AECB members’ soapbox is a platform which members can use to put forward an idea, view, opinion, or a distinctive practice or product that they are itching to share with fellow AECB members. Soapboxes are (to be) published generally one per month, and will be flagged up in the monthly Network newsletter, and published on the AECB website, in the (new) AECB news area. A soapbox item will be quite short – around 700 words, and will be clearly identified as opinion. The opinion can be passionately held, but should be backed up with convincing argument. However we do not » Read More

Posted in Soapbox on January 16th, 2014

Greendale Cottage - 2014 LABC Winner

Greendale Cottage – Winner at 2014 LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Final

This self-built home – located in the Upper Weardale Area of County Durham – was awarded the title of Best Individual New Home at the LABC Building Excellence Awards Grand Final – one of the most recognised events on the building industry’s calendar.  The Grand Final of the LABC Building Excellence Awards took place on Tuesday 11 November 2014 at the Brewery in London and was hosted by writer, architect and television presenter, George Clarke. A panel of industry experts judged a list of highest quality projects from around the UK to reward the best in technical innovation, sustainability and » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on November 21st, 2014

EH Smith and Encraft Passivhaus Event

EH Smith and Encraft are organising an event on Passivhaus on 27th November 2014 at the EH Smith Sustainability Centre. Passivhaus, the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world, combines principles of excellent thermal performance, exceptional airtightness with controlled ventilation.  In the UK itself, the adoption of Passivhaus is rapidly growing – with over 250 buildings completed and certified at the end of 2013, and a significant number in the process of being completed. To look at this emerging area, EH Smith and Encraft are organising a short seminar for construction and built environment development professionals. This event is » Read More

Posted in General News on November 13th, 2014

The Energy Performance Gap Conundrum

The latest report from the Zero Carbon Hub on the Energy Performance Gap project highlights some concerns in addition to specifying areas for further examination. Planning and Building Control Today provide a brief overview of the project so far… In the April edition of Planning and Building Control Today, Rob Pannell, MD of the Zero Carbon Hub presented the initial findings 1 of the industry wide project exploring the potential causes to the energy performance gap, and proposals to close it. Fast forward to July and the Zero Carbon Hub released their interim report: ‘Closing the gap between design and as-built performance’ » Read More

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014

Energy Efficiency Opportunities Missed

University experts claim the Government has missed an opportunity for improved energy efficiencies. Experts from Birmingham City University have criticised the Government’s proposals to build thousands of new homes on brownfield sites which would be exempt from the zero carbon homes standard and other taxes, claiming this is ‘a short-sighted approach that misses a major opportunity to reduce significantly the carbon emissions of much-needed new homes’. Professor Keith Osman, Director of Research at Birmingham City University, is urging the Government to look longer term and use a more integrated strategy in future planning — an approach currently being pioneered by a pan-European consortium » Read More

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014

2015 Ashden Awards

Do you know someone who is helping to build a low-carbon future? We are looking for entrants for the 2015 Ashden Awards. For our International Awards we are particularly keen to hear from those working to create low-energy buildings in urban areas in developing countries. A prize fund of up to £40,000 is available, as well as tailored business support, media exposure and access to investors and new networks. Applications are open until 11.59pm GMT on 4 November 2014. On 11 June 2015, eleven Awards will be presented across three categories: International, UK and Sustainable Travel. You can find out more about each award category If you have any questions or think you might » Read More

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014


Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 4 – November 2014

Welcome to AECB Water Blog 4. We hope you enjoy it.  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. Social norms and the dreaded ledge toilet Google ‘social norms and toilet use’ and virtually all the links are about sanitation in developing countries. Many refer to normalising the use of inside toilets as opposed to open defecation. Others are about the misuse of compost toilets, when users » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on October 31st, 2014

fuel poverty response

Fuel Poverty Consultation Response

Last month the AECB responded to the government’s consultation on its fuel poverty strategy (Cutting the Cost of Keeping Warm: a new fuel poverty strategy for England). The AECB urged DECC to: Aim for deeper retrofits than the published targets of EPC E,D and C by 2020, 2025 and 2030 respectively Prioritise occupant health, which means addressing moisture movement and air quality in parallel with insulation and heating Take steps to ensure that performance is delivered in reality, s well as on paper The AECB warned the government that current fuel poverty programmes are wholly inadequate, and it simply was » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 29th, 2014

Beattie Passive Training Academy

A practical Training Academy has been set up to provide a class and workshop based knowledge of information on all aspects of building a Beattie Passive Build. It explains the principles of building to Passivhaus standard and explores the reasons why this is a popular form of building. You gain a hands-on understanding of the simplicity for the builder and the major benefits of building with it. 5 day course for experienced contractors to become an Accredited Beattie Passive Engineer To understand the fundamentals of Passivhaus construction To understand and be confident on the delivery of the Beattie Passive Build » Read More

Posted in General News on October 25th, 2014


AECB Water Standards

Would anyone, who has applied the AECB Water Standards to a project, like to speak at Ecobuild next year on the subject?   If so please contact  

Posted in General News on October 25th, 2014

Certified Passivhaus Designer Course in London – November/December 2014

Book now by emailing  or calling 01752 542546 Venue St Luke’s Community Centre, London EC1V 8AJ Dates Week 1: 3rd-7th November 2014 Week 2: 17th-21st November 2014 Exam: 5th December 2014 Passivhaus is rapidly becoming an essential skill for architects and consultants. The AECB CarbonLite course is delivered by highly experienced UK professionals, and leads to international accreditation as a Certified Passivhaus Designer or Consultant. Why take the CarbonLite course in London? The Course is developed specifically for the UK and use UK building examples. The programme is delivered using a mixture of lectures, group and individual learning, with exercises to continually » Read More

Posted in General News on October 24th, 2014

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