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

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Conker Conservation complete latest project to AECB Silver Standard

Paul Mallion and team receive AECB Silver certificate for ‘Old Dover Road’ project. Congratulations to Conker Conservation on their latest Silver standard project. Paul Mallion and his team were tasked with a 1960’s detached bungalow with cavity wall and air leakage of 7.94ach and a heating demand of 167 kWh/m2 per annum.  The house benefitted from cavity wall insulation and 50mm floor insulation and double glazing.  They used PHPP to model various improvements on a step by step basis but the client was keen to achieve AECB Silver standard in conjunction with creating a new space with large rooflights.  Old » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News 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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Prewett Bizley Architects named Sustainability Architect of the Year

New build and retrofit project impress judges at the 2017 BD Architect of the Year awards. AECB members, Prewett Bizley Architects were delighted to be named Sustainability Architect of the Year at the BD Architect of the Year Awards Ceremony last week.  This award recognises architects who have made an outstanding contribution to furthering a more sustainable built environment.  They were shortlisted alongside two larger architectural practices with their two projects –  ‘Dundon Passivhaus’ in Somerset and ‘Bloomsbury Town House’, a retrofit of a grade II listed Georgian town house.  Bob Prewett, Director of Prewett Bizley was delighted to receive the award and » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on March 17th, 2017

Development and Communications Manager required at the AECB

Development and Communications Manager Full time: we expect the successful applicant to dedicate most of their working week to the role, and we have assumed the position is most likely suited a full time job.  However, for the right person with particularly effective delivery skills we may be prepared to consider part time working. £25,000 per annum, pro rata Bachelors Degree   The AECB is a not for profit organisation developing and promoting the understanding and skills needed to create healthy, comfortable, energy efficient buildings and infrastructure that aim to minimise environmental impact. The AECB is the largest and oldest » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 16th, 2017

Vacancy: Pioneer into Practice project officer – part time until end of year.

Candidates are invited to apply to help deliver the Pioneers into Practice programme. Innovation Birmingham Ltd are advertising for a Project Officer. Role is 0.5FTE with a salary between £20,000 and £24000,00 (pro rata £10,000 and £12,000) dependant on experience + benefits and fixed term until 31st December 2017. Click here for advert and job description Closing date 27th March 2017

Posted in General News on March 15th, 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  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

Free self and custom build event – 28th April, Hethel Innovation Centre

Hethel Innovation Centre – 10.20am – 4.30pm The Self and Custom Build event on Friday 28th April 2017 at Hethel Engineering Centre, Norfolk will provide prospective self-builders with information and guidance to support them on their custom build journey. Spotlighting a variety of informative speakers, including the keynote speaker Richard Bacon MP, (South Norfolk MP) who is championing his Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act, aimed to make it easier for people to get land and build their own homes. Speakers will also include Local Planners, Build System Suppliers, Architects and Financiers. The event will host an exhibition of suppliers and organisations, » Read More

Posted in General News on March 14th, 2017

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