Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan G#896 N#916

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Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan

Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan


  • He spent the first ten years of practice in small firms, working on a wide range of new and existing buildings, getting a thorough grounding in building technology and studying day release ONC and HNC Construction.
  • He went on to work with talented Architects whilst studying day-release Architecture (part-time), the solid background giving him the freedom to ‘fly kites’ with his designs, unrestricted by lack of construction know-how.
  • He was recognised as a top student in his year, commended at BSc and awarded a Distinction with Honours at PG Diploma.
  • The technical background led him back to the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the building design process: Specification writing, where he felt he could make the best contribution to a project’s final outcome, with sensitivity to the aspirations of the designer and the ability to contribute to the design process in the minutiae of the details.
  • He is passing his general and specialist knowledge in this and related fields back to the industry via CPD (continuing professional development) practice’s staff development seminars, university lectures, workshops, conferences, software training and individual tutoring on project design, building construction, materials, specification and professional practice.
  • In April 1999 he made a public declaration of intent to work with designers adopting sustainable approaches to building in the future and to influence others in this area.  He was lucky that most of his existing clients welcomed the opportunity to green up their act.
  • Set out in April 2001 launched National Green Specification (NGS) in November to create an Encyclopaedia of Green Construction.
  • 2003 Joined by Sandy Patience to create ‘GreenSpec’ website, describing products with the right environmental credentials and performance characteristics available in or from the UK.
  • 2008 – 2014 joined a NW European team to carryout Interreg funded CAP’EM project to develop an intelligent tool to select appropriate products for any building application and compare short listed product’s Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs)
  • September 2012 started creating this new website to relaunch NGS and Green Building Encyclopaedia (GBE) that he set out to do in 2001 but failed.
  • 2013 left GreenSpec behind to focus on GBE and acheived 1.3 million page views in 17 months.
  • 2014 Initiated processes and funding applications to develop GBE 3D VIEW an interface to GBE where the user touches any object in a virtual building and it interrogates the encyclopaedia and delivers information in concertina windows on screen.
  • Prepared briefs and specifiation for many other applications to be created once GBE becomes financially autonomous.


  • Brian has established a specification consultancy ASWS Architectural Specification Writing Services over the past 33 years, been self-employed 33 years and has >40 years experience in the industry.
  • Successful commissions have included:
    • new build, alteration, extension, conservation quality refurbishment, fit out
    • Project Clients: governement, public, private and speculative developers,
    • Procured by: general contracting (GC), construction management (CM), management contracting (MC), design & build (D&B), Design manage Construct (DMC), Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) and Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT).
  • Project values carried out range from £50,000. to £511m.  Package values range from £10,000 to £12m.
  • Total Specified Projects to date £2415m.
  • Client list includes architects, interior designers, furniture designers, exhibition designers, landscape architects, facilities managers, builder’s merchants, self-builders, manufacturers, fabricators, suppliers and universities.  Whilst he has worked with D&B Contractor’s Architects, he was keen to work directly with contractors.


  • Reviewing drawn, written, and scheduled information including briefing notes, outline specifications and production information from participating consultants, giving feedback on buildability, compatibility and quality; offering advice on alternative methods, materials and sustainable alternatives.
  • Run Sustainability Design Reviews and Site Waste Management Plan Workshops round table brainstorming with the design team, Client, Contractor and Quantity Surveyor to review proposals and seek out opportunities to improve the use of site, methods or construction, choice of materials, services and use of resources in a cost effective manor to afford sustainable solutions.
  • Reviewing Tenders for compliance with project documents and highlighting any short falls, reviewing any further submissions.
  • Project List


  • He is not a practising architect so does not normally design buildings, his commitment is to influence the architects and other project team members he works with to consider and adopt appropriate green methods and materials, carryout any research to support a change and then specify them.
  • 1999 Invited to talk at ‘Green is the Colour’ Conference at RIBA on legislation driving Green
  • 2001 Launched the National Green Specification NGS in November 2001
  • 2003 ‘GreenSpec’ launched at
  • 2006 BrianSpecMan wrote many waste management specifications as part of  PII project with BRE
  • 2006 BrianSpecMan created WasteCost® Lite calculator and invited BRE to do it better, 3 years later they did.
  • 2007 BrianSpecMan was invited to lecture at London SouthBank University which continues to this day
  • 2008 BrianSpecMan invited to become part of the CAP’EM Interreg Project to develop an LCA tool that chooses product that are healthy, environmental, resourceful, appropriate, competent, effective before choosing their LCA.
  • BrianSpecMan has written and presented well over 800 PowerPoint seminars on sustainable construction, specification and professional practice
  • BrianSpecMan acknowledged by the RIBA Journal as a top 10 CPD provider for GreenSpec
  • None of this was acknowledged or promoted on GreenSpec website; it all needs another website.
  • 2009 Adopted a space on Scribd website over 300 CPD and specification files loaded there 267,000 page reads then counter reset.
  • He has also written many specification work sectionsproduct clauses and supporting appendix.
  • Occasionally a calculator or data is needed to carry out a task and he creates or collates them too.
  • 2012 created, it soon became the exit strategy from GreenSpec
  • 2013 National Green Specification relaunched/CAPEM launched at
  • 2013 GreenSpec Ltd. set up and left to Sandy Patience
  • 2013 National Green Specification Ltd. created to continue CAPEM project as a Partner
  • 2014 reserved
  • 2015 NGS CAPEM website decanted to Green Building Encyclopaedia website
  • 2015 Green Building Encyclopaedia launched with an ambition to complete a 40 man year task in 5 years

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
Brian Murphy BSc Dip Arch (Hons+Dist)
10th December 2012 – 3rd September 2018

Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan

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At JTS Visit to Build4 near Dover

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CAPEM meeting in JTS Office Lille


[avniR] LCA Convention 2011


Napier Univeristy @ Edinburgh Zoo   BIM from a Specifiers Perspective

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© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
Brian Murphy BSc Dip Arch (Hons+Dist)
10th December 2012 – 3rd September 2018

Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan
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> The Green Register TGR SBS lecturer Interview video
[avniR] LCA Convention 2011 Lille France CAP’EM GUI presenatation video by BrianSpecMan
> [avniR] LCA Convention 2014 & CAP’EM end Conference

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© GBE NGS ASWS BrianMurphy aka BrianSpecMan
Brian Murphy BSc Dip Arch (Hons+Dist)
10th December 2012 – 30th May 2017


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      I am not aware of any such “Notify me…..”
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      And maybe ‘a bee in your bonnet’ something irritating you into action.
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      Then just get on with it.
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      Clearing the head during, not before.

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