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Since the launch of NGS National Green Specification in Nov ‘01 BrianSpecMan has prepared 800+ PowerPoint files in 30+ topic areas related to Sustainable Construction, Design and Specification which in various combinations makes up a large CPD programme.

NGS run CPD seminars on this wide range of topics and if asked will create others on new subjects or with a particular bias for particular audiences.

NGS are now offering to run seminars to public, students and professionals; in offices, colleges and universities; at local meetings, seminars and conferences; in Architecture centres or as part of training courses.

Audiences have so far included, Public, Societies, Architects, Landscape Architects, Exhibition Designers, Interior Designers, Structural and Civil Engineers, Surveyors, Planners, Students, Manufacturers, Constructors and mixed Conference or Workshop audiences.

GreenSpec have delivered seminars on behalf of or with collaborating organisations including: TGR ‘GreenRegister‘ AECB, ASBP, EcoSys, RIBA, RICS, RTPI, CIOB, EnviroCenter, EA, Envirowise, BRE, WRAP, BSRIA, Specifiers’ Design Forum, SmartLIFE, SusCon, SMART, CAP’EM to name a few.

University Course Lectures: NGS has also developed additional material for Univeristy courses from BSc to MSc level.


For two years NGS CPD and other files have been available to download from SCRIBD website, with over 239,201 reads it is clear that there is a demand for these files so now we are moving them onto a NGS National Green Specification website.

NGS website is now delivering PDF versions of its many CPD papers to enable individuals to download and read files in their own time, they will be very low cost to encourage many to download, read, learn and change habits. Whilst being low cost the revenue created will allow us to convert more and load them up for use.


If you have a class or course NGS are interested in speaking.

Contact details and costs are set-out below.


GreenSpec has most presentations on PowerPoint and some older ones in 35 mm. slides, older still on OHP,

GreenSpec has its own laptop, LCD projector, 35 mm. projector and extension lead, so are autonomous if you have an audience, room with a flat clear wall and some sun shading and 13 Amp power supply sockets.

GreenSpec does not have an OHP projector.


Presentations would ideally be 1 to 2 hours, half or whole day.

COSTS: 2012/13 all subject to VAT

GreenSpec has to be financially viable and so charges for travel & speaking time and travel expenses.

Universities events fee negotiable: day fee and travel expenses or PAYE

GreenSpec is based 80 miles north of London, uses public transport but avoids planes, whenever possible/practical.

Day rate of £250+Fares+VAT for 1 hour in London and beyond

Day rate of £350+Fares+VAT for venues with over 3 hours travelling time to venue.

A half day presentation session: £350+Fares+VAT

Whole day presentation session: £500+Fares+VAT

Depending on your location travel time may prevent whole day event or will incur accommodation and subsistance costs.

Bespoke material

NGS have many subjects in its extensive collection (800+ PowerPoint files) if the subject is covered there will be no additional charge.

See: NGS LECTURES subjects.

NGS always updates its presentations each time it is to be shown, at NGS’s expense.

NGS don’t normally charge for creating new material since it all helps to develop useful topics that may be of interest to other audiences too.

New bespoke presentations to your brief will incur costs for research and preparation time.

Creating whole new courses are not included, time charges will apply.

Course homework:

Setting, receiving and marking homework assignments will be charged for £25/Hour


We Organise and run Conferences and Workshops: £500-£2500 depending on topics and event duration.

Event promotion via websites and emailing and collaborative organisations mailing.


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© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
16th December 2012 – 7th November 2015

GBE Lectures
Past Recipients:

Events have included those run in association with or by:

Hertfordshire University

Degree (RIBA Part 1) Year 2 Architecture and Interior Architectural Designers


Technology Champion supporting studio and Lecture Series


Centre of Alternative Technology CAT:


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NGS launch,

Building Course 7 lectures of many aspect of waste and recycling

MSc Sustainable Construction Course: Introduction to NGS

Kingston University:

Applied for part time post, lecturing, studio, organising visits, etc. (apparently the post Bill Dunster had held)

Turned down without interview (reason: no prior academic experience)

Recycled by Design Conference at Salford’s Lowry Building: Recycled materials and Construction

TGR The Green Register SBS Sustainable Building and Services

Barriers and Successes in Sustainability to Architecture and Landscape Architects Students and local practices

Cardiff University

MSc Student Course Theory and Practice of Sustainable Design
Reporting to and delivering seminars on behalf of Paola Sassi & Julie Gwilliams

Studio Crits with Adam Sharr, Paola Sassi & Julie Gwilliams

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London Southbank University ’06-‘08

MARU Medical Architectural Research Unit Performance Design & Specification

Architecture Part 1, Year 2, Full time: Design Crits, Green & Construction Technology Tutoring

Architecture Part 1, Part time Year 3 and Full time Year 2: Technology & Environment 2 Lecture series

Advising Faculty members on Sustainable Policy, Strategy and Implementation

Architecture Part 2, Year 1, part time & Full time Technology & Environment 2 Lecture series

