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Homes built to AECB Building Standard

Residents in Essex will benefit from homes built to the AECB Building Standard (formerly known as Silver standard).

Housing scheme ensures sustainable and comfortable homes by adopting the AECB Building Standard AECB member and Director at Parsons + Whittley Architects, Chris Parsons, tells us about their involvement in a recently completed housing scheme where all homes were built to the AECB Building Standard (formerly known as the AECB Silver standard); “We were delighted to work with the main contractor, Duncan Cameron & Hutchinson Ltd to deliver the rural affordable housing scheme at Little Hallingbury in Essex for Hastoe Housing Association. As always, Hastoe are very concerned that their properties are both sustainable and address issues of fuel poverty and comfort. » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on February 6th, 2018

Recovery Insulation to contribute to Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games

Low carbon recyled cotton/denim insulation to be used at the International Broadcast Center and other venues. Sheffield/South Yorkshire UK based social enterprise/company and AECB member, Recovery Insulation Ltd. is proud to announce that their low carbon recycled cotton/denim insulation – Innotherm®/Metisse® has been selected for the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games 2018 to be used at International Broadcast Center and various broadcast venues at the Games. Recovery Insulation are a trading arm of the Schools & Homes Energy Education Project Ltd/Solar-Active charity. As a social enterprise, they stand apart from other insulation companies in donating a proportion of sales income to » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on January 19th, 2018

Arco 2 win at Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

Congratuations to AECB members, ARCO2 who were announced as the winner for the Best Contribution to the Built Environment: New Build at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards ceremony held in Newquay at the beginning of December. The project winner was ARCO2’s Director Ian Armstrong’s own self build – Velidhu.  The award category was for a project demonstrating the best of Cornish Sustainable buildings.  Velidhu is a self-build, highly efficient property with the highest Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating in Cornwall and generates more income than the cost of energy it uses.  The building is super insulated, the fabric is airtight, breathable and » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on January 5th, 2018

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Bethnal Green Memorial unveiled this week by London Mayor.

Bethnal Green WW2 Tube disaster memorial unveiled in ceremony by Sadiq Khan. AECB member Harry Paticas of Arboreal Architecture has recently designed and built the Bethnal Green Memorial, opened this week by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan and attended by politicians, trustees, relatives and survivors. This project for a new public space commemorates the worst civilian disaster of World War II, when 173 men, women and children died on the staircase leading down to the tube station. The hollowed out stair powerfully evokes the volume of space in which people died and the ceiling of the stair canopy has 173 holes » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on December 18th, 2017

Faye at number 10

Number 10 welcomes Cornish Eco design company

Perranporth based wildlife company and AECB members Green&Blue are still celebrating after spending the day at Number 10 Downing Street last week. Having been hand picked as a Small Business 100, as part of the Small Business Saturday campaign, Green&Blue were invited to spend an afternoon with ministers and other influential people at the famous address. Faye Clifton, sales and marketing manager at Green&Blue, took some of the company’s award winning bee bricks and display panels around the companies’ use of a waste material from the Cornish China clay industry in their products. “To have the opportunity to step inside » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on December 14th, 2017

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Austin Design Works receive award from the Landscape Institute.

Walled Garden scheme at Stroud’s Museum in the Park gains Highly Commended in Small Projects category. Congratulations to AECB members, Austin Design Works who were delighted to have received an award from the Landscape Institute for their Walled Garden scheme at Stroud’s Museum in the Park. At a prestigious ceremony held on the 23rd November at The Brewery, London, landscape architect Rachael Emous-Austin received Highly Commended in the Small Projects category for the design of the walled garden and entrance way from host Bill Bryson, OBE. Joining her to celebrate were co-director Matthew of and Ann Taylor (Learning and Programmes Officer) » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on December 13th, 2017

BecoWallform celebrates 25 years of low energy building in the UK.

An AECB member and enthusiastic supporter of sustainability in construction, Beco Products has always promoted high performance building fabric as the economic, low maintenance route to better buildings. Recent award-winner Lower Cottage Farm is testament to this with sustainability a key feature of the specification. High levels of energy efficiency in the building fabric complemented by ground source heating and heat recovery, and a borehole water supply reduce both the environmental footprint and running costs. A “fabric first” approach specifying solid construction with Wallform ICF for the external walls, along with concrete floors, high levels of thermal insulation and thermal » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on November 24th, 2017

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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

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