustainability officers from UK wide
NGS Spoke about how NGS can specifically help the inland waterway network.

Development of Eco-Refurbishment products pages and clauses.
Discussions have started with Hastoe Housing Association and a joint application will be prepared for HC funding.
Levitt Bernstein offering to contribute their Housing Refurbishment Specification in return for developing it into NGS with funding from other parties.

Developed and presented Eco-Refurbishment Presentation:
for TGR Seminar at Kingston University

Joined the SDRT Sustainable Development Round Table Water Group in GO East Offices Cambridge.
Part organised an all day event on East of England Water Shortage for Developers, Planner and Designers, joint venture with TGR.

Invited to be on the Code of Sustainable Building Draft review panels
Attended the Materials panel, other two postponed.

Developed and presented Landscape Reclaim/Reuse Refurbishment/Recycling

Organised speakers and spoke at one day seminar and ran workshops for Groundwork Merton
Planned around St Helier a series of open spaces forming a large public park in south London. To initiate discussions between local design consultants, manufacturers, suppliers and constructors.  The scheme is to maximise on number of reclaimed and reused products and recycled materials.

Initial discussions started in setting up a Specification Subscription Service
4 practices interested with project specifications, practice specifications and many others in a subscription service.
Initial Discussions with Gensler and Bennetts Associates

Invited to review BRE’s Proposed development of Green Guide to Specification

Speaker at Constructing Excellence London HQ Breakfast meeting
Subject: Sustainable Specification.

Initiated discussions with Olympics Master Planning Team & Allies & Morrison Architects
Offered to join design team to give advice on sustainability advice, material selection and specifications.
Will approach all design teams to seek work.
Outputs will help to develop NGS.

Sandbanks Poole, £1m Private House on beach                                          Aug – Oct 2005.
Architect: Allies & Morrison
Architectural Specification for the work intermittent over two months

Spoke at the FSC Forest Stewardship Council’s Construction Forum   Aug 2005
NGS presented a proposal for the creation of a definitive legal and sustainable timber specification and to show what NGS has done so far in developing sustainable timber guidance, product information and specifications.
Subsequently had meetings with FSC-UK Construction Advisor to brief up on specification.

Building Life Plans & Component Life Manuals                                             Sept 2005
Meeting to discuss how NGS and BLP’s CLM website could seek funding to develop links between the two websites.

Fund application to EEDA East of England Development Agency to assist with NGS development: 2005-7-
Offering options on more recycled products, green products or EofE manufacturer’s products or all
EEDA required a Partnership with a larger organisation, joint application with BRE.
Developing 600 product pages and specifications
Organising NGS Training and CPD programme for Designers/Specifiers: 
Organising NGS events for Manufacturers
Organising NGS events for key stakeholders to encourage uptake of Green materials
Offer consultancy to manufacturers in selling to Designers review literature etc.
No success

Grant Fund Applications:
5 Housing Corporation IGP Fund Applications
WRAP Fund Application
2 DTI Fund Applications

Somerset County Council Sustainable Development Group Presentation   06 Sept 2005
Present NGS GreenSpec website and discuss how it can help improve developments

Faber Maunsell, EcoDevelopment & EcoConstruction.org website      07 Sept 2005
Meeting to discuss how NGS and EcoConstruction websites can develop and consider funding opportunities

Meeting with UKCEED and EEDA to develop Toolkit-East website:
Develop links from EEDA funded Toolkit-East Sustainable Development Appraisal website tool, to link into NGS website where further advice and solutions can be found.

BRE CfRM bid to WRAP, CE, EA, Envirowise SWMP workshops          Sept-Dec 2005:
NGS, UKCEED CE, EA & Envirowise ran similar events with in past, joining with BRE to run 12 more will bring added information and statistics from SMARTwaste and a waste/recycling dedicated team.

BRE Demolition Event in Birmingham                                                     26 Sept 05:
Will present the A38 Waste Management, C13 Pre-demolition Audit, C20 Demolition/Deconstruction Resource Recovery Specifications and their appendix.

SWMP for EMBEC E Midlands Business Environment Club                  29 Sept 2005
Organising workshop speakers and programme, workshop content, developing and demonstrating a Site Waste Management cost savings spreadsheet, showing the more waste streams you have the more money you save, preparing information pack content.

NGS User Group meeting                                                                        Mid-October 2005
Hold at BRE visit Innovation Park, Integer House and Environment Building

Buro Happold Guide on Reclaim/Reuse or Recycling                             07 Sept 2005
Presented NGS GreenSpec at Events with CIRIA and BSRIA

NGS with BRE joint conference on DTI PII funded Project                     Nov 2005:
Suggested speakers and papers (research projects that NGS is involved in), running order, will speak and prepare papers for the NGS presentations, suggested exhibitors.

Joined BRE in bid for Defra Project                                                        2005
National Waste Statistics, SWMP Checklists and more

London Constructing Excellence Club:                                                   2006
Following presentation by the London Construction Consolidation Centre presented NGS view that CCC can also act as construction, alteration, demolition, excavation and landscape waste transfer stations.

WRAP Recycled materials & Waste Management project
Assisted Scott Wilson reviewing proposed WRAP standard clauses and existing project clauses and contract terms setting a requirement for recycled content in standard PPP/PFI contract templates for waste management infrastructure.

East Sussex Supplementary Planning Document Construction and Demolition Waste       2006
Invited to launch new publication, I asked to preview it, it has so many fundamental errors, omissions, copyright infringements, out of date and inadequate information we agreed I would not present it.

Specification IS the Design Process                                                       May 2006
Set up new business, Specifier’s Design Forum, helped organise, created mini-course and promoted on NGS GreenSpec website and spoke at conference prompted by Howard deMont Specification Writer at Benoy.

SDRT and TGR Joint Conference on water shortage in East                  June 2006
Organised event, exhibitors and speakers with Cath Hassell, Cath as Chair

Colchester Housing Specification                                                           2006
Architect: Proctor & Matthews
EcoHomes V Good

Hastings Commercial Development Specification                                 2006
Architect: Proctor & Matthews
BREEAM V Good

Pembrokeshire Landscape Gallery at St Davids                                           2006
Architect: Smith Roberts Associates
Extend existing Tourist Information Centre building and upgrade,
Funding requirement: Bespoke BREEAM: Excellent
Joined design team meetings to advise and push sustainability, prepare contract specification, review services strategy, run SWMP workshop and present to client bodies.

Construction Excellence East Expo                                                        June 2006
Exhibited and presented NGS GreenSpec

Envirowise Construction Packaging Guide                                            2006
Assisted Responsible Solutions in draft development, researching case studies, providing images
GG606 Managing packaging waste on your construction site
Developed SPWMP Site Packaging Waste Management Plan and guidance notes
Developed A39 Packaging Waste Management Specification and supporting Appendix

BRE CoRE Project                                                                                   2006
Invited by BRE CfRM to be part of team, lunched July 2006

Envirowise Construction Resource Efficiency Club East Midlands      2006
Assisted Responsible Solutions in delivering a series of workshops to help reduce waste from 5 main Contractors and their supply chain sub-contractors on a number of projects to the value of £250,000 over 2 years.

SWMP Site Waste Management Plan Data Sheet Spreadsheet              2006
Running a SWMP workshop with Responsible Solutions realised SWMP datasheet could be turned into an automatic calculator to inform contractors of predictable waste quantities.
Seeking Envirowise funding to develop it.

Eco-Design day Expo London Docklands                                               2006
Exhibited and Presented External Envelop Design using NGS GreenSpec website content

Defence Estates Debut Annual Conference and Exhibition                    Oct 2006
Exhibited and presented External Envelop Design using NGS GreenSpec website content to audience of 300 MoD, DE staff and their Supply Chain Partners & External Consultants.

Launch of NGS GreenSpec website                                                        Oct 2006
3rd edition of website launched, most of existing site transferred and new features added.
Underlying data base will offer greater power to the website.
Opportunity for sponsorship and advertising to achieve financial sustainability.
Introduced 3 star rating based on quality of manufacturer’s literature and Environmental Declaration/Profile Method.
Introduced review panel for Level 1 Environmental Profile Review

CH Design Partnership                                                                            Oct 2006
Carried out Design/Outline Specification Audits of 3 projects proposing materials and services
Ran lunchtime CPD to all staff members

CD2E Environmental Declaration/Profiling Method                                Oct 2006
NGS partnering with CD2E of Northern France to develop their Environmental Profiling Method (NGS’s level 2 EPM self assessment by the manufacturer), to seek funding, promote and seek support by EU groups equivalent to GreenSpec (which uses a level 1 EPM evaluating manufacturers declarations, literature and test evidence) and CD2E as an alternative to BRE’s excessively expensive system (level 3 Full Independent EPM).
Gathering interested parties: Tom Woolley Queens University Belfast, Lynne Sullivan of Broadway Malyan.

Visit to LCCC London Construction Consolidation Centre                      Oct 2006
Visit with Responsible Solutions

Cardiff University MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design   Oct – Nov 2006
Course head: Paola Sassi
Invited to present and/or run workshops: 9 hours of seminars over 3 days
Barriers to Sustainable Development and Solutions
Pre-design issues: Brief Development, Community Participation, Performance Specification, Procurement methods
Site Activity: Health & Safety, Waste Minimisation, Employment

Hemp-Lime Guide and Specifications                                                     Oct 2006 - 2007
Project leader: Belfast University’s Tom Woolley
Guide to hemp-lime construction methods and materials; NGS to develop supporting specifications and NGS GreenSpec website Content.

