The Energy Performance Gap Conundrum

The latest report from the Zero Carbon Hub on the Energy Performance Gap project highlights some concerns in addition to specifying areas for further examination. Planning and Building Control Today provide a brief overview of the project so far… In the April edition of Planning and Building Control Today, Rob Pannell, MD of the Zero Carbon Hub presented the initial findings 1 of the industry wide project exploring the potential causes to the energy performance gap, and proposals to close it. Fast forward to July and the Zero Carbon Hub released their interim report: ‘Closing the gap between design and as-built performance’ » Read More

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014

Energy Efficiency Opportunities Missed

University experts claim the Government has missed an opportunity for improved energy efficiencies. Experts from Birmingham City University have criticised the Government’s proposals to build thousands of new homes on brownfield sites which would be exempt from the zero carbon homes standard and other taxes, claiming this is ‘a short-sighted approach that misses a major opportunity to reduce significantly the carbon emissions of much-needed new homes’. Professor Keith Osman, Director of Research at Birmingham City University, is urging the Government to look longer term and use a more integrated strategy in future planning — an approach currently being pioneered by a pan-European consortium » Read More

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014

2015 Ashden Awards

Do you know someone who is helping to build a low-carbon future? We are looking for entrants for the 2015 Ashden Awards. For our International Awards we are particularly keen to hear from those working to create low-energy buildings in urban areas in developing countries. A prize fund of up to £40,000 is available, as well as tailored business support, media exposure and access to investors and new networks. Applications are open until 11.59pm GMT on 4 November 2014. On 11 June 2015, eleven Awards will be presented across three categories: International, UK and Sustainable Travel. You can find out more about each award category If you have any questions or think you might » Read More

Posted in General News on October 31st, 2014


Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 4 – November 2014

Welcome to AECB Water Blog 4. We hope you enjoy it.  If there is something water related that you think needs to be investigated further or explained in clearer detail, or even just bought to other people’s attention, please email me at and I will do my best to cover it. Social norms and the dreaded ledge toilet Google ‘social norms and toilet use’ and virtually all the links are about sanitation in developing countries. Many refer to normalising the use of inside toilets as opposed to open defecation. Others are about the misuse of compost toilets, when users » Read More

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

fuel poverty response

Fuel Poverty Consultation Response

Last month the AECB responded to the government’s consultation on its fuel poverty strategy (Cutting the Cost of Keeping Warm: a new fuel poverty strategy for England). The AECB urged DECC to: Aim for deeper retrofits than the published targets of EPC E,D and C by 2020, 2025 and 2030 respectively Prioritise occupant health, which means addressing moisture movement and air quality in parallel with insulation and heating Take steps to ensure that performance is delivered in reality, s well as on paper The AECB warned the government that current fuel poverty programmes are wholly inadequate, and it simply was » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 29th, 2014

Beattie Passive Training Academy

A practical Training Academy has been set up to provide a class and workshop based knowledge of information on all aspects of building a Beattie Passive Build. It explains the principles of building to Passivhaus standard and explores the reasons why this is a popular form of building. You gain a hands-on understanding of the simplicity for the builder and the major benefits of building with it. 5 day course for experienced contractors to become an Accredited Beattie Passive Engineer To understand the fundamentals of Passivhaus construction To understand and be confident on the delivery of the Beattie Passive Build » Read More

Posted in General News on October 25th, 2014


AECB Water Standards

Would anyone, who has applied the AECB Water Standards to a project, like to speak at Ecobuild next year on the subject?   If so please contact  

Posted in General News on October 25th, 2014


AECB Members take the Hereford PedalHaus Tour

AECB members took the first Herefordshire PedalHaus Bike Tour on the 11th October.  This took them to Grove Cottage and a retrofit at Harold Street by Simmonds Mills,   Hereford Archive Facility in Rotherwas designed by Architype and Mike Whitfield’s Passivhaus in Clehonger.  See the pictures of the event below and for more details about it please click here. If you are an enthusiast of cycling and eco-architecture, please email to be added to the mailing list.  We would also like to hear from you if you have interesting projects that could be visited by bike. For more information on PedalHaus » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 23rd, 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 October 20th, 2014


Passivhaus Open Days

Steel Farm Passivhaus Is Being Opened To The Public Homes such as this mark a step change in quality for the UK construction industry. In order to deliver high performance homes successfully key challenges need to be overcome. At this open day you will learn about the obstacles that need to be addressed when designing and building a high quality home. Access to the open day is FREE, however because last year was so hectic, for 2014 we have had to put a cap on the total number of visitors. So who will be interested in the open day? In » Read More

Posted in General News on October 16th, 2014

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