Nearly Zero Energy Buildings: Emperor’s Clothes or the Most Significant New Buildings Policy Ever?

Robert Cohen Shares his Views on the Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings When the government abandoned its long-nurtured zero carbon buildings policy soon after the May 2015 election, the EPBD requirement[1] for all new buildings to be Nearly Zero Energy from the end of 2020 was the last remaining hope on the policy horizon for truly low energy standards to be mandated for non-residential new build. Even after the referendum vote for Brexit, I believe they will still be coming to the UK. But if they do, will this policy deliver the intended transformational outcomes? That will all depend » Read More

Posted in Soapbox on August 25th, 2016

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Koru Architects Win Green Apple Award for Zero-Carbon House

AECB Members Presented with International Gold Award for Zero Carbon Eco-House Koru Architects has won a Green Apple Award for the Built Environment and were presented with the Gold Award in the architecture category at a glamorous ceremony in London this month. The prestigious international award was for a zero-carbon eco-house designed by Koru Architects, located in Lloyd Close, Hove. The detached property, which also houses Koru Architects’ company office, is run on 100% renewable energy via solar panels and a biomass boiler, even generating enough power to export a surplus to the grid. It is constructed using natural materials such as sustainable timber, hemp-fibre insulation and natural paints. » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on August 24th, 2016


AECB Milton Keynes Group Visit a Passivhaus Build

Group Visit to a Passivhaus in Tring Using PH15 System The AECB Milton Keynes Group took the opportunity to visit a Passivhaus Build in Tring recently.  It was a well turned out event, with interest in both Passivhaus and the PH15 system.  Janet Cotterell, the projects architect, showed members around and gave a good explanation of the development of the system and products used and how, if kept to a simple design, costs and performance targets could be met. Watch out for details of the next event in London.  

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 9th, 2016

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Passivhaus Bitesize Training Courses Launched

AECB CarbonLite Launch New Passivhaus Training Courses We are delighted to announce that Passivhaus Bitesize Training is now available in four afternoon sessions.  Learn about the Principles of Passivhaus and apply them to your projects. The courses will run during September and November in London and Bristol. Download Passivhaus Bitesize Training Information  

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 8th, 2016

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Register for Free Tickets to London Build, Olympia – October 26th & 27th

Register for free tickets to London Build (Olympia, October 26th & 27th) to network with thousands of attendees from contractors, developers, architects, government and other construction industry professionals. The format of the London Build provides significant networking and business development opportunities, as well as providing education and training on the future of the construction industry. The show will feature 6 exhibition zones: Materials, Plant Machinery & Equipment, Building, Green Build, Interiors and Infrastructure. This is achieved through an Expo, Conference, CPD accredited Training Workshops, and ‘Meet the Buyer’ sessions. Sign up for free tickets to London Build here.

Posted in General News on August 8th, 2016

Introducing our Newest Members

Welcome New AECB Members! These are our latest new members.  You will see that Pinecone Projects and Greenfish Consulting link to the their directory entry in our Member Directory.  This is because they have updated their profile which makes it more searchable and allows for much more information and photos than a basic listing.  This is a free listing for members who have paid as a company and can be done by logging into  If you need a reminder of your log in details, email here. Meet some of our new members below; Pinecone Projects, Cheshire Peter Bartley says; “Pinecone Projects was » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 8th, 2016

AECB Chair Shares Benefits of his Airtight Home in the Telegraph

Peter Wilkinson Shows how Adopting the Passivhaus Standard Saves Money AECB Chair, Peter Wilkinson featured in an article about the benefits of Passivhaus in The Telegraph recently – read the full article here.

Posted in AECB Member News on August 1st, 2016


The AECB Signs Joint Statement on Continued Importance of Sustainability

Joint Letter on Importance of Sustainability Published in Financial Times The AECB has added its signature to a joint statement from the construction and property sector on the continued importance of sustainability in the wake of the referendum. The letter has been published by the FT here . Read the letter here

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 29th, 2016


STBA Next Masterclass 6th September in London

Discounted Rate for AECB Members Ventilation, Energy Efficiency and Old Buildings with Ian Mawditt Venue: The Foundry, 5 Baldwin Terrace, Islington, London N1 7RU Time: 2.00pm until 6.00pm, followed by drinks and networking until 7.00pm Many fabric energy efficiency measures include increasing airtightness, either by virtue or as part of a strategy.  This can significantly change the way moisture behaves in a building, and, without due consideration, may be detrimental both to the health of the occupant and the fabric health. In these situations a planned ventilation strategy will be essential.  But what strategies are available, and what is appropriate » Read More

Posted in General News on July 25th, 2016

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Winners of Edward Walker Award Announced at AECB Annual Conference

Two AECB Members Win a Free Place on the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit Course Back in April we invited students and young professionals to apply for the Edward Walker Award in order to win a free place on our CarbonLite Retrofit Course. Candidates were asked to submit an essay on ‘How would undertaking CLR training help you to develop your career or business?’ Entries were judged on how well the candidates understood the context of CarbonLite Retrofit, how well they intended to use the material and how much impact the course could potentially have for them and the environment. Due to » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 20th, 2016

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