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Greengauge launches library of calculated thermal bridge details

Advanced Details to be launched at Ecobuild A new service to be launched by building physics consultancy Greengauge will bring calculated thermal bridge details within reach for many designers and assessors who currently rely on standard details. Advanced Details, to be launched at Ecobuild, is a searchable web-based database offering high-performance details for a full range of standard junctions. Compared to the standard details, using the service can cut the DER by 10%, and by 25% compared to using default psi values – without the need to make significant changes to the design. This could be especially valuable if, as » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on February 23rd, 2017

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NICE committee member recruitment – indoor air pollution

NICE committee to develop guidelines on indoor air pollution. NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) are recruiting members for one of their guideline committees. They are looking for experts on indoor air pollution to join their Public Health Committee to develop a guideline on indoor air pollution.  They need both lay members (people using services, family members and carers, and members of the public and community or voluntary sector) and people with a professional or practitioner background in the topic. For more information click here. Deadline for applications is 17th March at 17:00

Posted in General News on February 23rd, 2017

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Passivhaus self build site open days

Visit a self build site during construction. Following on from recent successful open days, the following dates to view new Beattie Passive sites are available. Clapham, London – Wednesday 8th and Friday 10th March Glastonbury, Somerset – Friday 24th February and Wednesday 15th March Chediston, Suffolk – Wednesday 5th April, Friday 14th April All these are live constructions sites and at different stages of delivery, if there is specific stage that you are interested in seeing then please get in touch and we can advise which site would be best to visit. If you are interested in visting one of » Read More

Posted in General News on February 22nd, 2017

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Eco Connect Roadshows: A showcase for the green and the good.

The AECB and Osmosis plan a series of events throughout 2017/18 to complement the annual conference. The AECB and Osmosis have been developing plans for a new series of events through 2017 and 2018, to complement the established AECB national conference. We have decided to call these the Eco Connect Roadshows. We have been looking at responses from a recent survey and are now engaging with AECB regional groups to establish where the events will take place, and when. Through EcoConnect, we are bringing skills and networking opportunities to all regions of the country. Starting in Spring / Summer 2017, events » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 7th, 2017

The AECB combines forces to respond to the Each Home Counts report

View the letter sent to Peter Bonfield. We combined forces recently with other non-profit bodies involved in leading-edge refurbishment to respond to the implementation plans for the Each Home Counts report. Download the letter

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 2nd, 2017

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New partnership with Osmosis

We are excited to announce that the Board has agreed to a new partnership with Osmosis, headed by David Pierpoint. The formal arrangements are in hand for Osmosis to organise and market the CarbonLite retrofit training course on behalf of the AECB. Osmosis will also be assisting us in delivering an expanding programme of ‘Eco Connect’ events throughout the year. More information about these events will be made available on our website and in future issues of our newsletter.

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 1st, 2017

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Now is the time to build real competence in retrofit.

How to avoid the problems caused by sub-standard retrofit work The recently published Each Home Counts (“Bonfield”) Report highlighted the problems caused by sub-standard retrofit work. It was no surprise to those of us who have been involved in the sector. In fact, for many AECB members, it will have been hard to avoid saying ‘told you so’! Whilst a big part of the problem has been the structure of the funding and the involvement of the energy companies, many of the defects in retrofit projects are in fact the result of a lack of supply-chain knowledge and skills. The » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 1st, 2017

Arthur Rosenfeld, the ‘father of energy efficiency’ has died

The AECB remembers Arthur who died last month aged 90. Arthur became known as the ‘father of energy efficiency’ because of his work in energy-saving requirements for appliances and buildings. He went on to help lay foundations for federal energy-efficiency rules that are still in place today. Back at the start of his career, Dr Rosenfield, a psysicist in California, was alarmed by the amount of energy wasted through leaving lights on and explored with other academics and experts what to do about the problem. In 1975, he created the Energy Efficient Buildings Program (later renamed the Center for Building » Read More

Posted in General News on February 1st, 2017

Introducing our new members!

Welcome new AECB members! We are pleased to welcome our latest members . You will see that NAS-Build Ltd, Roundfield Design Ltd and Be Constructive Ltd have a link to the their entry in our Member Directory.  This is because they have updated their profile which makes it more searchable and allows for much more information and photos than a basic listing.  This is a free listing for members who have joined as a company and can updated by logging into  If you need a reminder of your log in details to do this please email here. Find out more about some of our members » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 31st, 2017

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Green roofs – why so many go wrong and how to get it right.

Lee Evans looks at common problems with sedum roofs and discusses research into a Swiss-inspired alternative. Often when clients, architects or specifiers think about green roofs they think of sedum, small succulents which are naturally occurring around the northern hemisphere. So much so that sedum roofs dominate UK green roof specifications, comprising perhaps as much as 85% by area of a £100M annual market. Sedum is popular because it’s claimed to be low cost (less growing medium), low weight (less implied cost to strengthen the structure below) and considered ‘fit and forget’, i.e. low or no maintenance (O&M). The argument goes » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on January 31st, 2017

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