Funding for Green Open Homes Events

The national Green Open Homes network provides support for organisers, and a competition offering funding to help get events going.  The network aims to support existing event organisers and to help more events take place in local communities, because they are an excellent way of encouraging people to make energy saving improvements to their own homes. A large proportion of UK housing needs upgrading to become more energy efficient – to tackle people’s rising energy bills, make homes warmer, and reduce the nation’s carbon emissions.  A number of successful Open Home days/weekends featuring low carbon measures have been held around » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 12th, 2014
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Good Homes Alliance’s Low Carbon 4 Real / Closing the Performance Gap Event 15th April 2014

The Building Centre, Store Street, London WC1E 7BT   The GHA’s research into the performance gap (commenced 2009) has now concluded.  The research, funded by DCLG/Energy Saving Trust and the NHBC, is being presented at this event along with outcomes, reports and recommendations. This, and other later Technology Strategy Board projects under the BPE programme, are also concluding so that we now have a much clearer picture on what the problems are and also how they can be solved. We will focus on solutions to the performance gap – with presentations on this positive aspect from a number of excellent speakers, includingPete » Read More

Posted in General News on March 12th, 2014

DECC Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot – factsheet issued and organisations invited to register their interest

Please find below information received from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) with regard to the DECC Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot DECC Electricity Demand Reduction Pilot Factsheet issued and organisations invited to register their interest We are writing to request your assistance with disseminating the linked  factsheet  about DECC’s Electricity Demand Reduction pilot to companies and organisations that might wish to register their interest in taking part in the pilot. Key details are as follows: Organisations and companies that might be interested in taking part in the pilot or wish to send comments or questions about it, are invited » Read More

Posted in General News on March 4th, 2014
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Less is More: Energy Security after Oil (LIM) from the AECB

Less is More is available to download as a PDF here.  We can also send you printed and wire bound copies of Less is More at a price of £25 each (inc P&P).  To place your order online with payment via credit card (Worldpaycredit) click here or contact

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 1st, 2014

NatSol Ltd: Compus Full Access Compost Toilet System Winner of the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards

Last year the Stoerhead Lighthouse Walker’s Car Park toilet in Assynt, Scotland was installed using AECB member Natsol’s Compus Full Access compost system with the latest stainless steel pedestal design.  All at Natsol and in Assynt were delighted when the toilet went on to win two categories in the 2013 Loo of the Year Awards.  It was the 26th year of the Loo of the Year Awards and there were over 1400 entries nationwide.  Each entry was inspected individually and graded on different criteria.   Assynt’s Natsol compost toilet won the Best Scottish Eco Friendly Toilet and the Best Scottish Car » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on February 28th, 2014


“Grrr, that is so annoying!”   “It really bugs me the way that …”   well, if something is bugging you, feel free to share it with fellow AECB members and the wider world, via our Soapbox feature.  Just drop a line to and sketch out what you have to say.  For more information or to read other Soapbox articles visit  

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 28th, 2014

Climate KiC Pioneers Programme: Placements for Climate Professionals

The AECB acted as a host on the Climate KiC Programme in 2013 with Tim Martel as a Pioneer, working with Chief Executive, Andy Simmonds for a one month period.   “The Pioneers programme was immensely useful to the AECB. It allowed the organisation to – in effect – interview a potentially useful individual over a month period – and much useful work was carried out on the AECBs retrofit guidance programme as result. The placement in Germany also helped cement working relations between the AECBs retrofit activities and those of the host body (PHI) and was an opportunity for new » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 28th, 2014

Green Architecture Day, Saturday 5th April 2014 – University of Brighton

Building to thrive – exploring how we can flourish in the built environment – with keynote speaker Satish Kumar, editor-in-chief of Resurgence & Ecologist magazine and internationally renowned speaker on ecological and spiritual issue. Satish will speak about Architecture for Health and explore how architecture connects with the land, benefiting health. Green Architecture Day, hosted by Brighton Permaculture Trust, showcases the UK’s most pioneering architects in sustainable design. The event offers a unique opportunity to learn about the cities of the future, why we should design for resilience, and to hear inspirational talks from the UKs most pioneering innovators.  In order » Read More

Posted in General News on February 27th, 2014
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Eco Open Houses April 2014: Worthing and Steyning

Low Carbon Trust, Transition Towns Worthing and Steyning 10:10, in collaboration with Green Open Homes, are excited to launch the first Eco Open Homes network for Worthing and Steyning. Over two weekends in April, various homes will be open to the public to see how you can save money on energy and water bills, whilst staying warm and comfortable and reducing your carbon footprint. The Worthing event is open on the 11th-12th April 2014 and the Steyning event on the 27th April 2014. It is free to visit any of the houses and all are welcome.  For more further information » Read More

Posted in General News on February 27th, 2014
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AECB Member Offer – CoRE Masterclasses on Domestic Retrofit

CoRE is the not for profit, national centre of excellence for green building retrofit.   Their mission is to transfer practical retrofit knowledge to support excellence in retrofit products and projects across the domestic and non-domestic sectors.  CoRE’s network of Fellows is the UK’s largest bank of retrofit expertise, drawing together leading practitioners from construction, design and academia. They not only shape the CoRE agenda, but also share their knowledge with the growing number of active retrofitters through events, bespoke training and information sharing. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, CoRE is itself an example of refurbishment excellence, an international standard conference and training » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 27th, 2014
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