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Natural Fibre Insulation CPDs: special rate for AECB Members

Natural insulation products and systems are beginning to move from the margins of UK construction into more widespread use. But what are the benefits? The ASBP has developed an introductory CPD containing 2 hours of core curriculum content to provide architects and specifiers with knowledge of the wide range of products and systems available on the market. You will gain an understanding of designing with natural fibre insulation, health, safety and sustainability aspects and how natural fibre insulation can greatly enhance the performance of buildings. Attendees should leave the event with a greater ability to successfully design and specify natural » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Member News on September 12th, 2017

‘Hedge Home’ is finalist in The Sunday Times British Homes Award 2017.

Waparchitects are shortlisted for award which will be judged by public vote. Congratulations to AECB members, waparchitects who are finalists in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017  competition.  This called for ‘homes worthy of our green and pleasant land’ and to celebrate the ‘town-country ideal’ in a new garden city. Bryan Parkin from waparchitects said: “Our concept design ‘Hedge Home’ continues our ideas of integrating landscape design with zero carbon homes.  It addresses the difficult issue of achieving the garden city ideal when the need is for large houses on relatively small plots, by wrapping the homes in planted living » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

Back to Earth introduce their online wood fibre insulation course.

50% certification discount offered to AECB members Over the last few months, AECB members at the Back to Earth team have been busy developing the first freely accessible, online wood fibre insulation course. Designed for architects, builders and self-builders, the thirteen module course covers how to specify, source and use wood fibre effectively. The course was created in response to a growing demand from their clients for one, credible source of information that explains, in detail, everything you would need to know about wood fibre insulation. Chris Brookman at Back to Earth says: “Whether you are considering wood fibre insulation » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

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Green Building Store shortlisted for two Build It Magazine Awards 2017.

Winners to be announced in September in London. Green Building Store is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for two awards in Build It Magazine 2017 Awards. The shortlisted awards are: Best Builders Merchant for Self Builders Best Windows – for our PERFORMANCE range The winners of the awards will be announced on Friday 22 September at an awards ceremony in London. See the full shortlist here.

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

Addison Road and The Larch Hut shortlisted for Hampshire’s Countryside Awards.

Arboreal Architecture share details of their shortlisted entry in the New Forest, Sustainable Buildings category. Congratulations to AECB members, Arboreal Architecture for reaching the shortlist in Hampshire’s Countryside Awards which has seen a record number of entries this year. Now in their 11th year, the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England run these awards to recognise and celebrate those working for a beautiful and thriving Hampshire countryside. Harry Paticas of Arboreal Architecture saw the call for entries in our Network newsletter and shares below the details of their shortlisted project. This project is a holisitic “deep-retrofit” and » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

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Thorne Wyness Architects achieve AECB Silver standard for Ulva Ferry community housing.

Project provides two three-bedroom homes on the Isle of Mull designed for young families. Ulva Ferry is a small village located in the National Scenic area along the North West coast of Mull. Just six years ago, the community found itself under threat of losing its primary school due to long-term population decline brought about by the lack of affordable housing options for young people. This project, a joint venture between the Ulva School Community Association (USCA) and Mull and Iona Community Trust (MICT) seeks to sustain the School roll and the local community by providing two, three-bedroom homes allocated via a points system which gave priority » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 6th, 2017

UK Passivhaus Conference, London 2017

The conference will focus on the future of the Passivhaus movment in the UK. Head along to London on 24th October in to discover what the experts think about this topic, along with talks on the latest exciting Passivhaus developments and research. There is also still time to enter the competition to win some free wall space in the exhibition hall of the UK Passivhaus Conference.This opportunity is only open to complete and certified Passivhaus projects. They can be of any scale, location or typology, although, we are particularly looking for projects that will appeal to social housing providers, local » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Member News, General News on August 3rd, 2017

Future Designers: Passivhaus Winners

The Passivhaus Student Competition, sponsored by Tarmac, aims to empower the next generation of architects and engineers to adopt the Passivhaus Standard The competition focussed on energy efficiency, eliminating the performance gap and occupant health & wellbeing – all of which are rising up UK construction agenda. The competition equips students with Passivhaus knowledge and offers an opportunity to implement Passivhaus methodology on their proposals, allowing them to address these factors at the start of the design process rather than as sustainable bolt-on. Six projects were awarded the prize, coming from University of Bath, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield and The » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on August 1st, 2017

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Congratulations to Tim Martel who receives Passivhaus designer designation for next 5 years.

A large Passivhaus project results in Tim’s certification. AECB member, Tim Martel is a freelance Chartered Architectural Technologist and Passivhaus Designer who regularly undertakes work for Simmonds Mills and gives training in the AECB’s REALcosting retrofit software to members through Optimal Retrofit ( Like all Passivhaus designers, Tim needed to renew his Passivhaus qualification after 5 years so was lucky to be able to work on a large Passivhaus project rather than collect points from CPD courses which can be the more difficult route.  The project was a detached, two storey build in Wrexham where Tim worked as the PH » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on August 1st, 2017

Free entry to Grand Designs Live for AECB Members

This year Grand Designs Live takes an even more sustainable approach as it heads to Birmingham, 11-13 October Every year, Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes celebrates the best conceptual and eco-friendly construction ideas. Kevin chooses his top 10 heroes from small-scale start-ups to big businesses setting a green example for the rest of the industry and each of their products will be on display at the show. It’s the perfect place to find inspiration for your own self-build plans and eco developments. At the last show in London earlier this year they carried out a press morning where several experts, some » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on July 31st, 2017

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