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Less is More : Energy Security after Oil

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This report authored by David Olivier and Andy Simmonds , has been published at the end of an unprecedented 15 years in UK energy policy » Read More

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Biomass – a burning issue

In this short discussion paper from September 2010, Nick Grant and Alan Clarke consider whether it is right — or helpful — to define biomass » Read More

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The importance of hot water system design in the Passivhaus

The importance of hot water system design in the Passivhaus. A typical hot water system can waste as much energy as a Passivhaus actually needs » Read More

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The importance of hot water system design in the Passivhaus

This work is derived from an investigation of the carbon emissions associated with water use in dwellings in the UK [Clarke et al 2009]. This » Read More

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Future Proofed Homes

The AECB – the Sustainable Building Association – is convinced of the need to embrace a low carbon future.  We have committed ourselves to developing » Read More

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Comparing energy use and CO2 emissions from natural ventilation and MVHR in a Passivhaus house

Two cases are explored – one using PHPP assumptions and one using SAP assumptions

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Intelligent Membranes and Airtightness

Uncontrolled air leakage from buildings is a major cause of energy loss and increasing CO2 emissions. It has long been established that airtightness is an » Read More

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    Document : Intelligent Membranes and Airtightness (394 KB)

Advocating Ecominimalism

Eco-minimalism, as applied to building design, is a phrase coined by the architect Howard Liddell, in an article that questioned the effectiveness of thoughtlessly applied » Read More

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    Document : Advocating Ecominimalism (339 KB)

CarbonLite Standards on Eco-renovation

In summer 2007, AECB members, Simmonds Mills Architects began design work on Grove Cottage which was built as a detached house in 1869 for a » Read More

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    Document : CarbonLite Standards on Eco-renovation (928 KB)

10th International Passivhaus Conference May 2006

Hanover 19-21 May 2006 Prepared for the AECB by David Olivier

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    Document : 10th International Passivhaus Conference May 2006 (108 KB)

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