RIBA National Award for AECB Member, Architype

The UK’s ‘greenest building’ scoops yet another award! Congratulations to AECB members, Architype, on winning a RIBA National Award for the University of East Anglia (UEA) Enterprise Centre. Many of our members will be familiar with this low carbon, thatch clad building as it was the venue of our 2016 Annual Conference.  It is a ground-breaking project showcasing genuinely low carbon architecture achieving the client’s aspiration of Passivhaus, BREEAM Outstanding and a 100 year performance cycle. Approximately half of the building consists of a variety of specialised commercial workspaces for local and start-up organisations, whilst the other half is for academic » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 25th, 2017

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AECB three counties group visit award winning Cob House

Cob House owners share their methods in a talk on the new conversion At the beginning of the month our three counties group visited ‘Cobtun’ – the Worcester home of two regular group attendees. The house has won several awards including the RIBA Sustainability Award and is in a conservation area, overlooking the River Severn.  Built in 2001/03, it is made from local oak and glass with a wall of red earth and was originally made for a retired barrister and his wife who was wheel chair bound so it is a bungalow. The current owners, Bill and Rosemary bought it » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 20th, 2017

Zehnder Group UK takes on CIBSE patrons status

Membership demonstrates firm’s commitment to shaping the future of the building services industry Indoor Climate Solutions specialist, Zehnder Group UK, has become a Patron of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). The Patrons are the corporate supporters of the organisation, who work together to lend technical and financial support to a wide range of initiatives led by the Institute, giving CIBSE members access to their knowledge and expertise. As a major supplier to several of the UK’s biggest developers and construction firms, Zehnder works closely with building services engineers, M&E consultants and mechanical engineers. A long-registered CIBSE CPD » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 6th, 2017

Eco Connect Wales – a great success!

The first Eco Connect event proves popular with positive feedback – Don’t miss the next event in London 15th September! Last Thursday, AECB was present at Eco Connect Wales which was organised by our partner organisation Osmosis. The event, held at Swansea University, looked at raising the quality and quantity of sustainable house building and retrofit in Wales. The event was well attended by delegates from across the housing and domestic construction sector in Wales. Participants engaged with the keynote talks, took part in structured networking networking opportunities and also attended a site visit to the SPECIFIC Active Classroom (Buildings » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 4th, 2017

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Congratulations to our latest CarbonLite retrofit graduates!

Find out more about one of our recent graduates. Congratulations to the latest students who have successfully completed our CarbonLite retrofit course!  We offer graduates the opportunity to feature on our website here and they can also choose to be searchable through our Member Services Directory. Richard Spencer from West Yorkshire successfully completed the retrofit course earlier in the year and has since also become qualified as a Passivhaus consultant which will allow him to make a much sought after career change from being a Chemical Engineer. Richard’s interest in low energy building was ignited by attending Ecobuild many years » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 20th, 2017

Good Homes Alliance event 6th July in Sheffield- new homes and our health

AECB members qualify for discounted partner rate The UK built environment is well placed to deliver solutions that benefit our health and well-being, but experience suggests that there are a number of problems regarding the understanding and delivery of these outcomes This event explores both the technical problems and solutions and should contain essential knowledge for developers, designers and constructors. Read more and book here.

Posted in General News on June 20th, 2017

Daniel Purchase

Welcome to our new Development and Communications Manager, Daniel Purchase.

Daniel joins us as a full time member of staff from 1st July. We are delighted to announce that Daniel will be joining us from 1st July although he is already getting to grips with the role and meeting staff and Trustees. A politics and history graduate, Daniel went on to work briefly for the civil service before moving to Austria in 2012 where he joined ISWA – International Solid Waste Association as a project assistant, moving on to become Communications Manager in 2014. He is accustomed to the nature of working for an association and is looking forward to the » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 19th, 2017

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Become a certified Passivhaus designer with our CarbonLite training.

Find out what delegates had to say about recent courses and book on next course in Hereford. Our trainers have been involved in the design, construction and certification of many successful Passivhaus projects in different sectors.  They will equip you with the practical and theoretical skills to achieve successful low energy buildings. We continue to receive positive feedback from delegates: “I just wanted to say a big thank you to you all for the wonderful two weeks of training you have provided. Even though my brain was fried by this afternoon, I haven’t absorbed this quantity of valuable information in » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 16th, 2017

Free retrofit coordinator training in Wales.

Funding available for training in Cardiff thanks to Construction Wales Innovation Centre. Our partner organisation, Osmosis are delighted to advise that the Retrofit Academy’s renowned Retrofit Coordinator Diploma is running in Cardiff this summer – and eligible organisations can attend absolutely free. This is thanks to funding from the Construction Wales Innovation Centre (CWIC). It is a six-day course, totalling 48 hours of expert-led learning focused on delivering high quality retrofit projects. The course has been attended by hundreds of built environment and housing professionals since 2014, and usually costs £2000 plus VAT.  For full information about the course, please » Read More

Posted in General News on June 15th, 2017

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Passivhaus planning refusal.

Philip Newbold questions a recent planning refusal on the basis of “isolated location”. I have just suffered my first planning refusal (upheld on appeal) in forty-odd years of building design. It was a proposed passive house (Band A) new-build, detached home on an established residential plot on the edge of a small town. The clients’ existing home on the same site won a national award for the Best New Eco-home in 2006 and the designer of their proposed new home next door (me),  is also a national award-winner for Best New Home in 2014. In spite of our collective credentials » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on June 15th, 2017

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