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AECB three counties group visit award winning Cob House

Cob House owners share their methods in a talk on the new conversion At the beginning of the month our three counties group visited ‘Cobtun’ – the Worcester home of two regular group attendees. The house has won several awards including the RIBA Sustainability Award and is in a conservation area, overlooking the River Severn.  Built in 2001/03, it is made from local oak and glass with a wall of red earth and was originally made for a retired barrister and his wife who was wheel chair bound so it is a bungalow. The current owners, Bill and Rosemary bought it » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 20th, 2017

Eco Connect Wales – a great success!

The first Eco Connect event proves popular with positive feedback – Don’t miss the next event in London 15th September! Last Thursday, AECB was present at Eco Connect Wales which was organised by our partner organisation Osmosis. The event, held at Swansea University, looked at raising the quality and quantity of sustainable house building and retrofit in Wales. The event was well attended by delegates from across the housing and domestic construction sector in Wales. Participants engaged with the keynote talks, took part in structured networking networking opportunities and also attended a site visit to the SPECIFIC Active Classroom (Buildings » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 4th, 2017

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Congratulations to our latest CarbonLite retrofit graduates!

Find out more about one of our recent graduates. Congratulations to the latest students who have successfully completed our CarbonLite retrofit course!  We offer graduates the opportunity to feature on our website here and they can also choose to be searchable through our Member Services Directory. Richard Spencer from West Yorkshire successfully completed the retrofit course earlier in the year and has since also become qualified as a Passivhaus consultant which will allow him to make a much sought after career change from being a Chemical Engineer. Richard’s interest in low energy building was ignited by attending Ecobuild many years » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 20th, 2017

Daniel Purchase

Welcome to our new Development and Communications Manager, Daniel Purchase.

Daniel joins us as a full time member of staff from 1st July. We are delighted to announce that Daniel will be joining us from 1st July although he is already getting to grips with the role and meeting staff and Trustees. A politics and history graduate, Daniel went on to work briefly for the civil service before moving to Austria in 2012 where he joined ISWA – International Solid Waste Association as a project assistant, moving on to become Communications Manager in 2014. He is accustomed to the nature of working for an association and is looking forward to the » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 19th, 2017

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Become a certified Passivhaus designer with our CarbonLite training.

Find out what delegates had to say about recent courses and book on next course in Hereford. Our trainers have been involved in the design, construction and certification of many successful Passivhaus projects in different sectors.  They will equip you with the practical and theoretical skills to achieve successful low energy buildings. We continue to receive positive feedback from delegates: “I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for the wonderful two weeks of training you have provided. Even though my brain was fried by this afternoon, I haven’t absorbed this quantity of valuable information in » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 16th, 2017

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Passivhaus planning refusal.

Philip Newbold questions a recent planning refusal on the basis of “isolated location”. I have just suffered my first planning refusal (upheld on appeal) in forty-odd years of building design. It was a proposed passive house (Band A) new-build, detached home on an established residential plot on the edge of a small town. The clients’ existing home on the same site won a national award for the Best New Eco-home in 2006 and the designer of their proposed new home next door (me),  is also a national award-winner for Best New Home in 2014. In spite of our collective credentials » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on June 15th, 2017

Passivhaus Trust win 2017 Ashden Awards

The Passivhaus Trust are delighted to be crowned a winner at the 2017 Ashden Awards, which are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy. Former Vice-President of the USA, Al Gore will be the keynote speaker of the 2017 Ashden Awards Ceremony, taking place on the 15th June 2017, at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Seven International and four UK Ashden Awards will be presented, covering the themes of Sustainable Buildings, Innovative Finance, Sustainable Transport, Women and Girls, Smart Energy and more. Winner of the 2017 UK Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings, the Passivhaus » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 14th, 2017

Introducing our new members!

Welcome new AECB members! We are pleased to welcome our latest members .You will see that C and O Design, Rain Drop Harvest and AP-Build Ltd are linked to their entry in our Member Directory.  This is because these companies have updated their profile which makes it more searchable and allows for much more information and photos than a basic listing.  It is free to enhance a listing for members who have joined as a company and your profile can be updated by logging into  If you need a reminder of your log in details to do this please email here. Find out more about » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 13th, 2017


Robust and effective ventilation strategies vital for new-build and redevelopments.

Carl Fivash comments following the EC’s decision to include indoor air quality into its EPBD. Carl wrote a Soapbox article for us in March 2017 on “The importance of improving indoor air quality in the fight against air pollution“.  Since then the European Commission has included indoor air quality into its Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.  This is what Carl had to say about this decision: “The announcement that the European Commission has made a last minute decision to include indoor air quality (IAQ) into its Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is a welcome sign that finally, health is » Read More

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

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Regulation; Why we don’t want or need it, and should stop asking for it!

Tom Jarman argues that regulation can be undesirable and unnecessary. In most industry events and workshops it is not long before talk turns to the ‘ask of government’, which in turn leads to a wish list of financial or regulatory assistance. And because this is an instinctive thing to do, it is hard to distinguish between what we genuinely need, and a replacement for something we can do ourselves already. This blog argues that regulation can be undesirable and unnecessary, and calls for regulation are too casually made. Ultimately, any sector needs to engage positively with Government. This blog argues » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on June 5th, 2017

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