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NGS NEWS ARCHIVE 2013 Q1

NGS NEWS January 2013


Contract Flooring Journal interview
BrianSpecMan interviewed by Alan Best for a one page article series in the EcoBuild March edition of the Jounrnal.
BrianSpecMan will be speaking at a CarpetRecyclingUK sponsored event at EcoBuild.


Roundtable discussion: Facilities Management & Specifications
BrianSpecMan invited to join discussion with Legal, Financial, RE Project facilitators, Construction and FM specialist companies
Introduced BIM Systems UK to Facilities Management specialists.


GreenSpecFUTURE EVENTS 2013
BrianSpecMan announced the presence of a page dedicated to Future CPD, Exhibitions, Organiser's event lists, announced via business and social media Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, etc. 


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CAP'EM Cycle Assessment Procedure for Eco Materials
Putting bid together to extend the project by 1 year and +10% Budget
Will need to find €200,000 to matchfund Interreg for UK contribution.
Lets hope DOWNLOAD content is interesting enough to attract paying customers to fund the development of the content and some left over for Match Funding.


Windsor Walk Medical Centre
Met with architects Agenda21 and Specifiction consultant to discuss development and completion of 1st Stage Tender specification to 2nd Stage Tender Specification.
Will create a Tender Evaluation Schedule for the Architect to assess the 1st Stage Tender.


GreenSpecCODE in a Virtual 3D World
EofE ERDF Fund Application with GreenSpecPROJECT COLLABORATORS; application declined.
Lets hope DOWNLOAD content is interesting enough to attract paying customers to fund this ourselves.


Renuables (LCA & EPD)
BrianSpecMan invited to join Timber LCA project bid.


EC Embodied Carbon
Introduced to Asif Din (ExZEDfactory) by Sofie Pelsmakers (ExCAT, ExUEL, Environmental Design Pocketbook) who is doing his doctoral research at London Metropolitan University on embodied carbon and scoping the topic to focus on.
Brainstormed EC, SC, LCA, BIM, FM, opportunities with CAP'EM, Renuables, GreenSpecEPD, GreenSpecBIM, iBuildGREEN, met ASBP and other contacts.  


UHIE Urban Heat Island Effect
Julie Futcher (architect, ExBenoy, ExMSc CAT, JuFu) has just completed a PhD in UHIE
Julie presented UHIE to a TGR CPD at PTEa in 2012
BrianSpecMan brainstormed how to engage with architects on this vitally important issue that so far has eluded our engagement.
Encouraging and considering the opportunties for this specialism to become a consultancy.  
Will be promoting UHIE CPD, UHIE Survey, UHIE Exhibit at Exhibitions. 


Alsitek Limited
BrianSpecMan Invited to be part of a TSB R&D grant application related to Sustainable Mortar Project


Diathonite Evolution
Dhanya Salvator Gangitano (ExMSc CAT, EcoCarpentry D&B, TGR) invited GreenSpec to create GreenSpecPRODUCT PAGE to add to GreenSpecPASS for this innovative high decrement delay, insulating, breathing render/plaster system.


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Set up and populated GreenSpecLIGHT and greenspe_new newsletter content ready for emailing


LINKEDIN Headhunter
BrianSpecMan approached for a post as landscape specification writer for the middle east; only partly capable but not available for full time post and does not want to become a frequent flyer, so declined offer.


Exposed Polished Concrete Floor
Asked by Alan Best to informally critiqe a piece of marketing promoted by manufacturer about alternative floor finish for potential article in CFJ


Recycled content in OSB boards
Asked to investigate potetial maximum % of recycled content in OSB boards
WRAP publications missing from website, WRAP publications don't mention OSB
GreenSpecDATABASE includes one board with 60% recyclate
Potential application in house on BRE Scotland Innovation Park


Victorian Terrace House Refurbishment PhD
Asked to assist researcher Sofie Pelsmakers to find manufacturers to supply free insulation for suspended timber ground floors, to be installed and monitored for performance.


Editing Email list for GreenSpec's new Email facility
3700 UK email addresses to invite all of our contacts to the new services on the website


Removing insulation and reinsulating a previously insulated cavity wall
BrianSpecMan asked for an opinion on the proposed insulation material
Instead challenged the potential to remove the original insulation in the first place


Mould on external timber weatherboarding porch soffit analysis
Created first of the pages on GreenSpecDEFECTS
Provided with 5 photographs of new house with mould problem on external timber weatherboarding soffit
Carried out analysis and decided the flat roofs and coping profiles were probably to blame.


Co-Housing Project in Cambridge
Invited to run seminars to educate the clients to enable informed decision making and then prepare Empoyers Requirements for the Developer on a Design & Build procurement process.
Introduced TGR as a partner in the education process. 


