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Violet (CPD) G#408 N#409

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  • File Name: Are You Green Or Violet?
  • File Type: PDF of PPTX
  • File Size:
    • PDF Handout: 1 mb
    • PDF Show: 2 mb
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  • Number of Slides/Pages:
    • PDF Handout: 6 Pages (9 Slides per page)
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  • Created for: BD Conference ‘Green Is The Colour’ 1999 at RIBA,
  • Presented to: BD, Many Architect’s CPD, Many Lectures: LSBU/UH RIBA Part 1/2 Year 1/2/3/4 Architecture/Interior students
  • Author: BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy ONC HNC Construction BSc Dip Architecture (Hons+Dist)
  • © GBE GBL GBC NGS ASWS 2003 – 2020
  • Created: 20/09/2003
  • Revision: 47
  • Revised: 08/10/2020
  • Previously published on Scribd: 02/06/2009
  • Scribd reads: 2052 @ 03/06/2013
  • Scribd Downloads: 156
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 (10 ratings)
  • Tags: CPD, Lecture, Green Definitions, Jargon Buster
  • ProductSets: Methods of Construction, Materials, State of Industry
  • UserGroups: All, Students, Architects, Assistants, Technicians, Structural Engineers, Constructors
  • Scope: Used to explain term ‘Violet’ opposite of ‘Green’. Used to set context for sustainability definition, and manufacturers claims.

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Are you Green or Violet?

This Presentation on GBE:


Violet Definition

  • Coined at ‘Green is the Colour’
  • BD Conference
  • @ RIBA
  • April 1999

Definitions: Green

  • Otherwise: Environmental
  • For most in Business: Sustainable
    • So they can compromise for profits
  • For many they revert to energy efficiency
    • Others think its renewable energy and eco-bling
  • many have their own definition
  • many are unsure of its meaning
    • Environmental
    • Economic
    • Socially responsible
    • Natural Resources
    • Responsible Sourcing
    • Political: Green Party

See Also:

  • Sustainable Definition (CPD)

Sustainable

  • Triple bottom line
    • Environment (eco, green)
    • Society
    • Economy

‘Violet’

  • ‘Violet’ chosen as it is at the opposite end of the spectrum from ‘Green’
  • Not far from violent and violate
  • Others prefer Green-Brown, Green-Red, Green-Black,
  • Not Purple

‘Violet’ Materials

  • ‘Violet’ meaning:
  • ‘any material, construction product, construction method or building
  • unfriendly to humans or the environment or
  • whose performance diminishes in use or over time’

‘Violet’ Industry

  • Clients/employers, developers, designers, Quantity Surveyors, contractors, manufacturers, applicators/installers
    • anyone that does not care about the environment
    • or anyone that does not act on its behalf
    • Virtually the whole industry
  • But its changing
    • Too slowly

Are you Green or Violet?


GBE Slogan:

  • I am a shrinking Violet
  • A little green around the edges
  • But less violet every day

Definitions

Green:

    • Greenies: the people that do Green
    • Light or Dark Green or Greenies
    • Greenie Points: Brownie Points + Green (all positive)

Violet:

    • Opposite of Green
    • Violets: the people that don’t do Green
    • Light or Dark Violet or Violets
  • Whitewash: cover-ups telling porkies
  • Greenwash: telling green porkies

Green:

  • But Corporate Greenwash prevails
  • Large PV arrays are saying we spend a lot on gestures not a lot on actions
  • Check what else they are doing

Violet Materials

  • Non-renewable, finite
    • Fossil derivatives, fuel,
    • Petrochemical, chemicals, synthetics:
      • Paints
      • Plastics
  • Unsustainable
    • Carbon based: e.g. Fuel
    • Release Carbon in manufacture or use: e.g. Cement
  • High embodied energy: e.g.
    • Metals: Aluminium
    • Plastics
    • Cement
  • Hazardous materials and hazardous waste:
    • Wet, sticky, gooey or flows:
      • resins, paints, sealants, chemicals,
    • Fine particulate: e.g. cement, asbestos, ceramic fibre
    • Corrosive, acidic, alkali,
  • Ozone depleting & Global Warming
    • Foamed plastics HFCs HFAs

Green: Environmentally Sustainable Materials

  • Renewable: timber,
  • Rapidly renewable: Plant based materials
  • Abundant: Site subsoil, rocks, sand, gravel,
  • Recycled & Recyclable:
    • post consumer content,
  • Reclaimed & Reused: on site materials, timber not chipboard
  • Carbon already out there:
    • reclaimed bricks, slates, stone
  • Carbon sequestration: Carbon negative:
    • Plant and timber based
  • Low embodied energy: Plant based
  • Local: low transport miles: low transport emissions

Social Sustainable Materials

  • Socially responsible: Fairtrade equivalents
  • Pay the right price v plunder the world
  • Local: materials, crafts, companies, tradesmen
  • v
  • Cheap labour abroad where nobody sees or cares

Healthy Materials

  • Low VOC?: but not loads of other chemicals to achieve it
  • No hazardous materials in application and use
  • No hazardous waste
  • Low allergy
  • Low to Zero toxicity
  • Indoor air quality
    • ignored by BRE Green Guide to Specification

Economic Sustainable Materials

  • Long term economic to maintain
  • Long term economic to run
  • Reclaimable, reusable and resalable
  • v
  • Short term cheap to build
  • Expensive to run
  • Sometimes risky in use

General claims made in Greenwash

  • Sustainable
  • Environment Friendly
  • Eco-friendly
  • Recyclable
  • Recycled
  • Managed Forest
  • CFC free
  • HCFC free
  • ZODP
  • Water based
  • Solvent free
  • Low VOC
  • Energy saving

See Also:


© GBE GBC GBL NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan **
21st May 2013 – 11th January 2021

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  • Cradle to ….
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  • Cradle to Grave
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  • Ecological footprint
  • EcoPoints
  • Economic Allocation
  • Embodied Carbon (EC)
  • End of life (EOL)
  • Energy
  • Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
  • Environmental Profiling (EP)
  • Environmental Impacts
  • European Chemicals Agency
  • European Waste Catalogue (EWC)
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  • Final material
  • Footprint
  • Global Warming Potential (GWP)
  • Green Guide to Specification (GGtS)
  • Greenhouse Gas Potential (GHGP)
  • Inputs
  • impact
  • Individual Impacts
  • Intermediate material
  • ISO 14025:2006
  • Life Cycle
  • Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)
  • Life Cycle Analysis/Assessment (LCA)
  • Life Cycle Inventory
  • Marginal Analysis (MA)
  • Monetisation
  • Outputs
  • Packaging
  • Plastics
  • Product Assessment Sustainability Screening (PASS)
  • Products
  • Product Environmental Footprinting (PEF)
  • Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules (PEFCR)
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