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Welcome to our New Members!

A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined us recently; Lois Hurst Lancashire Juan Carlos Fornino Bath Coventry University Coventry Building Energy Consultancy Powys Frame Concepts Somerset Kate Morland North Yorkshire Jenny Patient South Yorkshire Graham Mann Essex   To ensure you are making the most of your membership, please click here.   In order to have full access to our website, you will need to log in with your username and password.  If you need a reminder of these, please email emma@aecb.net.   If you have joined as a company, you can then enhance your member profile listing on » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 3rd, 2015

Decarbonising Buildings 8 Day Innovator Catalyst Birmingham 18th- 25th November

Organised by Climate-KiC This is an interactive 8 day workshop looking at problems and barriers around decarbonising buildings with an emphasis on the participant’s case studies and particular problems and linkage to transition thinking. Participants will bring their experiences from all over Europe and international speakers have been invited. The first edition of this catalyst held last year was very successful, see http://www.innovationbham.com/2015/02/04/climate-kics-innovator-catalyst-a-reflection/ For more details of the course see http://www.climate-kic.org/programmes/innovator-catalyst/ or contact Dave Green (AECB member and lead coach on the catalyst), dave.green@climate-kic.org. There is a fee of €2,000 for the workshop but an early bird of €1,000 applies and discounts » Read More

Posted in General News on July 3rd, 2015

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SuperHome Open Days – September 2015. Visit Old Houses Transformed into Homes of the Future

You can get the inside story on some exceptional home improvement projects this September as SuperHome Open Days return. SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions – at least 60% less! These are some of the UK homes most improved for energy use. They are fit for the future. SuperHomes have superior insulation; many have alternative heating sources and some produce their own energy. In every SuperHome you can learn about a range of installed technologies. Tours and Q&A sessions will let you quiz the owners, so you can discover what » Read More

Posted in General News on July 3rd, 2015

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Work Completes on the UK’s Greenest Commercial Building: Adapt Low Carbon Group

The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia is open for business following the completion of work on the highly innovative building, which sets the standard for sustainability. The building forms a new gateway to the University and has achieved record-breaking sustainability credentials. It is one of the first buildings to target both BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus accreditation. It exemplifies the use of low embodied carbon materials and is designed to achieve a 100-year life span. The vision was developed by the Adapt Low Carbon Group and delivered by Morgan Sindall plc, with a team including architects and Passivhaus » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 3rd, 2015

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Westgate Community Hall, Canterbury, wins RICS Award

“The RICS Awards showcase the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the built environment” Conker Conservation Ltd, chartered surveyors and long term AECB members, were part of a community led team that won the RICS South East ‘Community Benefit’ award category on 14th May. The Westgate Hall in the heart of Canterbury was threatened with closure and demolition in 2011 by the council after decades of neglect, to make way for more parking spaces. This shocked the community into action and led to the creation of a community trust that fought to save the First » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on July 3rd, 2015

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How To Design and Build Passivhaus

Steel Farm Passivhaus has succeeded in getting through to the final round of the UK Passivhaus Trust Awards. To celebrate this occasion Mark Siddall, the architect, has created a short 3 part video series about the project. Watch the videos and you will discover: How to build a Passivhaus in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and overcome onerous planning restrictions Why integrating a dashboard into the Passivhaus Planning Package is the fastest and most cost effective way for your architect to test whether your project can satisfy the Passivhaus Standard An easy way to create a home/office that maintains » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on June 30th, 2015

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Pedalhaus: Le Tour de Huddersfield

Green Building Store organised an AECB Pedalhaus cycling tour of four of its Passivhaus and low energy retrofit projects on Sunday 21 June 2015, the day after the AECB conference. Approximately 18 people took part in the day, including AECB members Paul Testa and Nidhi Shah and a number of self-builders, local cyclists and environmental campaigners. The Tour was led by Chris Herring, Green Building Store Director and former AECB Chair. The cycle started at Denby Dale, Green Building Store’s first Passivhaus project, and ended at its most recent, the Golcar Passivhaus. In between the cyclists also visited the ongoing » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 25th, 2015

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The University of Bradford’s Bright Building Achieves top BREEAM Outstanding Rating

The University of Bradford’s Bright Building, home to the Re:Centre, has achieved the highest ever BREEAM Outstanding rating for a University. The Bright Building is the latest building on the City Campus to achieve a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, which firmly places it within the top 1% of UK buildings in terms of sustainability and reducing environmental impact. BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology) is the world’s longest established method of assessing, rating, and certifying the sustainability of buildings. The Bright Building is at the cutting edge of sustainable construction, the vast majority of the building products being either natural or recycled . » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on June 17th, 2015

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The Cost Effective Energy Measures Bill

As you will have seen from earlier information we have circulated, the AECB is working with a range of other organisations, including the SEA, ACE, to support this potential Bill. It is a very important initiative which could potentially make a significant difference to what the Government does during its term to address energy efficiency in particular. On Wednesday evening AECB Trustees along with representatives of the other partner organisations lobbied MPs at Portcullis House. The aim was to try to take this forward as a Private Members Bill. The potential Bill received cross party support from a range of » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 5th, 2015

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Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 6 – June 2015

Welcome to AECB Water Blog 6.  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 cath.hassell@ech2o.co.uk and I will do my best to cover it. Some important numbers 25kWh/m2, 40kWh/m2, 2,989kWh. Everyone reading this blog will probably recognise the first two, which are maximum space heating requirements for EnerPHit and AECB Silver Standard respectively. But the third figure? Well that is the amount of kWh required a year for the hot water of many an adolescent showerer. (30 » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on June 1st, 2015

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