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Open letter to George Osborne on Zero Carbon policy – Thanks for your support

Dear all, Thank you for your support in signing the open letter to the Chancellor George Osborne urging him to reconsider the decision to scrap the zero carbon new buildings policy. I can now confirm that the letter has been sent to the Chancellor and copied to officials at the Treasury, relevant ministers at the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Department for Energy and Climate Change, and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, as well as our wider Parliamentary contacts. Please find below the text of the letter and the full list of signatories. Yesterday morning we » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 27th, 2015

Leading Environmental Building Organisation Slams Government Zero Carbon Homes U-turn

The AECB, the Association for Environment Conscious Building, has added its voice to widespread criticism within the construction sector following the government’s announcement on Friday 10 July that it is scrapping the 2016 Zero Carbon Homes target – despite the subsequent ‘clarification’ by the UK energy secretary that “the decision has actually just been to ‘postpone’ the policy, rather than scrap it altogether”. Andy Simmonds CEO of the AECB said: “We have always supported the Zero Carbon Homes target as providing a driver to improved energy efficiency standards. The target represents an important stepping stone towards best-practice fabric energy efficiency » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 22nd, 2015

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Don’t Let Davey’s Work be in Vain – Article by Andrew Warren

July/August 2015 This column appeared in the July/August 2015 issue of Energy in Buildings & Industry. Andrew Warren examines how one of the proudest new initiatives of 2010/15 Ministers in the Department of Energy and Climate Change was deliberately scrapped by perennially hostile civil servants, even before the new Government took office. Download the full article below. Continue the conversation – please post your response to this Soapbox on the AECB forum here. (AECB members only – please ensure you are logged in). The Soapbox slot is open to any AECB member with a message they want to get across to » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on July 22nd, 2015

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New Leaf Solar: Herefordshire

New Leaf Solar is a joint project that is being developed with Sharenergy and Herefordshire Council to install the UK’s first community-owned solar PV array on a closed landfill site.  It is a pioneering project and will in fact be one of small handful of similar projects and indeed the only community-owned solar project on landfill. The project is not without challenges and obstacles – but it is all good learning fun! The installation will be located at the former landfill site at Stretton Sugwas, near Hereford, where there is scope to install up to 1MW of solar PV: this is sufficient to power 250 » Read More

Posted in General News on July 22nd, 2015

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Energy Efficiency as a Resource – Article by Dr Steven Fawkes

Article taken from his blog ‘Only Eleven Percent’ Continue the conversation – please post your response to this Soapbox on the AECB forum here. (AECB members only – please ensure you are logged in). The Soapbox slot is open to any AECB member with a message they want to get across to fellow members and to the wider sustainable building world – the AECB website has at least 30,000 people viewing it every year.   If you’ve got an important point to make, email gill@aecb.net explaining what you want to say and why. Soapboxes are around 800 words long – all you will need » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on July 22nd, 2015

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AECB Conference 2015 – Article by Mark Siddall

This year, a tight knit group of AECB members met in Sheffield for the Annual Conference –  Sheffield University were hosts. After a brief introduction,  Prof. Fionn Stevenson, the esteemed building performance researcher and educator, offered a warm welcome to the city with more trees per person than any other city in the UK. Peter Wilkinson went on to set the scene. The AEBC he noted is changing. It is strengthening its views and seeking to engage with political changes and there have been increased ties to organisations such as CIAT. The Passivhaus Trust, an offshoot of the AECB, has » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 21st, 2015

Homes of the Future Coming onto the UK Housing Market Now

Passive House New Builds- Raising Awareness With an ever increasing number of Passive House new builds and a small number of EnerPHit / close to EnerPHit refurbs coming onto the UK housing market now, it seems like a good time for a bit more awareness raising in the mainstream media. Tina Holt is looking to sell a near-Enerphit home in Nottingham and Peter Land is trying to reach Passivhaus with his house in London, and we would like to find out if there are other AECB / PHT members doing the same now or in the near future. We are » Read More

Posted in General News on July 16th, 2015

Cre8 Barn, Green Building Store – winner of the Retrofit Project at the UK Passivhaus Awards 2015

Cre8 Barn wins ‘Retrofit Project’ in UK Passivhaus Awards 2015

AECB Member: Green Building Store The Cre8 Barn at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Stirley Community Farm in Huddersfield has just been announced as the winner in the ‘Retrofit Projects’ category in the UK Passivhaus Awards 2015, at a ceremony on Tuesday 7th July in London organised by the Passivhaus Trust. The project, designed and built by Passivhaus specialist firm Green Building Store, involved the refurbishment of a derelict cow barn into an eco-exemplar educational centre and space. The project was designed to the exacting EnerPHit standard (a variation of the low energy Passivhaus standard, specifically designed for retrofits). A super-insulated timber » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 16th, 2015

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Steel Farm Wins Small Project Category at the UK Passivhaus Awards

AECB Member; Mark Siddall On the 7th July Steel Farm became the national winner of the Small Project Category at the UK Passivhaus Awards. “It is an honour and a privilege that peers, members of the Passivhaus Trust, voted Steel Farm winner of the Small Project Category. It faced stiff competition. Winning the award is testament to the ambitions of Trevor and Judith Gospel, and their heroic decision to build a low energy house in the challenging, yet beautiful, heart of rural Northumberland.” says Mark Siddall, AECB member, Board Trustee and Passivhaus Architect. Steel Farm is located near Hexham in the » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 14th, 2015

Energy Performance: the Power of Knowing

AECB Member – Robert Cohen Robert has recently co-authored this paper and it has been published in Building Research and Information. Energy Performance: the Power of Knowing A new analysis of the difficulties experienced in using transparency about the actual energy performance of non-domestic buildings to drive energy efficiency has just been published in Building Research & Information. “Mandating transparency about building energy performance in use” by Robert Cohen and Bill Bordass explores the issues through the lens of Display Energy Certificates, one of the policy measures triggered by the 2002 Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.  The paper provides a timely » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 12th, 2015

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