Retail Chain Sustainability Guide for Design Teams                               Oct 2006 – 
PDM Environmental Consultants
Develop supporting product pages on NGS GreenSpec website

Education Building Sustainability Guide for Design Teams                    Oct 2006 - 
BDP Sustainability
Develop supporting product pages on NGS GreenSpec website

Landscape Symposium                                                                           Nov. 2006
Invited to present ‘From Global imperative to material choices’ and run workshop on Environmental Landscape Detailing’ to annual conference

Architects Journal Conference                                                                Dec. 2006
Invited to speak

Cardiff University MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design         April 2007
Julie Gwilliams invited Brian to run workshop on Community participation

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© BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
12th December 2012 - 7th July 2013

NGS PROJECTS BUILDING CASE STUDIES


CASE STUDIES

You could regard the following as case studies

New British Library: Phase 1A: Stages: 1AA & 1AB                               March ‘86 to April ’92
Value: £450m                                                     Site based with SO (Resident Architect)
Project Management: PSA Projects                    Architect: Colin St. John Wilson & Partners Ltd.
Construction Management:  Laing Management Ltd.
This project has a design life of ‘Long life and maintainable’ appropriate for public buildings, meaning a minimum of 120 years, for the building and its fit-out, whilst the structure and substructure design life were 250 and 500 years respectively.  This resulted in the use of methods of construction which were both unusual and traditional, as well as choosing tried and tested product under the then PSA MoB Method of Building scheme, BBA Agrément Certified products and systems and the specification of BSI Kitemarked product.

ASWS started developing Preliminaries A90 Performance Specification here
See GreenBuilding Specification A90 Performance Specification

Brick, stone, slate and natural asphalt are used extensively.

At this time very little was being done or published on sustainability, planet friendliness, health and safety of builders etc and these were not high on anyone’s agenda on this and many other projects.
The design of the dimly lit Exhibition Hall furniture required Afromosia veneer and hardwood to be stained black, I argued very hard against any veneer being used let alone Afromosia CSJW refused to budge, but the built furniture appears to use stained MDF, who knows?
Foamed glass slab and rock mineral wool thermal insulation were specified extensively whilst foamed plastics were not permitted by the DS.
Ramin a species on the CITES lists was called for by CSJW on shelf nosing in store rooms I requested that this was substituted in the specifications.
Stocks of English Oak were insufficient for this large project so crown-cut American White Oak veneer and hardwood was used in all private and public spaces including reading rooms, chosen for its figure free appearance so as to allow the book collections to stand out.  Swiss herd cow leather free from barbed wire scars and linoleum were used extensively in reading room furniture surfaces.
Polyester powder coated aluminium is used extensively on the external envelope because of its long life expectancy and its low VOC.
UV filtration is used in all glazing and luminaires to reduce the risk of damage to books and prolongs the life of all finishes in the building.
Solar shading is used extensively to maximise passage of daylight whilst minimising passage of sunlight and UV light by reflecting it off as many UV absorbent surfaces as possible.  Some Solar shading is active and computer controlled, it learns where the sun is at different times of the day and year and how to maximise available daylight.

Imperium, Speculative B1 Building, Worton Grange, Reading               November ‘88 to June ‘89
Value £9m                                                          Office based
Architects: Bennetts Associates,                          General Contract,          Client: Speyhawk.
External hard works, ASWS /NBS based Performance specification for pond linings, waterfall and fountains, including pumping system.  
Carried out audit on Landscape Architects soft landscape specification.
BA have subsequently gone on to become a leading light in producing good architecture with Greenie Points and promoting it as a method of design we as a profession should adopt, showing the way by example.

ASWS Specification                                                                                 ’91 – ongoing
I have been developing, maintaining and refining my own specification in SpecMan database, built around the NBS library with considerable embellishment to suit different contract and procurement methods and benefiting from past project experience.
Many work sections are included which are not covered by the NBS library, for different construction methods and are being added all the time.
Recent work included developing a work sections for G21 LOAD BEARING STRUCTURAL TIMBER BLOCKWORK created around Steko available from Construction Resources.
Recent developments include Z10 clauses addressing CITES, FSC, A90 clauses for BREEAM, COSHH, CDM, BS 14000, EGAN, off-site prefabrication, Sustainability, A38 Waste management,
My next task is to continue to develop base clauses for materials selected for their Greenie Points, defining their Environmental credentials and performance characteristics to enable robust defence in specification substitution situations.
I have it in mind to make these available as a Specification available on subscription.

See GreenBuilding Specification

Powergen Operational Headquarters Warwick University Science Park, Coventry
Value: not known                                                                                      Jan ‘93-Feb. ‘93
Design & Build contract (contractor not then selected)
Landscape Architect: Mark Westcott (Ex Bennetts Associates)                        Architect: Bennetts Associates
Soft and part hard landscape acknowledged an indigenous population of insects in a nearby ancient forest by providing an insect friendly habitat of ponds, bog gardens and planting, wells, Jacobs ladder, storage, pumping, re-circulating system, waterfalls, visitors boardwalk etc.
A subsequent extension built over much of this landscape.

Product Specification Clause libraries.                                                         Feb. ‘93
Initiated enquiries to establish the clause library for Quality Assured products. 
Initiated enquiries to establish the clause library for Environment Friendly products. 
Approached NBS informally to consider NBS acceptance of "NBS complimentary clauses"

Syntha Pulvin Plus Specification Guide                                                 May - Sept. ‘94
Manufacturer: H B Fuller Coatings Ltd.  Syntha Pulvin (UK)
Specification guide: Clauses and guidance notes: Syntha Pulvin Plus, polyester powder coating.
Structured around NBS Specification work section Z31 and the original Syntha Pulvin Specification using CAWS and CPI principles. 
Guidance notes include guidance on VOC = Zero.
Powder coatings are seen as a long life coating avoiding use of solvent based paints at least 8 times during the products guaranteed life let alone its life expectancy.

Outline Specification Guidelines                                                             Jan ‘96
Practice: GMW Gollins Melvin Ward.
No guidance existed for creating an outline specification, this was requested by a senior member of staff.
Prepared a report looking at references, purpose: covering Client's, QS's, PM's, CDM PS's Technical Resource's needs and BREEAM (Office) assessment needs, responsibility for authoring, objectives; framework and methods.
Draft prepared and issued to TCM Technical Committee Meeting

Bluewater Kent Regional Shopping and Leisure park                            April ‘96 to Nov. ‘98
Value: £380m
Developer: Lendlease Projects (Australian retail developer)
Construction Manager: BCMT (Bovis/Lendlease) D&B procurement
Design Architect: Eric Khune (American)
Executive Architect: Benoy Ltd. (Architects & Designers)
Initial audits of 3 contract specifications.
Establishment of Practice/Project/Package specifications on NBS SpecMan software to simplify and rationalise the creation of approximately 200 package specifications over the next two years.  
Project is broken into many zones including 3 Anchor stores, the triangular Mall Retail Centre, 3 themed entertainment and food villages, 2 carried out by other Architects, 13000 car park spaces on site and in 4 multi storey car parks, Landscaped grounds with activity centre and lakes.
144 package specifications prepared in first two years.
This project has many ‘Violet’ points against it, despite this there are some Green merits.  The landscape contracts were one of the first to be let to encourage the establishment of the planting on site from an early date.  The project brought back into use a redundant chalk quarry.  Care of the natural aquifer, the creation of 13 lakes and activity (boating, walking, cycling) landscape in the grounds required careful selection of materials and treatments to avoid contamination or poisoning.  Reed beds are to use help clean the landscape runoff into the lakes.
The Damp-proof membrane is a clay particle mat that reacts with moisture to create a Bentonite mud-like barrier to rising ground water.

Metal Compatibility Chart and notes                  November ‘96
Furniture designer: Simon Percival FDes RCA 
Ex CSJW. Furniture designer for the New British Library
Simon designs and hand-makes bespoke garden furniture for individual clients and needed guidance on compatibility, durability and methods of protection and separation of different metals and timber.
Prepared a chart to show compatibility and vulnerability between preferred metals, timbers, soils, water and concrete, with reference notes linked to the boxes of the chart.  
Arranged in Base to Nobel metal order for clarity.  
I included notes on acidic timbers, inappropriate Tropical Hardwood species and CITES listed species to be avoided. 
The chart will appear on GreenSpec Download Website See GreenSpecMatrix.

Arts Centre, Aberystwyth University Wales:      May. ‘97 - Nov. ‘97 
Architects: Smith Roberts Associates (Peter Roberts and Brian Murphy past working colleagues).
Value: £2.75m (seeking Millennium fund/Lottery money)
Extension and reuse of existing ‘60s university buildings as Arts, Media & Theatre School for joint public use.
Scope: Site visit, photographic survey, prepare specifications for Building, Finishes, Fittings, External Works.
Advanced works alterations in Great Hall Minor works specification by Brian Murphy.
Internal linings include recycled gypsum and water from Scandinavian electricity generation industry, reinforced with timber fibres from forest thinnings, being used as a lining to the Art gallery for its British Museum approval for compatibility with works of art.
EPDM rubber single layer roofing, Zinc roofing, Welsh slate is used, high performance Scandinavian doors and windows were specified, to cope with this high exposure site.  Rock mineral wool insulation is used generally.
SRA do not claim to be Green but their sensitive contextual design and client base lends itself to assisting in supply and use of local materials for projects.
SRA have used meadow grass about to be destroyed by other developments, as a roofing finish; local rubble with turf mortar in site walls; selective felling of Douglas Fir trees from local managed forests for stripped log structural members and untreated unseasoned Welsh Oak in finishes, reuse of local rubble for drystone walls and use of traditional lime based mortar, render and paint materials.

Oxford Science Park Plot 4 B1 Office building                                       Dec. ‘97 - April. ‘98
Value: £ 2m                                                        Client: Developer
Architects: Proctor Matthews Associates.
Used local Oxford stone in gabions.
Used recycled blue glass as mulch and paving in landscape and in stair treads, ramps and balustrades.
Solar shading is used as well a polyester powder coating.

Benoy TAG CPD seminar:  Durability, Life expectancy, Product Quality and the HAPM manual.
Brian Murphy gave a lunch time presentation on the subject including Specification Substitution, Guarantees etc. followed by the authors of the HAPM manual presenting the Manual, the new ISO on building durability and auditing methods and how they relate to retail design.

CIIG Events Organising Working Group                                                 Nov. ’98 - 
Teresa Brown, Sarah Burgess & Brian Murphy
Ecological Building Centre Construction Resources                                       Feb. ’98
CIIG Review: See published articles.
I encourage all my client’s staff to visit the CR.
Tentative discussions with Lucy Pedler about developing a Green Specification.

