AECB News : The AECB Building Standard (previously called Silver standard) self certification system

The AECB Standard Certification is a self-certification scheme open to building projects that meet the AECB Building Standard design and performance criteria.

The AECB self certification route has been developed whereby the self certifier (typically the building’s energy consultant) takes responsibility for certification and for underwriting the building standard claim.

The AECB has provided a form of declaration for completion by the certifying consultant but will deliberately not audit or take responsibility for the certification. 

The AECB self certification process is designed to make explicit the project’s claim to be a low energy design and to provide the consumer with a degree of protection under trading standards – without the AECB having to get involved in quality control and legal matters.

This approach puts the responsibility for performance claims clearly with the person signing the certificate and a duty of care on the client to ensure that the consultant is competent and suitably insured.

The AECB Building standard compliance cannot be assumed unless the building has been modelled in PHPP and construction quality has been verified:

  • Providing a PDF copy of the PHPP Verification sheet can be accepted as confirmation that the building has been designed in PHPP
  • A set of key construction details (drawn details and their photographic equivalent) will be required from all self-certified projects to provide evidence of construction quality please use the construction detail checklist provided.

Cost per certification

AECB Members £60
Non-members £250


For more details about the AECB Building Standard click here.

IE Developments Limited, a Herefordshire based property development company, are very proud to have been awarded the AECB Building Standard from the AECB, the first development in the UK to receive this.


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