Anyone who has not experienced an AECB conference must make a point of coming to one.
It is like a dozen local group meetings rolled into one. If you could not make it to this year's conference, please write to Geoff (or me email@example.com
) and let us know why - inconvenient time of the year or days of the week, too far, too long, too expensive, too boring (this last one will only be relevant if you have never been to one!)
This year 'day tickets'
were introduced and this enabled members to come along for at least a few of the workshops, the AGM (a chance to have your say in the running of the AECB and not as dry as you may think) and networking (aka socialising).
A few of this year's workshops that I attended and would love to bring to Local Group meetings are as follows. Chris Baines
Independent Environmentalist and Hon President of AECB "Sustaining an urban forest at Elephant & Castle" . Chris Baines has already agreed to give his inspiring presentation to members in London (and I am hoping in Birmingham too) http://aecb.net/news/2012/07/chris-baines-presents-an-inspiring-project-at-elephant-castle-to-local-group/ Tahir Sharif
and Jon Broome
"A look at the challenges faced by someone wanting to build a low-energy house but with no experience". Tahir shared with us his experiences of achieving a low-energy, dream home and the importance of having an informed client (himself) and assembling the right team for the job. This workshop also highlighted the need for attaining low-energy building principles without compromising the clients’ brief.Ben Humphries
of Architype and Ben Binns
of Adapt Low Carbon Group, University of East Anglia "Natural materials and an ecological approach - NRP Enterprise Centre, UEA". This is a very exciting project and I look forward to following its progress. http://www.norfolkchamber.co.uk/sites/default/files/chamber-news/files/john_french_presentation_-_10th_may_sustainability_2012.pdf
UEA would make a great conference venue while the NRP Enterprise Centre is being built?