3 Counties Local Group News

A round up of events thanks to 3 Counties Local Group Co-ordinators Ruth Busbridge and Neill Lewis   The season kicked off in May with a visit to Deb Turnbull’s house in Colwall.  The project is a deep retrofit towards Enerphit standard.  A work very much in progress, including a SIP extension with timber cladding, triple glazing, a loft conversion, hemp-lime, cork and expanded glass insulations.  This was the best-attended event of the year so far with 35 members, which gave us the opportunity of gathering ideas for the future programme of visits. A balmy evening in July found Group » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 6th, 2015


Innovating with Low Impact Materials – Discounted rate for AECB Members

The Green Register joint event with The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, supported by Vision.     Date: Thursday 15th October 2015 Time:    1:30 to 5:00pm Venue:   CREATE Centre                Smeaton Road                Bristol BS1 6XN Low impact products have low environmental & health impacts; derived from biological and/or plentiful mineral sources and ideally locally sourced with low embodied carbon. The use of bio-based and low impact materials provides an opportunity to reduce the amount of energy consumed during manufacture and transport, whilst potentially providing a number » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on October 2nd, 2015

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Freedom of Information Laws

The government want to introduce fees – of up to £600! – for people who use Freedom of Information laws to find out the truth about what they’re doing. The Freedom of Information law means that journalists, academics and campaigners can find out what the government is really up to. The list of scandals it has helped laid bare is endless: it exposed the MP expenses scandal, helped uncover details of historic child abuse allegations and revealed the huge number of NHS contracts being handed out to profit-hungry companies. 38 Degrees is a movement of people fighting to make our » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on October 2nd, 2015


2015 UK Passivhaus Conference: 20th October 2015 London

The 2015 UK Passivhaus Conference, organised in partnership with the Passivhaus Trust and BRE, will offer an exciting and concentrated update of what has happened in the UK Passivhaus movement over the past year. Delegates will have a chance to learn about the development of large-scale UK housing projects and the challenges this provides. This one day conference will be held on October 20th 2015 at the Business Design Centre, London For the first time, there will be a mini trade show in the exhibition area, which will also include demonstration sessions on special feature product models. The trade show » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 2nd, 2015


AECB Group Visit to Ecofab Constructions Site in Cornwall

The Cornwall Group made the most of the autumn sunshine to visit 2 construction sites this month. Barnaby Shepperd invited the group to his retrofit in Falmouth to see the graphite EPS external wall insulation being applied.  There were plenty of awkward details that the installer (Home Green Home)  had to overcome and it was also interesting to hear his views on the types of EWI system and how the current state of government funding for retrofit has affected his business.  His preferred EWI system is supplied by JUB Systems UK Ltd.  Chips and beer were enjoyed in the Waterfront afterwards. » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 1st, 2015


Eco Design Consultants and Giffard Park Primary School – Eco-Warrior Governor Required

Giffard Park Primary School, like many schools, is struggling to recruit governors, especially with skills in building maintenance. A governing body effectively acts on behalf of the stakeholders (children, parents and the local council) to ensure all that needs to be in place and happen to the benefit of our children does, including welfare, education and safeguarding. We act as a critical friend to support the Headteacher and senior leadership team. It is a voluntary role but hugely rewarding working with the school and being part of our children’s and school’s success. Giffard Park Primary School has launched their Eco-Warriors » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 29th, 2015


Bristol Green Capital Partnership Passivhaus Conference

“How can we build greener and better buildings? The case for Passivhaus development” Date:                        Tuesday 17th November 2015 Time:                       Conference 2-6pm, followed by a drinks reception and networking until 7pm Location:               WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, 3, Kings Orchard, 1 Queen St, Bristol BS2 0HQ (10 minute walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station) ‘How can we build greener and better buildings? The case for Passivhaus development’, is the title of the first Bristol Passivhaus Conference. The Bristol Green Capital Partnership invites you to join them and a panel of leading UK experts in designing, delivering and commissioning Passivhaus buildings » Read More

Posted in General News on September 25th, 2015

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STBA/SPAB Old Building Energy Efficiency Seminar 3rd November 2015

Date:  Tuesday 3rd November 2015 Location:  The Albert Halls, Dumbarton Road, Stirling, FK8 2QL   The popular SPAB (The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) Old Building Energy Efficiency Seminar is now in its sixth year and is being organised with support from Historic Scotland and the STBA. This annual event brings together expert speakers from leading heritage organisations to present their latest research and discuss the most up-to-date thinking on how traditional buildings actually perform both pre and post retrofit. SPAB have been carrying out research into energy efficiency in traditional buildings since 2009 and will present their latest findings at the seminar. Following » Read More

Posted in General News on September 25th, 2015

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Can you Provide us with a Short Membership Testimonial?

Would you be able to provide a short testimonial as to why you are a member of the AECB and how your membership has been of benefit to you? We would love to hear from you and share your testimonial with others who are considering joining – please email with a short paragraph and if possible, a photo of either yourself or your building project.  

Posted in AECB Latest News on September 23rd, 2015

Four Reasons Jeremy Corbyn’s Innovative Energy Policy is no 80s Throwback

Stephen Hall, University of Leeds Have you heard the one about Jeremy Corbyn’s plans to renationalise the energy system? In an interview with Greenpeace, the Labour MP and leadership candidate said: “I would personally wish that the Big Six were under public ownership, or public control in some form.” It would be easy to take this quote out of context, add up the market value of the Big Six and suggest the Corbyn campaign wants to spend £124 billion renationalising the utilities. Yet, in the next breath however Corbyn added: “But I don’t want to take into public ownership every » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on September 16th, 2015

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