Green is the Colour: The Practical Application of Sustainability:           March ’99 - April ‘99
Building Design Conferences at RIBA
Paper on Building, Health & Safety Regulations & Specification in the use of Green materials.
Over an 8 day period of intermittent research in a client’s library and CD information service, I created a bibliography and chronology of environmental issues including; International Summits and Conferences, Public awareness, Green activists, Ethical financial activity, Legislation, Information and Guides, project case studies, publications and articles in the press.
I selected 35 mm. slides from my collection, went on recognisance with camera, I presented the show to the staff members at Benoy, honed the chronology, created the seminar paper and slide show.
Presented the paper at the RIBA conference.  The Chronology will appear on my Website.

See GreenSpec CPD

Public Declaration of Intent to work on Green projects in future           April ’99
I feel that it is all of our responsibilities to change and sooner rather than later.  I now wish only to work with designers adopting sustainable approaches to design and building in the future.
I hope to be able to decline all other work as quickly as possible.  In the mean time I will do all that I can to encourage the use of ‘Green’ and sustainable approaches in ‘Violet’ projects.

Application for post as Senior Lecturer in Architecture (Technology)    April ‘99
Application for post at Kingston University, Faculty of Design, School of Architecture and Design.
Responsibilities could include the teaching of principles of technology and sustainable design and managing the technical and environmental input into the undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Potentially developing new modules and their integration with design in Architecture and Landscape courses.
The application was unsuccessful but I will pursue similar roles in the future

AECB Association of Environment-Conscious Building                         June ’99
Having been advised that AECB is not just for builders I took up membership of the Association in order to develop my understanding of the issues to be addressed in building design and specification.

CIIG Visit to BRE                                                                                      Jun ’99
I organised a visits to 3 parts of BRE: Environment Building, Wood Library and Integer House.

Comax Nursery, RAF Farnborough                                                          July '99 - Dec '99
Architect: Walters and Cohen                                                                   Client: Comax Nursery Schools
New single storey two mono-pitched winged steel framed building on an existing wooded site.
Review drawings and provide NBS specification from SpecMan.
External envelope, interiors, furniture, external works and soft landscape.
To enhance their already child safety conscious approach the practice took my advice and visited CR and immediately adopted suitable materials for floor and wall finishes.  Linoleum was specified in place of Vinyl
External works included recycled timber logs from the felled woods as gabion wall filling.
Developed my Gabion Specification to include log filled Gabion wall.
Practice set out to adopt a breathing wall, with unseasoned, untreated, unfinished English hardwood cladding.

Greenwich Millennium Village Phase 2a Blocks 11-20 & Live/Work units              Aug '99 – July ‘00
Architect: Proctor Matthews                                                                      
Important commercial/social housing project setting standards for other 21st Century speculative housing for sale and social housing for rent.
Standards include Parker Morris, Safe by Design, Lifetime Homes, NHBC standards, Egan industrialisation and innovation, Sustainability etc.
BRE are monitoring and guiding choices of materials and has indicated uncoated aluminium can readily be recycled and is therefore acceptable as a green solution so long as it is not coated.
Novel methods are tempered with need to comply with the Construction Products Directive.
The site uses a heavily polluted ex gas-works Brown-field urban site, with a gas resistant membrane 1 meter below site level and passive gas venting system using expanded polystyrene void formers.
The scheme uses CHP with on-site thermal storage, passive vent humidity control, increased U-Values and high performance Scandinavian windows.
I introduced PML to Construction Resources the ecological building centre and pursued the use of Steko timber building blocks as an alternative to traditional timber frame construction.  
After meeting CR and the manufacturer, I developed new specification work section G21 Structural Timber Blockwork.
Despite Steko’s fast construction, the project brief required more off-site prefabrication as well as fast site assembly.
Carried out audit on tender for traditional timber-frame cassette panels used on site.
Metal stud and plasterboard has been used as a non-loadbearing infill panel in later stages.
I argued for the use of rubber as a single layer roofing membrane in place of PVC and built up felt, which has been used on roofs but not terraces.
The Project has achieved BREEAM "Excellent" assessment, BRE Has also been monitoring waste from the site and 50% reduction in the quantity of waste material leaving the Phase 1 site has been achieved.

Interbuild 2000 CIIG Conference                                                             Nov '99 - May '00
Initiated the CIIG conference subjects, based around Egan and Sustainability, I suggested Theme and speakers and joined the sub-committee to develop the proposal.  I spoke briefly on the subject of the profession’s need for topical information and its accessibility.  BRE, CBPP, M4I, T2K presented papers and CR’s Richard Handyside presented Green materials available in the UK meeting Egan requirements to protect contractors..

Lunchtime CPD @ Libraria                                                                      Jan ’00 and ongoing
Joyce Chidlow of Libraria and Brian Murphy are running a series of lunch time CPD seminars from Libraria’s Covent Garden premises at 11 West Street, (Just off Cambridge Circus) Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE.
Initially they will run at monthly intervals 3rd or 4th Wednesday of each month, between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.  £5.00 will be charged to cover the cost of a buffet lunch.
Subjects so far:
January               Gabion Walls                                               Macafferri Ltd.
February              Safe Access Latchways                                  Latchways plc.
March                  Solar shading                                               Levolux the Louvre Blind Company
June                   Green Materials available in the UK today          Lucy Pedler of the CR
July                    Designing to reduce water demand                  Cath Hassell of the CR

CIIG AGM Events Review                                                                       Mar ’00
In addition to the usual spoken presentation on the previous years CIIG visits, I presented a slide show with dialogue on amongst others the 3 visits at BRE to the Environment Building, Wood Library and Integer House, BAA Heathrow HQ, Christmas do and others.

Artists Studio Peterborough                                                                    Sept ’00
Client: Dr. Ho Law PhD
Architect: Brian Murphy                                                                            Value: £10,000
The final scheme envisaged the use of unseasoned, untreated Oak frame and boarding, breathing wall, clay plaster, clay roof tiling, solar powered/electrical storage lights, using harvested rainwater for brush cleaning and a reed pond to clean the water.
 The scheme was realised in untreated unseasoned and unfinished Green Oak, by a garden shed maker, the building is some what smaller than the original design for half the budget.
My client attended Cath Hassell’s seminar at Libraria to learn about harvesting rainwater water.

The Green Register of Construction Professionals                                       Oct ’00 - 
Attended the launch meeting at Construction Resources.
Developed current CV and Project list emphasising commitment by my clients (architects and designers) and myself to environmentally sound construction into a new Green CV.
Attended 2 days training course at CR in Feb ‘01
Interviewed and accepted as a member of The Green Register.

CAT Centre for Alternative Technology                                                    Nov ‘00
Took up membership with the centre and started purchasing books.
The most important and used almost daily is:
The Whole House Book - Ecological building design & materials, by Pat Borer and Cindy Harris.
I provide all my clients with a copy of the book so we have a common point of reference.

Royal Docks Nursery, East London                                                         Nov '00 - Jan '01

Forum Queensgate Building Science Museum London                          Nov ’00
Architect: MacCormack Jamieson & Pritchard                                          Client: Science Museum
7 storey building and external works including 50 seat Forum, meeting rooms, study bedrooms for visiting students and lecturers, offices and Directors Flat.
Typed 300 page specification describing components and materials in Word file and 175 page workmanship file from SpecMan using NBS text.
Project includes a substantial external solar shading installation.
Created new work section N17 for Internal anti-glare and blackout solar shading blinds
Rewrote and incorporated manufacturer’s schedules and specifications, Acoustic Consultants requirements.
Some team member at MJP are already well versed in choice of the Green materials which is most encouraging, but some times the building details prevent the use of the greenest material.
CFC-free insulation is specified but due to tight construction dimensions use of HCFC-free insulation was not possible despite its availability.
FSC approved hardwoods are required.
Internal linings include recycled gypsum and water from Scandinavian electricity generation industry reinforced with timber fibres from forest thinnings.

Construction Best Practice Club Cambridgeshire                                  Dec 2000
Following on from the CIIG conference on Egan I have taken up membership of the discussion group, an offshoot of the CBPP.
April 2000 included an evening discussing Sustainability in its broadest sense. 

CIIG Events & Visits Organising Working Group                                          Nov. ’00 - 
Tony Howarth, Sarah Burgess & Brian Murphy
Selected events planned
CBPP, M4I, Environment Building & Integer House                                        Feb ’01
Greenwich Millennium Village & Sainsbury Store                                           July ’01
BedZED Beddington Zero Energy Development                                       Aug '01
BRE Environment Design test Facilities                                                    Sept ’01
London Development Agency                                                                  Oct ‘01
Environment Agency                                                                                Nov ’01

CPD EVENTS:
Great Notley Discovery Centre M41 Demonstration Project                      Feb '01
Visited Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales                                            Mar '01
Cambridge CBPP Club Discussion: Sustainability KPI due for launch soon    Mar '01
Cambridge CBPP Club Discussion around Sustainability                          April '01

Penthouse flat interior The Effra Site, Vauxhall, London                        Jan '01
Interior Designer: The ADM Consultancy, Stamford (Interior Designers and Project Managers) 
Developer: St George South London Ltd.                                                 Value £5m
Prepared a Workmanship clauses only specification to support a set of heavily annotated drawings and schedules, clauses were added to address the particular concerns of the practice in relation to poor quality labour carrying out work on recent projects.
The practice is very keen to be educated in choice of green building materials, and to embark on educating its developer clients, who will, in turn take advantage in promoting the green aspects in its sales literature.

Digital Camera                                                                                         Feb '01
Invested in a Kodak DC 280 with a 96 Mb compact flash card capable of taking between 158 and 1100 shots depending upon picture quality and image resolution settings.  
Images saved as *.Jpg format for easy use in Powerpoint presentations, exhibition display, email and Website.
Using a PCMCIA Type II carrier the compact flash card plugs directly into the side of my portable computer to down load the days shots, formatted and ready to start all over again.  
Avoids the use of chemicals in photographic processing.  
Uses rechargable Ni-MH batteries which can be topped up without the memory problems of other types of battery. 

CIIG Review & AECB Green Pro                                                             Feb '01
Invited Keith Hall of AECB to prepare an article for inclusion in a themed issue of CIIG Review, focusing on Information Provider's CD or Online services.
An opportunity for the Green alternative to be seen in context with other predominantly Violet information systems.
The publication goes to 300 individuals, mostly librarians, in offices of all disciplines in the Construction Industry.

