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Eco Connect Roadshows: A showcase for the green and the good.

The AECB and Osmosis plan a series of events throughout 2017/18 to complement the annual conference. The AECB and Osmosis have been developing plans for a new series of events through 2017 and 2018, to complement the established AECB national conference. We have decided to call these the Eco Connect Roadshows. We have been looking at responses from a recent survey and are now engaging with AECB regional groups to establish where the events will take place, and when. Through EcoConnect, we are bringing skills and networking opportunities to all regions of the country. Starting in Spring / Summer 2017, events » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 7th, 2017

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New partnership with Osmosis

We are excited to announce that the Board has agreed to a new partnership with Osmosis, headed by David Pierpoint. The formal arrangements are in hand for Osmosis to organise and market the CarbonLite retrofit training course on behalf of the AECB. Osmosis will also be assisting us in delivering an expanding programme of ‘Eco Connect’ events throughout the year. More information about these events will be made available on our website and in future issues of our newsletter.

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 1st, 2017

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Now is the time to build real competence in retrofit.

How to avoid the problems caused by sub-standard retrofit work The recently published Each Home Counts (“Bonfield”) Report highlighted the problems caused by sub-standard retrofit work. It was no surprise to those of us who have been involved in the sector. In fact, for many AECB members, it will have been hard to avoid saying ‘told you so’! Whilst a big part of the problem has been the structure of the funding and the involvement of the energy companies, many of the defects in retrofit projects are in fact the result of a lack of supply-chain knowledge and skills. The » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 1st, 2017

Introducing our new members!

Welcome new AECB members! We are pleased to welcome our latest members . You will see that NAS-Build Ltd, Roundfield Design Ltd and Be Constructive Ltd have a link to the their entry in our Member Directory.  This is because they have updated their profile which makes it more searchable and allows for much more information and photos than a basic listing.  This is a free listing for members who have joined as a company and can updated by logging into www.aecb.net.  If you need a reminder of your log in details to do this please email here. Find out more about some of our members » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 31st, 2017

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Green roofs – why so many go wrong and how to get it right.

Lee Evans looks at common problems with sedum roofs and discusses research into a Swiss-inspired alternative. Often when clients, architects or specifiers think about green roofs they think of sedum, small succulents which are naturally occurring around the northern hemisphere. So much so that sedum roofs dominate UK green roof specifications, comprising perhaps as much as 85% by area of a £100M annual market. Sedum is popular because it’s claimed to be low cost (less growing medium), low weight (less implied cost to strengthen the structure below) and considered ‘fit and forget’, i.e. low or no maintenance (O&M). The argument goes » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on January 31st, 2017

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CEPH Credit Points now awarded for Passivhaus Trust events.

Find out which credits you can claim towards your CEPH qualification renewal. The Passivhaus Institute has now reviewed a number of Passivhaus Trust courses and conferences dating back to 2011, with the courses and relevant credit points now listed on their website.  Further events from previous years will be assessed and awarded credits over the coming weeks so keep an eye on the database to see which credits you can claim towards your CEPH qualification renewal. For more information about the ‘Credit Point’ system for CEPH renewal please click here. AECB members can join the Passivhaus Trust at a discounted rate. Click here to » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 18th, 2017

The Low Energy Buildings Database – showcase your projects here!

An opportunity to add your low energy building project to this growing database. Everyone likes good news so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to boost your low energy credentials. Tell everyone how successful your low energy building project has been and how it’s keeping you or your client warm and snug, with low heating and power bills. The AECB holds information on over 200 low energy projects (new builds and retrofits) on the Low Energy Buildings Database (LEBD). It is an online resource at http://www.lowenergybuildings.org.uk Anyone can view the database for free to learn about real projects and » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 17th, 2017

Paul Bourgeois steps down as AECB Trustee

We were sorry to say goodbye to Paul Bourgeois as he resigned as an AECB Trustee recently. Paul became a Board member in 2012 and was part of the Finance Sub Group.  Paul says: “It is with regret that due to personal circumstances I am stepping down as an AECB Trustee.  Over the last four and a half years I have enjoyed working the with Trustee and staff team at the AECB.  I hope that it will continue to offer the industries and organisations in the UK support and ideas necessary for the ever changing and challenging times we find ourselves » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 16th, 2017

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The AECB’s CarbonLite retrofit course receives validation from the Passivhaus Institute

Graduates of CarbonLite retrofit training allocated 35 credit points on receiving their certificate. In December 2016 the Passivhaus Institute agreed that delegates passing our new AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course (CLR) will be allocated 35 credit points on receiving their certificate. Earlier in 2016 the Passivhaus Institute had introduced the new credit scoring system for associated Passivhaus training. Courses qualifying are all included on its approved list. This will be useful to PH designers looking to renew and, in terms of cost, it is very competitively priced option compared to other PH CPD events. Passive House Designers/Consultants who do not work in planning offices » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 10th, 2017

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AECB Chair’s End of Year Message

Peter Wilkinson reflects on 2016 and announces a new partnership It has been a turbulent time for the UK and the world since this time last year. When I look back at the reflections of the 2015 major events affecting the AECB, they seem to pale into insignificance compared with the dramatic events which unfolded in 2016. The political landscape has become increasingly challenging for the AECB to navigate. Whilst the UK still has its legal responsibilities pinned to international legislation and its commitment to the 2050 target for CO2 emissions, UK domestic policy appears to be in disarray – » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on December 20th, 2016

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