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    ceoadmin
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    #33289
    Anonymous
    Inactive

    Very interesting, should the AECB be talking to them at any level? It'll be good if it isn't a purely US centric resource.

    #33290
    ceoadmin
    Keymaster

    This is a relevant discussion of a sustainable design standard within which Pharos sits: https://www.aecb.net/forum/index.php?topic=713.new#new

    #33291
    Mark Siddall
    Participant

    PHAROS looks to be very similar to the Arups SPeAR Assessment
    http://www.arup.com/environment/feature.cfm?pageid=1685
    Not that that is a bad thing.
    In terms of being communication tool I've always thought this type of graphic approach is very digestible, and as Arup point out it can be used to assess any multitude of sins not just buildings. It will be interesting to how it develops.

    Mark

    #33292
    ceoadmin
    Keymaster

    Thanks Mark,
    I had forgotten about this. Is it widely used in UK outside Arups?

    #33293
    Mark Siddall
    Participant

    SPeaR is Arups own assessment method i.e. its a monopoly. If you pay the fee they undertake a study anywhere. If PHAROS is more of a public domain version of then SPear then I think a powerful tool has been unleashed. Having said that Pharos will only gain the air of credibility if it has a good quality assurance system and is appropriately licensed.

    It will be interesting to see how it develops. Most of the Eco-labling systems have failed in the past, perhaps the time is right for this.

    Mark

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