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Brian Murphy


  • BSc Dip Arch (Hons & Dist)
  • I spent the first ten years of practice in small firms, working on a wide range of new and existing buildings, getting a thorough grounding in building technology and studying day release ONC and HNC Construction.
  • I went on to work with talented Architects whilst studying day-release Architecture (part-time), the solid background giving me the freedom to 'fly kites' with my designs, unrestricted by lack of construction know-how.
  • I was recognised as a top student in my year, commended at BSc and awarded a Distinction with Honours at Diploma.
  • The technical background has lead me back to the 'nuts and bolts' of the building design process: Specification writing, where I feel I can make the best contribution to a project’s final outcome, with sensitivity to the aspirations of the designer and the ability to contribute to the design process.
  • I am passing my general and specialist knowledge in this and related fields back to the industry via CPD (continuing professional development) conferences, practice’s staff development seminars, workshops, software training and individual tutoring on project design, building construction, materials and professional practice.
  • April 1999 I made a public declaration of intent to work with designers adopting sustainable approaches to building in the future and to influence others in this area. I have been lucky that most of my existing clients are welcoming the opportunity to green up their act and I am being approached by Green Architects as new clients.
  • "I am a shrinking violet, a little green round the edges but less violet everyday".
  • Since April 2001 I have set out to create the ‘GreenSpec’ website, describing all products with the right environmental credentials and performance characteristics available in or from the UK.


  • I have established a specification consultancy over the past 27 years, been self-employed 29 years and have 37 years experience in the industry.
  • Successful commissions have included, new build, alteration, extension, conservation quality refurbishment; public, private and speculative projects, procured by general contracting, construction management, management contracting, design & build, DMC, GMP and BOOT.
  • Project values carried out range from £50,000. to £511m. Package values range from £10,000 to £12m.
  • Total Specified Projects to date £2405 million.
  • Client list includes architects, interior designers, furniture designers, landscape architects, facilities managers and manufacturers. Whilst I have worked with D&B Contractor’s Architects, I am still keen to work directly with contractors.


  • Reviewing drawn, written, and scheduled information including briefing notes, outline specifications and production information from participating consultants, giving feedback on buildability, compatibility and quality; offering advice on alternative methods, materials and sustainable alternatives.
  • Run Sustainability Design Reviews and Site Waste Management Plan Workshops round table brainstorming with the design team, Client, Contractor and Quantity Surveyor to review proposals and seek out opportunities to improve the use of site, methods or construction, choice of materials, services and use of resources in a cost effective manor to afford sustainable solutions.
  • Reviewing Tenders for compliance with project documents and highlighting any short falls, reviewing any further submissions.


  • I am no longer a practising architect so do not normally design buildings, my commitment is to influence the architects and other project team members, I work with to consider and adopt appropriate green methods and materials, carryout any research to support a change and then specify them.
  • Launched the National Green Specification NGS Nov. 2001 Branded ‘GreenSpec’ at www.greenspec.co.uk
  • Written over 800 PowerPoint seminars on sustainable construction, specification and professional practice.
  • Wrote and delivered 18 hours of seminars on Eco Refurbishment principles for small and large scale domestic, non-domestic and historic buildings in 2010.