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NGS NEWS ARCHIVE 2013 Q3 SUMMER

NGS NEWS July 2013


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1: BCT & RIBA Publishing Book: Designing for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for new and existing buildings
1st Proofread completed

1: Riefa Green Roofing Boards: GreenSpecPASS Enquiry
Initial data enquiry for Pre-PASS 

1-2: DaRoUV UV water filter GreenSpecPASS SERVE
Peer Review of Cath Hassell's Assessment


2: GreenSpecCPD Enquiry for November 2013
Ayshford Sansome Architects Wickford Essex
Subject: 'Sustainability'
The first after a long dry spell.


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3: Environmental Product Declarations: Unlocking the Potential, ASBP, UCL, London Flyer


3-9: GreenSpecPASS GROUP COMPARISON L10 Windows

4-24: ASWS GROUP COMPARISON:
Phthalates content in PVC flooring/nosings
investigating 'REACH Compliance' statements and manufacturers disclosures.
Manufacturers proving difficult to get data out of.


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5: EcoShowcase Seminars Summer/Autumn
140 word introduction to seminars


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9-10: GreenSpecPASS L10 Windows Assessments
Green Building Store windows and doors


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10: GreenSpecPASS Travis Perkins HQ GreenTick
Meeting to start programme roll out


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11-12: GreenSpecPASS L10 Windows Assessments
Green Building Store windows and doors


12-15: PASS L10 Windows GROUP COMPARISON


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13: Nat. Green Specification Ltd.
Sep up new Company and account for CAP'EM extension to become UK Partner
Branding: NGS & National Green Specification

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13: PASS N13 WCs URINALS, TAPS, SHOWERS
Green Building Store assessments 

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15-16: PASS N13 WCs GROUP COMPARISON & CONCLUSIONS

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17: N13 & WTL pages on NGS website


18-21: LSBU Student late submissions reviews
6 page commentry on 10 students work that was below pass mark
To help them bring their work up to pass mark over the summer recess 


18: Structura UK's Kalwall+ Lumira PASS assessment completed

19-26: CAPEM Extension and EU PEFCR Bid
Seeking letters of support from interested parties

20: GreenSpecPASS procedures and costs
Set out all stages, actions, responsibilities and charges


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22-24: BCT & RIBA Publishing Book: Designing for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for new and existing buildings
2nd Proofread completed


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24: Russian Green Building Council approached GreenSpec for PASS service for Russian and CIS countries
The work will be carried out by NGS BrianSpecMan, scope to be determined.


25: Green Building Store Windows & Doors PASS assessments
Supplier feedback and completion delayed by retesting

26: LSBU Student late submissions reviews
Commentry on 10 individual students work that were below pass mark prepared and emailed to each 


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29-31: EcoCem GGBS Cement GreenSpecPASS Assessment
Met with Ecocem mid way through PASS assesment 

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30: NGS LitAudit on Ecocem advertisment
Suggested one claim needed argument and justification 
Proposed alternatve wording that is justifiable without further explanation


© BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
15th June 2013 - 22nd August 2013

NGS NEWS August 2013 


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1: Life cycle of an LED Light and sustainability issues at each stage
Prepared a list of 11 stages and bullet points to guide GreenSpecLight writer John Bullock for magazine series

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Reproduced the list under Products & Product Designers 


1: NGS Website development
Latest Page Additions
See right column of home page 


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1: Starting GreenSpecPASS on 2 hand driers
Mitsubishi Electric Jet towel 
JT-SB216JSH-W/H/S – these are the heated models
JT-SB216KSN-W – this is the unheated model


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2: Meeting Russian Green Building Council
to discuss PASS assessments for Russia & CIS
and green building training programme thats simpler than doing an MSc


5: Responded to home owners request for information
guidance on improving existing attic cistern insulation weaknesses
Attic Cistern Insulation Enclosure NGS Defects

5: Apprentice Centre Skills training diagrams Added NGS CPD

5: Updated Life cycle of an LED Light and sustainability issues at each stage


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7: BCT & RIBA Publishing Book: Designing for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for new and existing buildings
3rd Proofread and fact checking


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9: Stacey Waring BCT researcher at Reading University
Meeting to discuss possible consultancy
Post page as team member 

10: SpecifyBy
email discussions planning a meeting between Edinburgh & Peterborough

11: Grant Applications for NGS Development
Possible joint projects with SpecifyBy 


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11-13: BCT & RIBA Publishing Book: Designing for Biodiversity: A Technical Guide for new and existing buildings
3rd Proof Read: read through chapter 3 & 4 and Jargon Buster


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12: LSBU Student late subission review


13: SIKA LCA Publication critique


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13-19: PVC recipe investigations continue
Developed Declaration of REACH Requirements to tease out last ingredient information from manufacturers
To be used with Declaration of Excluded Materials and Declaration of Conformity.
Will form part of a building defects & liability avoidance strategy for everyday use.


16:-19: NGS ECHO Environmental Claim: Confirmation Of Self-Declaration
NGS Manufacturer's Services: Developed new service for manufacturers,
Based on ISO 14021, Manufacturer self-declares and NGS varify.