Attended TGR events
BedZED visit (Southwark Building Inspectors visit)                                           
Talk by Jon Broome of Architype                                                              Mar '01
BedZED and other ZED projects Talk by Bill Dunster                                
Green Dragon Housing Covent Garden visit                                              April '01
Peter Rickarby 21st Century House                                                            May '01
Solar Century visit                                                                                     June '01

Car engine size reduction & Electric Bicycle:                                         Mar '01
Since most of our car use is for short town runs (12 mile round trips) with infrequent 160 or 400 mile round trips to clients in remote parts and infrequent 1000-2000 mile touring holidays, we felt a greener future is in the form of a smaller engined car.  
Despite a desire and tendency to run a car until it is no longer viable, we have decided to replace the 2 litre engined G reg. Mazda 626 early with only 77,000 miles on clock, with a W Reg. 790 cc Daewoo Matiz SE+ with 9,000 miles on clock.
This is complimented by the electric (rechargeable battery and motor) bicycle we purchased last summer for Maggie to use during the warmer weather to go to town etc.  Maggie's joints will not let her cycle without this additional assistance.  12 mph and 35 mile range on single charge, Cost: £676, UK manufacturer.
I will continue to use a pedal bicycle to get to the local railway station in all but the worst weather when visiting London Practices.  Investigating a foldaway PV panel for charging electric bike.

Planning to design/build our own EcoHouse                                          Mar '01- '06
Having searched intermittently for the past 4 years for a suitable bungalow for 3 with room for an office at a maximum price of £100,000 (possible in Peterborough) in a suitable location, without luck.
We have decided to build our own.  
Our first bit of research was to visit the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales for Maggie to get a flavour of what an EcoHouse might look like and to get an introduction to the many issues addressed at CAT.
The building plans are well developed with initial ideas for phased progression from binuclear bungalow for parents with semi-autonomous accommodation for 24 year old son, with provision for self catering flats in attic space for a small income in the future.

Specification workshop at the AECB AGM/Conference                                June '01
Invited by Lucy Pedler of Archipeleco to run a Specification workshop, on Sources of Eco-materials and Information to assist in writing specifications for Eco-materials.  Ran workshop twice, Friday and Saturday.

66-68 Sclater Street, Whitechapel, London                                             Mar '01
Architects: Pastina Matthews Architects (Chris Matthews is brother of Andrew Matthews of PMA)
Jacqueline Pastina works with a number of land and building owners who have no specific proposal for their sites, works with the local community to determine their needs and finds a solution which best keys into site restraints and building envelope.  A local Agenda 21 in action.
This projects brings back into use three empty floors above a pair of shops with under utilised basements, as 3 No. 2 bedroom flats and 2 shops.  The basements are to be given better access and light with stairs in the shop window space to enable them to become retail space rather than only storage.

City Lofts Hoxton Square Shoreditch, London                                         Mar '01 - Aug '01
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                           Client: City Loft Developments
Value: £6.4m
This project was too close to tender date for a full specification to be prepared by ASWS, however a service is being provided to write prescriptive clauses only and wrap them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification included such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill cladding panels, waste management and use of green products in insulation and other products.

Ark Nursery and Women's Day centre, Southwark London                           Apr '01 - Dec '01
Architect: Walters & Cohen
Client: Ark,                                                                                                Value £_m
The existing building required interior strip-out and new, lift, ramps, escape stairs and accommodation pods constructed insitu to provide a comprehensive mix of rooms and toilet/kitchen/utility facilities.
The Specification made use of all demolition and alteration materials including building fabric and services, maximising waste separation and recycling on and off site.
Green Materials for linings, floor and wall finishes and paints were included in the Specification.

City Lofts Argus House, Robert St. Brighton                                            Mar '01, Aug '01 - Dec '01
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                    Client: City Loft Developments
82 residential and live-work units above multifunctional community uses including fringe theatre and exhibition spaces at ground and basement floors.
The proposal brings back into use a neglected and fire gutted Victorian print works, an Edwardian building and replaces two '60's buildings with new bookend buildings to complete the block.  
In a Conservation area with 3 existing planning permissions including 40% social housing. 
The Cast Iron and steel framed brickwork building suffers from flooding of the basement floor, thought to be tidal.
ASWS have written prescriptive clauses only and wrapped them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement without Bill of Quantities, with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification included such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill wall and roofing panels, waste management and use of green products in insulation behind render, carpets, paints and other products, refurbishment of existing timber windows rather than replacement.
The Design and Build negotiated tender has virtually removed all of the green products on the grounds of cost but negotiations were still under way with Construction Resources.
The project is electrically heated and used 24 Hr. mechanical ventilation extracting from bathrooms, numerous team members had pushed the Services Engineers to review this without luck. I managed to get the reluctant M&E engineer to review his proposal for permanent mechanical extraction in conjunction with electrical heating after three pervious attempts by other team members, after I proposed three possible alternatives one heat reclaim scheme was implemented that saved each flat £300/annum in heating costs. 
The Design and Build negotiated tender has virtually removed all of the green products on the grounds of cost.

6 Penthouse flat interiors, Eaton House, Canary Riverside, London     Jun '01 - Jul '01
Architect: Walters & Cohen
Developer:                                                                                                       Value £_m
Materials and Workmanship Specification for Fit out of two top floors of tower.
This project originally set out to use thermal energy via heat pumps from the Thames as renewable heat source, costs were used to justify changing to Electric Heating.  Some natural materials were specified.

CPD EVENTS:
Attended GAIA Sustainable Construction Series
Materials Selection                                                                                         Jun '01
Lighting and daylighting                                                                                 Jul '01

Joined EDA Ecological Design Association                                           Jul '01

Joined ZEN Zero Energy Network at Hockerton Housing Project                 
Prepared first of a series of articles on specification related to Green and Zero Energy development materials, the first is on the contractual and legislative framework around Specification Substitution and suggests measures to control and mange it to the buildings advantage.

CPD events
Welsh Civic Trust Awards Cardiff Millennium Stadium Aberystwyth Arts Centre           July '01
CBPP/M4I/CITB at BRE Construction and Demolition Waste                    Aug '01
Self Build Exhibition Alexandra Palace                                                   Sept '01
WSSBT Self Build Conference                                                                 Oct '01
WSSBT Segal Self Build Seminar                                                            Nov '01
BRECSU & Sussex CC Energy efficiency drive                                         Dec 01      

 

AECB VISITS ORGANISER:                                                                      June '01
I volunteered to arrange visits throughout the year and was elected onto the AECB Committee at the AGM.
Will co-ordinate with Lucy Pedler on The Green Register visits.
Preparing for the NGS launch has been an obstacle to progress.
MAKING BUILDINGS IN ABERYSTWYTH                                                 Nov '01
Encouraged Peter Roberts of Smith Roberts Associates is providing the Guest Lecture on The Evolution of the Aberystwyth Arts Centre and its Construction, it was planned to coincide with The Crafts Council touring exhibition MAKING BUILDINGS and Centre for Alternative Technology's special children's education project which explored different materials and methods such as rammed earth and straw bale construction.

NATIONAL GREEN SPECIFICATION                                                         April '01 - Nov '01 - on going
NGS is to be a readymade Specification primarily for all Construction Industry's Design Professionals:

It also has the potential to be of value to:

NGS will describes all materials, products and methods of construction available in or from the UK which have Environmental Credentials which are better then the conventional materials in general use in the industry today.
These will include a diverse range including:

All descriptions will be in the form of ready made Specification clauses ready to include in Project Contract Specifications.
NGS will be available as:

NGS hopes that with the help of LTCS the first issue will be available free in order to distribute it to the biggest number of people, on a CD on the front cover of many professional's and industry wide and domestic magazines, and from the website.
NGS hopes the initial cost of producing the specification will be paid for by an annual 'club' membership fee enhanced by grant Moines, membership will access user groups, feedback, draft reviews, news on progress, etc.
Landfill Tax Credit Scheme appears to offer the best prospects for success.
Assuming LTCS Moines are no longer available after the first issue, subsequent updates could be available on paid subscription.
The building industry generally is on the brink of conversion to Greener practice and greener building.
NGS will be a great asset to those wanting to change but not having the know-how, time or the resources to find, scrutinise information, assess materials, to design with them or to describe them adequately for contract.
Much information exists in diverse formats and much research has been carried out and published, but most of this is unavailable to the vast majority of one-man-bands that makes up the majority of Architects practices.
It is hoped that the many Greenies who already know and use these materials will be recruited to write and edit the many chapters (work sections) of the NGS to provide a comprehensive specification.
It is hoped NGS which will be compatible with existing industry standard National Specifications NBS and NES used by the Violet (non-green) majority of the industry.

NGS was launched at CR on the 21st November 2001 which required promotional leaflets distributed throughout London, an exhibition display screen and PowerPoint show.  Five presentations were run over the day with special events for CIIG and TGR.  I am actively seeking funding and applying for Grants and have posted a survey of current specification practice on the website www.greenspec.org.uk, to determine what the industry and professions require.  During 2002 I am taking the NGS presentation to the country running as many events in conjunction with AECB & CAT, one for Wales at the Centre of Alternative Technology, another in Edinburgh with GAIA, and numerous with RIBA regions, etc.

New Office Block 64 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark                           Oct '01 - Feb '02
Architects: CCCP Ltd                                           M&E Engineer: Atelier 10
Client: Real Studios Ltd. (Interior Designers and Exhibition Designers)
Garath Wilkins is a friend of Chris Matthews (Pastina Matthews Architects) who passed my details on.
CCCP adopt Green approaches and seek out Green Consultants to work with.
This building uses an open topped staircase to allow low velocity mechanical ventilation using fabric ducts and opening windows to occur within the stair core protected from the road and rail noise.  An exposed cellulose fibre Class 0 fire board is proposed as a rain screen for the stair wall, timber or metal stud, cellulose fibre insulated and plasterboard is used to support the rainscreen.  Very low flush toilets come as standard working with Atelier 10.
Quality service and sensitivity to the design are rare commodities in M&E Consultants, they have all of this and are proactively Green to boot.  This has been good to work on, is near to CR and could be the subject of a TGR visit.

Public House Refit, New 4 Flats in upper floors and 6 New maisonettes     Nov '01 - Jan '02
Architects: Walters and Cohen                                                                  
Specification for Surveys, salvaging materials and components, reuse and repairs to existing building and demolition for new build.  New work interiors and existing work fitting-out are consistent to maximise repetition and minimise costs.
Green materials were specified extensively but it is expected many will be filtered out at tender stage.

