Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Training 8th-9th December

Whole Energy are running Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson Training on 8th-9th December (8.3am – 5.00pm) Venue: CTS Unit A Frenbury Business Park, Hellesdon Park Road, Norwich NR6 5DP Cost: £700 plus VAT (excluding Examination Fee) 10% Discount for PHT/AECB Members Course Details

Posted in General News on November 23rd, 2015

Oxford Brooks University: Full-time Research Opportunities

Oxford Brooks University are pleased to announce three new exciting full-time research opportunities (Research Fellow, Research Associate and PhD researcher) based in the OISD Low Carbon Building Group at the School of Architecture in Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK). The OISD Low Carbon Building (LCB) Group at Oxford Brookes University has a strong international reputation in the field of carbon counting (RIBA award-winning DECoRuM model), building performance evaluation, climate change adaptation of buildings and neighbourhoods, and low carbon communities. This year the LCB group has won several multi-million pound cutting-edge research projects from EPSRC, Innovate UK and EU Horizon 2020 programme. Some of the new projects are: Whole Life Performance » Read More

Posted in General News on November 19th, 2015

BBC Panorama: Speak out Against Cold Homes

The BBC’s Panorama programme is making a film on fuel poverty, which is due to be broadcast at the start of next year and are looking to find people who are affected. They’re looking at the day to day reality for poorly insulated households struggling to meet their energy costs and keep their home warm over the winter. In the year when fuel poverty was supposed to be eradicated, we aim to reveal the impact it still has on millions of people’s lives across the UK. They’re interested in speaking to people who live in poorly insulated homes and find it difficult to keep » Read More

Posted in General News on November 19th, 2015


Product Innovation Award – Beattie Passive Retrofit

AECB Members, Beattie Passive are thrilled to announce that they have won the Buildings and Energy Efficiency Product Innovation Award for the Beattie Passive TCosyTM. The Beattie Passive TCosy  provides a deep retrofit solution that can regenerate existing housing stock to zero carbon, eradicate fuel poverty, regenerate local communities, provide a return on capital investment and importantly residents can remain in their homes for the duration of the works. The innovative system takes existing buildings and wraps around a highly insulated frame and can be built to any design, shape or size enabling the system to easily retrofit the UK’s complex property portfolio.

Posted in AECB Member News on November 19th, 2015


The Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) Version 9 English (2015)

We are pleased to inform you that the English version of The Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) 9 is now available to purchase from us online here. If you own a copy of PHPP7 or 8 you are entitled to a copy at the reduced upgrade price of £105 plus VAT if you are an AECB member. If you are no longer an AECB member the price for the upgrade is £115 plus VAT. This is the full product, a new manual and disc. If you have not already got a copy of DesignPH you may wish to take this opportunity » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on November 13th, 2015


Earthship Brighton – Crowdfunding Date Extended to 11th December 2015

The Save Earthship Brighton crowdfunding campaign has passed the £3,000 mark. The money raised so far will allow the installation of a new ultraviolet, chemical-free filtration system to purify the rainwater at the Earthship. There’s still plenty more to do to help get the Earthship back up and running.  The campaign date has been extended to Friday 11th December. Read the original story here.

Posted in General News on November 5th, 2015


Decline and Fall – by AECB Guest Author, Andrew Warren

Job losses in the insulation and related industries continue to mount. Because of the disparate nature of these industries, and in particular its delivery agents, precise figures are difficult to establish, even by the relevant trade associations. A new survey launched on the back of the Government’s controversial feed-in tariff (FiT) consultation has found that 70% of solar installers are concerned that the anticipated cuts to subsidies – set to be confirmed this autumn – could cripple their financial stability. The survey, conducted by the NAPIT Trade Association, which represents tradespeople and installers within that part the building services sector, also found » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on November 5th, 2015

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Encraft Events in November and December

AECB Members, Encraft,  are organising a number of events in November and December including the Encraft Retrofit Seminar (feat. Wilmcote House EnerPHit), Encraft Building Performance Seminar and site visits to the Innovate-UK funded OWLS project in Solihull.” Encraft Retrofit Seminar in Stoke on Trent on 17th November, for more information, click here   Encraft Building Performance Seminar in Birmingham on 3rd December, for more information, click here  Grandy’s Croft Retrofit Site Visit on 23rd and 24th November in Solihull, for more information, click here   Another event that may be of interest is the Low Energy Know How event with Zero Carbon Hub » Read More

Posted in General News on November 1st, 2015


‘Solarsense’ win ‘UK Installation Company of the Year” at the National Solar Power Portal Awards

Solarsense have been awarded ‘UK Installation Company of the Year’ at the 2015 National Solar Power Portal Awards.  Focusing on all areas of the solar industry, the purpose of the awards is to recognise and celebrate professionalism, quality, safety and innovation, with the aim of being a marker of the brightest and best that UK solar has to offer. The prestigious awards were judged by a panel of industry experts who followed a rigorous assessment process and considered a range of key criteria in order to narrow down the hundreds of national nominations to five finalists, before naming Solarsense as » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 29th, 2015

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Conference Programme Released for CoRE’s Retrofit Summit: The Bonfield Review

The CoRE Retrofit Summit – 19th November 2015 CoRE is hosting an exclusive event with BRE Chief Executive Peter Bonfield to support the review he is undertaking of the energy efficiency sector. For the full conference programme, please click here. Andy Simmonds, CEO of AECB is one of the speakers. Tickets to this special conference are priced at £99 plus VAT per person, including lunch, refreshments and parking. Places are strictly limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register your interest, please call 01782 792900 or email

Posted in AECB general news on October 29th, 2015

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