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The Fruit Factory – Turning Unwanted and Wasted Fruit into Delicious Produce.

The Brighton Permaculture Trust has launched an online crowdfunding campaign with Buzzbnk to complete the building of The Fruit Factory which will turn unwanted fruit into delicious produce. Located in an old tractor shed in Stanmer Park the straw bale renovation will be used for transforming seasonal fruits into jams, chutneys, and juices. The Fruit Factory will also be a lively venue to educate and engage the public about local fruit, orchards, and food production. Work has already begun on The Fruit Factory, but £12,000 is needed to complete the structure by summer 2015 – ready for the fruit season. » Read More

Posted in General News on March 6th, 2015

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AECB’s Silver Standard

AECB members are encouraged to build to our Silver Standard. It is aimed at those wishing to create high-performance buildings using widely available technology at little or no extra cost. We estimate that this low-risk option will reduce overall CO2 emissions by 70% compared to the UK average for buildings of each type – a highly significant result given the relative ease and low cost with which this standard can be met. Individual self-builders and large-scale residential and non-residential developers could make a valuable contribution to low-carbon building by meeting this standard. If you build to this standard you can certify » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 1st, 2015


AECB Annual Conference and AGM 19-20 June 2015 – Usable Buildings and Neighbourhoods

Early Booking Deadline: 22 May 2015 For this years conference we will be working closely with Fionn Stevenson and the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield. They are doing innovative research into social and environmental connections in local environments, as well as buildings, so their input will really widen out the agenda. The major themes this year are Retrofit, Monitoring and Usability, Landscape and Neighbourhood Ecology. The university will be providing some fascinating speakers and we are confirming speakers involved in community based retrofit projects, some who have done in depth monitoring of completed projects. On the wider » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 1st, 2015

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Welcome to our New Members

A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the AECB recently; Catharine Bull London Asif Ud Din London East Island Devon Esmond Tresidder Derbyshire Catherine Harker Birmingham Mark Watts Kent Footprint Architecture West Yorkshire Peter Meadows Oxfordshire Alba EPC Highland, Scotland Beth Williams Gloucestershire Granit Chartered Architects Ltd London Latch Ltd Leeds We are also keen to hear from AECB members wishing to share a news item about themselves or their company to include on the AECB News Platform/Member News. This could be an award you have recently won for a project, a product or your service. This is » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 28th, 2015

Self and Custom Build Event: 1 April 2015, Hethel Innovation Centre, 5.00pm to 7.00pm

The Self and Custom Build event at Hethel Innovation Centre, Norwich on Wednesday 1 April champions Richard Bacon’s (South Norfolk MP) Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill. This Bill is aimed to make it easier for people to get land and build their own homes. Vanguard South Norfolk Council is supportive of this bill and is trialling the right to build initiative. The event 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, Local Planners, Build System Suppliers, Architects and Financiers. » Read More

Posted in General News on February 27th, 2015

GreenVision – Green Construction and Assembly Net Positive Water Event: 11th March 2015, 17.30 – 19.30

Water, often referred to as the ‘new carbon’, is arguably the next major sustainability hurdle the built environment faces. How could we, as emerging standards are suggesting, move towards net-positive or closed loop water systems, where all water in a building is “captured, treated, used/reused and released clean within the boundaries of the building” Buildings as water cleansing rather than water polluting facilities? This Green Vision evening session will focus on a number of current approaches to help us better understand the water challenge & to improve our approach to water design, management and conservation. See link to the flyer » Read More

Posted in General News on February 27th, 2015

Free Legal Advice for AECB Members: Harrison Clark Rickerbys

We are delighted to have negotiated access to specialist free legal advice for our members in conjunction with leading law firm, Harrison Clark Rickerbys.  Members are entitled to a free 30 minute telephone call or meeting with expert lawyers from Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Construction and Engineering team. The team is well placed to provide advice on such matters as contract terms, procurement, warranties, terms of appointment, payment problems and dispute resolution.  In addition to lawyers, Harrison Clark Rickerbys has an in-house quantity surveyor and civil engineering consultant and so can offer a multi-disciplinary approach to legal issues. The firm also » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 27th, 2015


AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer Course in London, April/May 2015

Book now & get the early bird rate! The full course for £2000+VAT*. Contact Ingrid Bravo on 01752452546 or email London Venue: The Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings (CEREB) in South Bank ·         Week 1: 27th-30th April ·         Week 2: 11th-15th May ·         Exam: 29th May Additional one day course on 1st May: Introduction to Psi values (am) with Marine Sanchez DesignPH (pm) with Dave Edwards Passivhaus and Low Energy Building Design is rapidly becoming an essential skill for Architects, Consultants and Self-builders. Our course will give you the confidence to tackle UK low energy projects along with more specific guidance on achieving » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 27th, 2015

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Ecobuild: Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th March 2015, ExCel Centre, London. Stand No. N7105

AECB will be at Ecobuild again this year on stand no. N 7105 so do pop over and say hello and maybe encourage others you meet to come over and join. On the stand  will be Paul Jennings’ airtightness display model showing all the common faults and measures to prevent air leakage so pop and see Paul with his smoke stick.

Posted in AECB Latest News, Events on February 27th, 2015

CoRE Offers High Quality Training Programmes on Low Energy Retrofit

Retrofit Coordinator creates technical leaders for low energy retrofit projects. They undertake the traditional role of a construction project manager in respect of planning, organising and managing projects towards delivery on time and on budget. They coordinate supply chains to support wider understanding and teamwork in order to drive strong energy performance outputs. They provide clients with quality assurance so that project risks are better managed. To see the prospectus, click here. See why the RIBA thinks retrofit coordination could be a big part of the future for the architectural profession – click here.  Courses are available across the UK and are designed » Read More

Posted in General News on February 25th, 2015

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