Yes, of course you need great u-values and low air permeability to make a Passivhaus. But AECB member Alan Clarke believes that Passivhaus has something far more fundamental to teach us. Reading the Zero Carbon Hub reports on zero carbon strategies, and on the performance gap, I realise that the idea of what I now think of as Passivhaus is not what other people think. As an “extreme fabric” approach to low carbon emissions, the ZCH characterises Passivhaus in its zero carbon strategies report as having U-values 0.1-0.15, air permeability <1, low thermal bridges, plus heat recovery ventilation. Not wrong, » Read More
We are pleased to announce that we have created a new AECB You Tube Channel, at http://www.youtube.com/user/aecbnet/videos. Videos from the 2013 Conference made by Regenmedia have been uploaded to the channel but can also be viewed on our conference page here. The Youtube channel also contains interviews with AECB CEO Andy Simmonds, former AECB Chair of Trustees, Chris Herring, passivhaus pioneer Wolfgang Feist and architect and journalist Hattie Hartman . There is also a series of films about the application of Passivhaus principles, as part of whole building refurbishments in various types of property . AECB Conference 2013 Why Join » Read More
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is planning a major shake-up of the way local authorities can specify higher-than-baseline standards for housing built in their area. If DCLG have their way, gone will be the freedom to apply, for example, Lifetime Homes, Space standards, Code for Sustainable Homes, and the Merton rule and in their place, a pared-down menu of standards that will only be allowed the basis of rigorous local “needs tests” and “viability tests”. The articles on this page discuss the content of the Review, and suggest possible responses, and we hope they will help AECB » Read More
Cheshire/Shropshire/Staffordshire Group – Visit to the Centre of Refurbishment Excellence, Stoke-on-Trent
CoRE is the not for profit, national centre of excellence for green building retrofit. Its mission is to transfer practical retrofit knowledge to support excellence in retrofit products & projects across the domestic and non-domestic sectors. CoRE’s network of Fellows is the UK’s largest bank of retrofit expertise, drawing together leading practitioners from construction, design & academia. They not only shape the CoRE agenda, but also share their knowledge with the growing number of active retrofitters through events, bespoke training & information sharing. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, CoRE is itself an example of refurbishment excellence, an international standard conference and training » Read More
The Department of Communities and Local Government has published proposals to slash the options for housing construction standards to be set above and beyond the Building Regulations. Lined up for the executioner’s bullet are the Merton Rule, Code for Sustainable Homes, Lifetime Homes and more. In this Soapbox James Livingstone laments the threatened loss of opportunities to drive up building standards, and urges fellow AECB members to join him in lobbying government not to throw the ecological baby out with the bureacratic bathwater. I was asked to get on a soapbox on the subject of the Housing Standards Review . » Read More
Govtoday and Securing the Future are delighted to be hosting the 5th Annual National Carbon Reduction Summit, ‘Investing in a low carbon society’, which will be held on Thursday 21st November 2013 at the Brewery, The City of London. AECB has been allocated a limited amount of complimentary tickets to attend and extend to members that qualify. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or you can call 0161 686 5576 using the code AECBCR2013 to apply for the funded tickets. Please note that qualification for these tickets is at the organiser’s discretion, so to see if you qualify for these or discounted places please email the above » Read More
If a member or family friend has an interest in sustainable, low energy buildings please consider giving a year of AECB membership as a Christmas gift. Our ‘Supporter’ rate is only £42.00 per year and we can arrange a special letter to accompany the membership. For a full list of AECB membership benefits click here. Please email email@example.com for further details or to arrange your gift.
Arboreal are nearing completion of construction works for the thermal upgrade of a Grade II listed townhouse in London which is designed to the AECB Silver Standard, though not yet certified. In May 2013 we installed 15 Hygrotrac sensors into the building with the aim of monitoring the hygrothermal performance of the walls after the application of internal wall insulation. Four sensors measure ambient conditions on the inside, outside, cold loft space and chimney flue while the remaining eleven sensors have been built into the masonry structure of the building, mainly located at the junction of the inner face of » Read More
The English version of the 2013 issue of PHPP has now been released. A reduced rate is available to existing purchasers of previous versions. The price for upgrades is £105 plus VAT. To take advantage of this reduced price please ensure that we have evidence of a previous purchase and order through firstname.lastname@example.org - please note the upgrade cannot be ordered online and must be paid via cheque or BACs.
Blue and Green Tomorrow are delighted to introduce their ‘Guide to Sustainable Homes 2013′. This explores such issues as low-carbon homes, the green deal, self-build, different ownership models, empty homes and the overall sustainability of the housing market. An interview with Andy Simmonds, the Chief Executive Officer of the AECB, can be found on page 44 of the guide. To download the guide, please click here.