CPD EVENTS:
Attended TGR events
Hockerton Housing Project                                                                        Nov '01
Mile End Park, Green Bridge and Earth Sheltered Community Build       Dec '01
Urban Nature Talk by Andre Viljoen                                                          Dec '01

AECB AGM Conference 2002 Sub-committee                                         Jan '02
Joined 4 person sub-committee to determine and arrange the workshops and speakers for the two day annual gathering of AECB members.  My initial submission to the committee for consideration:.
How To Green Up Your Act
National Green Specification
Natural Swimming Ponds
Bio Engineering (Next year)
Green Landscape (not this year)
Construction And Demolition Waste Management & Use Of Second Hand Materials
Industrialised Construction Processes (not this year)
Brownfield Site Issues (not this year)
Forest Stewardship Council Scheme (not this year)
Segal Method And Segal Approach and Timber Buildings Without Preservative Treatment
Grant Funding Of Green Projects (not this year) (Leaflet?)
Visual Review Of AECB Visits (AGM)

Mungo TGR member's Magazine                                                             Jan '02
I was invited to prepare a 250 word mini biography about my role in the green world to appear in the first edition of the new member's magazine.

CPD EVENTS:
Attended GAIA Sustainable Construction Series
Water and Sewage treatment                                                                    Jan '02
Heating, NGS Display at Exhibition                                                          Jan '02
Attended AECB events:                                                                           
Centre for alternative technology: new environment information building.     Feb '02
Guided tour with Cindy Harris and Pat Borer, followed by NGS Presentation.
Attended TGR events
Attended 4 additional in depth TGR seminars at CR                                Feb '02
XCO2 Connisbee Talk by Robert Webb                                                     Mar '02

Green Tariff Electricity Supply to Home and Office                                 Nov '01
Changed from Eastern Gas and Eastern Electricity, via Scottish Power (since discovered they are big users of Nuclear Power) to Powergen Gas and Green Electricity supply.
By accepting gas and electricity from Powergen they make profits on gas to enable cheap green electric supply.

NATIONAL GREEN SPECIFICATION                                                         Jan '02 and ongoing
As part of the NGS launch I invited anybody with a location and an audience to contact me.  I have had 10 tentative discussions with Architects, Local Agenda 21 Officers, Green organisations AECB, CAT, GAIA, EDA, SEDA about running events between February and October 2002.
I am actively seeking funding by applying for Grants.
I am negotiating opportunities to work on greening-up Practice Specifications or NBS formatting Green Practice's own specifications and negotiating copyright licences to use the specifications created as core material for NGS.
I am considering attending Interbuild 2002 and other industry shows to promote NGS with display and presentation.
NGS Promotional Activity:
Green Drinks Peterborough, UK CEED                                                      Dec '01 and monthly
GAIA Heating event, NGS Display at Exhibition, short presentation                Jan '02
Building for a Better future Guildford Sussex CC, Display at Exhibition    Jan '02
WRAP event Cambridge                                                                           Feb '02
HECA event Godmanchester Fenland DC, Display at Exhibition                     Feb '02
Greater London Authority visit to discuss funding                                            Feb '02 (more below)
Invitation to be a Peterborough Ambassador (UK CEED link)                           Feb '02
Attended Peterborough Chamber of Commerce Construction Committee       Feb '02
Peterborough Environment Cluster Launch, Display at Exhibition                   Feb '02
AECB event: NBS Launch in Machynlleth Wales at CAT                                Feb' 02
Cambridge CBPP Club, Cambridge University Building Programme        Mar '02
CIIG AGM Years review of events and visits including NGS launch          Mar '02
Marketing & Sustainability Construction Products event, NGS Display      Mar '02
Recycled Plastics Are you missing out? Recoup Peterborough                Mar '02

GAIA Environmental Audits for Manufacturers and Products                Feb '02
Have agreed to invest £5000 in kind into a DETR PII bid project to disseminate information on manufacturers and products having achieved an Environmental Audit on their operation and manufacturing processes.  This is an opportunity for reciprocal benefits for the project and for NGS and will allow products to be specified in NGS and via ASWS consultancy.

Anne Thorne Architects                                                                           Feb '02
I met Zana Dean at the AECB AGM/Conference and Francis at a Walter Segal Self Build Conference.  I was later invited to do project Specification Writing when I was too busy to accept the commission.  I followed up a hint that they might want to create a Practice Specification from their existing project specifications.  In the meeting we discussed the possibility that ATA could pay NGS to do the work for ATA; if ATA gave up Copyright for NGS to use then NGS would offer a 40% discount to ATA for the privilege.  Thus ATA get a specification cheaply and NGS is underway.

Greater London Authority visit to discuss NGS funding                                Feb '02
Samantha Heath the Chair of the Environment Committee recently addressing Waste and now Energy, attended the NGS Launch and invited NGS to meet and discuss the prospect of NGS submitting a bid for Monies from the Single Pot of funding from many London Organisations and Authorities.
Submitted a 5 page outline of NGS intentions and objectives for a three year programme to create NGS, with a guess of approximately to £1m. to achieve this.  A more accurate budget is being prepared to submit in May/June.

Architects Can't Read                                                                              Mar '02
Event: Marketing, selling & sustainability in the construction products industry
Organiser: Joint LTA and CPA event, held at the Building Centre.
Architects can't read, Technicians want facts and figures, Specification Writers want it done for them, and Builders don’t want yours, they want your competitors, so where do you pitch your literature.
My paper will be about the differing needs of different team members of the design and construction processes.
The title is prompted by the over-generalised view that Architects learn a great deal more information from diagrams, charts, illustrations, diagrams, cartoons, pictures than from any amount of text, and they communicate with drawings, other members of the team need different information.
BRM spoke to an audience of Manufacturers about selling products and difficulties selling sustainable materials.
This will be an opportunity to promote NGS directly to manufacturers.  NGS exhibition also displayed.

Paul Davis & Partners Staff Training CPD evening                                Mar '02
Alec Howard (Ex Benoy) and Elliot Carter (TGR member) invited me to talk about the basics of writing specifications, with the view to follow up events, in more detail.  The talk included a critical review of recent project specifications by the Practice, highlighting weaknesses and solutions.
The first follow up meeting planned is to discuss how PDP can help to fund NGS and benefit with a PDP practice specification of the back of the NGS Specification.  Similar issues on funding to the ATA suggestion were suggested in a pre-meeting letter.

76 Sclater Street, Whitechapel, London                                                  Mar - April '02
Architects: Pastina Matthews Architects (Recently joined TGR)
This new build projects completes a terrace of 3 storey empty and derelict terraced houses brought back into use by the same practice and client with 5 stories of flats at one end.  The local authority Planning Officer is particularly interested in the project since the building is within a Conservation Area quality detail and materials will be adopted.
All materials and services will be green in this project from the outset, budgeted accordingly.
ASWS will prepare a complete specification.

Urban Mines, Halifax, West Yorkshire                                                    Mar '02
They are a Landfill Tax Funded Environment Body helping small business to build around recycling and reuse of materials from Domestic and Municipal Waste streams.  One of their projects is to build a Sustainable Growth Park including Business Innovation Centre, Civic Recycling Centre, Reprocessor starter units, Commercial and Domestic Waste Materials Recycling Facilities (MRF), Wood chipping site, Composting facility, Settlement and treatment Lagoons, Aggregate Recycling, etc.
They see a need to help stimulate this activity by creating a demand by encouraging designers to think recycled and second hand and ensure there is a supply to match demand.
Specification is the way forward and Fiona Ellwood invited NGS to discuss NGS's potential to help this initiative and possible future funding of NGS

NBS SpecMan Standard and Advanced, SpecWriter & NBS Landscape Software Training                        Mar '02 - May '02
I intend to attend the training to learn about the more detailed features of these programmes, to see and confirm details of how NGS can best exploit these 3 programmes to integrate NGS and NBS and provide a simple solution for the existing NBS Specification writers, and a simple platform to use NGS.  An opportunity to meet potential users of NGS and promote NGS to them.

Health Club for Bank's own staff                                                             Mar '02
Architects: Walters and Cohen                                                                  Client: to be advised
After the initial telephone enquiry on budgets I prepared a page of notes on services strategy for energy saving health club addressing CHP heating and power generation, water use reduction and heat recovery from water and air, and submitted it to the Architect.

City Lofts Manchester                                                                              April '02
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                           Client: City Loft Developments
80 residential units above Restaurant/retail unit
ASWS prepared prescriptive clauses only and wrapped them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement without Bill of Quantities, with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification included such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill wall and roofing panels, waste management and use of green products in insulation behind render, carpets, paints and other products.
The project is electrically heated as are many housing schemes of late.
Introduced specification for domestic waste segregation at kitchen sink and communal bin store using colour coded 2 and 4 wheel bins.

Jupiter 4 Birmingham Residential development                                           June '02
Design Architects: RMA Architects London                                               Developer: Redrow Homes Midlands
Production Architects: Ruddle, Wilkinson & Partners, Peterborough                
Value: Phase 4 £15m of £60m
Initial enquiry to review drawings and prepare budget.  
Will prepare a proposal for Architect, Client and QS consideration outlining possibilities to green up this project.

Peterborough Innovation Centre                                                             April '02
Architects: Ruddle, Wilkinson & Partners                                                   Client Briefing: UKCEED,
The Client Briefing body has referred the Architects to NGS and insisted the building is as sustainable as possible using the best Green materials available.

AECB Visits Organiser:
Agreed to co-ordinate with TGR's visits organisers.
Walter Segal Self Build In Brighton 2 site visits                                        May '02
ZEN, TGR and AECB Joint meeting at Hockerton Housing                       Spring '02
BRE Visit                                                                                                   Summer '02
NATURAL SWIMMING PONDS                                                                 Sept '02

NGS Budget meeting with Collaborators                                                 April '02
In order to finalise the detailed budget for NGS creation over the first 3 years and one year of maintenance and subscription service, NGS called a meeting at Construction Resources to show the 3D Excel spreadsheet that has been developed so far by way of email correspondence and correct any assumptions and receive any feedback.
Collaborators identified so far include, Green Architects, Builders, QS, Service Engineers, Educators, Researchers, Technical Authors, Specification Writers, Librarians, Information Suppliers, Database Creators, Visual Basic Authors, Authoritative Bodies, Marketing and Fund Raising, Trainers.