FSP Flooring Sustainability Partnership: Construction Skills Grant Application
BrianSpecMan and Alan Best on behalf of FSP will meet CSkills to investigate a proposal for the development of resource efficiency & waste calculator, report generator and workshop training for Flooring Contractors.
GreenSpecPROJECT


EcoCem Claim GreenCement "the world's most sustainable building material"
BrianSpecMan challenged them to justify the GreenWash and explined why they are wrong.
Created first page in GreenSpecGREENWASH 


© NGS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
24th January 2013 - 25th October 2013

NGS NEWS February 2013


GreenSpec DOWNLOAD development continues
Focusing on the site map hierarchy development and testing a few sample files in place
Sampling: Defects, GreenWash, Mainternance, Cleaning
Added: Rules of Thumb: Rules for Life Quotes, Sustainability Quotes, Liability Alerts, Download news Archive,
Improving MANUFACTURER pages: structure sub-categories and content added floor tile refurbisher restorer.


MaterialEdge InsulAtor: Robust Specification & Leaflet
New Airtightness tape in the UK market to be given the GreenSpecROBUST SPECIFICATION treatment and to be supported by 3D GreenSpecCAD file of applications and PDF literature.


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natureplus annual meeting, symposium & international LCA Confrence May 16th - 17th Gent
BrianSpecMan offered to present and proposal accepted: ‘Architects dont need LCA: Designers and Specifiers going about their normal duties do not need LCA if they filtered out the bad stuff by judging ingredients, product and their application first’. See GreenSpecPASS for beginings of this argument.


ClayWorks clay finishes Specfication

Following CAP'EM LCA and CAP'EM Product Data Sheet, preparing GreenSpecROBUST SPECIFICATION
Will add GreenSpecPASS information to Specification.


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SFP Sustainable Flooring Partnership & CFA Contract Flooring Association project follow up
AlanBestSustainability and BrianSpecMan started dialogue with WRAP about research that may lead to training proposal.
Presented 2 page summery and budget for initial tasks.


7: TRASHED FILM @ House Of Commons, Westminster
Attended a private viewing of a new film about global waste followed by discussion with ZacGoldsmith MP, JeremyIrons waste champions galore. GreenSpecVIDEO

Compelling, depessing, enlightening, exhilarating, time to join in.

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CAP'EM Cycle Assessment Procedure for Eco Materials
Latest version of the GUI renamed CAP'EM COMPASS is now online for testing by project team
Looking impressive.


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13: Travis Perkins Sustainable Building Systems SBS Committee No.5
BrianSpecMan attended, manufacturers presentions, one on LightwaveRF by JSJS Designs PLC stood out as an intelligent, smart, comprehensive, retrofit or new, low cost, partial or whole house (and other buildings) monitoring metering and control system. The benefits far outway the few small issues I found with it.
If I were a betting man I would have shares in this company, but I am not, so I won't.


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20: Ventive: Retrofit passive heat recovery ventilation system for existing chimneys
Updated GreenSpecPASS and GreenSpecPRODUCT PAGE complete


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22: Lectures on Resource Efficiency at LSBU London South bank University
Four seminars repeating and refining previous years GreenSpecLECTURES 
1 Resource Efficient Design: updated ready to show
Next month: 
2 Energy Conservation, Insulation, Passive Design: Solar & Ventilation
GreenSpec, greenspe_new and GreenSpecSTUDIO
4 Demonstration of Floor areas and Uvalues to Energy Demand to Carbon GreenSpecCALCULATOR.
4 Demonstration of ICE Embodied Energy and Embodied Carbon for whole building GreenSpecCALCULATOR.
Will load up the GreenSpecLECTURES and GreenSpecCALCULATOR for the students at LSBU


Carpet Recycling UK @ EcoBuild & Proposal
Scope: Reducing Flooring Wastage by Building Design BrianSpecMan to prepare by end of month


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CAP'EM Extension
Invited by one Partner to lean about being a Partner not a Sub-partner and work out how we will find the matchfunding.


Windsor Walk Medical Centre
Tender Evaluation Schedule for the Architect to assess the 1st Stage Tender.
Carried out review of the revisions to the 1st stage tender specification carried out by Architects.
Development and completion of 1st Stage Tender specification to 2nd Stage Tender Specification to follow.


26-27: Future Cities Conference
Attending Interreg funded project Completion 2 day Conference

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27: Attended ASBP Resource Efficeincy Event


28: Bluu Architects Office Development
Quoted for writing a Project Specification


© NGS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
24th January 2013 - 25th October 2013

NGS NEWS March 2013


1: Lectures on Resource Efficiency at LSBU London South bank University
Contunuing four seminars repeating and refining previous years GreenSpecLECTURES 
Will load up the GreenSpecLECTURES and GreenSpecCALCULATOR for the students at LSBU
Endosement: Lynne Sullivan OBE, RIBA.


