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
We are keen to hear from AECB members wishing to share a news item about themselves or their company to include here. This could be an award you have recently won for a project, a product or your service. This is strictly an area for promoting AECB member news only and we will therefore not be able to publish any items which AECB considers to be purely advertising of products or services. AECB retain the right to reject straightforward advertising items. Please send your short item (max 200 words) plus a link to your website and one picture, to AECB » Read More
PhD Studentship in Transport Analysis UCL-Energy invites applications for a fully funded (UK/EU fees plus stipend) 3.5-year PhD studentship funded under the EPSRC’s DTG programme. • We are looking to fund thesis topics in the fields of air transport, urban transport, or shipping in one of the following three areas: Modelling air transport systems and energy use; Modelling urban transport and energy use or Shipping energy demand analysis (quantitative or qualitative). • We are looking for a candidate with a specialism in quantitative modelling (engineering, economics, mathematics, computer sciences, operations research, quantitative social science), applicable to modelling air or urban » Read More
29th January 2015, 17.30 – 20.00 Room VG06, Building K2, London South Bank University, Elephant & Castle, London Retrofit: How low can you go? The Trust will be holding its Christmas 2014 event in January 2015, jointly with the AECB. The event will be run as a light-hearted, but factual debate about how far to go with energy efficiency on retrofit projects. We will aim to present a range of viewpoints, from passionate EnerPHit advocate through to a non-Passivhaus supporter. Draft Programme: There will be four 15-minute presentations, plus up to an hour of discussion, followed by drinks and networking. » Read More
The World Resources Institute has posted a really well-done interactive visualization on the history and the sources of human-caused CO2 emissions. Read more at http://grist.org/climate-energy/heres-a-cool-way-to-visualize-carbon-emissions/ One uncomfortable fact that is made very clear by this: the U.S. has been the biggest emitter for a long, long while. China’s recent ascension shouldn’t distract from America’s enormous share of the responsibility for this problem (which, ironically, will probably impact America least, at least at first).
Ecobuild is being held from Tuesday 3rd to Thursday 5th March 2015 at the ExCel Centre, London. The AECB will be on stand N7105 so do pop over and say hello and if you have some spare time. You would also be very welcome to be on the stand and help us promote the AECB and encourage people to join. If you are giving presentations please let us know and we will flag it up on the stand.
The Kickstarter-funded documentary ‘The Future of Housing’ was launched with convivial celebration on the 4th December at the EnerPHit-renovated Mildmay Community Centre in North London. The 30-minute program features a variety of houses pressure tested by Paul Jennings, a long-standing AECB member and Trustee. He runs his own air testing business and is the UK’s leading airtightness tester and trainer. Filmed by Mike Coe, who self-built the Cropthorne Autonomous House, probably the most energy efficient Passivhaus built in the UK to date, the documentary discusses how future housing in the UK could be significantly improved by applying the robust » Read More
International Conference: Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale – University of Sheffield Call for Papers
The University of Sheffield, School of Architecture is pleased to issue the call for papers for the international conference: Architecture and Resilience on a Human Scale. The Conference will be held on 10th to 12th September 2015 at The Edge, Endcliffe Village, Sheffield. This conference focuses on research, strategies and projects that are testing how we can build local resilience in preparation for major societal challenges such as climate change, scarcity of resources, increase in extreme weather events and shifts in demographics. Click here to view the full Call for Papers. To find out more about the conference please visit our website » Read More
Earlier this year CoRE Life Fellow Mark Elton provided a stunning overview of best practice in building fabric retrofit for domestic properties. This hour-long masterclass provides a taste of the expert-led training that candidates experience in the Retrofit Coordinator Diploma that CoRE offers. To view the video in full, click http://bit.ly/1xDVtVa. CoRE’s Diploma in Retrofit Coordination is an intensive 10-day training programme run by the UK’s leading experts in domestic refurbishment. It equips professionals with the skills and knowledge to effectively lead and project manage retrofit projects, coordinate project teams and provide quality assurance to retrofit clients. And what is more, the Diploma is » Read More
Details of next year’s conference have now been confirmed so put the dates in your diaries now. AECB Annual Conference and AGM 2015 will be held on 19th and 20th June 2015 at: The Edge, University of Sheffield, Sheffield. Details of speakers and costs will be available soon but for now put these dates aside and do feel free to pass on the information to colleagues and customers
The AECB has received another donation via long-standing AECB member, David Olivier, 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 £200.
Have you considered giving AECB membership as a Christmas gift? If a family or friend have an interest in sustainable, low energy building please consider giving a year of AECB membership as a Christmas gift. Our ‘Supporter’ rate is only £54.00 per year and we can arrange a special letter to accompany the membership. For a full list of AECB membership benefits click here. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details or to arrange your gift.