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Full programme now available for our Re-energise Convention

Be inspired, informed and participate in our Convention in Herefordshire 14th-15th September The AECB’s Re-energise Convention on 14-15 September 2018 will bring together members and non-members for an inspiring programme with fascinating world-class speakers, workshops and a host of site visits, and where we will also focus on and explore the core values underpinning our renewed strategy, 5 year Plan and Membership Charter. Taking place in a beautiful new, Big Lottery funded Passivhaus Community Centre in the rural village of Garway in Herefordshire, the Convention provides the ideal opportunity to network and engage with other AECB members, speakers and home-builders » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 20th, 2018

FREE taster lessons available from our CarbonLite retrofit course!

Free course content available for immediate viewing You can book onto this online course at any time and work through the reading and quizzes at a pace that works for you. It’s easy to access free course content, just click the link below. Click here for free course content   CarbonLite retrofit course webinar tutorials AECB members can now attend these tutorials at a cost of £25.00 plus VAT. Please click here for more information on these webinars.    

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 15th, 2018

Welcome to our new members!

See who has recently joined us;   Partel, Galway, Ireland Peter Marsh says: “We are a High Performance Building supplies company, established in the UK, Ireland, and recently North America. We have a background in Engineering, Architecture and Building physics. We offer a wide range of high performance exterior/interior sealing tapes and membranes, aimed specifically at the low energy building sector. Partel have found that there is a growing demand for higher quality next generation building products, and believe that the focus will continue to move towards natural and sustainable product. We also offer customised technical sales and provide support » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 18th, 2018

“Mind the gap” in low energy retrofit

Dr Tina Holt presents at Energy in Your Community event Community Energy England and Carbon Coop joined forces recently to deliver a day of workshops and presentations from industry experts and practitioners in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit.  You can read all about the event here. Dr Tina Holt from the AECB who co-ordinates our CarbonLite retrofit course presented “Mind the gap” in low energy retrofit and you can view her presentation by clicking here. Tina’s is the top Powerpoint titled BhamApril2018. For more information about our CarbonLite retrofit course and to download free content click here.

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 18th, 2018

Green mortgages – Ecology Building Society have their say.

Last month saw Barclays announce plans to launch a green mortgage where buyers of new-build energy efficient homes can access lower interest rates.  The product will be open to anyone purchasing a new build home with an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) rating of A or B but it must have been developed by one of five large housebuilders – Barratt Homes, Berkeley Group, Crest Nicholson, Countryside Properties and Redrow. Green mortgages, however, are nothing new to long standing AECB members, The Ecology Building Society who have offered discounted mortgage rates for both low energy new builds and retrofits  for over » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 17th, 2018

Bethnal Green Memorial picks up two awards at the RIBA London Awards 2018

Congratulations to AECB member, Harry Paticas of Arboreal Architecture who was awarded two RIBA London awards for his Bethnal Green Memorial. This part sculpture and part architecture was designed to commemorate the worst civilian disaster of World War II when 173 men, women and children were crushed to death as they rushed to gain shelter during a suspected air raid to the tube station which was, at the time, in use as an air raid shelter. Sixty-three years after the event, Harry Paticas noticed a discrete plaque on the tube staircase acknowledging the deaths and after researching the event, decided a » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on May 17th, 2018

Feedback required on our draft response to BEIS regarding setting standards for smart applicances.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy are seeking views on proposals for setting standards for smart appliances, to support the transition towards a smarter, more flexible, cleaner and more affordable energy system.  Read the consultation document here. Please read our draft response and let us have feedback here in order to finalise the document by the end of this month.  Please note you need to be a logged in member to post on our forum, if you need a reminder of your log in details just email here. Our draft response

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 16th, 2018

Become a certified Passivhaus designer in Hereford this September!

Book now and enjoy £400 off with our early bird rate. Learn about the fundamentals, science, building services and construction methods needed to achieve Passivhaus. Also, learn how to use the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), and undertake a revision session to prepare you for the Passivhaus Institut exam. We are now taking bookings for this next course in Hereford, starting on the 3rd September. Book now and enjoy £400 off with our early bird rate. Our trainers have been involved in the design, construction and certification of many successful Passivhaus projects in different sectors.  Nick Grant and Alan Clarke are » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 15th, 2018

AECB Three Counties Group visit ‘Reform Cottage’

The Three Counties group visited ‘Reform Cottage’, Little Birch last month for an opportunity to see a deep retrofit, work in progress project. Gervase Mangwana and his wife Sonia are relocating their young family from Manchester to Herefordshire.  They chose Reform Cottage for its location, setting and the opportunity to retrofit to a high level. Gervase and builder Tom Straker [local group member] showed us around the project. Gervase explained that, as plans progressed for the retrofit, it became clear that they could achieve the Enerphit standard, so this became their goal.  This entailed excavating for new floors and wrapping » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 14th, 2018

The AECB gives its support for the Aldous Bill

Cash retentions in the construction industry The AECB are supporting this important piece of legislation. On 24 October, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy began a consultation, which ended on the 18th January, on the practice of cash retentions in the construction industry. That followed an independent and long-awaited review which confirmed that retentions are a critical issue that affect the viability and productivity of small and medium-sized enterprises in the construction supply chain. They also increase the cost of construction. Across the industry, there is very strong support for putting a solution in place now, with specialist » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 29th, 2018

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