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Welcome to our New Members

A warm welcome to the following members who have joined the AECB recently; Richard Coles – Chartered Construction Manager Surrey Ian Hendry Edinburgh Mike Sharp Kent Richard Sabey West Yorkshire Tabitha Binding Powys Sustainable By Design LLP London Evangelia Mitsiakou Bristol Caroline Massey Exeter Gary Stenning Exeter Holos Form Ltd. West Sussex David Neely Inverclyde Kingfisher Ecology Wiltshire Terra Perma Limited Devon Thompson Ellis Ltd Hampshire Roberts Limbrick Ltd Gloucestershire Kate Morland Ireland Olifemi David Olaiya Hampshire Zecosense London Bruce Coram North Yorkshire

Posted in AECB Latest News on September 4th, 2015

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Encraft Air Tightness Workshop 30th September 2015

Time: 0900 – 1200 Cost: Free but only limited spaces available Register: Here This event is part of Encraft’s annual events programme, organised in partnership with Sustainability West Midlands (SWM). Air tightness is a critical component of energy efficient construction. The workshop will focus on the importance of airtightness and give a full overview of how to achieve airtightness in a building. A highlight of the event will be the hands-on air tightness demonstration provided by renowned air tightness expert Paul Jennings of Jennings Aldas. A contractor’s perspective from the high rise retrofit of Wilmcote House in Portsmouth to the EnerPHit standard, » Read More

Posted in General News on September 2nd, 2015

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Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 7 – September 2015

Welcome to AECB Water Blog 7.  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. Hot water and Passivhaus Part 2 In my last water blog I wrote a short piece about the fact that an adolescent can require 2,989 kWh of energy a year to heat their shower, which is more than the space heating requirement of a 100m2 house retrofitted to the EnerPHit standard. I finished » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on September 2nd, 2015

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Pedalhaus Tour de Kent

AECB Members took to their bikes on a sunny 22nd August to visit three straw bale buildings. The first building was complete – an eliptical building with passivhaus levels of airtightniess and totally hand built. The second building visited was a 90% finished teaching block using load bearing bales with a PV roof and finally the cyclists arrived at an oak framed house under construction with straw bale infill walls being self managed.  The standard of cake and flapjacks provided by the three hosts set a new benchmark for Pedalhaus Kent which will be hard to surpass.  The buildings were also interesting, » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on September 2nd, 2015

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Open Day Hosted by Bay Trust in Kent – 5th September 2015

The Bay Trust is hosting an Open Day on 5th September (11am until 9pm) at the Pines Garden (www.pinesgarden.co.uk) Download the Press Release and Flyer below.  

Posted in General News on September 1st, 2015

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Early Bird Rates for CoRE’s Retrofit Coordinator Training this Winter

With many of CoRE’s Summer courses sold out, we are now promoting our Autumn and Winter courses. Can you afford to not get it right with retrofit? Avoid the consequences by learning retrofit best-practice from CoRE’s specially-selected tutors. Click here to book your discounted, RIBA-endorsed Retrofit Coordinator Training Modules The Retrofit Coordinator Diploma is a 10-module training programme run by the UK’s leading experts in domestic refurbishment. The Retrofit Coordinator courses can be completed in a fast-track programme in just a couple of months or, alternatively, units can be booked individually to suit your diary. The Diploma consists of the following single-day units: Introduction to Domestic Retrofit » Read More

Posted in General News on August 28th, 2015

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AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer Course in London, November

Early Bird Rate until Friday 18th September The next course is coming up on the 2nd November 2015.  Secure your place now with 10% deposit & get the early bird rate!  The full course for £2000+VAT*. Contact Ingrid Bravo on 01752452546 or email training@peterwarm.co.uk Passivhaus and Low Energy Building Design is rapidly becoming an essential skill for Architects, Consultants and Self-builders. Our course will give you the confidence to tackle UK low energy projects along with more specific guidance on achieving the standard of air tightness and thermal bridge free construction required by the Passivhaus standard.  Our course is delivered by highly experienced » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 28th, 2015

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Self Build Passivhaus Shortlisted for Three Built It Awards

Steel Farm Passivhaus has been shortlisted for three Built It Awards, the awards hosted by the self build magazine Built It. The house could win an award for Best Value Home, Best Eco Home and Best Masonry Home. The awards ceremony takes place on the 24th September 2015. Architect Mark Siddall says “Being nominated is fantastic. Winning just one award would be superb. All three? That would be mind blowing.” With Steel Farm having won a Passivhaus Award earlier this year Mark finds himself hoping that the house wins for Best Value. More than anything he thinks that would reflect » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on August 26th, 2015

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Feedback on AECB 2015 Conference

As usual, we ask all delegates to the AECB Annual Conference for their feedback and comments. Over the years this has helped us in designing the event, finding venues and speakers as well as themes to cover. We now have the feedback from this year’s event held in Sheffield. The full results with most of the comments can be found here but for brevity we have prepared a synopsis of the results. Many thanks to all those who took the time to fill in the feedback questionnaire. Hopefully we will be able to use some of the information in planning next year’s » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 25th, 2015

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AECB Local Groups – a Good Way to Stay Inspired

This article about AECB Local Groups was published recently in the final paper copy of the Green Building Magazine. Read it to discover some of the activities you could get involved with as a member and to discover that members are keen to share their knowledge and expertise on different aspects of sustainable building. For events coming up, click here 

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 21st, 2015

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