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GBE Chronology (Navigation) G#1017

By 20 February 2014September 2nd, 2021Chronology, Code, Encyclopaedia
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Brian Murphy ONC HNC Construction BSc (Hons) PG Dip Architecture (Dist) (Part-time NLP)

  • Specification Consultant (38 years)

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Part 1

  • The increased requirements in Building, Health and Safety and other Regulations covering ‘Green’ materials and products in design.

Part 1 Regulations and ‘Green’ materials

  • You could be forgiven for thinking the title of the paper suggest that there is legislation out there encouraging the use of ‘Green’ materials
  • I do not think this is quite the case
  • but what there is is legislation that:
  • controls, in some cases discourages and sometimes bans the use of
  • shall we say ‘Violet’ material,
  • As a consequence we are having to consider other materials
  • which are ‘less Violet’
  • and in some cases ‘Green’ materials.

‘Violet’ Materials

  • ‘Violet’ chosen as it is at the opposite end of the spectrum from ‘Green’
  • meaning:
  • ‘any material that is unfriendly to humans or the environment
  • or whose performance diminishes in use or over time’

Regulations V vested interest

  • What we now need is Legislation that drives us towards ‘Green’ options
  • rather than just more of the ‘Violet’ materials we use already
  • I wonder if the next round of Building Regulations will help?
  • will vested interest resist change or prevent it from happening.


  • Regrettable there is also legislation out there
  • and policemen that patrol its zone of influence,
  • that will continue to maintain technical barriers (despite European Treaties)
  • making their use less easy than their familiar but ‘Violet’ counterparts

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  • There are a number of different threads running through this chronology:
    • International Forum
    • Publications, Guidance and Methods
    • Ethical Financial Activity
    • Legislation
    • Green Movements
    • Product Quality
    • Legislation & ‘Green’ awareness
    • International Forum establish the targets for all of us to achieve
    • Guidance and methods shows us how
    • Ethical Finance shows us all by example
    • Legislation is implemented by governments when the populous fails to respond
    • Green movements start when governments fail to act in a responsible manner

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GBE Sources

I acknowledge: the following for the idea and some of the content of this Chronology.

  • AJ Architects Journal
  • BBA British Board of Agrément
  • BBC British Broadcasting Corporation
  • EHP Hadley Centre
  • Estates Gazette 10 Jan 98 Environmental Liability The Muck Stops Here By Tim Smithers and Nic Seal.
  • European Project for the ice Coring in Antarctica (EPICA)
  • Friends Provident’s Literature “Stewardship Ethical Investment, Acting on your Principles”
  • Future Build 2020 Poster 31/10/2019
  • Guardian Newspaper
  • Mauna Loa Laboratory
  • NASA
  • Autotrader 2021
  • numerous other bibliography

© GBE GBC GBL NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan **
1999 – 2nd September 2021




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© GBE GBC GBL NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan **
1999 – 2nd September 2021

See Also:

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© GBE GBC GBL NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan **
1999 – 2nd September 2021

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