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Zehnder Group UK takes on CIBSE patrons status

Membership demonstrates firm’s commitment to shaping the future of the building services industry Indoor Climate Solutions specialist, Zehnder Group UK, has become a Patron of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The Patrons are the corporate supporters of the organisation, who work together to lend technical and financial support to a wide range of initiatives led by the Institute, giving CIBSE members access to their knowledge and expertise. As a major supplier to several of the UK’s biggest developers and construction firms, Zehnder works closely with building services engineers, M&E consultants and mechanical engineers. A long-registered CIBSE CPD » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 6th, 2017

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LTS Architects win award for their ‘Hidden House’ in Knightsbridge.

Award winning house has lower floor at basement level and is invisible from the street. Congratulations to our members LTS Architects who have recently won the Evening Standard, Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Architectural Merit.  The Hidden House has been designed to be completely invisible from the street, and is located within a conservation area on a complex urban site in Knightsbridge. It is a unique and private family home created from two former workshop buildings and a retail space. “The client wanted something that was luxurious but at the same time understated, light and airy. One of the benefits » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on June 7th, 2017

Cumberworth radical retrofit

Reducing moisture risk in retrofits.

Radical retrofit pioneers breathable IWI solution in UK. A 19th century Yorkshire farmhouse has undergone a radical transformation with a deep ‘whole house’ retrofit undertaken by Green Building Store. The project, located in Cumberworth West Yorkshire, has trialled the use of an innovative internal wall insulation, TecTem, from Knauf Aquapanel in Germany. The radical retrofit was designed using the Passivhaus methodology, modelled in Passivhaus Planning Package software, and has resulted in a reduction in space heating need of up to 86% Planning requirements meant that internal wall insulation was needed and modelling of the building showed that there would be » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on May 4th, 2017

APD completes Crawley’s first Passivhaus development

Crawley Borough Council’s first Passivhaus development, designed by Accredited Passivhaus Design, has been completed and certified to the Passivhaus Standard. Gales Place in Three Bridges provides 13 new affordable homes – six flats and seven houses – for local residents. Each property is so thermally efficient that a radiator and two towel rails will heat it even in mid-winter. The development is located on a complex site and provides a new urban space next to an existing community centre, safe routes to the adjacent primary school and car parking for residents and other local people. With triple glazing, high insulation » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on May 2nd, 2017

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The School of Natural Building secures 6.3 m euros grant funding to build with straw

New project is a significant milestone for sustainable building. The School of Natural Building (SNaB) has been jointly awarded 6.3m euros to increase the uses of low carbon technologies in sectors with high energy saving potential. By working with UK partners Hastings Borough Council & Groundwork South as well as European partners in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, SNaB will help to reduce GHG emissions across North West Europe. The project is called ‘Up Straw’ and the aim of the project is to showcase sustainable building projects with reduced carbon footprints. The UK will build the first building, a straw » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on April 13th, 2017

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Conker Conservation complete latest project to AECB Silver Standard

Paul Mallion and team receive AECB Silver certificate for ‘Old Dover Road’ project. Congratulations to Conker Conservation on their latest Silver standard project. Paul Mallion and his team were tasked with a 1960’s detached bungalow with cavity wall and air leakage of 7.94ach and a heating demand of 167 kWh/m2 per annum.  The house benefitted from cavity wall insulation and 50mm floor insulation and double glazing.  They used PHPP to model various improvements on a step by step basis but the client was keen to achieve AECB Silver standard in conjunction with creating a new space with large rooflights.  Old » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on March 23rd, 2017

Prewett Bizley staff receiving award

Prewett Bizley Architects named Sustainability Architect of the Year

New build and retrofit project impress judges at the 2017 BD Architect of the Year awards. AECB members, Prewett Bizley Architects were delighted to be named Sustainability Architect of the Year at the BD Architect of the Year Awards Ceremony last week.  This award recognises architects who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering a more sustainable built environment.  They were shortlisted alongside two larger architectural practices with their two projects –  ‘Dundon Passivhaus’ in Somerset and ‘Bloomsbury Town House’, a retrofit of a grade II listed Georgian town house.  Bob Prewett, Director of Prewett Bizley was delighted to receive the award and » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on March 17th, 2017

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Greengauge launches library of calculated thermal bridge details

Advanced Details launched at Ecobuild A new service to be launched by building physics consultancy Greengauge will bring calculated thermal bridge details within reach for many designers and assessors who currently rely on standard details. Advanced Details, launched at Ecobuild, is a searchable web-based database offering high-performance details for a full range of standard junctions. Compared to the standard details, using the service can cut the DER by 10%, and by 25% compared to using default psi values – without the need to make significant changes to the design. This could be especially valuable if, as anticipated, changes to SAP » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on February 23rd, 2017

Cundall London Office

Cundall London office becomes first project in Europe to achieve WELL Certification

International multi-disciplinary engineering company, Cundall’s new London office at One Carter Lane is the first building in the UK and Europe to achieve WELL Certification through the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL). Cundall seized the opportunity to pursue WELL for the fit-out of its new 15,400ft2 CAT A London office, which became WELL Certified™ at the Gold level, creating a practical expression of the company’s long-standing focus on sustainability and well-being. This achievement was made possible by the close collaboration between Cundall and their architects, Studio Ben Allen, working through the details of this relatively new standard and applying its features » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on December 19th, 2016

Whole House Energy Launch Fabric First Institute Project

Fabric First Institue Project to Support Delivery of Homes to Passivhaus Standard in Norwich Last week saw the launch of the Fabric First Institute project, a £200k grant funded project, aimed at up skilling construction tradespeople in East Anglia in low energy building techniques. The project has seen delivery of a one and a half storey ‘Fabric First’ (Passivhaus) demonstration unit, built on the campus of Easton and Otley College outside Norwich.  The unit has been built using different materials (timber frame and brick and block) to demonstrate the different approaches and how these can be detailed. The aim of the » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on November 11th, 2016

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