Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) 2013 Version and SketchUp Design plugin:designPH

Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) 2013 Version  and SketchUp Design plugin: design PH The English version of the 2013 issue of PHPP (PHPP8) has been released and is available to purchase at £125 plus VAT online from: If you already have a copy of an earlier version of PHPP (eg PHPP7) you can upgrade to PHPP8 at the reduced price of £105 plus VAT.  This can now be done online at The AECB has entered into a contract with the Passivhaus Institute (PHI) to sell the new SketchUp plugin designPH (English version).  You can buy it now at the AECB » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 31st, 2014


Beattie Passive and Beattie Passive Norse – New Team Members

Beattie Passive and Beattie Passive Norse are delighted to welcome two new team members to join their team. Both team members will bring skills that will add value to the current team as it continue to grow to meet demand. Gareth Cavill Gareth Cavill has joined Beattie Passive as an Architectural Technologist from Parsons Whittley to provide design and detailing expertise and progress the company’s Architectural discipline.  Gareth’s extensive experience in the residential sector has seen him work with housing associations and developers to provide energy efficient homes for the last 7 years from Code for Sustainable Homes Level 2 » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on June 27th, 2014


PassivPOD shortlisted for British Homes Awards

AECB members Koru Architects and Jim Miller Design have been shortlisted for the Sunday Times British Homes Awards.  This year’s competition was to design a Passivhaus lake side holiday home for a disused quarry in Devon.  The shortlisted entries were published in the Sunday Times on 22nd June 2014 but all the entries can be viewed on line at including videos.  Please support the PassivPOD or other AECB entries if possible and vote now!

Posted in AECB member news on June 27th, 2014

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Trial Phase of a new Supply Air (Pre Heating) Window

AECB members, Solearth Architecture Limited are one of three small SMEs completing development of a new supply air (pre heating) window.  As part of the post research pre launch phase, Solearth Architecture would like to invite an AECB member who may be installing windows (retrofit ideally) in projects in the UK this summer to contact them.  The cost of the windows would be subsidised and subject to online monitoring for the first 9 to 12 months and then are granted to the building owner. It is claimed that the windows achieve static U values close to or equal to passive standard » Read More

Posted in General News on June 27th, 2014

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Eco Open Houses Brighton & Hove Looking for New Houses

The Eco Open Houses Team ( are looking for new houses in Brighton and Hove to feature in Eco Open Houses 2014 over the weekends 18th/ 19th and 25th/26th October 2014.  The team are welcoming new builds and retrofits in Brighton and Hove where visitors can learn about reducing energy use, water efficiency, sustainable materials and lovely design! Past Eco Open Householders all have lots of positive things to say about being in the event and enjoy being involved year after year! Please contact us if you think you might like to be involved  If you have any friends » Read More

Posted in General News on June 27th, 2014


Airtightness Information Campaign – UPDATE

In the May issue we announced that Paul Jennings and Ben Adam-Smith were seeking crowd funding to enable them to produce a documentary: “The Future of Housing – And Why Airtightness Can Help”. Now we can update you, letting you know that, thanks in no small part to the contributions from AECB members and trustees, they have successfully overtopped the £5500 initial funding target, and are now preparing scripts, identifying suitable locations and generally planning the project. Apparently the Passivhaus projects Paul normally tests are just too airtight, not making sufficient visual input, so the team are looking for AECB » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on June 27th, 2014

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SuperHomes – Open Day Events September 2014

SuperHomes is a rapidly expanding network of over 180 energy aware households. These pioneering homeowners are redefining green living.  All have refurbished their old homes to the highest standards of energy efficiency.  Eco friendly, sustainable, low energy and low carbon – the refurbished houses are least 60% less reliant on fossil fuels. Forty “open day” events are already confirmed for the September Open Days.  For more information on the SuperHomes network and the September Open Days visit Do book early as spaces are limited on the popular tours. More homes will be added over the coming months. You’ll find » Read More

Posted in General News on June 25th, 2014


AECB CarbonLite Passivhaus Designer Courses

With Passivhaus expertise more and more in demand, AECB CarbonLite courses offer the chance to gain the internationally recognised Certified Passivhaus Designer qualification. At the same time you will be benefiting from material uniquely tailored to UK building situations and showcasing UK examples. You can take the full Passivhaus Designer course, leading to the exam, or individual modules, such as ‘Fundamentals of Passivhaus’, to improve specific areas of knowledge. Our trainers are highly experience UK experts who are actually designing/ building Passivhaus in UK.  Amongst others, Bill Butcher, Eric Parks, Mark Siddall, Alan Clarke and Nick Grant. Not to mention Peter » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 21st, 2014

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AECB Member Offer – CoRE Masterclasses on Domestic Retrofit

CoRE is the not for profit, national centre of excellence for green building retrofit.   Their mission is to transfer practical retrofit knowledge to support excellence in retrofit products and projects across the domestic and non-domestic sectors.  CoRE’s network of Fellows is the UK’s largest bank of retrofit expertise, drawing together leading practitioners from construction, design and academia. They not only shape the CoRE agenda, but also share their knowledge with the growing number of active retrofitters through events, bespoke training and information sharing. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, CoRE is itself an example of refurbishment excellence, an international standard conference and training » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 20th, 2014

Devon’s Teignbridge Council Backs Self Builders

A Devon council has decided to force developers to make land available to people who want to build their own home. Read the full story here  

Posted in General News on June 19th, 2014

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