If the government is to electrify our power generation then our appliances must become more efficient. And Government has to wake up to the potential. Download the full article.
The Carbon Crunch: How We’re Getting Climate Change Wrong – and How to Fix It by Dieter Helm Yale, 273 pp, £20.00, September 2012, ISBN 978 0 300 18659 8 Earthmasters: The Dawn of the Age of Climate Engineering by Clive Hamilton Yale, 247 pp, £20.00, February, ISBN 978 0 300 18667 3 The City and the Coming Climate: Climate Change in the Places We Live by Brian Stone Cambridge, 187 pp, £19.99, July 2012, ISBN 978 1 107 60258 8 On a damp, chill, blustery August afternoon in Whitby a few years ago I overheard a disgruntled holidaymaker declaiming – to his » Read More
The AECB’s EcoBuilding Conference and AGM is being held on 12th and 13th July 2013 at the University of Bradford. The AGM business will be dealt with at 9.00am on 13th July and AECB members are invited to attend. The revised Agenda can be viewed here. There are two current vacancies for Trustees and to date Julia Bennett and Paul Jennings have indicated they wish to stand. Paul Jennings Paul Jennings of Aldas is the most experienced airtightness tester and consultant in the UK, and an AECB member for over 15 years. He has presented at several conferences and demonstrated the door » Read More
Join us for another great mix of technical workshops, case studies and presentations, tours, great company and topical discussion …. Headline speakers include: Hattie Hartman sustainability editor for the Architects’ Journal and ‘Footprint’ blogger. Andy Simmonds, CEO, AECB on the newly developed AECB Retrofit programme Luther Moll a building physicist and expert on airtightness systems and Director of Pro Clima in Germany and New Zealand. PLUS: A series of workshops on water issues Additional workshops covering: ventilation, Post Occupancy Evaluation, using natural building products and creating healthy buildings, dealing with moisture, and more. Tours of two new » Read More
New Soapbox – We must change our disgraceful approach to build quality – or wave goodbye to energy savings
Three years of experience with thermographic imaging and airtesting on all kinds of buildings have led AECB member Paul Buckingham to the depressing conclusion that almost without exception, buildings in this country are shoddily assembled and fail to meet the standards set. What is worse, the prevailing ethos seems not to be ‘how well can we build?’, but ‘how quickly and cheaply can we get these boxes ticked?’ In the latest AECB soapbox, Paul shares some of his horror stories, and calls for an enforcement regime which delivers real, as opposed to imaginary, construction standards. » Read More
Beattie Passive and Encraft are pleased to be working together on the Coventry ECO House project. These homes will be certified to the Passivhaus energy performance standard and also through the Code for Sustainable Homes at Levels 4 & 6. The homes will be available for social rent and operated by Orbit Heart of England Housing Association. The project is a collaborative, learning legacy project that aims to develop and demonstrate the local capability for the design, build and operation of sustainable homes. Scheduled to last 26 weeks, the project is perceived by Orbit Homes as a forerunner for their » Read More
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Point 6 Projects Ltd, run by Eddie Acford, has undertaken their most complicated project to date. Oyster Falls is a Passivhaus overlooking the beautiful Croyde Bay in North Devon. At just under £1million build cost, this incredible grand design has some of the most up to date “green” features. The build was started in August 2012 with completion in July 2013. Oyster Falls has been designed by architects Gale & Snowden and it is the fourth Certified Passivhaus project built by Point 6 Projects Ltd. Passivhaus Certified buildings are a challenge to achieve at the best of times but in » Read More
ecoShowcase organisers, Framework Media Ltd, are pleased to be welcome Hampshire Chamber of Commerce to support their forthcoming event at St Mary’s Stadium on Tuesday July 9th. ecoSHOWCASE presents sustainable products and solutions for the built environment, providing advice for architects, specifiers and procurement professionals on topics including: The Green Deal, Building Information Modelling and Energy Reduction within Existing Buildings. The exhibition will include, amongst others, products and solutions for heating, ventilation, insulation, water management, permeable paving, renewable energy, drainage, cladding, energy efficiency and waste management.ecoSHOWCASE also includes a series of stimulating, free to attend, 30 minute seminars. Framework’s MD, Steve Jones, commented: ‘Our events provide local businesses with » Read More
Passivhaus is growing rapidly and is becoming an essential skill for architects and consultants. Fast track your understanding and professional recognition with the CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer course. Two weeks of expert training from the UK’s leading Passivhaus practitioners, followed by an exam to become an internationally recognised Certified Passivhaus Designer, Can’t do the whole course? Why not take individual modules such as Introduction to Passivhaus? Bookings can be made through Sophie Phillips on 01752 542546 or email@example.com For dates and details click here or contact Sophie Phillips on 01752 542546 or email firstname.lastname@example.org