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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

The AECB Building Standard agreed for homes in Lavenham

We were pleased to hear that Parsons & Whittley Ltd and DCH Construction have just started working on a project for Hastoe Housing Association to deliver 18 affordable dwellings to the AECB Building Standard (previously known as Silver standard).  These will be built on a rural exception site in Lavenham, a very pretty village in Suffolk where property prices are otherwise very high. The photos are from the planning files and we look forward to sharing more news on the project in the future. The AECB Building Standard is aimed at those wishing to create high-performance buildings using widely available » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 27th, 2018

Welcome to our new members!

See who has recently joined us;   Daniel Bland, Upland Architect, West Yorkshire Daniel says: “Working throughout the beautiful and diverse Upland Landscape as an Architect, I am passionate about the relevance of traditional buildings within the C21st and the positive contribution they can have in helping to reduce carbon emissions. With a young family, I am increasingly conscious about the quality of the built environment, our homes and the potential impact these are having on our health and wellbeing. I feel there is great potential to promote and engage, to help people at all levels understand the importance of breatherability, » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 25th, 2018

Webinar available to view – Double jeopardy – bats and modern roofing membranes.

Listen to Dr Stacey Waring as she discusses her research into the problems caused to bats and non-woven roofing membranes. Dr Stacey Dawn Waring has held a Class II Bat Licence (No. 2015-6768-CLS-CLS) for 6 years and is an Associate Member of CIEEM. She has 8 years’ experience of carrying out research at the University of Reading and has worked with several ecological consultancies conducting bat surveys for over a decade. In this video Stacey outlines her extensive research and findings to AECB members which shows that non-woven roofing membranes pose a serious threat to bats as a result of » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 16th, 2018

FREE taster lessons available from our CarbonLite retrofit course!

Register now to receive free course content. You can now book onto this online course at any time and work through the online reading and quizzes at a pace that works for you. It’s easy to register for free course content, just click the link below and register on the contact form on the top right of the page.  On a mobile device, the contact form may be on the bottom of the page. Register now to receive free course content CarbonLite retrofit course webinar tutorials AECB members can now attend these tutorials at a cost of £25.00 plus VAT. » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 15th, 2018

New Clean Air Act announced!

New act follows on from inquiry amid concerns over inadequacy of Government’s plan to improve air quality in the UK. Joint committee report from unprecedented four-way inquiry calls for a new Clean Air Act, a clean air fund financed by the transport industry, a national air quality support programme for councils, and for the Government to require manufacturers to end the sale of conventional petrol and diesel cars earlier than the current 2040 target. We submitted evidence to the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s Joint Inquiry into Improving Air Quality which can be viewed here.

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 14th, 2018

CarbonLite retrofit webinars now available to AECB members!

Book your place on one of the CarbonLite retrofit themed webinars this year. CarbonLite retrofit course themed webinars are now available to all AECB members without the need to book the whole course.  Priority will be given to current CLR students and graduates so book your place(s) now. If you are not an AECB member, please join here first. Cost to AECB members – £25.00 plus VAT per webinar.  Webinar 30th April with Eric Parks – Energy in Buildings   Webinar 16th July with Andy Simmonds and Tim Martel – Moisture in Buildings Webinar 24th September with Alan Clarke – Building services for retrofit » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 25th, 2018

AECB Oxford region’s visit to Beattie Passive Graven Hill

On a wet and cold Monday in mid-January a dozen AECB members braved the weather to visit Beattie Passive’s current Passivhaus project at Graven Hill, Bicester. This is the country’s largest self-build/custom-build site of 1900 homes. Although it is expected that they will all be built to a high thermal standard, not all will be to Passivhaus. Along with Benedict O’Halloran, Paul Williamson showed the group two rows of terraces, with all nine homes at slightly different stages of completion. All these homes will be Passivhaus certified. Beattie Passive has succeeded in creating interesting and innovative designs within the client » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 21st, 2018

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

Upcoming Certified Passivhaus Designer/Consultant Training

Next training course in May in London   Starting date: Tuesday 8th May 2018 Time: 9am – 5pm each day, over 2 non-consecutive weeks. Location: The Saint-Gobain Centre in Central London, W1W 7NY Cost:  Early Bird rate available now £2000+VAT for the full course (normal cost is £2400 + VAT for PHT/AECB members) Join the AECB for £45+VAT and reduce the course fees. You will need a copy of PHPP for the PHPP module and exam. The PHPP 9 software costs £135 + VAT. Find out more information about the course here Other training courses this year are in Hereford » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on February 6th, 2018

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