Free self and custom build event – 28th April, Hethel Innovation Centre

Hethel Innovation Centre – 10.20am – 4.30pm The Self and Custom Build event on Friday 28th April 2017 at Hethel Engineering Centre, Norfolk will provide prospective self-builders with information and guidance to support them on their custom build journey. Spotlighting a variety of informative speakers, including the keynote speaker Richard Bacon MP, (South Norfolk MP) who is championing his Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Act, aimed to make it easier for people to get land and build their own homes. Speakers will also include Local Planners, Build System Suppliers, Architects and Financiers. The event will host an exhibition of suppliers and organisations, » Read More

Posted in General News on March 14th, 2017

STBA-SPAB Conference 13th June in London – reduced rate for AECB members

One day conference on ‘Context, continuity and change’ The conference will be opened by a keynote from Peter Rickaby of the“Each Home Counts” Implementation Board. However, the topics include not only energy efficiency and carbon but also the wider, often overlooked, issues of sustainability. Presentations include sustainability via maintenance (John Preston, IHBC), building pathology & BS7913 (John Edwards, CIOB) healthy buildings (Ian Mawditt, Fourwalls & Simon Corbey, ASBP) and a fresh approach to mortgage survey for sustainability (Steven Hodgson, PCA) In addition, Sofie Pelsmakers (Sheffield University), Caroline Rye (Archimetrics & SPAB) and Natasha Ginks (De Montfort University) will present their » Read More

Posted in General News on March 14th, 2017

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Technical training course – retrofitting traditional buildings

One day course in Canterbury – upgrading traditional and historic buildings This is a one day technical course with the Green Register on 9th May 2017 in Canterbury covering emerging research, best practice and case studies in the field of upgrading traditional and historic buildings. How do we protect our historic buildings but make them fit for the future? What are the risks for large-scale retrofit projects? How can solid-walled buildings be insulated without causing unintended consequences? For more details and to book click here.

Posted in General News on March 8th, 2017

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Greengauge launches library of calculated thermal bridge details

Advanced Details launched at Ecobuild A new service to be launched by building physics consultancy Greengauge will bring calculated thermal bridge details within reach for many designers and assessors who currently rely on standard details. Advanced Details, launched at Ecobuild, is a searchable web-based database offering high-performance details for a full range of standard junctions. Compared to the standard details, using the service can cut the DER by 10%, and by 25% compared to using default psi values – without the need to make significant changes to the design. This could be especially valuable if, as anticipated, changes to SAP » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on February 23rd, 2017

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Passivhaus self build site open days

Visit a self build site during construction. Following on from recent successful open days, the following dates to view new Beattie Passive sites are available. Chediston, Suffolk – Wednesday 5th April, Friday 14th April All these are live constructions sites and at different stages of delivery, if there is specific stage that you are interested in seeing then please get in touch and we can advise which site would be best to visit. If you are interested in visting one of these sites, please email or Tel: 08456 449 003 to book an appointment.

Posted in General News on February 22nd, 2017

The AECB combines forces to respond to the Each Home Counts report

View the letter sent to Peter Bonfield. We combined forces recently with other non-profit bodies involved in leading-edge refurbishment to respond to the implementation plans for the Each Home Counts report. Download the letter

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 8th, 2017

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Eco Connect Roadshows: A showcase for the green and the good.

The AECB and Osmosis plan a series of events throughout 2017/18 to complement the annual conference. The AECB and Osmosis have been developing plans for a new series of events through 2017 and 2018, to complement the established AECB national conference. We have decided to call these the Eco Connect Roadshows. We have been looking at responses from a recent survey and are now engaging with AECB regional groups to establish where the events will take place, and when. Through EcoConnect, we are bringing skills and networking opportunities to all regions of the country. Starting in Spring / Summer 2017, events » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 7th, 2017

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New partnership with Osmosis

We are excited to announce that the Board has agreed to a new partnership with Osmosis, headed by David Pierpoint. The formal arrangements are in hand for Osmosis to organise and market the CarbonLite retrofit training course on behalf of the AECB. Osmosis will also be assisting us in delivering an expanding programme of ‘Eco Connect’ events throughout the year. More information about these events will be made available on our website and in future issues of our newsletter.

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 1st, 2017

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Now is the time to build real competence in retrofit.

How to avoid the problems caused by sub-standard retrofit work The recently published Each Home Counts (“Bonfield”) Report highlighted the problems caused by sub-standard retrofit work. It was no surprise to those of us who have been involved in the sector. In fact, for many AECB members, it will have been hard to avoid saying ‘told you so’! Whilst a big part of the problem has been the structure of the funding and the involvement of the energy companies, many of the defects in retrofit projects are in fact the result of a lack of supply-chain knowledge and skills. The » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 1st, 2017

Arthur Rosenfeld, the ‘father of energy efficiency’ has died

The AECB remembers Arthur who died last month aged 90. Arthur became known as the ‘father of energy efficiency’ because of his work in energy-saving requirements for appliances and buildings. He went on to help lay foundations for federal energy-efficiency rules that are still in place today. Back at the start of his career, Dr Rosenfield, a psysicist in California, was alarmed by the amount of energy wasted through leaving lights on and explored with other academics and experts what to do about the problem. In 1975, he created the Energy Efficient Buildings Program (later renamed the Center for Building » Read More

Posted in General News on February 1st, 2017

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