SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions – at least 60% less! This is a chance to see eco renovation at its impressive best as the pioneering owners open their doors. Entry is free. Visit older homes renovated for 5 star carbon saving comfort How do you renovate an older family home for 5 star carbon saving comfort? Find out this September when SuperHome Open Days let you get the inside story on 60 exceptional home improvement projects. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower » Read More
Encraft are currently looking for a Passivhaus and Building Physics Consultant to join their growing team. Further details here: http://www.encraft.co.uk/about-us/join-us/senior-passivhaus-consultant/ Closing date 17th August.
Lewes Eco Open Houses will run its fifth annual event over two weekends in September 2014. 16 eco-friendly homes will open their doors to the public, six for the first time. The inspiring homes on show range from renovated Victorian cottages to 1960′s conversions and stunning architect designed new-build properties. Properties in the villages and countryside feature exciting off grid measures such as air, ground and water source heat pumps, as well as being examples of good eco building. All have drastically cut their electricity, gas and water bills as well as carbon emissions. The homes are free to visit » Read More
Beattie Passive welcomes Jason Dorks as a Business Development manager to further develop the company’s portfolio of clients and to extend the market opportunities particularly within the housing sectors. Jason brings with him over 16 years of business development experience in both new build and retrofit sectors working with a vast range of clients from architects, developers, MC`s, Ha`s and local authorities and has been instrumental in a number of Passivhaus schemes including the UEA, Exemplar Enterprise Scheme and the Clenchwarton scheme for Freebridge Community Housing providing high performance technical building envelope solutions on time and on budget. Jason has » Read More
Building on the recent success of Elm Tree House in winning a local LABC award in May, new bold design has now won the award for Best Individual New Home at the 2014 Northern LABC Building Excellence Awards held at The Hilton Hotel in Newcastle. Greendale Cottage is the first Band A passive house in County Durham, providing a very low energy home and office in a Conservation Area and the Upper Weardale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Constructed in accordance with PassivHaus design principles, it is a highly-insulated, airtight building with no central heating system, relying on natural solar » Read More
Following 3 months in production, 12 months on site, and the installation of 20,000 toothbrushes, 2 tonnes of denim jeans, 4,000 DVD cases, 2,000 floppy discs, 2000 used carpet tiles (to clad the facades) and the hard work of 253 students and apprentices we have been able to complete The Brighton Waste House on campus at The Faculty of Arts Grand Parade. The Brighton Waste House is a ‘live’ research project and permanent new design workshop focused on sustainable development. It is situated on campus at The University of Brighton’s Faculty of Arts at Grand Parade. Designed by Senior Lecturer and Architect Duncan Baker-Brown » Read More
AECB Response: NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence): Excess winter deaths and illnesses – guideline consultation
NICE is developing public health guidelines on excess winter deaths and illnesses: identifying and supporting vulnerable children and older people. All registered stakeholders for this public health guidance were invited to comment on the provisional recommendations during a 6 week consultation with stakeholders. The guideline makes recommendations on how to reduce the risk of death and ill health associated with living in a cold home. To read the guideline visit www.nice.org.uk/guidance/gid-phg70/resources/excess-winter-deaths-and-illnesses-guideline-consultatation-draft-guideline-2 This response was drawn up by AECB, on behalf of AECB, Severn Wye Energy Agency and the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance.
Photos of the Annual Conference can now be viewed here. Presentations of the conference as in the process of being uploaded and can be viewed here
The AECB water blog is posted every other month. Whether you enjoyed Blog Number 1 and have returned for more, or are a completely new reader, just dive right in (ha ha) and enjoy it. 1. Efficient use of solar thermally heated water There is still a lot of confusion amongst the general public as to how to use a solar thermal system. Therefore, whether you are specifying solar thermal for a private client, or making the decision to install it into a large number of Housing Association homes, I think it is » Read More
Neill Lewis has decided to retire as a Trustee this year. Neill was one of the very first AECB members and has been on the AECB committee and latterly the Board from the very outset. He has worked hard and been very committed to the AECB since the very early days. Neill will remain a member and help with events and his local group. We thank Neill for all his hard work and ongoing support. Nick Grant has decided not to re-stand as a Trustee this year. Nick was an early member of the AECB has been on the AECB committee for » Read More