Cambridge CBPP Club, National Green Specification Workshop           18th April '02
Invited to run an evening workshop at the Construction Best Practice Programme Cambridge Club on the NGS to try to do some Market Research into what is needed by many disciplines across the industry.
Set up syndicate groups to Brian storm and return with top 5 topics which prevent progress towards a more sustainable industry.

Wakehurst place Visitors Centre                                                             May - Jul '02
Architect: Walters and Cohen                                                                   Value: £1.75m  £1,184/m2
Client: Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, Wakehurst Place and the Millenium Seed Bank
Fee proposal accepted, prepared a 17 page report reviewing scheme with detailed proposals indicating materials, methods of construction and services to be avoided and suggesting others for consideration, steering team towards more sustainable high performance building, structure and services.  Submitted for the first design team meeting.
Preparation of Prescriptive Specification to follow.

NGS Brochure                                                                                          May - Aug '02
In order to source large funds it has been suggested NGS should prepare a Brochure suited to financial Institutions, funding bodies and Grant funding agencies.  The brochure text is being prepared

NGS Presentation to London RIBA and CLAWSA                                    Jun '02
Evening CPD event

NGS, BPG and HAPM                                                                               Jun '02
Building Performance Group invited NGS after attending CLAWSA event.
Discussed possibility to join forces with BPG, HAPM, SPON (publisher of HAPM and BPG CLM)
NGS desires to include CLM (Component Life Manual's Guaranteed Life and failure mode information.
Possible inclusion of HAPM audit guidance 'Nuggets of information' in NGS.
Discussed development of A90 Performance Specification since most government-funded projects take away final specification from Architects.  Will review clauses on Design Life, Component Life, Durability and Guarantee.
Will take the opportunity to prepare A90 for publication and subscription service to give NGS the kick-start required.
See later DETR PiI Fund Applications.

NGS and BRE CWR meetings                                                                  June '02
Meeting with Centre for Waste Recycling to discuss possible collaboration and LTCS Grant applications.

CIIG 40th YEAR CONFERENCE & AECB Green Pro                                        Jul '02
Presented AECB's GreenPro product database now web based at www.newbuilder.co.uk and I will man the AECB exhibition stand at a themed conference focusing on Information Provider's CD or Online services.
An opportunity for the Green alternative to be seen in context with other predominantly Violet information systems.
The audience will be mostly librarians, in offices of all disciplines in the Construction Industry.
Other speakers will include Building Centre, NBS, Barbour, RIBAP, TI, TSO, etc.

AECB SUMMIT 2002 COMMITTEE, AGM & CONFERENCE                             Jul '02
One of 4 sub-committee proposing and selecting venue, speakers and subjects.
Proposed 10 subjects 7 selected including: National Green Specification, Walter Segal Self Build, Construction and Demolition Waste Management, Recycled Products, Natural Swimming Ponds, Bio Engineering, How To Green Up Your Act.  An opportunity to present the NGS proposal to members and do some market research which will feed into the discussion on How To Green Up Your Act.  Helped with organising Speaker's IT,
Displayed NGS screen with other exhibitors.  Presented two work sections from NGS relevant to speakers topics.

White City Retail Development
Value £600m                                                                                            Jun ’02 - May '03
Executive Architects: Benoy                               Concept Architect: Ian Richie
Developer: Chelsfield                                          Project Manager: Second London Wall
The brief indicates a Green and Sustainable design, Benoy require advice on these aspects.
Asked to comment on a proposal in respect of use of 50% recycled materials to be used on the project.
Asked to help with Project Specifications for whole project using ASWS specification in SpecMan.
This requires a Copyright Licence to ASWS specification and the project represents an opportunity to progress NGS at the same time as the Project.

Laing Homes Central Procurement
Invited to help rationalise Group Supply Agreements                               Jul '02 - Oct '02
Work includes Specifications; suggested NBS format and with LH desire to improve waste management and use green materials, there is scope to bring NGS into play.
Potential for Sustainability/Environmental Consultancy to LH.

Greenwich Millennium Village Phase 2b                                                Jul ‘02 - Oct '02
Architect: Proctor Matthews Ltd.
Continuity from phase 2a since Aug '99, 
Carried out audit and update of core text for each trade package which are, in most cases, to be repeated with the existing constructors on phase 2a.
BRE Has also been monitoring waste from the site and well in excess of 50% reduction in the quantity of waste material leaving the site has been achieved.
Architectural metalwork and External Joinery packages.

RIBA Enterprises Specifiers Network                                                     Jul '02
Further to the CIIG conference I was asked to attend the review of RIBA Product Selector, PS+ CD (issue 14) and PS Website content and format.

City Lofts Piccadilly Basin, Rochdale Canal, Manchester                             Jul '02 - Nov '02
Architects & Interior Designers: Conran & Partners                                           Client: City Loft Developments
Medium rise block of flats with Lift and stair access.
ASWS prepared prescriptive clauses only and wrap them up in a Performance Specification framework for a Design and Build procurement without Bill of Quantities, with the designers being novated to the contractor.  The A90 performance Specification include such issues as Egan initiative for prefabrication of infill wall panels, A38 Waste Management and use of green products in carpets, paints and other products,
The project is electrically heated as are many housing schemes of late.
Investigating domestic waste segregation in multi storey building with refuse chute and communal bin store.

Queripel House, Duke of York, Cadogan Estate, London                              Jul '02 - Nov '02
Architects: Paul Davis Architects                                                              Value: £5.5m
Client: Cadogan Estate                                                                             Construction Manager: Laing
Façade retention and 3 new elevations, Retail, Office and medical Centre.
Phase 2 of 3 chase project, rationalise Phase 1 specifications and outline specification.
Opportunity to introduce clauses to implement guidance given in PDP's NBS Environmental Advice Sheets created from ECD's Greening of NBS report.

Experience Northumberland at Woodhorn                                              Jul '02
Project: Mining Museum Exhibition design                                              Interior Designer: Real Studios Ltd.
Initial enquiry: Indicated interest in offering Specification Service and Sustainable/Environmental Consultancy and possible role as partner in project.
Sustainability is important part of brief as is BS EN ISO 14001 accreditation.
Prepared a report on issues for Design Studios taking steps towards accreditation in their daily operation and in their design role.

Green Construction and NGS Presentation to Ryder Architects             Jul '02
Late afternoon/Evening Staff CPD event 3 hours informal presentation.

BENOY Staff CPD Event: Green Specification and Retail Developments     Sept '02
Howard de Mont (Specification Writer) and Andrew Maryniyak (TGR member) invited BRM to talk to the Practice about NGS.  An opportunity to discuss how a practice concentrating on commercial developer led large retail developments, can green up its act and adopt more sustainable approaches to product selection.

Pre-Johannesburg Summit Conference                                                  July '02
NGS exhibition and Attend Conference Birmingham International Conference Centre

NGS and NBS meeting                                                                             Jul '02 - 
Meeting in Newcastle with Richard Waterhouse NBS's new MD to explore any opportunities for collaboration between NBS and NGS with NBS.
Opportunities potentially exist in many aspects of NGS production:
Software training in the use of NGS as a template within SpecMan and SpecWriter, (1200 and 3000 subscribers) and the newly launched Scheduler (500 subscribers already).
Understanding the future developments NBS software which is becoming more intelligent and less prone to poor specification writers generating poor contract specification.
NBS have a printing/publishing house which can be used to create binders and content for NGS (NBS has 2700 hardcopy subscribers).
NBS uses Newcastle University for generating its software and updating services.
See DETR PiI Fund Applications.

NGBPB National Green Building Price Book                                           Aug '02
Alistair MacConnocie a Contract QS with an MSc in Sustainability is interested in creating a Building Price Book for Sustainable construction.
NGS is keen to see this develop and is doing all to assist and encourage Alistair to carryout feasibility study and budgeting for his project and NGS will investigate opportunities to fund NGBPB.
Have reviewed reports by Alistair by email and added suggestions about scope and detail.
Arranging meetings with BRE CfRM Centre for Resource Management.
Attended joint meeting with Tarmac Recycling division Wolverhampton.

GRANT APPLICATIONS                                                                            August '02
Prepared Applications to NESTA and DETR PiI funds for Grant monies.
Joint application with BRE CfRM making application.
NGS will do a substantial part of the work on this project in partnership with BRE.
This project consists of:
A38 CONSTRUCTION WASTE MANAGEMENT/MINIMISATION preliminaries development.
C20 DEMOLITION WASTE MANAGEMENT/MINIMISATION to create.
To write a specification clause for 1920 recycled products and suppliers and add them to the NGS Website with manufacturer's literature as PDF files for downloading by users.
To feed this into the new BRE Geographical Information System.
Convert a number of BRE publications on waste management and use of recycled materials into specification clauses.
Joint application with UKCEED on a Local Waste Recycling initiative to be promoted to other counties.
PiI Focus applications: both successful at stages 1 & 2.
PiI Application for Performance Specification passed stage 1 failed to submit 2nd stage
NESTA application rejected.

TGR Expo 2002

TGR induction Seminars

Resigned from AECB in support of TGR

BRE WRAP Certified Recycled Building Products

BRE WRAP

WRAP Aggregain

NGS Website replacement                                                                       April 2003 - 
Sandy Patience recent director of Causeway and inventor of SpecNet, joined forces with NGS to develop a new Website for NGS, Sandy is an Architect, experienced information user and keen to see Sustainability brought to the masses.
Sandy is now developing the new Website to offer a simple easy to use interface of drop down menus to CAWS and Uniclass tables.  The site is in the early days of including manufacturers product information, specifications, Checklists, Design Guidance, Articles, Bibliographies, Links and Image bank.

RIBA Sustainable Futures Committee                                                       April 2003

Ethical Consumer World

Groundwork LASEER                                                                                June 2003

AECB AGM                                                                                              

NGS and BRE CSC meeting                                                                     '03
Planning a meeting with Centre for Sustainable Construction to discuss possible collaboration, copyright licences to use Environmental Profiles, EcoPoints/BREEAM, EcoHomes, data.

