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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

Passivhaus UK Buildings Database

The Passivhaus Trust has developed a Passivhaus UK Buildings Database which has been populated with over 65 certified projects. They are now seeking to update the project entries with accurate measured performance data. The database can be found here: http://passivhausbuildings.org.uk/passivhaus.php. If you are responsible for a certified project and have generated measured performance data, the Trust would be grateful if you could forward this information to them. Please send any data you have to richard@passivhaustrust.org.uk. If you notice your project is missing from the database, then please do get in touch so they can upload it.

Posted in General News on June 19th, 2014

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A Sustainable Approach to Coastal Design – The Bazeley Partnership

May 13th 2014, Cornwall: Devon-based property developer Grenadier Estates has started construction on a £3 million project to create six innovative new beach cottages at Widemouth Bay, Bude, in north Cornwall. The unique Atlantic View scheme, which stands on the site of a redundant holiday complex and on the edge of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, will blend sensitively into the rural, wild heathland landscape of the coastal area. AECB Members The Bazeley Partnership has cleverly incorporated renewable solutions into the design, including solar thermal panels, air source heat pumps and a Green Roof System. The green roofing, which » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on June 1st, 2014

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Welcome to the AECB Water Blog!

            This is a new blog that will be coming out every two months. It will evolve as time passes so if you don’t cope with change well probably best not to start reading it… My current plan is that it will be a technical blog with three or four water related topics each time. Hopefully you will enjoy reading it as much as I will enjoy writing it. And if you do think of anything in particular that you’d like me to blog about then please email me at cath.hassell@ech2o.co.uk We need to talk » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Water Blog on June 1st, 2014

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AECB and Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) – Visit to Bolton University

AECB Chair Peter Wilkinson spent an afternoon at Bolton University on Tuesday 29th April 2014, advising a group of Architectural Technologist students on technical detail and sustainability.  The invitation was a result of continuing fostering of relations between the AECB and the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) who are judging the students work and contributing feed-back to students. The students were busy preparing their final project work for a new University Campus building on a site in Bolton.  Peter was asked to critique numerous technical points on insulation, moisture and vapour control, green roofs and renewable technologies.  A lively » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 1st, 2014

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AECB Home Energy Check

The AECB Home Energy Check helps you to see how your existing home energy use compares against retrofitted energy efficient properties entered in the AECB Low Energy Buildings database. Energy used to heat and power these properties after they have been retrofitted is based on measured data, so these are real results after the fitting of energy efficiency measures including: wall, roof and floor insulation, improved windows, draught-proofing, ventilation systems, more efficient heating systems, lights, appliances and household electrical equipment. You will only need basic information about the size of your home and the amount of fuel(s) your home uses over » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 1st, 2014

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HPW Architecture: A Self-Sustaining First in Construction

Construction has started on a pioneering new self-sustaining building which will be the first of its kind in Hampshire at New Forest outdoor activity centre Avon Tyrrell.  Ower-based architectural practice HPW has designed a zero energy boathouse for the centre which will provide owners, leading youth-work charity UK Youth, with a structure capable of generating its own income from the energy it produces. Fitted with a hybrid solar thermal, photovoltaic and accelerative heat pump system, the boathouse will be able to convert enough solar energy to heat 3,000 litres of water every day for the facility’s shower block.  Not only will » Read More

Posted in AECB member news on May 6th, 2014

Interdisciplinary Design for the Built Environment (IDBE)

20th anniversary competition:  Win a scholarship for full tuition fees! To celebrate 20 years of academic success, IDBE is offering one full tuition scholarship for entry to our 20th anniversary cohort, for a start this September.  IDBE is a transformative part-time master’s course at the University of Cambridge, for global practitioners working in the built environment. Through intensive, themed residential weeks we deliver a bespoke learning experience which develops individual and professional skills in multidisciplinary teamwork, the design process and individual research. For 20 years IDBE have been equipping graduates with enhanced skills, knowledge and professional networks to solve the challenges » Read More

Posted in General News on May 6th, 2014

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AECB Member Benefits – Make the Most of your Membership !

If you are already a member of the AECB, you will already be enjoying the popular Green Building Magazine and Passive House Plus Magazine for free. Don’t forget you also have full member’s access to our website www.aecb.net and by logging in with your username and password you can freely access AECB Carbonlite Documents, download our logo for use on your promotional material, enhance your profile listing on our popular Members Services Directory as well as having full use of our forum. These are just a few of the benefits available to you as an AECB member – for a full list, please click » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 2nd, 2014

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Soapbox Article from Gary Newman: “Stop Dragging your Feet on a Materials Standard”

With the short lives of some of our commercial buildings,  embodied emissions may make up more than half of their total lifetime impact.  Yet government has turned its face away from a sustainable materials standard, and industry are dragging their feet quite unnecessarily, argues AECB member Gary Newman, a founder of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products. The government  recently turned down the opportunity to make a dramatic impact on the emissions of our building stock, by declining to bring in a standard for the embodied impact of new buildings. Yet the arguments advanced are weak and defeatist . In its response » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on May 2nd, 2014

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