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Soapbox

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

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AECB Member News – Can you Contribute?

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

Posted in AECB member news on January 10th, 2014

Co-op Bank Launch New Ethical Policy

The AECB uses the Co-op Bank and chose this bank because of its ethical policy. We know many of our members do too so we thought the membership would be interested to know what is happening to this area of its business since the hedge funders took over the majority share. Extract taken from the Co-operative Bank website “The Co-operative Bank is built on co-operative values and ethics that set us apart. Like our customers, it’s our belief that the ethical decisions we make will not only help create positive change in our communities, but the wider world too. Our » Read More

Posted in General News on January 30th, 2015

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East Lancashire Visit by Jonathan Reynolds MP and Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change

The East Lancashire offices of AECB Chair Peter Wilkinson received a visit on 26 January 2015 from Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde and Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, along with County and District Councillor and Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali. Mr Reynolds asked about the work Peter’s businesses, Dales Contracts (building contractors), Dales Renewables and EcoDesign Architecture have been carrying out in the low energy building, refurbishment and renewables sectors. Mr Reynolds was interested in work the AECB has been involved with, particularly in the low energy and refurbishment sectors. Peter highlighted » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB member news on January 30th, 2015

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In Time for Tomorrow? The Carbon Conversations Handbook – Discount for AECB Members

By AECB Member Andy Brown and Rosemary Randall In Time for Tomorrow? The Carbon Conversations Handbook by AECB Member Andy Brown and Rosemary Randall was published on 14th January 2015. “This lovely handbook covers it all…, It reckons honestly with the psychological impacts of a crisis that is far too easy for many of us to deny in our everyday lives…” Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine. “…. explores the landscape of hope and generates lasting enthusiasm.” George Marshall author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Rosemary Randall and Andy » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on January 30th, 2015

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Trainee Carpenter Seeking Position in the Bristol Area

Tom Spearing joined the AECB in January 2015. He was introduced to the network via a domestic retrofit project in Hereford, managed by Tom Straker and designed by Simmonds Mills. This ecological refurbishment sought to improve the building’s thermal performance and reduce its carbon footprint, through the installation of air- and wind-tight systems and extensive insulation work. Tom was employed as a carpenter’s mate and labourer throughout the final five months of the project, working primarily on first fix carpentry, insulation, and fitting drywall. He has since undertaken further retrofit work for Simmonds Mills. Tom is training as a carpenter » Read More

Posted in General News on January 30th, 2015

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Welcome to our New Members

A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the AECB recently; Daniel Bates – London Living Logic – Cheshire Gerald Cole – London Patrick Dyke – Hereford Seya Tansill – Bristol Thomas Spearing – Herefordshire Paul Mudie – Northamptonshire CTD Architects Ltd – Staffordshire Andy Cook – Oxfordshire Cundall Conversations – London Tim Martel – Hereford Tara Gbolade – London We are also keen to hear from AECB members wishing to share a news item about themselves or their company to include on the AECB News Platform/Member News. This could be an award you have recently won for a » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 30th, 2015

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Thatch Cladding on University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre will be World Construction First

The installation of highly innovative thatched cassettes cladding the £11.6m Enterprise Centre – the UK’s greenest commercial building – marks another key construction milestone at the University of East Anglia. A completely new way of using thatch, the cassette cladding is one of the key sustainable elements being incorporated into the build project, developed by the Adapt Low Carbon Group and delivered by Morgan Sindall. Combining traditional craft with modern methods of construction, it is the first time this unique thatch cassette cladding system has been used anywhere in the world. It is anticipated that the technique, which comes with » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on January 13th, 2015

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PHPP Illustrated: A Designer’s Companion to the Passive House Planning Package Author: Sarah Lewis, Barron and Smith Architects (part of the NPS group and AECB Member)

All architects hoping to design to the Passive House standard need to know how to use The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). This book provides much needed supplementary guidance for purchasers of the PHPP establishing the standard within the UK context and is a concise, user-friendly, highly illustrated step by step companion for practitioners and students who want to use the PHPP as a design tool. By improving their in-use understanding of the PHPP, this guide enables readers to fully comprehend their scheme in terms of the impact of orientation, envelope shape and ratio to floor area, fabric build-ups, fenestration » Read More

Posted in General News on January 13th, 2015

CoRE Retrofit Diploma Programmes – Winter 2014/2015 Course Dates

CoRE Retrofit Diploma Programmes – Winter 2014/2015 Course Dates Clients with active domestic retrofit projects are in urgent need of leaders and project managers. The larger the project, the larger the risks in terms of finance and reputation. Responding to this, CoRE – the national, not for profit centre of excellence for low energy refurbishment – has worked with industry experts to create an intensive 10 day programme with the skills and knowledge to deliver this service.   Retrofit Coordinator Q1 Stoke – CoRE, Normacot Road, Stoke on Trent, ST3 1PR Unit Date Presenter (s) Alternate (s) Understanding Sustainable Refurbishment » Read More

Posted in General News on January 8th, 2015

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AECB Local Groups – A Good Way to Stay Inspired

This article was published recently in the Winter edition of the Green Building Magazine (free to AECB members.) The article gives a flavour of some of the activities you could get involved with as a member and gives news about forthcoming events.    You will discover that members are keen to share their knowledge and expertise on different aspects of sustainable building.  

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 7th, 2015

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Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 5 – January 2015

Welcome to AECB Water Blog 5.  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 cath.hassell@ech2o.co.uk and I will do my best to cover it. Greywater heat recovery v solar thermal If you are inputting data into SAP you get more CO2 reductions from installing a greywater heat recovery system than a solar thermal system with 2m2 of flat plate collector. Leaving aside the fact that a 2m2 solar panel would be a particularly bad design decision – » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on January 7th, 2015

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