Featured : 2015 AECB Annual Conference 19th and 20th June at the University of Sheffield


Photo by Neill Lewis

This year’s conference will be held at the University of Sheffield. We will be working with the School of Architecture who have an excellent track record in many aspects of environmental issues in architecture.

The workshops are in the planning stage but two of the areas we want to look at are (i) performance monitoring and usability (something that Fionn Stevenson Head of the School is very interested in) and (ii) retrofit. This will link up with the launch the AECBs CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) programme. We will of course have a range of other events covering a range of issues of concern to our membership.

We will be putting the booking details on line very soon so put the dates in your diary.

2014 Annual Conference

This year’s sell out AECB Annual Conference and AGM was held in the University of Bristol’s Wills Hall Campus.  While the campus had no particular environmental features it was a wonderful venue with something of a Hogwarts vibe.

George Ferguson Mayor of Bristol and long time AECB member gave an excellent opening presentation.  He looked at the possibilities and limitations of being a “green Mayor” as well as an introduction to some of the events planned as Bristol becomes European Green Capital 2015.

As well as the usual range of activities we also managed to squeeze in a coach trip out to the wonderful Ashley Vale self-build scheme.  Those that went on the trip were treated to a very warm welcome and a chance to meet some of the group and poke around in their homes.  Their generosity and honesty was wonderful and thanks to them.

The main themes of this year’s Conference were retrofit with the launch of the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit Programme and timber.  This mix seemed to work well and we may look at a similar format next year.

A more detailed report of the workshops and speakers will be in the next issue of Green Building Magazine.  We would also like to thank all those who gave their time preparing and fronting workshops, panel discussions and presentations.  We owe so much to these presenters who give their time to share their knowledge and experience, it is the quality of the information given that makes the conference so successful and genuinely informative.  Also we would like to take this opportunity to thank Karen; as always she was very efficient and a pleasure to work with together with the staff of the University who were friendly, efficient and helped make the conference the success that people said it was.

Copies of the presentations are in the process of being uploaded to the AECB web site here.  So if you were at the conference but missed a workshop you can pick it up and if you were not there you can see what you missed and write a note to yourself to book early for next year.

Geoff Stow & Fran Bradshaw

Scroll down to see pictures from the event.

Presentations are in the process of being uploaded here

Download the 2014 AECB Conference Programme 

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Download AECB 2014 Conference Speakers Biographies (updated)


Technical workshops and presentations included;

  • Jon Broome: How to do really good buildings in wood
  • Bill Butcher & Mark Elton: Large and small retrofits using timber
  • Alan Clarke: Heating low energy buildings.
  • Tomas Gartner and David Gale: Building biology: a new UK Network?
  • Cath Hassell: Briefing for designers – the floods.
  • Jonathan Hines: Architype’s 30 years of radical timber construction.
  • Aubrey Mayer of the Global Commons Institute: The latest UN climate change report and global justice
  • Harry Paticas: Monitoring moisture in historic building – a retrofit to AECB Silver Standard.
  • Bernard Plantrose: Planting trees to make more buildings.
  • Kate de Selincourt: Does natural ventilation work?
  • Andy Simmonds: Launch of the AECB Carbonlite Retrofit programme
  • Kate Watson of Bristol Green Doors: Exemplar retrofits – what role can open homes events play?
  • Mike Whitfield and Fran Bradshaw: 2 new and different timber frame buildings to Passivhaus.
Photos by Neill Lewis

Photos by Neill Lewis

Photos by Neill Lewis

Photos by Neill Lewis

Photos by Peter Wilshaw

Photos by Peter Wilshaw

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