Enf of year Portfoilo marking
Project submission marking

Sheffield Hallam University Architectural Technology students, ‘06 & ‘07

Lecture on GreenSpec Green Building Specification

Lecture on Specification methods

Crits of Students PowerPoint files: Building Element material specification

College of Estate Management Reading University

Sustainability and the Built Environment workshop ‘08

The launch of the Life Long Learning programme, requested by the college Alumni

Global Imperative to Materials Choices

Prepared Refurbishment of Commercial Buildings

London Metropolitan University

Responsible Furniture Design Lecture

Leeds College of Building

Industry and Academia advisory panel on Built Environment Sustainability Modules

Brainstorming 5 module syllabus

College of Estate Management Reading University

First Training Module: Green Specification

University of West of England 2010

Part 3: Specification and Liability lecture

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London Southbank University 2010-2018

Architecture Part 2, Year 1, Full time: Environmental Technology lecture series

Architecture Part 1, Part time Year 2 and Full time Year 1:

Environmental Technology lecture series supporting Studio and Design Crits,

1380: LSBU 2014

Westminster University London

BUILD UP: TGR SBS workshop for unemployed and under employed Architects

University of East London

Studio Crits and turtoting

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2014 March

24-29: Cambridge University IDBE Master’s Programme
Invited to propose and later prepare 2 Hours on Materials for and approaches to historic refurbishment/demolition
Cambridge University Newham College buildings.
Project extended to Joint Couse Leader with ian Cooper: lectures, project briefing, site visits surveys, guidance and progress reviews. final project reviews and comment.

24: BrianSpecMan Need for Retrofit: Global Context

24: BrianSpecMan Construction Materials Workshop

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Kent CC & Business Link Kent SusCon Sustainable Construction Academy

KCC, SusCon and RIBA SE Retrofit training Programme Spring 2010 and Autumn 2010

Submission of topic for potential seminars: What makes a Material Green?

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
16th December 2012 – 20th March 2019

GBE Lectures
Venue, Course, Subjects:


(Kingston Uni)

  • Barriers to Sustainability
  • Success Stories in Sustainability


(Sheffield Hallam Uni)

  • GreenSpec Website and its use in practice
  • NGS GBS specifications in use with NBS Building software
  • Review students project: Building study of a material and its specification, technical review.


(Cardiff Uni)

  • Barriers to the implementation of sustainable development initiatives
  • Financial incentives – grants and other financial support
  • Employers requirements:
    • Takes Brief and turns it into D&B Performance specification
    • E.g. zero waste construction
  • Community Consultation & Participation
  • Sustainable site practice
    • Waste minimization
    • Waste Reduction by Design
    • Waste Site Issues, On-site waste segregation
    • Waste Best practice Tools
    • Violet materials, Waste Definitions
    • Waste Cost Savings & SMARTWaste
    • Health and Safety
    • Employment
    • Cost benefits of sustainable site practice
  • Sustainable Specification
  • The Good the Bad and the Ugly
  • Local Agenda 21
  • Sustainable Communities & Sustainable Development


(South Bank Uni)

Technology & Environment 2

Delivered to Full time year 2 and Part time year 3

12 lecture/workshop series:

Materials, Construction & Services: Domestic & Medium sized Buildings

Domestic and small buildings:

  • Site Survey
  • Soil Investigation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Site Clearance, Topsoil, Subsoil, Soil Stabilisation, Consolidation, Soil Remediation,
  • Foundation types, Eco-concrete, Rock piling, Buried buildings, Floating buildings,
  • Ground floor, Insulation, Inter-seasonal Thermal storage, DPM, GPM, below ground services.
  • External Walls: Timber, Masonry, others
  • Internal partitions
  • Upper floors
  • Flat roofs
  • Pitched Roofs
  • Green Roofs

Homework: create and present PowerPoint files:

  • 7 Bullet Point CV
  • Introduction to a website with an environmental flavour
  • Jargon Busting 1 present a word or phrase with explanation
  • An aesthetic material: properties and characteristics to use in studio work
  • Sketching the material in an assembly sequence to make a room or building
  • Jargon Buster Energy
  • Waste: apply a known material to a studio project and see how much waste is generated, can any be reused?
  • Biodiversity: see how nature can be included in your current studio project
  • Thumbnail sketches: of the building sequence of your studio project
  • Students educate Students: homework presentations, review and score/moderation


(South Bank Uni)

  • Air movement in and around buildings: everything from tornadoes to air conditioning
  • (now 4 hours in 29 parts) Presented to Students and as CPD to practices
  • (available as on-line CPD from this website soon)
  • Sun and Daylight in and around buildings (being created now)
  • A90 Principles of Element Design
  • Climate Change
  • Wind & Wind Tunnel Testing
  • Wind Turbines
  • Natural Ventilation
  • Moisture Vapour & Condensation
  • P10 Thermal Insulation
  • Breathing Construction
  • A94 Airtightness
  • A94 Wind & Airtightness Testing
  • Building Elements
  • Passive Ventilation & Active Ventilation
  • Stack Effect
  • Atrium
  • Solar Orientation & Solar Gain & B12 Conservatories
  • Thermal mass
  • Conduction, Convection, Radiation
  • L15 Solar Shading
  • Thermal mass, Passive and active cooling
  • Fluid dynamics
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Questions and Answers


