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


Soapbox – Can you Contribute?

“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 October 7th, 2014

Ecotoilets Offering a Discount to AECB Members

Ecotoilets are offering a 10% discount to AECB members on any of their range of toilets – contact Richard Saillet on 01327 844442 for more information or visit For a full list of discounts available to AECB members please click here.

Posted in AECB member news on October 3rd, 2014

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The Larsen Truss: 30 Years Old

A Larsen truss is a type of wall truss used to build a thick wall — thick enough to provide room for above-average amounts of insulation.  It was developed in 1981 by John Larsen, a builder in Edmonton, Alberta. In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Larsen truss, the time has come for a definitive article on the invention. This report includes an interview with the inventor of the Larsen truss, a history of its use, and a discussion of its advantages and disadvantages.  To read the article in full click here.

Posted in General News on October 3rd, 2014

Planning Loophole Allows Councils to be Overruled

A report from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has revealed that housing targets set for councils has enabled developers to bypass opposition and build on greenfield sites. The report, ‘Targeting the countryside’, examined appeal decisions for major housing developments built on greenfield land between March 2012 and May 2014.  The study found that 22,000 houses were built on land that had been disputed by councils and local residents.  In 72 per cent of cases planning inspectors overturned the decisions of local councils where there was no defined land supply. Under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), local councils are » Read More

Posted in General News on October 3rd, 2014

UK-GBC Chief Executive to Step down

Chairman of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) Andrew Gould has announced Paul King, Chief Executive, is to leave the organisation next year.  Trustees will begin to seek his replacement shortly. King has led the UK-GBC successfully during his tenure.  His legacy includes leading a government campaign to set a zero carbon target for non-domestic buildings; developing the Pay-As-You-Save concept for home retrofit; launching a sustainability leadership programme for CEOs in the sector; and creating an innovation and leadership programme for rising stars of the built environment industry.

Posted in General News on October 3rd, 2014

UK Passivhaus Conference 2014; One Day Conference 16th October 2014

The UK Passivhaus Conference 2014 is being organised by the Passivhaus Trust and the BRE, together with their supporting partners and affiliates. The conference will explore how Passivhaus can be used to help deliver near and zero energy buildings. The conference will include all the features from last year and more, again crammed into just one day, including leading-edge project presentations, detailed project case studies, a full-scale exhibition room and networking sessions to bring you up-to-date with all the latest research and practice! Learn about: How forthcoming requirements for near and zero energy buildings relate to Passivhaus Delivery of Passivhaus at scale, both » Read More

Posted in General News on October 1st, 2014


Panel Agency Expands Building Systems Team

Andrew Pocock has joined Panel Agency Ltd in the role of Technical Sales to promote and provide technical assistance for their range of panel and insulation products. Previously a technical manager with Lawtech , Ecomerchant, Steico and Finnforest,  Mr Pocock has over 20 years’ experience in the technical support, marketing and sales of sustainable building products. He has also led the development of I Joist design software and building systems incorporating thermally efficient materials. Mr Pocock will lead the promotion of the recently launched Panelvent® DHF board, Puucomp acoustic veneered boards, Bitroc, Bitvent and MGO boards, as well as the » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on September 24th, 2014

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