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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  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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AECB REALcosting software now available

REALcosting for PHPP v9.6 Retrofitting insulation into houses improves comfort, reduces running costs and saves CO2. REALcosting software allows users to try out retrofit measures and see the impact on energy and cost. It can include co-benefits and is giving encouraging results for deep retrofits. Retrofit Economics Analysis and Lifetime costing, or ‘REALcosting’, is an Excel based spreadsheet which fills in PHPP (Passivhaus Planning Package) energy calculations for you. Energy results are combined with adjustable costs to show how economic each option is. It’s simple but amazingly flexible and has undergone thorough testing. It is used with the latest version » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 18th, 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 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

Congratulations to our first CarbonLite retrofit training course graduates

Graduates receive their certificates in time for Christmas We were delighted to award certificates to the graduates named below for their successful completion of our first retrofit training course.  They will soon have the facility to use the AECB CarbonLite retrofit project self-certification system for certifying robust, low energy building retrofit projects.  We will be showcasing graduates on our website shortly so that you can contact them if you need their expert advice or services. Graduates who are available for contact will be searchable in our Member Directory shortly.  This directory is a membership benefit for company members and is searchable by anyone wishing to find » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on December 19th, 2016

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The AECB Oxford Group visit the Kellogg Passivhaus

AECB members find out more about this non-residential Passivhaus The Oxford Group were shown around the new Kellogg College Hub Passivhaus by Chris Swinburn, principal engineer at CBG Consultants. A group of nine AECB members discussed the various issues confronting Chris, his colleagues and the architects, as this project was not originally designed to Passivhaus standard. Chris explained that various options had been considered in overcoming thermal bridging, solar gain and thermal mass issues. It was refreshing to hear that both the architects and the client had been happy to adopt CBG’s suggestions – even turning the whole building through » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on December 19th, 2016

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