Work by OISD: International Land Markets (ILM) researchers, and indeed other groups within OISD, continues to influence policy and practice in the built environment. Two recent examples of the ILM group's work highlights this important linkage.
The first example is the work within the ILM group on Socially Responsible Property Investment. This work, which was undertaken recently by David Shiers and Dr Claire Roberts (with Miles Keeping, now GVA Grimley and Dan Rapson, now AEA), was referenced in an important new United Nations Finance Initiative Report (UNEPFI) prepared by Professor Gary Pivo of Arizona University, and entitled 'Building Responsible Property Portfolios'. The paper in which the authors' (Rapson, Shiers, Roberts and Keeping) original research appears can be found here.
The Green Guide to Specification
The second example is the continuing work of David Shiers with the Building Research Establishment (BRE), and the launch of the new Green Guide to Specification (Fourth Edition). Co-authored with Jane Anderson and Kristian Steele, and forming a key part of BREEAM 2008, the fourth edition of The Green Guide to Specification was launched in an on-line form in June 2008 (See www.thegreenguide.org.uk). The printed version, which includes a Foreword by Jonathan Porritt, is now in the final stages of editing and is expected to be available in January 2009.
Like its predecessors, this fourth edition of The Green Guide to Specification provides designers and specifiers with easy-to-use guidance on how to make the best environmental choices when selecting construction materials and components. It is more comprehensive than its predecessors containing more than 1200 specifications used in six types of building:
- Commercial buildings, such as offices
- Educational buildings, such as schools and universities
- Healthcare buildings, such as hospitals
David Shiers said:
"The completion of this work comes at an important moment. The recently up-dated BREEAM and Code for Sustainable Homes programmes require the use of 'Green Guide' and it was important to ensure that designers and other property professionals have access to the most up-to-date research on the environmental impacts of construction materials. The Green Guide is also cited as the key reference for materials in the UK Government’s 'Strategy for Sustainable Construction' (June 2008) and so it is reassuring to know that the industry will no longer be relying on the 3rd edition of Green Guide, which uses data which is now six years old."
Jonathan Porrit writes in the foreword:
“Such accessible and reliable information will be of great assistance
to all those involved in the design, construction and management of buildings
as they work to reduce the environmental impact of their properties.
We are sure that this book will help to ensure that in the future, property professionals will be able to make the soundest possible environmentally responsible choices in their materials selection.”
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