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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

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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

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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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AECB Members Scoop Two National Awards

Double Award Success for Mike Wye & Associates Ltd Congratulations to AECB Members, Mike Wye & Associates Ltd from North Devon on their recent awards.  They were named ‘Best Builders Merchant for Self Builders’ at the Build It Awards in September and have since gone on to achieve ‘Best Rural Manufacturing Business’ at the Rural Business Awards. There was strong competition from large national and regional companies at the Build it Awards hosted in London so Mike Wye was thrilled to receive the award in recognition the customer service which his team offer.  Ryan Stojic, the General Manager at Mike Wye & Associates said: » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on November 1st, 2016

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Koru Architects Win Green Apple Award for Zero-Carbon House

AECB Members Presented with International Gold Award for Zero Carbon Eco-House Koru Architects has won a Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and were presented with the Gold Award in the architecture category at a glamorous ceremony in London this month. The prestigious international award was for a zero-carbon eco-house designed by Koru Architects, located in Lloyd Close, Hove. The detached property, which also houses Koru Architects’ company office, is run on 100% renewable energy via solar panels and a biomass boiler, even generating enough power to export a surplus to the grid. It is constructed using natural materials such as sustainable timber, hemp-fibre insulation and natural paints. » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on August 24th, 2016

AECB Chair Shares Benefits of his Airtight Home in the Telegraph

Peter Wilkinson Shows how Adopting the Passivhaus Standard Saves Money AECB Chair, Peter Wilkinson featured in an article about the benefits of Passivhaus in The Telegraph recently – read the full article here.

Posted in AECB Member News on August 1st, 2016

Joyce Morgan-Gervis From Ty-Mawr Ltd Wins Award for Leadership

AECB Member Wins Award for Leadership in Leading Wales Awards Joyce Morgan-Gervis, from Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd, Brecon, has been recognised for showcasing extraordinary leadership by winning a high profile Leadership award, sponsored by the CIPD, at this year’s Leading Wales Awards, in association with Cardiff Metropolitan University. Joyce who is Managing Director of Ty-Mawr Lime was praised by judges as an “incredible example of talent and leadership that has made a real contribution to the Welsh economy.” Joyce commented: “I accepted this Leader for the Future award on behalf of the whole team at Ty-Mawr Lime Ltd. My husband, Nigel » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 7th, 2016

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