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During the ‘Sustainability Revolution’ it has become clear that we have not been making many sustainable nor competent buildings, because we don’t fully understand the physics of buildings and the science of materials, and we compromise between what we design and what we build with cost cutting, substitutions or value engineering, with low initial cost as the primary criteria for success.  Further degradation of ambitions occurs on site through lack of understanding, lack of care and poor workmanship.  It’s time for change, and this is the beginning of GBE’s contribution, it’s about developing a more detailed and joined up understanding of environmental design principles and generating detailed ‘Healthy Environmental Resourceful, Appropriate, Competent, Effective, Yardstick‘ rules.

We have already got a name for it GBE Code, its not a version of an Environmental Assessment Method (EAM) like BREEAM, CEEQUAL, Code for Sustainable Homes, DREAM, EcoHomes, LEED, Ska, SPEAR, or, (some of which appear to be tick box exercises, that prevent innovation and selection of really green, low carbon, resource efficient and healthy products) but a Code for ‘Healthy Environmental Resourceful, Appropriate, Competent, Effective, Yardstick’ which embraces traditional, modern & innovative methods of construction.

GBE Code aims to bring together:

  • Design & Decision Tool Expert system to use GBE Expert; (ambition)
  • Design Principles in GBE Patterns; (started)
  • Highlight problems and promote solutions in GBE Defects
  • Organised into logical GBE Matrix; (will follow GBE Patterns)
  • Things to consider and others to avoid in GBE Checklist; (exists, being updated)
  • Highlights and expose the untruths in GBE Greenwash (started)
  • Data collected to help form GBE Rules of Thumb; (to be developed)
  • Equations and datasets brought together to create GBE Calculators (some exists, more to add)
  • Build links to the outputs of R&D, R&DIY and other sources of guidance in GBE Links; (exists, updating)
  • Building Elemental Sustainability Test in GBE BEST; (exists, to be formalized)
  • Building Element Assembly COde Number in GBE BEACON helps to identify each assembly from another
  • Material & Products Assessment Sustainability Screening in GBE Compare
  • Materials additional assessement of materials in GBE Materials
  • Translation/interpretation of unfamiliar terms with GBE Jargon Buster; (exists, always developing)
  • Results in Healthy Environmental Resourceful, Appropriate, Competent, Effective, Yardstick construction to be found in GBE HERACEY™;
  • Bring this all together with a 3D walkthrough model to interrogate in GBE 2D or 3D View (ambition)

Collectively the aim is to find a pathway through the myriad of options, addressing local climate, component functions, compatibility of materials, resource efficiency, energy saving, carbon reduction as well as healthy buildings; to shortlist methods of construction and material choices that are appropriate to a site and ‘Healthy Environmental Resourceful, Appropriate, Competent, Effective, Yardstick‘.


© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
10th December 2012 – 22nd September 2016

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  • GBE ENCYCLOPAEDIA: everything below
  • GBE EXPERT: Expert System Design & Decision Tool from briefing to FM
  • GBE PATTERNS: Environmental Patterns: Design Principles core to GBE Code
  • GBE DEFECTS: Analysis of defects with potential solutions
  • GBE MATRIX: Tables bringing many issues into order and relationships
  • GBE CHECKLISTS: Environmental Building, Home Improvement & Refurbishment Checklists and data sheets
  • GBE Q&A: Questions & Answers or FAQ and some not so frequently
  • GBE GREENWASH: Critique of advertising and literature claims
  • GBE RULES OF THUMB: Brings GBE CHECKLIST and scoring together
  • GBE BEST: Building Element Sustainability Test
  • GBE BEACON: Building Element Assembly COde Number
  • GBE 3rd PARTY EVALUATION: Accreditations, Certifications, Endorsements, etc.
  • GBE EQUIVALENTS: alternative routs to achieving requirements
  • GBE MATERIALS: Understanding materials in more detail
  • GBE LINKS: Useful website URL links
  • GBE JARGON BUSTER: Translation of terms in use today over 9000 entries, 436 pages, Rev 46
  • GBE 3D VIEW

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  • CAP’EM PRODUCT DATA SHEET
  • CAP’EM LCA
  • CAP’EM EPD

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
30th July 2013 – 22nd September 2016

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GBE Jargon Buster

ABREVIATIONS & ACRONYMS

Words and Phrases

  • Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM)
  • Building Element Assembly COde Number (BEACON)
  • Building Element Sustainability Test (BEST)
  • Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH)
  • GBE COMPARE
  • Cost cutting
  • Design Principles
  • Defence Related Environmental Assessment Method (DREAM)
  • GBE ECHO 
  • Environmental Assessment Method (EAM)
  • Environmental Design Principles
  • Expert System
  • Design & Descision Tool (D&DT)
  • Healthy Environmental Resourceful, Appropriate, Competent, Effective, Yardstick
  • GBE HERACEY
  • Innovative Methods of Construction (IMC)
  • Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)
  • physics of buildings
  • Products Assembly System Screening (NGS PASS)
  • science of materials
  • Ska
  • SPEAR
  • Sustainability Revolution
  • substitutions
  • Value Engineering (VE)

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
10th December 2012 – 22nd September 2016

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