NGS User Group Meetings                                                                      Autumn '03
The purpose of the meeting(s) will be to carryout the survey that was intended for the NGS website, to ensure that the NGS is what is required.

Joined EDA Ecological Design Association                                           Jul '01

Joined ZEN Zero Energy Network at Hockerton Housing Project                 
Prepared a paper on Specification Substitution to part of the First Members Handbook this will be followed up in future editions with other specification related papers.

Royal College Street Apartments Kentish Town London                         Nov '01 - Jan '02
Architect: Walters & Cohen
Client: ___                                                                                                Value £_m
The existing Public House required interior strip-out for reuse in other public houses, new flats were created in the upper floors squeezing three floors into two.  A new 4 storey terrace of 6 maisonettes with ground floor gardens to replace a redundant church hall and function room.  Communal access and stairs are included.
The Specification made use of demolition and alteration materials including building fabric and services, maximising waste separation and recycling on and off site.
The buildings use cavity masonry walling and precast floors, Green materials include, damp proof membrane, insulation, cellulose board insulated render, linings, floor and wall finishes and paints FSC approved timbers.

AECB VISITS ORGANISER:                                                                      Nov '01 ongoing
I volunteered to arrange visits and was elected onto the AECB Committee at the June '01 AGM.
 Preparing for the NGS launch has been an obstacle to progress.
Will co-ordinate with Lucy Pedler on The Green Register visits.
Events planned and being organisation so far:
MAKING BUILDINGS IN ABERYSTWYTH:                                                Nov '01
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Crafts Council, Centre for Alternative Technology and Smith Roberts Associates.
CENTRE FOR ALTERNATIVE TECHNOLOGY: NEW ENVIRONMENT INFORMATION BUILDING.
Guided tour with Cindy Harris and Pat Borer, followed by NGS Presentation.  Feb '02
ZEN, TGR and AECB Joint meeting at Hockerton Housing                       Spring '02
WALTER SEGAL SELF BUILD IN BRIGHTON                                          Spring '02
BRE VISIT                                                                                                Summer '02
NATURAL SWIMMING PONDS                                                                 Sept '02

AECB AGM CONFERENCE 2002 SUB COMMITTEE                                       Jan '02
Joined 4 person sub-committee to determine and arrange the workshops and speakers for the two day annual gathering of AECB members.  My initial submission to the committee for consideration.
How To Green Up Your Act
National Green Specification
Natural Swimming Ponds
Construction And Demolition Waste Management & Use Of Second Hand Materials
Industrialised Construction Processes
Brownfield Site Issues
Green Landscape
Forest Stewardship Council Scheme
Wind Turbines
Segal Method And Segal Approach
Timber Buildings Without Preservative Treatment
Grant Funding Of Green Projects
Visual Review Of AECB Visits

Mungo TGR member's Magazine                                                             Jan '02
I was invited to prepare a 250 work mini biography about my role in the green world to appear in the first edition of the new member's magazine.

76 Sclater Street, Whitechapel, London                                                  Feb '02
Architects: Pastina Matthews Architects
This new build projects completes a terrace of 3 storey terraced houses brought back into use by the same practice and client.  The local authority Planning Officer is particularly interested in the project since the building is within a Conservation Area quality detail and materials will be adopted.
All materials and services will be green in this project.
ASWS will prepare a complete specification

NATIONAL GREEN SPECIFICATION                                                         Jan '02 and ongoing
As part of the NGS launch I invited anybody with a location and an audience to contact me.  I have had 10 tentative discussions with Architects, Local Agenda 21 Officers, Green organisations AECB, CAT, GAIA, EDA, SEDA about running events between February and October 2002.
I am actively seeking funding by applying for Grants.
I am negotiating opportunities to work on greening-up Practice Specifications or NBS formatting Green Practice's own specifications and negotiating copyright licences to use the specifications created as core material for NGS.
I am planning to attend Interbuild 2002 and other industry shows to promote NGS with display and presentations.

ARCHITECTS CAN'T READ                                                                        Mar '02
Event: Marketing, selling & sustainability in the construction products industry
Organiser: Joint CPA and LTA event, held at the Building Centre.
My paper will be about the differing needs of different team members of the design and construction processes.
The title is prompted by the over-generalised view that Architects learn a great deal more information from diagrams, charts, illustrations, diagrams, cartoons, pictures than from any amount of text, and they communicate with drawings, other members of the team need different information.
This will be an opportunity to promote NGS directly to manufacturers.

CIIG 40th YEAR CONFERENCE & AECB Green Pro                                        Jul '02
Invited Keith Hall of AECB to present GreenPro product database now web based at www.newbuilder.net and I will man the AECB exhibition stand at a themed conference focusing on Information Provider's CD or Online services.
An opportunity for the Green alternative to be seen in context with other predominantly Violet information systems.
The audience will be mostly librarians, in offices of all disciplines in the Construction Industry.
Other speakers will include Building Centre, NBS, Barbour, RIBAP, TI, TSO, etc.

The Green Register Workshops
TGR is a Web based register of Consultants and Constructors offering sustainable solutions to building projects.  TGR offer a two day course of seminars to introduce new members to the basics of environmental design and further in depth workshops on subjects for delegates to select from.  The courses are run 3 times a year in London and increasingly around the country in partnership with Local Authorities.  NGS offers 2 of the detailed workshops on Waste Management and NGS GreenSpec.

Kingston University’s Recycled by Design
A survey or Architects and Designers on use of Recycled Building Products.  NGS participated in the survey and was invited to speak at the Salford seminar to disseminate the survey results.  NGS gave a visual presentation of alternative recycled construction materials and products for use in building, interiors, landscape and infrastructure.

East of England EofE Sustainable Construction Strategy
The Government Office of East of England invited NGS to participate as a member of the Task Group, in the development of the EofE Sustainable Construction Strategy.  The Task Group has organised and run 4 events to invite industry to determine the details of the strategy, a public consultation process, refinement and publication of the strategy and follow up events to add detail, invite industry commitment and organise a programme of events to disseminate and learn.
NGS developed and presented two Matrix: issues and sustainable solutions and presented case studies from the region.

‘Exploiting the value of (local) demolition and construction Waste’
UKCEED’s DTI funded project ‘Exploiting the value of (local) demolition and construction Waste’ exploring the details and difficulties of achieving joined up thinking and actions.  NGS is on the steering group, participating in reviewing development.  NGS developed graphic representations of on-site, off-site and landfill, good, better and best practice in construction and landscape waste minimisation and management to present to designers and contractors.
NGS participated in 10 regional events presenting ‘The big picture’ on waste statistics, ‘Expanded Waste Hierarchy’ looking at 10 topics and many opportunities to reduce waste generated

SITEwise Waste Campaign
The Environment Agency’s Anglian Region and Constructing Excellence invited UKCEED and NGS to participate in its SITEwise campaign initially tackling Construction Waste Management and Minimisation, at 6 events in the Anglian region.
NGS presented graphic representations of on-site, off-site and landfill, good, better and best practice in waste minimisation and management and case studies.

Design Guide to Using Reclaimed Equipment, Components and Materials in Buildings
Buro Happold and BSRIA are developing the Design Guide to Using Reclaimed Equipment, Components and Materials in Buildings.
NGS is on the steering group, participating in reviewing drafts and promoting the method of classification and structure of the guide.  NGS is also contributing information to guide the authors and suggesting case studies.

BSRIA seminar
NGS and Buro Happold were invited to participate in a BSRIA seminar on the same subject.

BRE Certification of Recycled Building Products:
BRE Centre for Resource Management and WRAP held two events promoting and summarising the WRAP funded 50% grants available to manufacturers of recycled construction products to have BRE Certification carried out on its products.  NGS was invited to speak at the first event about Regulations, third party accreditation, certification issues and NGS facilitated a workshop.

A38 Construction Waste management/minimisation Preliminaries
BRE Partnered with NGS to secure DTI Partners in Innovation funding to develop NGS GreenSpec A38 Construction Waste management/minimisation Preliminaries and C20 Demolition/Deconstruction Resource Recovery/Waste Minimisation Specifications; 12 supporting Appendix, C13 Building Fabric Surveys.
400 recycled construction product pages and specification clauses and conversion of BRE publications to specification clauses.
D20 Excavation/Filling Resource Recovery/Waste minimisation and Q29 Landscape Resource Recovery/Waste minimisation to follow.

EcoConstruction.org recycled database in its Phase 2
NGS shared data with EcoConstruction.org recycled database in its Phase 2 development.
Links built from their website into NGS website

BREMAP.co.uk waste and recycling GIS website
NGS shared data with BRE to improve the content of the website.
Links built from their website into NGS website

Identifying the Potential for Recycled Content in Project SLAM
Scott Wilson and NGS partnered in a WRAP funded project with Defence Estates “Identifying the Potential for Recycled Content in Project SLAM” (Single Living Accommodation Modernisation) 250 page report created.

NGS have initiated a number of other proposals to develop other parts of NGS GreenSpec.
BRE, NBS (National Building Specification) and NGS are discussing the opportunity to develop a Partnership where BRE information is incorporated in NGS GreenSpec product pages, clauses and guidance and these clauses be added to NBS specification software.
NGS Other topics to be addressed:
Energy saving materials and services, low embodied energy and high thermal mass materials
Water saving, harvesting and recycling services, appliances, porous construction and SUDS
Housing materials and services
The remainder of the 6000 products identified to be added to the NGS GreenSpec.

Fund application to EEDA East of England Development Agency to assist with NGS development:
Offering options on more recycled products, green products or EofE manufacturer’s products or all

Development of the definitive sustainable timber specification and FSC Certified product clauses.
Discussions have started with TRADA and FSC-UK.
Will speak at members FSC AGM August 2005

DTI Launch of the SWMP Site Waste Management Plan
NGS spoke and presented Waste Graphic diagrams.
Two subsequent events for LA in Sussex.

WRAP AggRegain Website development of two modules as partners with other parties:
Sustainability Module with Golder Associates and Demolition Module with EnviroCentre
Reviewing drafts and contributing information.
Links built from the Demolition Module to NGS website

Application for WRAP Education and Training Programme:
Joint venture with Kingston Uni, West Focus, The Green Register and National Green Specification NGS GreenSpec. To introduce Recycled material selection and specification to many sectors.
Did not win the project.

