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Overview of Housing Standards Review

The Housing Standards Review, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is proposing to reduce the number of locally driven building requirements » Read More

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Building Fabric – Why engineers should be involved

An article for the AECB by Sally Godber Low carbon new buildings are often designed to have minimal heat loss, but real performance is frequently » Read More

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Passivhaus ventilation: It’s not a lot of hot air

If you believe some of the things you hear about Passivhaus, you might think each one was a suffocating prison of stale, unhealthy air, sealed » Read More

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    Document : Indoor Air Quality and Ventilation (469 KB)

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Air Source Heat Pumps – Friend or Foe?

Heat pumps have for a long time been presented as a’green’ and ‘cost effective’ heating technology, but there seem to be at least as many » Read More

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The Green Deal: will it deliver?

Following on from the AECB’s recent key role in strategically and technically supporting the TSBs Retrofit for the Future competition (and the building of the » Read More

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    Document : The Green Deal: will it deliver? (598 KB)

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The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America

This presentation will be a chronological account of important developments in superinsulation techniques from 1972 to 1986.

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Passivhaus vs. the UK approach – a non technical comparison of the different principles

I’ve been working with Passivhaus for a year now, having previously worked with the UK approach of SAP and Building Regulations. The technical differences are » Read More

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    Document : Passivhaus v The Uk approach (173 KB)

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First Passivhaus offices to be certified in the UK

Low energy should equal low carbon, yes, but enhanced comfort levels are what John Williamson of AECB member company, JPW, believes will be a very » Read More

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    Document : UK's first Passivhaus offices to be certified in the UK (468 KB)

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Domestic Passivhaus First to be Certified

The aim of this project by AECB member company, JPW construction was to achieve an autonomous carbon neutral home without comfort loss for the homeowner. » Read More

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    Document : UK's First Certified Passivhaus Domestic (393 KB)

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Air Source Heat Pumps

Lack of data makes it hard to be sure whether this technology really performs effectively, efficiently and economically in UK conditions, warns Professor David Strong.

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    Document : Air source heatpumps (213 KB)

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