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Our series on renewable energy sources starts in this issue and a fuller version of this week's article, exploring the various renewables technologies and giving advice on how to choose between them, appears on the AJ's website, www. ajplus. co. uk, as part of our growing coverage of sustainability.

The site also has the latest information on national political issues, grants and finance, design and technology, organisations and future events.

You'll also find a study of Lake Shore, the 1970s Bristol factory which Urban Splash is to convert into flats. This building reuse includes ground(and lake-) source heating.


UK Trade and Investment wants to help sell your green design services in the US. You can send your brochure to its stand at the Greenbuild exhibition in Denver in November and there's a trade mission you can join in early spring 2007. You can also call them on 0207 215 8000 for help with exporting your design services.

www. uktradeinvest.gov. uk

Designing for swifts: for free advice on installing nest boxes, including photos of swift bricks used at Terry Farrell's Swiss Cottage Sports Centre, London NW3, visit www. londonsswifts. org. uk Structural steel with hard stamping is becoming increasingly widespread. It is a byproduct of CE marking and allows a steel section to be traced to its fabricator and can help determine its suitability for recycling and/or reuse.

www.steelconstruction. org


Louis Kahn and the Search for a Modern Brick Architecture Nov 15, 6:30pm The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC1E Richard Weston of the Welsh School of Architecture, delivers the Annual Brick Development Association lecture.

Sven Pillars of Wisdom: Learning from Sustainable Developments in Sweden Nov 16, 3:30 - 6:30pm www. buildingcentretrust.org/xplorer/forhcomevents.html BCO Guide to Environmental Management Throughout November In a series of events across the UK, the BCO is launching its Guide to Environmental Management, summarising thinking on how to limit the environmental impact of office development. Another recent BCO publication is Getting it Together: the Work/Life Agenda and Offices.

www. bco. org. uk


Inquiry by Design By John Zeisel Norton, 2006, £16.99 It is rare for a building to be evaluated in detail once it has been occupied. Despite the fact that since 1964, the RIBA's Plan of Work has included Stage M: Feedback, we still know relatively little about how buildings work. However, John Zeisel's Inquiry by Design is the best practical guide to researching and understanding buildings' functions. First published in 1981 and doubled in size for this year's edition, it combines descriptions of social science research methods and case studies of these methods in use on many live building projects. The US origin of these examples hardly matters, but finding someone to pay for a similar research project here may prove more problematic.

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