Vacancy – Architect and Architectural Assistant/Technician

Eco design consultants are recruiting in the Milton Keynes area. Come and work as part of a friendly team with opportunities to learn alongside accomplished Passivhaus designers. We have vacancies for an architect and an architectural assistant/technician. Eco Design Consultants is an award winning, RIBA Chartered architectural practice specialising in environmental design. We are looking for team members to help us in achieving our vision of championing great architecture that creates exceptional, fun places to live, work and play without detriment to others or the planet. You will be assisting on several Passivhaus/Enerphit and AECB silver standard projects so in » Read More

Posted in General News on April 20th, 2017

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Become a certified Passivhaus designer!

Certified Passivhaus venue: Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre. 1. Take the relevant modules as a course Week 1: 4th-7th Sept Learn about the fundamentals, science and construction methods needed to achieve Passivhaus. Week 2: 18th-22nd Sept This week covers the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), building services for Passivhaus and a revision session to prepare you for the exam. 2. Take the Passivhaus Designer Exam  7th Oct: Take the Passivhaus designer examination to become a certified Passivhaus designer/consultant. Our trainers have been involved in the design, construction and certification of many successful Passivhaus projects in different sectors.  Gain the practical and » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 19th, 2017

Register for your free ticket to London Build.

London Build (October 25th & 26th, Olympia) now in its third year, is the leading construction expo dedicated entirely to opportunities in London and the South East of England. London Build is attended by thousands of ‘movers & shakers’ in the UK’s construction industry from: contractors, developers, government, architects, solution providers, housing associations, local councils, suppliers and many more. Free ticket link: Conference & Workshop floors providing hundreds of hours of expert and CPD-accredited  insight, case studies and training from a wide-range of industry experts. An Exhibition Floor featuring a very-wide and fascinating range of leading international solution providers » Read More

Posted in General News on April 19th, 2017

The case for public authorities

Tara Gbolade considers whether the face of public authority housing is changing. Local authorities (LA’s) and housing associations (HA’s) aren’t identified as ‘innovative’ when it comes to quality and provision of housing in the UK (with a few exceptions!). With slowness in responding to changing markets, a very real cost budget to meet, and the Section 106 requirement by the government, public housing have historically suffered as the ‘add-on’ to development, often also represented as such. But, with councils like Camden, Norwich and Exeter, as well as HA’s like Hastoe leading the way with Passivhaus developments, could the face of » Read More

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

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The School of Natural Building secures 6.3 m euros grant funding to build with straw

New project is a significant milestone for sustainable building. The School of Natural Building (SNaB) has been jointly awarded 6.3m euros to increase the uses of low carbon technologies in sectors with high energy saving potential. By working with UK partners Hastings Borough Council & Groundwork South as well as European partners in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, SNaB will help to reduce GHG emissions across North West Europe. The project is called ‘Up Straw’ and the aim of the project is to showcase sustainable building projects with reduced carbon footprints. The UK will build the first building, a straw » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on April 13th, 2017

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Kellogg College visit by the AECB Oxford group

Members enjoy a follow up visit to this nearly completed Passivhaus project. The Oxford group recently revisited the Kellogg College Passivhaus project, which is now nearing completion and is on schedule for client handover. This is a live site and Chris Swinburn was able to explain successes and a few challenges of the project to members. When the larger group visited in November, one of Chris’ chief concerns was how well the labour force would install the exterior insulation, with regard to cold bridges. This question was discussed for quite a while between members and on return it seemed that the install went “as » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on April 7th, 2017

Local authorities and sustainability standards

Tom Jarman asks what can planning authorities do, and how do we create a dialogue rather than minimum compliance? Local authorities (LAs) are required to have a local plan which contains their development goals and direction of travel for the next decade and a half.  The local plan contains a housing allocation, including numbers of buildings and areas where development is likely to be granted planning permission.  It will also contain guidance which indicates what needs to be considered to make a development broadly acceptable.  This blog considers the current legal situation, in terms of what LAs can ask developers » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on April 7th, 2017

Masterclass – Insulating and Achieving Airtightness with Cross Laminated Timber

Join industry leaders for a day Thursday 11th May in London Organised by Ecological Building Systems 10% discount for AECB members The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London WC13 7BT Topics: Insulating CLT with woodfibre Achieving airtightness – detailing and critical junctions Specialist fixing details Case studies from leading UK Architects Download Flyer

Posted in General News on March 28th, 2017

The importance of improving indoor air quality in the fight against air pollution.

Carl Fivash argues we should be fixing the problem from the inside out. If we are to protect a generation of young children from serious harm, time is running out to clean-up the toxic air pollution choking many of Britain’s towns and cities. That was the urgent warning issued recently in a letter to the Prime Minister by the campaigning group Doctors Against Diesel, and it’s a concern shared by many scientific and medical experts. It will take years to reduce the number of diesel vehicles on our roads, but we can protect ourselves from air pollution’s harmful effects right » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on March 23rd, 2017

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Conker Conservation complete latest project to AECB Silver Standard

Paul Mallion and team receive AECB Silver certificate for ‘Old Dover Road’ project. Congratulations to Conker Conservation on their latest Silver standard project. Paul Mallion and his team were tasked with a 1960’s detached bungalow with cavity wall and air leakage of 7.94ach and a heating demand of 167 kWh/m2 per annum.  The house benefitted from cavity wall insulation and 50mm floor insulation and double glazing.  They used PHPP to model various improvements on a step by step basis but the client was keen to achieve AECB Silver standard in conjunction with creating a new space with large rooflights.  Old » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on March 23rd, 2017

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