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Important Notice for all AECB Members

The AECB’s 2016 Conference and AGM is being held at the Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia Friday 15th July and Saturday 16th July 2016. The agm business will be dealt with at 9am on Saturday 16th July and AECB members are invited to attend. The Agenda will be posted here shortly with the accounts for the period. For full details of this exciting and stimulating conference please click here.  If you wish to attend you are encouraged to book as soon as possible as numbers are limited. This year, subject to available places, non members are welcome to attend. Please note » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 6th, 2016

Sustainable Holiday Home

Koru Architects Pitch their Zero-Carbon PassivPod to Richard Branson

Zero Carbon Holiday Home in Virgin Business Voom Competition Koru Architects designed a contemporary, sustainable, zero-carbon luxury holiday home which was previously a finalist in the 2014 Sunday Times Eco House Competition. The PassivPod has recently been entered into Richard Branston’s Virgin VOOM 2016 Business Innovation Competition which offers winners up to £250,000 in business development support to help bring their vision to life.  To read more about the PassivPod and to see their pitch, click here.

Posted in AECB Member News on May 6th, 2016

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Venue for AECB Annual Conference, TEC Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

The Enterprise Centre Shortlisted for Architects Journal Building of the Year The Enterprise Centre, a thatch-clad building at the University of East Anglia by Architype has been shortlisted for the highly prestigious Architects Journal Building of the Year.  The winner will be announced on 8th June.  This is an international award and the centre has been shortlisted amongst the new city hall in Buenos Aires as well as some national buildings.  Read more here. For more photos of the venue and to read more about our 2016 AECB ADAPT Conference being held at the TEC on 15th and 16th July click here.

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 5th, 2016

House of Commons

Evidence Hearing 3rd May : Smart Meters

House of Commons, Science and Technology Committee – Smart Meters Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 2.15 pm, Wilson Room, Portcullis House The Science and Technology Committee holds a one-off evidence session on Smart meters. Watch it online at Parliament TV. Witnesses: At 2.15 pm ·         Nick Hunn, Chief Technology Officer, WiFore Consulting Ltd ·         Pam Conway, Head of Smart Strategy, British Gas ·         Dr Sarah J Darby, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford At 3.10 pm ·         Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Climate Change, Department of Energy and Climate Change ·         Daron Walker, Senior Responsible Owner, » Read More

Posted in General News on April 28th, 2016


AECB Three Counties Group Visit Large Build in Herefordshire

AECB Three Counties Group Visit New Build Project Deieck Ltd offered the Three Counties Group the opportunity to see TECHNOpor glass foam aggregate being applied and compacted by them, for a new large (156m3) build project in St Weonards in Herefordshire.  Group members found the visit informative. The TECHNOpor forms the under-slab insulation for a low-energy house designed by John Gabb Associates of Cheltenham.

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 25th, 2016


AECB CarbonLite Retrofit Course – Your Questions Answered

Read the FAQ’s and Book Your Place on the Next AECB CarbonLite Retrofit Course These are questions we have been asked about the new course which may help with your decision to book on the next course in October 2016 AECB Members Book Your Place Here Not an AECB Member? Join the AECB Here   Questions Certification/accreditation of course participation and projects Q. Self-certification; I presume this element will only be for retro-fit works? A. Yes, the CarbonLite Retrofit course enables you to self-certificate retrofits only. The existing Carbonlite Silver certification is probably the closest equivalent for new build and there is of » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 22nd, 2016

Introducing our Latest AECB Members

Welcome New AECB Members!   Andy Stone – Norfolk Andy says: “Having worked in an Operations/Technical/Quality Control role within the domestic refurbishment sector, on a wide range of energy saving and renewable products, I have always maintained a very keen interest in all aspects of energy efficient, low/zero carbon and Passivhaus products and construction. I have now taken the opportunity to fully embrace this by studying for both the Certified Passivhaus (CEPH) Designer course, alongside the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course. By doing so I will gain a much greater knowledge from both a new build and refurbishment approach, whilst benefitting from the wealth » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 20th, 2016

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Will the Smart Meter Roll-Out be Another Government IT Disaster? By Andrew Warren

Andrew Warren Fears the Government’s Flagship Smart Meter Programme Could be Heading for Trouble Republished from Last year, in March and July, the government undertook two public consultations on the Smart Energy Code. With the sole exception of Citizens Advice, nobody else seems to have responded. Perhaps not altogether surprising as these concerned debate around such specialist areas as Repository Test Scenarios, Gas Proxy Functions, the DCCKI Infrastructure Certificate, Non Gateway Interference and the role of the Smart Meter Device Assurance Ltd. All the time, government ministers have continued to reiterate the energy saving benefits to consumers of these » Read More

Posted in Soapbox on April 13th, 2016

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Vacancy: Join the Team at Touchwood Homes Putting up Timber Frame Homes

Junior Posts Available, Putting up Timber Frame Homes in the UK, Usually the South East Touchwood Homes are looking for some junior people to join the team putting up timber frame homes. They specialise in super efficient homes, often meeting the passivhaus criteria, so air tightness, attention to detail and a willingness to learn are essential. Some site experience and/or basic carpentry skills would be an advantage. Work is based anywhere in the UK, usually the South East, and the team stay on site for all of the working week. If interested please email here.

Posted in General News on April 12th, 2016

Retrofit Training Course

Win a Free Place on the AECB’s CarbonLite Retrofit Course

AECB Members are Invited to Apply for the Eddy Walker Award to Win a Free Place on the New CarbonLite Retrofit Course As a result of a generous legacy from one of our members, Eddy Walker, we can offer one free place each year on the AECB’s new CarbonLite Retrofit Course for the benefit of a student or young professional member of the AECB. About Edward Walker Edward (Eddy) Walker was one of the AECB’s first members and a longtime supporter, leaving a legacy to the AECB when he died, sadly at the early age of 59, from prostate cancer. It was » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 12th, 2016

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