British Waterways annual meeting of sustainability officers from UK wide
NGS Spoke about how NGS can specifically help the inland waterway network.

Development of Eco-Refurbishment products pages and clauses.
Discussions have started with Hastoe Housing Association and a joint application will be prepared for HC funding.
Levitt Bernstein offering to contribute their Housing Refurbishment Specification in return for developing it into NGS with funding from other parties.

Developed and presented Eco-Refurbishment Presentation:
for TGR Seminar at Kingston University

Joined the SDRT Sustainable Development Round Table Water Group in GO East Offices Cambridge.
Part organised an all day event on East of England Water Shortage for Developers, Planner and Designers, joint venture with TGR.

Invited to be on the Code of Sustainable Building Draft review panels
Attended the Materials panel, other two postponed.

Developed and presented Landscape Reclaim/Reuse Refurbishment/Recycling

Organised speakers and spoke at one day seminar and ran workshops for Groundwork Merton
Planned around St Helier a series of open spaces forming a large public park in south London. To initiate discussions between local design consultants, manufacturers, suppliers and constructors.  The scheme is to maximise on number of reclaimed and reused products and recycled materials.

Initial discussions started in setting up a Specification Subscription Service
4 practices interested with project specifications, practice specifications and many others in a subscription service.
Initial Discussions with Gensler and Bennetts Associates

Invited to review BRE’s Proposed development of Green Guide to Specification

Speaker at Constructing Excellence London HQ Breakfast meeting
Subject: Sustainable Specification.

Initiated discussions with Olympics Master Planning Team & Allies & Morrison Architects
Offered to join design team to give advice on sustainability advice, material selection and specifications.
Will approach all design teams to seek work.
Outputs will help to develop NGS.

Sandbanks Poole, £1m Private House on beach                                          Aug – Oct 2005.
Architect: Allies & Morrison
Architectural Specification for the work intermittent over two months

Spoke at the FSC Forest Stewardship Council’s Construction Forum   Aug 2005
NGS presented a proposal for the creation of a definitive legal and sustainable timber specification and to show what NGS has done so far in developing sustainable timber guidance, product information and specifications.
Subsequently had meetings with FSC-UK Construction Advisor to brief up on specification.

Building Life Plans & Component Life Manuals                                             Sept 2005
Meeting to discuss how NGS and BLP’s CLM website could seek funding to develop links between the two websites.

Fund application to EEDA East of England Development Agency to assist with NGS development: 2005-7-
Offering options on more recycled products, green products or EofE manufacturer’s products or all
EEDA required a Partnership with a larger organisation, joint application with BRE.
Developing 600 product pages and specifications
Organising NGS Training and CPD programme for Designers/Specifiers: 
Organising NGS events for Manufacturers
Organising NGS events for key stakeholders to encourage uptake of Green materials
Offer consultancy to manufacturers in selling to Designers review literature etc.
No success

Grant Fund Applications:
5 Housing Corporation IGP Fund Applications
WRAP Fund Application
2 DTI Fund Applications

Somerset County Council Sustainable Development Group Presentation   06 Sept 2005
Present NGS GreenSpec website and discuss how it can help improve developments

Faber Maunsell, EcoDevelopment & EcoConstruction.org website      07 Sept 2005
Meeting to discuss how NGS and EcoConstruction websites can develop and consider funding opportunities

Meeting with UKCEED and EEDA to develop Toolkit-East website:
Develop links from EEDA funded Toolkit-East Sustainable Development Appraisal website tool, to link into NGS website where further advice and solutions can be found.

BRE CfRM bid to WRAP, CE, EA, Envirowise SWMP workshops          Sept-Dec 2005:
NGS, UKCEED CE, EA & Envirowise ran similar events with in past, joining with BRE to run 12 more will bring added information and statistics from SMARTwaste and a waste/recycling dedicated team.

BRE Demolition Event in Birmingham                                                     26 Sept 05:
Will present the A38 Waste Management, C13 Pre-demolition Audit, C20 Demolition/Deconstruction Resource Recovery Specifications and their appendix.

SWMP for EMBEC E Midlands Business Environment Club                  29 Sept 2005
Organising workshop speakers and programme, workshop content, developing and demonstrating a Site Waste Management cost savings spreadsheet, showing the more waste streams you have the more money you save, preparing information pack content.

NGS User Group meeting                                                                        Mid-October 2005
Hold at BRE visit Innovation Park, Integer House and Environment Building

Buro Happold Guide on Reclaim/Reuse or Recycling                             07 Sept 2005
Presented NGS GreenSpec at Events with CIRIA and BSRIA

NGS with BRE joint conference on DTI PII funded Project                     Nov 2005:
Suggested speakers and papers (research projects that NGS is involved in), running order, will speak and prepare papers for the NGS presentations, suggested exhibitors.

Joined BRE in bid for Defra Project                                                        2005
National Waste Statistics, SWMP Checklists and more

London Constructing Excellence Club:                                                   2006
Following presentation by the London Construction Consolidation Centre presented NGS view that CCC can also act as construction, alteration, demolition, excavation and landscape waste transfer stations.

WRAP Recycled materials & Waste Management project
Assisted Scott Wilson reviewing proposed WRAP standard clauses and existing project clauses and contract terms setting a requirement for recycled content in standard PPP/PFI contract templates for waste management infrastructure.

East Sussex Supplementary Planning Document Construction and Demolition Waste       2006
Invited to launch new publication, I asked to preview it, it has so many fundamental errors, omissions, copyright infringements, out of date and inadequate information we agreed I would not present it.

Specification IS the Design Process                                                       May 2006
Set up new business, Specifier’s Design Forum, helped organise, created mini-course and promoted on NGS GreenSpec website and spoke at conference prompted by Howard deMont Specification Writer at Benoy.

SDRT and TGR Joint Conference on water shortage in East                  June 2006
Organised event, exhibitors and speakers with Cath Hassell, Cath as Chair

Colchester Housing Specification                                                           2006
Architect: Proctor & Matthews
EcoHomes V Good

Hastings Commercial Development Specification                                 2006
Architect: Proctor & Matthews
BREEAM V Good

Pembrokeshire Landscape Gallery at St Davids                                           2006
Architect: Smith Roberts Associates
Extend existing Tourist Information Centre building and upgrade,
Funding requirement: Bespoke BREEAM: Excellent
Joined design team meetings to advise and push sustainability, prepare contract specification, review services strategy, run SWMP workshop and present to client bodies.

Construction Excellence East Expo                                                        June 2006
Exhibited and presented NGS GreenSpec

Envirowise Construction Packaging Guide                                            2006
Assisted Responsible Solutions in draft development, researching case studies, providing images
GG606 Managing packaging waste on your construction site
Developed SPWMP Site Packaging Waste Management Plan and guidance notes
Developed A39 Packaging Waste Management Specification and supporting Appendix

BRE CoRE Project                                                                                   2006
Invited by BRE CfRM to be part of team, lunched July 2006

Envirowise Construction Resource Efficiency Club East Midlands      2006
Assisted Responsible Solutions in delivering a series of workshops to help reduce waste from 5 main Contractors and their supply chain sub-contractors on a number of projects to the value of £250,000 over 2 years.

SWMP Site Waste Management Plan Data Sheet Spreadsheet              2006
Running a SWMP workshop with Responsible Solutions realised SWMP datasheet could be turned into an automatic calculator to inform contractors of predictable waste quantities.
Seeking Envirowise funding to develop it.

Eco-Design day Expo London Docklands                                               2006
Exhibited and Presented External Envelop Design using NGS GreenSpec website content

Defence Estates Debut Annual Conference and Exhibition                    Oct 2006
Exhibited and presented External Envelop Design using NGS GreenSpec website content to audience of 300 MoD, DE staff and their Supply Chain Partners & External Consultants.

Launch of NGS GreenSpec website                                                        Oct 2006
3rd edition of website launched, most of existing site transferred and new features added.
Underlying data base will offer greater power to the website.
Opportunity for sponsorship and advertising to achieve financial sustainability.
Introduced 3 star rating based on quality of manufacturer’s literature and Environmental Declaration/Profile Method.
Introduced review panel for Level 1 Environmental Profile Review

CH Design Partnership                                                                            Oct 2006
Carried out Design/Outline Specification Audits of 3 projects proposing materials and services
Ran lunchtime CPD to all staff members

CD2E Environmental Declaration/Profiling Method                                Oct 2006
NGS partnering with CD2E of Northern France to develop their Environmental Profiling Method (NGS’s level 2 EPM self assessment by the manufacturer), to seek funding, promote and seek support by EU groups equivalent to GreenSpec (which uses a level 1 EPM evaluating manufacturers declarations, literature and test evidence) and CD2E as an alternative to BRE’s excessively expensive system (level 3 Full Independent EPM).
Gathering interested parties: Tom Woolley Queens University Belfast, Lynne Sullivan of Broadway Malyan.

Visit to LCCC London Construction Consolidation Centre                      Oct 2006
Visit with Responsible Solutions

Cardiff University MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design   Oct – Nov 2006
Course head: Paola Sassi
Invited to present and/or run workshops: 9 hours of seminars over 3 days
Barriers to Sustainable Development and Solutions
Pre-design issues: Brief Development, Community Participation, Performance Specification, Procurement methods
Site Activity: Health & Safety, Waste Minimisation, Employment

Hemp-Lime Guide and Specifications                                                     Oct 2006 - 2007
Project leader: Belfast University’s Tom Woolley
Guide to hemp-lime construction methods and materials; NGS to develop supporting specifications and NGS GreenSpec website Content.

Retail Chain Sustainability Guide for Design Teams                               Oct 2006 – 
PDM Environmental Consultants
Develop supporting product pages on NGS GreenSpec website

Education Building Sustainability Guide for Design Teams                    Oct 2006 - 
BDP Sustainability
Develop supporting product pages on NGS GreenSpec website

Landscape Symposium                                                                           Nov. 2006
Invited to present ‘From Global imperative to material choices’ and run workshop on Environmental Landscape Detailing’ to annual conference

Architects Journal Conference                                                                Dec. 2006
Invited to speak

Cardiff University MSc in Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design         April 2007
Julie Gwilliams invited Brian to run workshop on Community participation

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