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

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


AECB Members take the Hereford PedalHaus Tour

AECB members took the first Herefordshire PedalHaus Bike Tour on the 11th October.  This took them to Grove Cottage and a retrofit at Harold Street by Simmonds Mills,   Hereford Archive Facility in Rotherwas designed by Architype and Mike Whitfield’s Passivhaus in Clehonger.  See the pictures of the event below and for more details about it please click here. If you are an enthusiast of cycling and eco-architecture, please email to be added to the mailing list.  We would also like to hear from you if you have interesting projects that could be visited by bike. For more information on PedalHaus » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 23rd, 2014


Site Visit to the Virido Zero Carbon House Friday 24th October 2014 – Free to attend

Friday 24th October 2014 15.00 – 16.30 Anstey Way, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9JE FREE TO EVERYONE Virido Zero Carbon House is being built as a housing prototype for the larger Quad development on the adjacent site of Clay Farm.  It has been designed to exceed Code for Sustainable Homes level 5.  More information from the PTEa site. There are two four bedroom semi detached houses that have been constructed to the high levels of energy performance with the aim of improving the health and wellbeing of the occupants.  The development will be complete in November, and there is currently a » Read More

Posted in General News on October 16th, 2014


Passivhaus Open Days

Steel Farm Passivhaus Is Being Opened To The Public Homes such as this mark a step change in quality for the UK construction industry. In order to deliver high performance homes successfully key challenges need to be overcome. At this open day you will learn about the obstacles that need to be addressed when designing and building a high quality home. Access to the open day is FREE, however because last year was so hectic, for 2014 we have had to put a cap on the total number of visitors. So who will be interested in the open day? In » Read More

Posted in General News on October 16th, 2014


Soapbox – Can you Contribute?

“Grrr, that is so annoying!”   “It really bugs me the way that …”   well, if something is bugging you, feel free to share it with fellow AECB members and the wider world, via our Soapbox feature.  Just drop a line to and sketch out what you have to say.  For more information or to read other Soapbox articles visit

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 7th, 2014


Eco Open Houses – Brighton and Hove

This year’s Eco Open Houses in Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas will take place on 18-19 October 2014 and 25-26 October 2014. The annual event, which sees owners of some of the greenest buildings in Sussex opening their doors to the public for free, showcases the latest green technologies, architecture and materials. This year’s highlights include: ·       The low energy office that used to be a toilet block ·       The Earthship community centre made out of old car tyres ·       The university building constructed from ‘waste’ including old toothbrushes and denim ·       The ‘natural’ retrofit, which uses natural, recycled » Read More

Posted in General News on October 3rd, 2014

Ecotoilets Offering a Discount to AECB Members

Ecotoilets are offering a 10% discount to AECB members on any of their range of toilets – contact Richard Saillet on 01327 844442 for more information or visit For a full list of discounts available to AECB members please click here.

Posted in AECB member news on October 3rd, 2014

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The Larsen Truss: 30 Years Old

A Larsen truss is a type of wall truss used to build a thick wall — thick enough to provide room for above-average amounts of insulation.  It was developed in 1981 by John Larsen, a builder in Edmonton, Alberta. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Larsen truss, the time has come for a definitive article on the invention. This report includes an interview with the inventor of the Larsen truss, a history of its use, and a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages.  To read the article in full click here.

Posted in General News on October 3rd, 2014

Planning Loophole Allows Councils to be Overruled

A report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed that housing targets set for councils has enabled developers to bypass opposition and build on greenfield sites. The report, ‘Targeting the countryside’, examined appeal decisions for major housing developments built on greenfield land between March 2012 and May 2014.  The study found that 22,000 houses were built on land that had been disputed by councils and local residents.  In 72 per cent of cases planning inspectors overturned the decisions of local councils where there was no defined land supply. Under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), local councils are » Read More

Posted in General News on October 3rd, 2014

UK-GBC Chief Executive to Step down

Chairman of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) Andrew Gould has announced Paul King, Chief Executive, is to leave the organisation next year.  Trustees will begin to seek his replacement shortly. King has led the UK-GBC successfully during his tenure.  His legacy includes leading a government campaign to set a zero carbon target for non-domestic buildings; developing the Pay-As-You-Save concept for home retrofit; launching a sustainability leadership programme for CEOs in the sector; and creating an innovation and leadership programme for rising stars of the built environment industry.

Posted in General News on October 3rd, 2014

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