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19-21: PASS Hand Driers update
Mitsubishi Model No. 1 in NGS PASS Group Comparison


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21: CIBSE EA Breakfast Seminar Peterborough 11th September 
Outline submitted for BrianSpecMan's Keynote presentation


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21: Invite to speak to Women in Sustainable Construction and Property
19th September London, Talk about CAP'EM COMPASS
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22: Meeting EcoBuild Organiser
to talk potential future collaboration
Postponed 


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22-23: Ecocem Low Carbon Cement PASS issued

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22: RIBA Publishing Book Review
CIP Construction Enviromental Manual
4 weeks deadline


23: Rekindled NGS and ASWS logos and added to website

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23: WSCP Women in Sustainable Construction and Property
Seminar outline about CAP'EM Project and CAP'EM COMPASS


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24: CIP Construction Environmental Manual
444 pages read, identified problems and opportunities, 10 question 3 page review

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25-27: NGS National Green Specification website update
CIRIA ASBP CIP WSCP

27: facebook update adding NGS and ASWS logos

28: ISO 14021 3rd Party credentials
BSI enquiry started for NGS ECHO

28-29: PII Quotation Forms

30: CAP'EM COMPASS DISCLAIMER TEXT
Editing texts prepared by Agrodome partner


© BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
2nd July 2013 -  7th Septembert 2013

NGS NEWS September 2013


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1-3: Harrogate flooring Show, Harrogate
2-3: Commercial Flooring Conference 2013
Day 1: 2nd September 11:30 - 12:45
Sustainability What it means for your business
BrianSpecMan Designing Out Waste: Resource Efficient Flooring
Review of the show
Discussions follow to speak at other events by same organiser.
Invited by CFJ editor to contribute articles related to seminar.


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2: Biodiversity Book back from the printers

3: Review Flooring Show 2013
What did I find intersting at Flooring Show 2013

4: Book arrived in the post,
lots of happy people feeling great twittering

4: David Chipperfield Architects Project Specification Enquiry

5: NGS WEBSTATS
3473 page views in 24 hours with very little promotion is very encouraging
current websites usage and projections


5: Invitation to speak at Swindon Self Build Centre

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October 25-27: The Big Green Home Show Self-builders NSBRC Swindon
BrianSpecMan may be speaking (discussions started)


5: BUILT 1:1 Show private view at the Building Centre
Eurban 10 year anniversary project and model exhibition

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6-27: BUILT 1:1 Exhibition


6-7: PRODUCT PASSPORTS
Joe Cilia of AIS asked my opinion of them
So I created a Jargon Buster page about them and added NGS OPINION
Considering it as a service to offer to AIS members


6: NGS CODE in 3D WORLD FUND APPLICATION
Starting to consider a grant fund application for this project 

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6: CAP'EM COMPASS POP-UP TEXTS
Editing texts prepared by CD2E partner

6: NGS JARGON BUSTER UPDATE

6-7: PRODUCT PASSPORTS
AIS Joe Cilia asked what do I think of Product Passports
Recorded EC ambitions (Jargon Buster)
Added NGS Opinion
Added NGS PRODUCT PASSPORT service to manufacturers


7: NGS WEBSTATS

1 weeks statistics used to project forward
860,000 page views per year

8: PRODUCT PAGES ASKED FOR ON NGS WEBSITE
This was not planned (assuming only GreenSpec will have this role) but cannot be ignored.
Started developing Product Data Sheet and planning what could be offered on a Page
This will move up from a simple list linked to documents and to GreenSpec PRODUCT PAGES to an NGS Product page n its own right.

9: Illumis Lights LED Database
Asked by creator for a review of new website
See comments:  

9: NGS WEBSTATS
Set myself challange of 2m page reads by 12 months time

9: B10 SIPFIT NGS ROBUST Specification
Negotiations for next two tasks and possible 3rd
Finish Specification with engineered fasteners and new accreditations
Split specification to suit
Considering Product Data Sheet Page


9-11: Creating Powerpoint file for Seminar

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10: GreenSpec PASS Pre-Assessment of plastic wall lining system
Rejected for GreenSpec INDEX and PRODUCT PAGE 


11: CIBSE EA Breakfast Seminar Peterborough
Outline of BrianSpecMan's Keynote presentation
The Presentation file BrianSpecMan

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11: SBEE Book Proposal
Mike Malina Green Services Engineer 2nd Book
invited BrianSpecMan to participate writing chapters
4th October Meeting planned between 4 collaborators

11: NGS CODE IN 3D INTERACTIVE WEB PAGE
Invited Mike Malina to be part of a second grant fund application by end of the month

11: DEFRA Funding Opportunity - Developing resource efficient products (EV0547)
Considering a submission with FSP Committee, BRE, WRAP  


12: NGS ECHO Confirmation Of Manufacturer's Self-Declaration
Based on ISO 14021 
NGS ECHO service description (P)
NGS ECHO service template (P)


13: NGS ECHO Confirmation Of Manufacturer's Self-Declaration
First enquiry: Screed replacement using waste product

12-13: EcoShowcase Presentations discussion and finalisation
Draft Slides and Meeting with Collaborators


16: Meeting SpecifyBy in Newcastle
Talk about possible future collaborations


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17-18: CAP'EM Committee Meetings UK Kent
Steering Group & COMPASS working group

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19: Women in Sustainable Construction and Property (WSCP)
Presentation on CAP'EM COMPASS POSTPONED

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23: SBEE Committee Meeting Cambridge SmartLIFE


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23-24: EcoShowcase Birmingham, Villa Park
BrianSpecMan speaking


25: DEFRA funding Expression of Interest
FSP Flooring Sustainability Partnership


25: CAPEM+10% Extension
Grosvenor enquiry started


26: Feedback Envireo SUSStation conference
on their Environmental Assessment Method & my improvement suggestions & reference to CARBON BUZZ

27: CARBON BUZZ update

27: Wow, just been asked to become part of the Ska Technical Committee
Provisional Answer: Yes, terms of engagment to follow, fingers crossed


30: NGS CODE IN 3D INTERACTIVE WEB PAGE
Invited Mike Malina to be part of a second grant fund application by end of the month


© NGS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
20th August 2013 - 18th October 2013