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Carrowbreck Meadow wins national awards!

Awards include RIBA National Design Award, RTPI Award for Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing and the Housing Design Award (HDA) DEFRA Award for Rural Housing. Carrowbreck Meadow is a development of 14 detached and semi-detached homes, the largest Passivhaus development in Greater Norwich. This innovative development has been designed and delivered by certified passivhaus architects at Hamson Barron Smith (HBS) for Broadland Growth Ltd (BGL), (a partnership between Broadland District Council and NPS Group). The client objective for this project was to deliver a mixed tenure scheme which provides affordable housing for the local community which exceeds planning requirements » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 25th, 2017

Deep retrofit at scale case study report released.

URBED and Carbon Co-op join forces to support homeowners wishing to retrofit. “Working together, AECB members URBED and Carbon Co-op have pioneered a way of supporting homeowners to invest in retrofitting their homes. Authored by construction industry journalist and AECB member, Kate De Selincourt ‘Powering Down Together’, reports on the retrofit of 12 owner-occupied solid-walled homes typical of Manchester’s housing stock. By upgrading the fabric of homes and adding PV panels, cuts of 40-60% or more were made in both energy consumption and emissions and £1,000/year in bills, at a level of capital spending that homeowners were willing and able » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 19th, 2017

Pension power! Will you join Green Building Store?

How to ensure your employee pension aligns with your values. AECB member Green Building Store is teaming up with ShareAction and Client Earth to tackle the investments made by its employee pension fund as a way of helping the transition towards a low carbon economy. As pensions are invested in the companies that make up the major indexes such as the FTSE 100, much of it will be invested in carbon intensive industries. As well as objecting to this on ethical grounds, it’s also becoming increasingly clear that this also creates a huge financial risk, and puts our pension savings » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 19th, 2017


Roundfield Landscape Architects influence new Passivhaus homes for Bristol.

Work is nearing completion in keeping with the city’s ambition as European Green Capital. Work is nearing completion on three developments of new build timber frame council homes for Bristol City Council in the Henbury and Brentry area. In keeping with the City’s ambitions as European Green Capital, the housing has all been designed to Passivhaus standards by Emmett Russell Architects. Working with the limited space available for soft landscape on these urban infill sites, AECB members,  Roundfield have made a strong feature of sustainable urban drainage systems which positively influence the landscape character. Water features have been designed to direct roof and paving » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 18th, 2017

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Green Building Store win RISE award for vision and sustainablity.

Award for Lower Royd radical ‘whole house’ retrofit project. Congratulations go to AECB member, Green Building Store for winning the ‘Vision & Sustainability’ Award at Leeds Beckett University’s  R.I.S.E. (RESEARCH | INNOVATION | SUSTAINABILITY | ENTERPRISE “Celebrating Research and Development”) 2017 Awards.  The award was collected on Thursday 14 September 2017 by Green Building Store product technical specialists Abi Anderson and Emma Platt. The award was for Green Building Store’s Lower Royd radical ‘whole house’ retrofit project.  The Lower Royd project has involved the radical refurbishment of a Yorkshire farmhouse and barn using innovative internal wall insulation (IWI) techniques. The » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 4th, 2017

Beattie Passive Flying Factory formally opened at Graven Hill, Bicester.

Factory employs local labour and uses local supply chains. Beattie Passive and Graven Hill Development Company are proud to announce the formal opening of the Beattie Passive Flying Factory at Graven Hill by Mr Richard Bacon, MP, Right to Build Task Force Ambassador. Officially opened on Monday September 18th 2017, the Flying Factory, located on the Custom Build Site, will be building Passivhaus standard housing, with offsite manufacture and employing a local labour force. Beattie Passive’s Flying Factory at Graven Hill, Bicester has started manufacturing the first open market terraces on the Custom Build site for the Graven Hill Development » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 3rd, 2017

‘Hedge Home’ is finalist in The Sunday Times British Homes Award 2017.

Waparchitects are shortlisted for award which will be judged by public vote. Congratulations to AECB members, waparchitects who are finalists in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017  competition.  This called for ‘homes worthy of our green and pleasant land’ and to celebrate the ‘town-country ideal’ in a new garden city. Bryan Parkin from waparchitects said: “Our concept design ‘Hedge Home’ continues our ideas of integrating landscape design with zero carbon homes.  It addresses the difficult issue of achieving the garden city ideal when the need is for large houses on relatively small plots, by wrapping the homes in planted living » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

Back to Earth introduce their online wood fibre insulation course.

50% certification discount offered to AECB members Over the last few months, AECB members at the Back to Earth team have been busy developing the first freely accessible, online wood fibre insulation course. Designed for architects, builders and self-builders, the thirteen module course covers how to specify, source and use wood fibre effectively. The course was created in response to a growing demand from their clients for one, credible source of information that explains, in detail, everything you would need to know about wood fibre insulation. Chris Brookman at Back to Earth says: “Whether you are considering wood fibre insulation » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

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Green Building Store shortlisted for two Build It Magazine Awards 2017.

Winners to be announced in September in London. Green Building Store is delighted to announce that it has been shortlisted for two awards in Build It Magazine 2017 Awards. The shortlisted awards are: Best Builders Merchant for Self Builders Best Windows – for our PERFORMANCE range The winners of the awards will be announced on Friday 22 September at an awards ceremony in London. See the full shortlist here.

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

Addison Road and The Larch Hut shortlisted for Hampshire’s Countryside Awards.

Arboreal Architecture share details of their shortlisted entry in the New Forest, Sustainable Buildings category. Congratulations to AECB members, Arboreal Architecture for reaching the shortlist in Hampshire’s Countryside Awards which has seen a record number of entries this year. Now in their 11th year, the county branch of the Campaign to Protect Rural England run these awards to recognise and celebrate those working for a beautiful and thriving Hampshire countryside. Harry Paticas of Arboreal Architecture saw the call for entries in our Network newsletter and shares below the details of their shortlisted project. This project is a holisitic “deep-retrofit” and » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

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