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


Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 4 – October 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 30th, 2014

AECB Members Invited to Conference at Oxford Brookes to Celebrate 20 Years Towards Sustainability

Oxford Brookes are running a Conference to celebrate their 20 years towards sustainability on Friday 31st October 2014.  Download the programme below. Yhere are also prebookable guided tours of our new award winning John Henry Brookes Building before the event- see

Posted in General News on October 29th, 2014

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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

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


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

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