Forest Stewardship Council Propyzamide Derogation Consultation – Responses by 26th March 2015

The UKWAS Steering Group is facilitating a consultation by the UK certification bodies, Control Union, SGS Qualifor and Soil Association Woodmark, on behalf of Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certificate holders. This provides an opportunity to respond and comment by 26th March 2015 – further details are below. Propyzamide Derogation Consultation Public Consultation Exercise by the Certification Bodies on behalf of FSC certificate holders in the UK. The consultation concerns proposals for renewing derogations from the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) so as to permit the use of Propyzamide which is legal to use in the UK but is classed as ‘highly hazardous’ » Read More

Posted in General News on February 25th, 2015

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Launching Our New Online Therm Course Learn in your own time. Learn at your own pace. Learn to improve your buildings. How bad are your thermal bridges? Thermal bridges are one of the key ways that buildings lose much more heat than expected.  Understanding them is critical to designing low energy buildings. Learn how to use the (free) software “THERM” with the experts from the AECB CarbonLite team.  The new online Therm course allows people to learn at their own speed and in their own time. To sample the course you can log in as a guest and use the set up instructions “Setting up » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 25th, 2015

Membership Testimonial

We were delighted to receive the following quote from one of our members recently; “AECB membership has benefitted me greatly over the past year or so as I embarked on renovating and extending our family home. I learnt so much about things I’d heard of but didn’t understand, like Passive House! AECB introduced me to the principles, I read more and wanted to know more about the specifics of thermal bridging, how to avoid it, air tightness and why it can be so beneficial (but difficult to attain) in retrofit and it’s even gave me the confidence to buy and install » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 25th, 2015

Pioneers into Practice 2015 – It’s Time to Unleash your Experience

The AECB acted as a host on the Climate KiC Programme in 2013 with Tim Martel as a Pioneer, working with Chief Executive, Andy Simmonds for a one month period. “The Pioneers programme was immensely useful to the AECB. It allowed the organisation to – in effect – interview a potentially useful individual over a month period – and much useful work was carried out on the AECBs retrofit guidance programme as result. The placement in Germany also helped cement working relations between the AECB’s retrofit activities and those of the host body (PHI) and was an opportunity for new » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 24th, 2015

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AECB Membership Certificate

AECB members can now print their own Membership Certificate to display in their business premises. In order to do this, please ensure you are logged in with your username and password and go to ‘Your Membership’. If you need a reminder of your log in details please email Use your Membership Certificate to take advantage of discounts offered to members – for the full list of discounts click here.

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 24th, 2015

Site Visit to Retro-fit Workshops in Meldreth, Cambs. 2nd May 2015 10.30am

The Sustainable Homes Network is planning an outing in April to a retro fit project near Meldreth. If you are interested in joining them, please email Penny Learmonth at to express your interest and to get the full address. This project is a retro-fitting of some barns converted to workshops for the production of stage sets/scenery. Their renovation has involved: · the installation of 50kW of PV on the roofs · the replacement of the outside walls and roofs of one barn · the complete rebuilding of another barn with special pre-insulated Kingspan panels · 600m² of underfloor heating » Read More

Posted in General News on February 24th, 2015

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Self and Custom Build Event: 1 April 2015 – Hethel Innovation Centre (5-7pm)

The Self and Custom Build event at Hethel Innovation Centre, Norwich on Wednesday 1 April champions Richard Bacon’s (South Norfolk MP) Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill. This bill is aimed to make it easier for people to get land and build their own homes. Vanguard South Norfolk Council is supportive of this bill and is trialling the right to build initiative. The event 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, Local Planners, Build System Suppliers, Architects and Financiers. » Read More

Posted in General News on February 18th, 2015

Co-op Bank Launch New Ethical Policy

The AECB uses the Co-op Bank and chose this bank because of its ethical policy. We know many of our members do too so we thought the membership would be interested to know what is happening to this area of its business since the hedge funders took over the majority share. Extract taken from the Co-operative Bank website “The Co-operative Bank is built on co-operative values and ethics that set us apart. Like our customers, it’s our belief that the ethical decisions we make will not only help create positive change in our communities, but the wider world too. Our » Read More

Posted in General News on January 30th, 2015


East Lancashire Visit by Jonathan Reynolds MP and Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change

The East Lancashire offices of AECB Chair Peter Wilkinson received a visit on 26 January 2015 from Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde and Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, along with County and District Councillor and Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali. Mr Reynolds asked about the work Peter’s businesses, Dales Contracts (building contractors), Dales Renewables and EcoDesign Architecture have been carrying out in the low energy building, refurbishment and renewables sectors. Mr Reynolds was interested in work the AECB has been involved with, particularly in the low energy and refurbishment sectors. Peter highlighted » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB member news on January 30th, 2015

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In Time for Tomorrow? The Carbon Conversations Handbook – Discount for AECB Members

By AECB Member Andy Brown and Rosemary Randall In Time for Tomorrow? The Carbon Conversations Handbook by AECB Member Andy Brown and Rosemary Randall was published on 14th January 2015. “This lovely handbook covers it all…, It reckons honestly with the psychological impacts of a crisis that is far too easy for many of us to deny in our everyday lives…” Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and The Shock Doctrine. “…. explores the landscape of hope and generates lasting enthusiasm.” George Marshall author of Don’t Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change. Rosemary Randall and Andy » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on January 30th, 2015

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