Welcome to the AECB Water Blog No. 6 – June 2015

Welcome to AECB Water Blog 6.  If there is something water related that you think needs to be investigated further or explained in clearer detail, or even just bought to other people’s attention, please email me at and I will do my best to cover it. Some important numbers 25kWh/m2, 40kWh/m2, 2,989kWh. Everyone reading this blog will probably recognise the first two, which are maximum space heating requirements for EnerPHit and AECB Silver Standard respectively. But the third figure? Well that is the amount of kWh required a year for the hot water of many an adolescent showerer. (30 » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on June 1st, 2015

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AECB Website – Images Required

We are keen to increase a range of suitable images for use on the AECB website and other marketing/promotional material. In particular we are looking for images inspired by the following categories:   Water (project incorporating water/reflecting the theme of water) Biodiversity (eg living roof) Energy efficiency Generation of heat and power Materials   Please send your high resolution image(s) in a JPG format to   If appropriate we will credit the image to the AECB member/project (or please specify credit).

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 1st, 2015

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Can you Provide us with a Short Membership Testimonial?

Would you be able to provide a short testimonial as to why you are a member of the AECB and how your membership has been of benefit to you? We would love to hear from you and share your testimonial with others who are considering joining – please email Here is one we received 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

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 29th, 2015

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Welcome to our New Members!

A warm welcome to the following new members who have joined the AECB recently; Ecospheric Greater Manchester Georgia Laganakou London NIBE ENERGY SYSTEMS LIMITED DERBYSHIRE Hutcheson Irvine Partnership Down Mark Hayward Higgins London Martyn DE Vere Bristol Base Build (Sussex) Ltd East Sussex Forest Hill Design Limited West Yorkshre Powered Living Ltd Hampshire AT Architecture Ltd Cornwall Nigel Banks South Yorkshire PS9:Architects Greater Manchester etc Design Ltd West Midlands Scott Adams Gloucestershire   To ensure you are making the most of your membership, please click here. In order to have full access to our website, you will need to log in » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 29th, 2015

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Local Group Visits – Can you Contribute?

Have you got a building project or retrofit which is currently ‘work in progress’ or has just been completed? Have you won an award for a building which you have designed or built? Would you be interested in showcasing your work/project to other interested AECB members? If so, then please email to be put in touch with the Local Group Leader in your area to arrange a visit of local AECB members. If you are not ready for a visit at the moment, why not email with a picture and up to 200 words so we can share your work with » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 20th, 2015

Energy Efficiency Watch Project – European Survey

The following email has been received from Christiane Egger with regard to the Energy Efficiency Watch project large European survey which is being carried out. In the framework of the Energy Efficiency Watch project, a large European survey on the status of implementation of energy efficiency policies in the EU Member States is being carried out. We have already received more than 500 answers from all over Europe, but so far had little response from the UK. I would therefore kindly ask for your help! Please take about 10 minutes of your time and fill out the survey here: The European Commission » Read More

Posted in General News on May 19th, 2015


2015 UK Passivhaus Conference: 20th October 2015 London

The 2015 UK Passivhaus Conference, organised in partnership with the Passivhaus Trust and BRE, will offer an exciting and concentrated update of what has happened in the UK Passivhaus movement over the past year. Delegates will have a chance to learn about the development of large-scale UK housing projects and the challenges this provides. This one day conference will be held on October 20th 2015 at the Business Design Centre, London For the first time, there will be a mini trade show in the exhibition area, which will also include demonstration sessions on special feature product models. The trade show » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 11th, 2015

Job Vacancy: Architectural Freelancer for Jim Miller Design in Hove

Jim Miller Design (JMD) is a sustainable architectural practice based in Hove and is looking for a freelancer to assist with the preparing of drawings and visualisations for mainly residential retrofits and new builds. AutoCAD essential, SketchUP useful, but other software may be considered such as Revit. Knowledge of (or at least a keenness to learn) low energy/Passivhaus design is fundamental.   Ideally local to Sussex, but possible to work remotely with occasional visits to Brighton to discuss projects. Hoping to form a long term freelance relationship. Please contact Jim at

Posted in General News on May 8th, 2015

Certified Tradesperson Course with Whole House Energy – Norwich NR6

Venue: Norwich NR6 Next Dates: 8th June/6 July 2015 Cost: £800 plus VAT (Exam fee £175 plus VAT) 10% discount for Passivhaus Trust and AECB members For more details click here.

Posted in General News on May 8th, 2015

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Building with Straw Bales – Revised and Updated Full-Colour Edition of Bestselling Practical Book

Published 29th May 2015, but available for pre-order from the 16th May. With the first straw bale houses to be offered on the open market having gone on sale recently, straw bale building is an eco-friendly building technique that is finally entering the mainstream, enabling people to design and build their own home in a low-cost and environmentally friendly way. Building with Straw Bales: A practical manual for self-builders and architects is the revised and extended 3rd edition of Barbara Jones’, in full-colour for the first time, with stunning photos that provide inspiration as well as practical details. Barbara Jones is recognised » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News, General News on May 1st, 2015

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