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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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AECB response to Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) proposals for housing water standards

The AECB’s long-standing criticism of the Part L and Code for Sustainable Homes’ system for achieving water savings has at last borne fruit, and for » Read More

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    Document : AECB response to Department for Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) proposals for housing water standards (879 kB)

Don’t Let Them Put Our Enviornmental Standards on the Red Tape Bonfire!

The Department of Communities and Local Government has published proposals to slash the options for housing construction standards to be set above and beyond the » Read More

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    Document : Don't Let Them Put Our Enviornmental Standards on the Red Tape Bonfire! (217 kB)

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We must change our disgraceful approach to build quality – or wave goodbye to energy savings

Three years of experience with thermographic imaging and airtesting on all kinds of buildings have led AECB member Paul Buckingham to the depressing conclusion that » Read More

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Biomass Heat: Facing the Carbon Reality

A feature in December’s issue of the CIBSE journal suggested that biomass boilers contribute to carbon reduction, but AECB members Sofie Pelsmakers and Kate de » Read More

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    Document : Biomass Heat: Facing the Carbon Reality (762 kB)

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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Empty Homes and Retrofit – A Match Made on TV

There has been a change of heart in Liverpool, and the controversial programme that was set up to sweep away the Victorian terraces of the » Read More

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    Document : Empty Homes and Retrofit - A Match Made on TV (609 kB)

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The darkest hour is just before the dawn – the Green Deal is upon us

The new energy company obligation is likely to lead to a substantial increase in solid wall insulation installations, particularly in social housing, and the structure » Read More

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    Document : The darkest hour is just before the dawn – the Green Deal is upon us (742 kB)

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Why we should have minimum and maximum per occupant space standards in the British Passivhaus criteria

Andrew Farr has seen too many households crammed into such small spaces they are being cooked by their appliances – while others may be consuming » Read More

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    Document : Why we should have minimum and maximum per occupant space standards in the British Passivhaus criteria (613 kB)

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Embrace BIM it’s a great tool for sustainable design

BIM is well worth exploring says Elrond Burrell, who explains here how he and his colleagues at Architype have embraced BIM – as a key » Read More

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    Document : Embrace BIM it’s a great tool for sustainable design (610 kB)

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