(South Bank Uni)


Technology & Environment 2

Delivered to Full time year 2 and Part time year 3

2-4 lecture/workshop series:

Grown to 12 lecture/workshop series

Medium sized buildings:

  • Site Survey
  • Soil Investigation
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Site Clearance, Topsoil, Subsoil, Soil Stabilisation, Consolidation, Soil Remediation,
  • Foundation types, Eco-concrete, Rock piling, Buried buildings, Floating buildings,
  • Ground floor, Insulation, Inter-seasonal Thermal storage, DPM, GPM, below ground services.
  • External Walls: Timber, Masonry, others
  • Internal partitions
  • Upper floors
  • Flat roofs
  • Pitched Roofs
  • Green Roofs


Training Module: Green Specification

  • New build and refurbishment
  • Product Selection
  • Process: Initial design through to waste and recycling
  • Source of environmental requirements:
  • Requirements must be explicitly included in specification or they will not be tendered for and not get built
  • Any work:
  • Client’s Brief (GC) or Employer’s Requirements (D&B)
  • T&C Planning national, regional and local requirements
  • Building Regulations (when they catch up with CfSH, etc,) Approved Documents and Tertiary Documents
  • EU Procurement Rules WTO Procurement Rules
  • Any other legislation:
  •     SWMP,
  • New Build
  • Environmental Assessment Methods
  • EcoHomes or Code for Sustainable Homes
  • BREEAM (non-domestic) building type specific and Bespoke
  • Refurbishment:
  • EcoHomes XB
  • Decent Homes Programme
  • Specification Library
  • NBS & Greening of NBS and Greening of NES reports
  • NGS Green Building Specification
  • Advisory Organisations
  •       CIRIA: (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems)
  •       EST: (Details) CLP: (future)
  •       Building Regulations Accredited Construction Details Part L & Robust details Part E
  •       BRE: Environmental Profiling, Green Guide to Specification, relationship to BREEAM, CfSH, EcoHomes, ISO 14025
  • Knowledge outside of the mainstream UK construction industry
  • AECB & CarbonLite Programme
  • Passivhaus Programme (European)
  • Green Products labels,
  • OPP, EcoFlower, BlueSwan, NaturePlus, CD2E, Passivhaus, etc.
  • Normal Issues
  • Performance, Durability, Quality (QA), Proper materials, certification, testing, etc.
  • Environmental issues (its not just about energy)
  • Environmental Management of manufacturers, ISO 14001, EMAS,
  • Embodied energy in manufacture, energy efficiency in use, embodied energy in waste
  • Insulation, airtightness, cold bridge elimination, thermal mass, thermal lag
  • Ventilation without heat loss, heat recovery, renewable energy and renewable readiness
  • Avoidance of condensation, Moisture mass, Hygroscopicity,
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Materials, Water, Fuel: Heating, Cooling and water
  • Design to reduce Waste, Fixings, Assembly, Deconstruction, Reclamation, Reuse or Recycling
  • Social Issues
  • Healthy materials in manufacture, application, occupation, repair, refurbishing, deconstruction and disposal
  • Moisture mass, low allergy, non-toxic,
  • Natural materials, non-petrochemical, low VOC, PVC-free renewable and rapidly renewable materials
  • Recycled content, recyclable, reclaimable, reusable,
  • Local procurement
  • Legal and sustainable: Stewardship: FSC timber, Stone stewardship and metal stewardship
  • Environmental characteristics
  • Thermal mass, Decrement, G value, Hygroscopicity, moisture mass, Psi values,
  • Materials
  • Earth
  • Rammed earth, Unfired clay, clay finishes, clay coatings
  • Plant based
  • Hemp, timber, cellulose, cotton, straw, Linseed,
  • Recycled and by-product
  • Sheep’s wool, denim (recycled),
  • Aggregates, secondary aggregates, recycled aggregates, recycled concrete aggregates
  • Plastics, de-sulferisation gypsum, glass, paper/cardboard, green-waste, metals, timber
  • Construction Reclaimed
  • Bricks, stone, timber, steel, ironmongery
  • Architectural salvage
  • Stone, timber, stain glass, furniture,
  • Carbon reduction, Carbon Sequestration, Low carbon and Carbon negative buildings
  • Cement replacement, Lime, GGBS cement, PFA cements; timber construction, Hemp-lime construction
  • Specification and substitution
  • Robust specification v generic
  • Performance v prescriptive
  • Declaration of Conformity
  • Equivalency and Approval: Architect first time, Contractor evidence second time
  • Case Law & Project Feedback

© GBE NGS ASWS BrianSpecMan aka Brian Murphy
16th December 2012 – 7th November 2015

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