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    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.


    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

    Mark Siddall

    PHAROS looks to be very similar to the Arups SPeAR Assessment
    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.



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

    Mark Siddall

    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.


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