1-5: greenspe_new development continues
Aiming to have the website ready for EcoBuild.
Focusing on the site map hierarchy development and testing a few sample files in place
Improving MANUFACTURER pages: structure and content.
Reworking the format of page headers to reduce bulk.


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No CAP'EM stand, No GreenSpecEXHIBIT, No GreenSpecLIGHT stand
GreenSpecLIGHT Presentation by John Bullock 

Visit TravisPerkins SBS Stand
Russian Green Building Council Meeting Guy Eames
SIPFIT Meeting to scope further services, postponed
Many manufacturers interviews arranged via Network Enterprise Europe
CAP'EM meeting Marie Darul
RIBA Publishing Wednesday get together with Kelly Gunnell of BCT (book launch in May)
Carpet Recycling UK seminar on Thursday see below


7: Carpet Recycling UK seminar at EcoBuild
Scope: Reducing Flooring Wastage by Building Design BrianSpecMan
South Gallery Room 3 on Thurs 7th March 
CRUK STAND: S506
Presentation on CR UK website 
Feedback FloorInsite


8: Lectures on Resource Efficiency at LSBU London South bank University
Contunued series of four seminars repeating and refining previous years GreenSpecLECTURES 
3 Energy Conservation, Insulation, Passive Design: Solar & Ventilation
Will load up the GreenSpecLECTURES and GreenSpecCALCULATOR for the students at LSBU


11: Review of Future Cities Project for EG Magazine
Draft paper
Climate Change, Adaptation, Mitigation or Do you like my Architecture?


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14: Flooring Sustainability Partnership


15: Lectures on Resource Efficiency at LSBU London South bank University
Contunuing four seminars repeating and refining previous years GreenSpecLECTURES 
4 Demonstration of Floor areas and Uvalues to Energy Demand to Carbon GreenSpecCALCULATOR.
4 Demonstration of ICE Embodied Energy and Embodied Carbon for whole building GreenSpecCALCULATOR.
4 Elemental Calculator
4 Carbon Jargon Buster
GreenSpec, greenspe_new and GreenSpecSTUDIO
Will load up the GreenSpecLECTURES and GreenSpecCALCULATOR for the students at LSBU


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15: Feeling Good Foundation Launch meeting
Arrived late, close to end, but learned enough to realise those attending were all knowledge and specialist in their own areas, collective ambitions follow the Evidence Based Design principles of the previous seminar series.
Planning to set up working teams and run events to diseminate findings. 


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18: GreenSpecPASS assessement: Lindab Rainline Roof Drainage Systems
Carried out assessment of galvanized steel gutter and downpipe system


18-20: Windsor Walk Medical Centre
Development and completion of 1st Stage Tender Specification to 2nd Stage Tender Specification
Initial packages: Internal Doors, Partitions & Plasterboard drylinings, Suspended ceilings


20: NBS GreenSpec ASWS and Homemade specification options
Explaining the different options, their strengths and weaknesses to a manufacturer.


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21: E H Smith, W. Midlands Builders Merchant Chain
Meeting to discuss potential collaboration including GreenSpecPASS, GreenSpecPRODUCT PAGES and potentially GreenSpecSTUDIO


22: Breathable Roofing Membranes and Bats
BCT & Reading University Researcher Stacey Dawn Waring
Steering group meeting


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25: Lindab Rainline galvanized steel roof drainage system
Completed GreenSpecPASS assessment
Completed GreenSpecPRODUCT PAGE


25: Review script for video on resilient flooring skirting failures & solution


25: Reviewed new Bat and Bird Box for BCT Bat Conservation Trust for manufacturer


26: CAP'EM +10%
Briefing on becoming a UK partner to Interreg funded projects
Funding confirmed
Discuss Match funding with Renuables  

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26: CAP'EM Huddersfield Water Tower Refurbishment and Exhibition proposals
Follow up on site visit with drawings of proposals to Transport Regeneration for ACoRP Partner 


27: Proofread paper about Future Cities Project Conference for EG magazine March-April 2013


27: Skirting & Adhesive Specification Draft issued for comment


28: Breathing wall construction, non toxic paints and finishes D&B project
Asked for template specifications or to comment on draft spec
Quote for carrying out an audit on the draft Specifcation to survive D&B procurement
Push for IAQ Performance specification.


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29: Ventive S Passive Ventialtion with Heat Recovery:
Quote for GreenSpecROBUST SPECIFICATION
Provide samples of specifications for other products


29-31: Windsor Walk Medical Centre
Rework drawing keynotes into specifications


© NGS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
14th Februray 2013 - 25th October 2013