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How To Design and Build Passivhaus

Steel Farm Passivhaus has succeeded in getting through to the final round of the UK Passivhaus Trust Awards. To celebrate this occasion Mark Siddall, the architect, has created a short 3 part video series about the project. Watch the videos and you will discover: How to build a Passivhaus in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and overcome onerous planning restrictions Why integrating a dashboard into the Passivhaus Planning Package is the fastest and most cost effective way for your architect to test whether your project can satisfy the Passivhaus Standard An easy way to create a home/office that maintains » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on June 30th, 2015

Job Vacancies at Green Building Store, Huddersfield. Closing Date 13th July

Green Building Store currently has two job vacancies within the MVHR team in West Yorkshire: MVHR Design Engineer, Passivhaus ventilation £20-25,000 Huddersfield with some travel Specialist design and advisory role in our ground breaking team working on ultra low energy/Passivhaus buildings. Knowledge and technical ability in services engineering , communications with customers and CAD skills essential, specialist training provided.  CIBSE preferred Trainee MVHR/Services Design Technician £17,118 Huddersfield Trainee CAD designer required by friendly specialist team, designing Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery systems for low-energy buildings. Communications with customers and some associated administration also involved.   CAD skills essential, specialist training provided. Please » Read More

Posted in General News on June 26th, 2015


Pedalhaus: Le Tour de Huddersfield

Green Building Store organised an AECB Pedalhaus cycling tour of four of its Passivhaus and low energy retrofit projects on Sunday 21 June 2015, the day after the AECB conference. Approximately 18 people took part in the day, including AECB members Paul Testa and Nidhi Shah and a number of self-builders, local cyclists and environmental campaigners. The Tour was led by Chris Herring, Green Building Store Director and former AECB Chair. The cycle started at Denby Dale, Green Building Store’s first Passivhaus project, and ended at its most recent, the Golcar Passivhaus. In between the cyclists also visited the ongoing » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 25th, 2015


The University of Bradford’s Bright Building Achieves top BREEAM Outstanding Rating

The University of Bradford’s Bright Building, home to the Re:Centre, has achieved the highest ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a University. The Bright Building is the latest building on the City Campus to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, which firmly places it within the top 1% of UK buildings in terms of sustainability and reducing environmental impact. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. The Bright Building is at the cutting edge of sustainable construction, the vast majority of the building products being either natural or recycled . » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on June 17th, 2015

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The Cost Effective Energy Measures Bill

As you will have seen from earlier information we have circulated, the AECB is working with a range of other organisations, including the SEA, ACE, to support this potential Bill. It is a very important initiative which could potentially make a significant difference to what the Government does during its term to address energy efficiency in particular. On Wednesday evening AECB Trustees along with representatives of the other partner organisations lobbied MPs at Portcullis House. The aim was to try to take this forward as a Private Members Bill. The potential Bill received cross party support from a range of » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 5th, 2015


Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 6 – June 2015

Welcome to AECB Water Blog 6.  If there is something water related that you think needs to be investigated further or explained in clearer detail, or even just bought to other people’s attention, please email me at and I will do my best to cover it. Some important numbers 25kWh/m2, 40kWh/m2, 2,989kWh. Everyone reading this blog will probably recognise the first two, which are maximum space heating requirements for EnerPHit and AECB Silver Standard respectively. But the third figure? Well that is the amount of kWh required a year for the hot water of many an adolescent showerer. (30 » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on June 1st, 2015

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Can you Provide us with a Short Membership Testimonial?

Would you be able to provide a short testimonial as to why you are a member of the AECB and how your membership has been of benefit to you? We would love to hear from you and share your testimonial with others who are considering joining – please email Here is one we received recently; “AECB membership has benefitted me greatly over the past year or so as I embarked on renovating and extending our family home. I learnt so much about things I’d heard of but didn’t understand, like Passive House! AECB introduced me to the principles, I » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 29th, 2015

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Welcome to our New Members!

A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the AECB recently; Ecospheric Greater Manchester Georgia Laganakou London NIBE ENERGY SYSTEMS LIMITED DERBYSHIRE Hutcheson Irvine Partnership Down Mark Hayward Higgins London Martyn DE Vere Bristol Base Build (Sussex) Ltd East Sussex Forest Hill Design Limited West Yorkshre Powered Living Ltd Hampshire AT Architecture Ltd Cornwall Nigel Banks South Yorkshire PS9:Architects Greater Manchester etc Design Ltd West Midlands Scott Adams Gloucestershire   To ensure you are making the most of your membership, please click here. In order to have full access to our website, you will need to log in » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 29th, 2015

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Local Group Visits – Can you Contribute?

Have you got a building project or retrofit which is currently ‘work in progress’ or has just been completed? Have you won an award for a building which you have designed or built? Would you be interested in showcasing your work/project to other interested AECB members? If so, then please email to be put in touch with the Local Group Leader in your area to arrange a visit of local AECB members. If you are not ready for a visit at the moment, why not email with a picture and up to 200 words so we can share your work with » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 20th, 2015

Energy Efficiency Watch Project – European Survey

The following email has been received from Christiane Egger with regard to the Energy Efficiency Watch project large European survey which is being carried out. In the framework of the Energy Efficiency Watch project, a large European survey on the status of implementation of energy efficiency policies in the EU Member States is being carried out. We have already received more than 500 answers from all over Europe, but so far had little response from the UK. I would therefore kindly ask for your help! Please take about 10 minutes of your time and fill out the survey here: The European Commission » Read More

Posted in General News on May 19th, 2015

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