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The Brighton Waste House – BBM Sustainable Design Ltd

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

Posted in AECB member news on August 1st, 2014

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 This response was drawn up by AECB, on behalf of AECB, Severn Wye Energy Agency and the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance. To read more visit

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 1st, 2014


Photos and Presentations from the 2014 AECB Annual Conference

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  

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 1st, 2014


Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 2 – July 2014

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

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on July 31st, 2014

AECB Trustees

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

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 31st, 2014


Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) 2013 Version and SketchUp Design plugin:designPH

Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) 2013 Version  and SketchUp Design plugin: design PH The English version of the 2013 issue of PHPP (PHPP8) has been released and is available to purchase at £125 plus VAT online from: If you already have a copy of an earlier version of PHPP (eg PHPP7) you can upgrade to PHPP8 at the reduced price of £105 plus VAT.  This can now be done online at The AECB has entered into a contract with the Passivhaus Institute (PHI) to sell the new SketchUp plugin designPH (English version).  You can buy it now at the AECB » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 31st, 2014


AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer Courses

With Passivhaus expertise more and more in demand, AECB CarbonLite courses offer the chance to gain the internationally recognised Certified Passivhaus Designer qualification. At the same time you will be benefiting from material uniquely tailored to UK building situations and showcasing UK examples. You can take the full Passivhaus Designer course, leading to the exam, or individual modules, such as ‘Fundamentals of Passivhaus’, to improve specific areas of knowledge. Our trainers are highly experience UK experts who are actually designing/ building Passivhaus in UK.  Amongst others, Bill Butcher, Eric Parks, Mark Siddall, Alan Clarke and Nick Grant. Not to mention Peter » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 31st, 2014


Beattie Passive and Beattie Passive Norse – New Team Members

Beattie Passive and Beattie Passive Norse are delighted to welcome two new team members to join their team. Both team members will bring skills that will add value to the current team as it continue to grow to meet demand. Gareth Cavill Gareth Cavill has joined Beattie Passive as an Architectural Technologist from Parsons Whittley to provide design and detailing expertise and progress the company’s Architectural discipline.  Gareth’s extensive experience in the residential sector has seen him work with housing associations and developers to provide energy efficient homes for the last 7 years from Code for Sustainable Homes Level 2 » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on June 27th, 2014


PassivPOD shortlisted for British Homes Awards

AECB members Koru Architects and Jim Miller Design have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards.  This year’s competition was to design a Passivhaus lake side holiday home for a disused quarry in Devon.  The shortlisted entries were published in the Sunday Times on 22nd June 2014 but all the entries can be viewed on line at including videos.  Please support the PassivPOD or other AECB entries if possible and vote now!

Posted in AECB member news on June 27th, 2014

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Trial Phase of a new Supply Air (Pre Heating) Window

AECB members, Solearth Architecture Limited are one of three small SMEs completing development of a new supply air (pre heating) window.  As part of the post research pre launch phase, Solearth Architecture would like to invite an AECB member who may be installing windows (retrofit ideally) in projects in the UK this summer to contact them.  The cost of the windows would be subsidised and subject to online monitoring for the first 9 to 12 months and then are granted to the building owner. It is claimed that the windows achieve static U values close to or equal to passive standard » Read More

Posted in General News on June 27th, 2014

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