Vacancy – Conservation Team Manager Required in North Devon

Mike Wye & Associates are looking for a Conservation Team Manager who will be responsible for their specialist building team and site visits/consultancies. Based at headquarters in rural North Devon, this is a full time position (40 hours p/w) with very competitive rates of pay. The job description and application form can be found here. Please return completed applications to: or contact Ryan Stojic on 01409 281644 for more information.

Posted in General News on February 5th, 2016

Fully-funded PhD Studentships in Low Carbon Building Group – Oxford Brookes University

Oxford Brookes University have two more fully-funded full-time PhD studentships in the Low Carbon Building Research Group, Oxford Institute for Sustainable Development and the School of Architecture. Both studentships are open to UK, EU and International students. The successful applicant will receive an annual bursary of £11,000/year for three years and the fees will be paid by the University. The OISD Low Carbon Building Group (LCBG) has a strong international reputation in the field of carbon counting (RIBA award-winning DECoRuM model), building performance evaluation, climate change adaptation of buildings and neighbourhoods, and low carbon communities. Besides ongoing ESRC/EPSRC funded research projects, the group has recently been awarded large research grants » Read More

Posted in General News on February 5th, 2016

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Can you Help Spread the AECB Message?

We want to get the AECB message out to lots more people with a view to welcoming more members. Can you help us? We have produced a new A4 leaflet (folded to A5) which describes what we do, membership benefits, local groups, categories/costs etc. These need to be distributed in areas where we can encourage others to join us – libraries, builders’ merchants, events – anywhere where you think suitable. If you would like a supply of these to help us get our message out, please email us letting stating how many you would like and where you would like them sent. Download Leaflet

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 3rd, 2016


New Year Celebration and Debate – MVHR: Is it just a lot of hot air?

This was a joint PHT & AECB event, kindly hosted by UBM and was a light-hearted, but factual debate about which ventilation strategies are most appropriate for low energy buildings. The pictures below show Jon Bootland and Fran Bradshaw introducing the event. Read more here.              

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 2nd, 2016


Does Passivhaus Do What it Says on the Tin?

This is the question posed by Dr. David Johnston, from Leeds Beckett University, and architect Mark Siddall, from LEAP. More particularly they have examined the performance of the building fabric. Studies have shown that regular homes in the UK can use up to 100% more energy than their designers say they will. This has nothing to do with how people live in a house, and everything to do with how they are designed and constructed. This new research paper presents the latest understanding of Passivhaus performance. If you are skeptical about whether Passivhaus buildings perform, or doubtful that the fabric » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on January 26th, 2016

Vacancy: MVHR Technical Manager, Green Building Store

The Green Building Store is looking for a creative problem solver with knowledge in building services and wishing to specialise in MVHR. For more details and to apply, please click the link below. Download Job Description

Posted in General News on January 25th, 2016

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Carrots, Sticks and Tambourines; A Donkey Serenade – by AECB Guest Author, Andrew Warren

On average, we are all 18% wealthier in real terms than we were at the start of the century. On average, we are achieving this increase in affluence whilst using 14% less energy than in 2000. One way this turnaround has been achieved is by treating us all like donkeys. How come? Well, there are three ways to get donkeys to do things. You wave a carrot in front of their noses. You bash them on the rump with a stick. And most importantly, around their ears, you rattle away on a tambourine. All three work together, to get the » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on January 25th, 2016

Job Vacancy: Building Physics Consultant Required for Greengauge, Bradford on Avon

Greengauge, Building Energy Consultants are looking for a building physics consultant who shares their passion for sustainable buildings that are simple and robust. For more details and to apply, click below. Download Job Description

Posted in General News on January 25th, 2016

Donation Received from Member

We have recently received another donation from Energy Advisory Associates via the solicitor of the company involved. We offer our sincere thanks to long-standing AECB member, David Olivier, of Energy Advisory Associates, who has been challenging businesses that send unsolicited junk mail.  Some companies involved can be persuaded to make a donation to a third party such as a charity or non-profit company as a settlement to avoid further action. To date David has received donations to the AECB of over £450.

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 22nd, 2016

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AECB Member, Pat Borer Receives MBE

Long time AECB member Pat Borer has been awarded an MBE in the New Years honours list. As many of our members will know Pat has worked with the Centre for Alternative Technology for over 40 years. Working with David Lea he designed the award winning WISE building as well as several other buildings on the CAT site. Over that time he has researched, developed and designed buildings that were at the cutting edge of low impact design. He has also written and co-authored eco building books. More recently he has concentrated on smaller projects while being a lecturer on various courses at CAT where he » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on January 5th, 2016

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