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Passivhaus workshop at National Self Build & Renovation Centre, Swindon

Friday 14th July.  10am – 2pm. Event by Beattie Passive & Partners. Download flyer

Posted in General News on June 14th, 2017

Passivhaus Trust win 2017 Ashden Awards

The Passivhaus Trust are delighted to be crowned a winner at the 2017 Ashden Awards, which are a globally recognised measure of excellence in the field of sustainable energy. Former Vice-President of the USA, Al Gore will be the keynote speaker of the 2017 Ashden Awards Ceremony, taking place on the 15th June 2017, at the Royal Geographic Society in London. Seven International and four UK Ashden Awards will be presented, covering the themes of Sustainable Buildings, Innovative Finance, Sustainable Transport, Women and Girls, Smart Energy and more. Winner of the 2017 UK Ashden Award for Sustainable Buildings, the Passivhaus » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 14th, 2017

Introducing our new members!

Welcome new AECB members! We are pleased to welcome our latest members .You will see that C and O Design, Rain Drop Harvest and AP-Build Ltd are linked to their entry in our Member Directory.  This is because these companies have updated their profile which makes it more searchable and allows for much more information and photos than a basic listing.  It is free to enhance a listing for members who have joined as a company and your profile can be updated by logging into www.aecb.net.  If you need a reminder of your log in details to do this please email here. Find out more about » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 13th, 2017

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Robust and effective ventilation strategies vital for new-build and redevelopments.

Carl Fivash comments following the EC’s decision to include indoor air quality into its EPBD. Carl wrote a Soapbox article for us in March 2017 on “The importance of improving indoor air quality in the fight against air pollution“.  Since then the European Commission has included indoor air quality into its Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.  This is what Carl had to say about this decision: “The announcement that the European Commission has made a last minute decision to include indoor air quality (IAQ) into its Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is a welcome sign that finally, health is » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on June 13th, 2017

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LTS Architects win award for their ‘Hidden House’ in Knightsbridge.

Award winning house has lower floor at basement level and is invisible from the street. Congratulations to our members LTS Architects who have recently won the Evening Standard, Highly Commended Award for Outstanding Architectural Merit.  The Hidden House has been designed to be completely invisible from the street, and is located within a conservation area on a complex urban site in Knightsbridge. It is a unique and private family home created from two former workshop buildings and a retail space. “The client wanted something that was luxurious but at the same time understated, light and airy. One of the benefits » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on June 7th, 2017

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Passivhaus summer site visits 2017: A call for participants.

Could you host a Passivhaus site visit? The best way to learn about a Passivhaus is from first-hand experience. Have you been involved with or occupy a Passivhaus project that could open its doors to the public this summer? As well as the weekend long International Passivhaus Open Days, which took place on the 16-18 June, this summer the PassivhausTrust would like to help host as many Passivhaus site visits as possible. They are looking for participants for their 2017 summer OpenHaus site visits. Events can be held at a time that is most convenient for participating projects, throughout June to » Read More

Posted in General News on June 6th, 2017

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Regulation; Why we don’t want or need it, and should stop asking for it!

Tom Jarman argues that regulation can be undesirable and unnecessary. In most industry events and workshops it is not long before talk turns to the ‘ask of government’, which in turn leads to a wish list of financial or regulatory assistance. And because this is an instinctive thing to do, it is hard to distinguish between what we genuinely need, and a replacement for something we can do ourselves already. This blog argues that regulation can be undesirable and unnecessary, and calls for regulation are too casually made. Ultimately, any sector needs to engage positively with Government. This blog argues » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on June 5th, 2017

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What’s in the manifestos? Blog number 4 – Liberal Democrats.

What do the manifestos have to say about building, energy and climate policy? By guest blogger, Mike Hannis. Welcome to this series of posts on the 2017 General Election manifestos, and thanks to Andy Simmonds for inviting me to write them. The aim is to separate out the parties’ concrete commitments from their plentiful rhetoric, focussing primarily on areas of interest to AECB members. In particular this will mean decoding what they have to say about building, energy and climate policy. I won’t be speculating on the parties’ chances of success, offering any advice on how to vote, or digressing too » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, General Election 2017 on June 2nd, 2017

Free half day conference: “Increasing profits in construction through re-use”.

Resource Efficient Scotland invite you to attend this free event at Airth Castle Hotel. 21st June, 9am to 1pm with lunch included. Resource Efficient Scotland have opened bookings for a free half day conference in June. This event is being run in collaboration with CECA (the Civil Engineering Contractors Association). The day will be opened by CECA Chief Executive Grahame Barn, and will include Laura Tainsh, a partner at Davidson Chalmers speaking on the current legislative position regarding reuse, and Bert Hope, a Senior Buyer at Kilmac Construction giving practical industry experience on overcoming barriers. Rupert Carrick from Resource Efficient » Read More

Posted in General News on May 31st, 2017

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What’s in the manifestos? Blog number 3 – Green Party.

What do the manifestos have to say about building, energy and climate policy? By guest blogger, Mike Hannis. Welcome to this series of posts on the 2017 General Election manifestos, and thanks to Andy Simmonds for inviting me to write them. The aim is to separate out the parties’ concrete commitments from their plentiful rhetoric, focussing primarily on areas of interest to AECB members. In particular this will mean decoding what they have to say about building, energy and climate policy. I won’t be speculating on the parties’ chances of success, offering any advice on how to vote, or digressing too » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, General Election 2017 on May 30th, 2017

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