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Encraft Conference on Passivhaus Targeted at RSL’s and LA’s – May 30th 2014

Encraft are organising a conference on Passivhaus primarily targeted at Registered Social Landlords (RSLs) and Local Authorities (LAs).  The conference will be held on May 30th 2014. For full details please visit http://www.encraft.co.uk/about-us/events/passivhausconf/ For more details please contact: Sameer Shirodkar (sameer.shirodkar@encraft.co.uk) Booking Information: http://bit.ly/1gKD3G3

Posted in General News on April 15th, 2014
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Zero Carbon Hub – Performance Gap – Evidence Review Report

The Zero Carbon Hub has released its latest report continuing the work on the Design versus As-Built Performance Gap project.  This report provides industry and Government with a structured review of the evidence of where and how the Performance Gap occurs within the current build process.  This latest report follows on from the Interim Report published July 2013 Closing the Gap Between Design and As-Built Performance – Interim Report The Performance gap can arise in a number of ways within the overall house-building process and, if significant and widespread, represents a major risk to government, industry and consumers and may » Read More

Posted in General News on April 7th, 2014

Low Carbon Trust is a nominee for a Green Blogger Award 2014

Award winning Low Carbon Trust was set up in 2001, with a vision to tackle climate change in the built environment. With innovation spanning over a decade, a mix of low-carbon construction projects, including Earthship Brighton, Eco Education Days for schools, green building courses and Eco Open Houses, Low Carbon Trust are leaders in green building.   Low Carbon Trust’s website has now been recognized and been nominated for Best Green Blogger in the 5th Annual JDR Industry Blogger Awards. Mischa Hewitt, Director of Low Carbon Trust said “we are delighted to be nominated in recognition for our work. We » Read More

Posted in General News on April 7th, 2014

To Russia with Love: Sheffield based Social Enterprise is at Winter Olympics 2014

AECB member, Recovery Insulation (RI) is a Sheffield-based social enterprise that manufactures and distributes Inno-Therm® – a non-itch, high performance ‘eco’ thermal and acoustic insulation – made primarily from recycled cotton/denim industrial waste and jeans. Inno-Therm® was recently installed for acoustic application for a major American broadcasting venue at the Winter Olympic XXII Games in Sochi. The insulation that was sent to Russia was first used at the London Games, 2012.  As part of the broadcasting company’s Green Initiative, to avoid creating unnecessary landfill, the Inno-Therm® used at the 2012 Games was re-used at Sochi.  Inno-Therm® acoustic is also being » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on April 7th, 2014
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See Sustainable Solutions in Practice at Green Sky Thinking Week 2014

Green Sky Thinking is a week-long series of free sustainability-focused events for the built environment and property professionals, showcasing practical solutions to greening London’s built environment. Over 50 events are being hosted in London which includes on-site and live project talks, seminars and roundtable discussions to promote the construction and use of sustainable buildings. Some highlights include: Sustainability in Construction with: Mace, Make Architects and British Land host a collaborative event looking at responsible sourcing through design and procurement. CIRIA’s “Industrial Strategy for Construction” (2013) provides a vision for the construction industry in 2025. Atelier Ten ask how we cut » Read More

Posted in General News on April 7th, 2014
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Soapbox Article from Gary Newman: “Stop Dragging your Feet on a Materials Standard”

With the short lives of some of our commercial buildings,  embodied emissions may make up more than half of their total lifetime impact.  Yet government has turned its face away from a sustainable materials standard, and industry are dragging their feet quite unnecessarily, argues AECB member Gary Newman, a founder of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products. The government  recently turned down the opportunity to make a dramatic impact on the emissions of our building stock, by declining to bring in a standard for the embodied impact of new buildings. Yet the arguments advanced are weak and defeatist . In its response » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on April 3rd, 2014
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AECB Annual Conference and AGM: Wills Hall, University of Bristol – 11th and 12th July 2014

  With most of the workshops now confirmed, this year’s event looks like being a really good one.  The major themes are retrofit and working with timber, with lots of up to date and inspiring information about Bristol initiatives.   Trip to Ashley Vale Community Self Build and retrofit projects. Kate de Selincourt, Does natural ventilation work? Fran Bradshaw and Mike Whitfield, on 2 new and different timber fame buildings to Passivhaus Andy Simmonds launching the AECB Retrofit Carbonlite programme. Aubrey Meyer from GCI on the wider background to action on climate change. Alan Clarke on heating low energy buildings. » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 1st, 2014
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Omnisense Remote Monitoring System

The AECB has negotiated an ongoing rate of benefit to members and can offer the Omnisense remote monitoring system at significantly preferential terms to AECB members for projects that would benefit from environmental condition monitoring.  The Omnisense system is a web-based remote monitoring system for buildings that measures relative humidity, temperature and moisture level. Currently members who have taken up this offer are monitoring various internal wall insulation constructions, insulated suspended timber floors, conditions within brickwork that has been externally insulated, etc To obtain a quotation for the Omnisense Remote Monitoring System please contact gill@aecb.net.   A forum board has been » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 1st, 2014
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AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer Courses

With Passivhaus expertise more and more in demand, AECB CarbonLite courses offer the chance to gain the internationally recognised Certified Passivhaus Designer qualification. At the same time you will be benefiting from material uniquely tailored to UK building situations and showcasing UK examples. You can take the full Passivhaus Designer course, leading to the exam, or individual modules, such as ‘Fundamentals of Passivhaus’, to improve specific areas of knowledge. Our trainers are highly experience UK experts who are actually designing/ building Passivhaus in UK.  Amongst others, Bill Butcher, Eric Parks, Mark Siddall, Alan Clarke and Nick Grant. Not to mention Peter » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 1st, 2014
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See Sustainable Solutions in Practice at Green Sky Thinking Week 2014

Open-City is delighted to launch Green Sky Thinking (28 April-2 May 2014), the week will showcase projects and thinking imbedding sustainable design in London’s built environment, and the leading industry professionals behind such exemplar innovation. Green Sky Thinking, is a week-long series of free sustainability-focused events for built environment and property professionals, showcasing practical solutions to greening London’s built environment. Now in its fourth year, Green Sky Thinking includes 50+ events across London, ranging from onsite project talks, round-table discussions, pecha kuchas and seminars.  The events centre on the future viability of London to adapt, to perform and to ensure a liveable » Read More

Posted in General News on March 20th, 2014
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