Come to Bristol for the 2014 AECB Conference

Arrangements for this year’s conference are coming together well and we look forward to welcoming you to Will’s Hall at the University of Bristol, 11-12 July where our conference will be opened by Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson.

This year, low energy retrofit takes a huge step forward as AECB’s Andy Simmonds launches our new Carbonlite retrofit web based course. The usual high quality technical workshops and short presentations discuss the principles, science and details that make low energy retrofit work, we revisit our oldest building material and ask what does sustainability really mean when we build in timber. Plus: tours of Ashley Vale Community Self Build and the big Friday evening panel tackles ‘environmental understanding’. See below for full details.

The conference will start at 11.00 on Friday 11 July with registration from 10.00. It will finish at 17.00 on Saturday 12 July.  Please note that reduced delegate rates apply for early bookings before 6 June 2014.

Technical workshops and presentations will include:

  • Jon Broome: How to do really good buildings in wood
  • Bill Butcher & Mark Elton: Large and small retrofits using timber
  • Alan Clarke: Heating low energy buildings.
  • Tomas Gartner and David Gale: Building biology: a new UK Network?
  • Cath Hassell: Briefing for designers – the floods.
  • Jonathan Hines: Architype’s 30 years of radical timber construction.
  • Aubrey Mayer of the Global Commons Institute: The latest UN climate change report and global justice
  • Harry Paticas: Monitoring moisture in historic building – a retrofit to AECB Silver Standard.
  • Bernard Plantrose: Planting trees to make more buildings.
  • Kate de Selincourt: Does natural ventilation work?
  • Andy Simmonds: Launch of the AECB Retrofit Carbonlite programme
  • Kate Watson of Bristol Green Doors: Exemplar retrofits – what role can open homes events play?
  • Mike Whitfield and Fran Bradshaw: 2 new and different timber frame buildings to Passivhaus.

A lively evening panel ‘Promoting environmental understanding in building’ will take place prior to the dinner and social evening. Panellists include: Trish Andrews, Centre for Alternative Technology; Lucy Pedlar, Green Register; Kerry Mashford, National Energy Foundation (TBC) and Chris Herring, AECB and Passivhaus Trust

We hope you can join us. Online registration is open on the AECB website with discounted rates available for booking before 6 June 2014. It is also possible to book accommodation at the University for the Thursday and Friday nights. This year the conference is open to non-members so please pass details to interested colleagues. 

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Please note that the Early Bird booking deadline is 6th June 2014.

For more information about the 2014 Annual Conference and to book your tickets, please click here