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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

Introducing our latest members!

Welcome new AECB members! We are pleased to welcome our latest members . You will see that Field Green Design and Kiwi & Copper 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 below;   Field Green » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 15th, 2017

The AECB combines forces to respond to the Each Home Counts report

View the letter sent to Peter Bonfield. We combined forces recently with other non-profit bodies involved in leading-edge refurbishment to respond to the implementation plans for the Each Home Counts report. Download the letter

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 8th, 2017

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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

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