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GBE Lectures

  • Since the launch of NGS National Green Specification (the company behind GBE Green Building Encyclopaedia) in Nov ‘01 BrianSpecMan has prepared and presented most of 1000+ PowerPoint files in 30+ topic areas related to Sustainable Construction, Design and Specification which in various combinations makes up a large CPD programme.
  • BrianSpecMan runs 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.
  • BrianSpecMan also offers 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, PIPA Politicians, Project managers, Students, Manufacturers, Constructors and mixed Conference or Workshop audiences.
  • BrianSpecMan has 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: BrianSpecMan has also developed additional material for Univeristy courses from UG BSc, PG Diploma, MArch through to MSc level. To students studying Architecture, Interior Architectural Design and Furniture Designers.

On-Line CPD & Lectures

  • For two years GBE CPD and other files were 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 GBE  website.
  • GBE 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 GBE to convert more and load them up for use.

Your Course Our Speaker:

  • If you have a class or course BrianSpecMan is interested in speaking to your audience.
  • Contact details and costs are set-out below.

Equipment Autonomy:

  • GBE’s BrianSpecMan has most presentations on PowerPoint and some older ones in 35 mm. slides, older still on OHP,
  • GBE can bring our own laptop, LCD projector, 35 mm. slide projector and extension lead, so are autonomous if you have an audience, room with a flat clear wall, some sun shading and 13 Amp power supply socket.
  • GBE does not have an OHP projector.


  • Presentations would ideally be 1 to 2 hours including Q&A time
  • Workshops with multiple presentations: half or whole day.


  • GBE 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
  • GBE is based 80 miles north of London, uses public transport but avoids planes, whenever possible/practical.
  • Day rate of £125+Fares for 1 hour in London and beyond (No VAT)
  • Day rate of £175+Fares for venues with over 3 hours travelling time to venue (No VAT)
  • A half day presentation session: £175+Fares (No VAT)
  • Whole day presentation session: £250+Fares (No VAT)
  • Depending on your location travel time may prevent whole day event or will incur accommodation and subsistence costs.

Bespoke material

  • GBE have many subjects in its extensive collection (1000+ PowerPoint files including CPD and Lectures) if the subject is already covered there will be no additional charge.
  • See: GBE Lecture Subjects.
  • BrianSpecMan always updates presentations each time it is to be shown, at our expense.
  • GBE 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

GBE Live

  • GBE Organise and run Conferences and Workshops: £500-£2500 depending on topics and event duration.
  • Event promotion via websites, emailing and collaborative organisations websites and mailing.

GBE Contact Details:

  • T        01733 238148
  • M       07973 281024
  • E
  • Skype  BrianSpecMan (email first)
  • WhatsApp

© GBE NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan *
16th December 2012 – 22nd November 2015

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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
  • 2018-2019-2020
  • Technology Champion supporting studio and providing Lecture Series
  • M Arch (RIBA Part 2) Year 1 Architecture
  • 2019-2020
  • Lecturing


Centre of Alternative Technology CAT:

  • AGM Individual Presentations to members

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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
  • End of year Portfolio 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

  • RIBA Part 3: Seminar
  • 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,
  • LSBU 2014 N#1380

Westminster University London

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

University of East London

  • Studio Critiques and tutoring

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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 Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan *
16th December 2012 – 22nd November 2019

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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


(LSBU London South Bank Uni)

  • Air movement in and around buildings: everything from tornadoes to air conditioning
  • (now grown into 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


© GBE NGS ASWS Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan *
16th December 2012 – 22nd November 2019

GBE Green Building Course (Proposal)

  • 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 Brian Murphy aka BrianSpecMan *
16th December 2012 – 22nd November 2019

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