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Next retrofit course now underway but still time to register As one group comes to the end of their CarbonLite retrofit training course, another group of candidates are just getting started with their e-learning this week. CarbonLite retrofit is an advanced level, e-learning course, aimed primarily at professionals working within the retrofit sector. The first module (starting this week for Cohort 3) introduces learners to the key themes and principles underpinning the programme and gives an overview of retrofit in both a national and international context. Module 2 (Buildings in the UK climate) starts next week, so there’s still time » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 28th, 2017

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New Passivhaus products section on Passivhaus Trust website.

List your Passivhaus products on the PHT ‘How to build a Passivhaus’ Knowledge Base. The Passivhaus Trust has developed a new Passivhaus products section for their ‘How to build a Passivhaus’ UK Knowledge Base‘. The new section will provide a unique reference source of PHT and AECB members’ products and systems which are suitable for use in Passivhaus developments. AECB members will receive a link from the product listing to their company website and their member listing on the AECB website. Manufacturers who list their products on the knowledge base will benefit in a number of ways: Promote your Passivhaus specific products to the ever-growing » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 27th, 2017

A big thank you to Neill Lewis on his retirement

Staff, Board and members show appreciation for one of AECB’s longest serving members. Sally Hall, one of the founders of the AECB recalls first meeting Neill way back in 1992 when he was helping organise a Friends of the Earth event in Malvern and her and Keith Hall (co-founder) were promoting the AECB. Shortly after he joined the AECB he very quickly became a very active member. He was appointed to the very first formal committee back in 2003, being first a committee member and later a Trustee when the AECB became a not for profit limited company. He attended » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 25th, 2017

The case for public authorities

Tara Gbolade considers whether the face of public authority housing is changing. Local authorities (LA’s) and housing associations (HA’s) aren’t identified as ‘innovative’ when it comes to quality and provision of housing in the UK (with a few exceptions!). With slowness in responding to changing markets, a very real cost budget to meet, and the Section 106 requirement by the government, public housing have historically suffered as the ‘add-on’ to development, often also represented as such. But, with councils like Camden, Norwich and Exeter, as well as HA’s like Hastoe leading the way with Passivhaus developments, could the face of » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on April 13th, 2017

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Kellogg College visit by the AECB Oxford group

Members enjoy a follow up visit to this nearly completed Passivhaus project. The Oxford group recently revisited the Kellogg College Passivhaus project, which is now nearing completion and is on schedule for client handover. This is a live site and Chris Swinburn was able to explain successes and a few challenges of the project to members. When the larger group visited in November, one of Chris’ chief concerns was how well the labour force would install the exterior insulation, with regard to cold bridges. This question was discussed for quite a while between members and on return it seemed that the install went “as » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 7th, 2017

Local authorities and sustainability standards

Tom Jarman asks what can planning authorities do, and how do we create a dialogue rather than minimum compliance? Local authorities (LAs) are required to have a local plan which contains their development goals and direction of travel for the next decade and a half.  The local plan contains a housing allocation, including numbers of buildings and areas where development is likely to be granted planning permission.  It will also contain guidance which indicates what needs to be considered to make a development broadly acceptable.  This blog considers the current legal situation, in terms of what LAs can ask developers » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on April 7th, 2017

The importance of improving indoor air quality in the fight against air pollution.

Carl Fivash argues we should be fixing the problem from the inside out. If we are to protect a generation of young children from serious harm, time is running out to clean-up the toxic air pollution choking many of Britain’s towns and cities. That was the urgent warning issued recently in a letter to the Prime Minister by the campaigning group Doctors Against Diesel, and it’s a concern shared by many scientific and medical experts. It will take years to reduce the number of diesel vehicles on our roads, but we can protect ourselves from air pollution’s harmful effects right » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on March 23rd, 2017

We are still taking a disgraceful approach to build quality – and waving goodbye to energy savings.

Paul Buckingham argues that profit driven construction is having detrimental effects on quality and energy efficiency. Seven years of experience with thermographic imaging and air testing on all kinds of buildings have confirmed AECB member Paul Buckingham’s depressing conclusion that almost without exception, buildings in this country are still shoddily assembled and continue failing to meet the standards set. What is worse, the prevailing ethos seems not to be ‘how well can we build?’, but ‘how quickly and cheaply can we get these boxes ticked?’ In this latest Soapbox, Paul shares some more of his horror stories, and calls for » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on March 21st, 2017

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Exclusive: UK may deliver EU sustainable building targets in spite of Brexit – while Scotland & Wales commit

Investigative report by our partner magazine, Passive House Plus reveals some real hope on low energy building in the UK. Jeff Colley, editor at Passive House Plus magazine has published an exclusive article today saying: “The  Welsh and Scottish governments have issued statements to passive House Plus including the verbatim response that they had “transposed all requirements of Directive 2010/31/EU to date and our intention is to continue to do so.” A European Commission spokesperson told Passive House Plus that “we understand that the UK has withdrawn the zero carbon Allowable Solutions carbon offsetting scheme, but not the targets as such.” » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 20th, 2017

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AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus training – become a certified Passivhaus designer!

Join like minded people in London this May & take the Passivhaus designer examination.   1. Take the relevant modules as a course 8th -11th May: Learn about the fundamentals, science and construction methods needed to achieve Passivhaus. 22nd-26th May: This week covers the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), building services for Passivhaus and a revision session to prepare you for the exam. 2. Take the Passivhaus Designer Exam 9th June: Take the Passivhaus Designer Examination to become a Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant. Our trainers have been involved in the design, construction and certification of many successful Passivhaus projects in different sectors.  Gain the » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 15th, 2017

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