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UK Passivhaus Conference, London 2017

The conference will focus on the future of the Passivhaus movment in the UK. Head along to London on 24th October in to discover what the experts think about this topic, along with talks on the latest exciting Passivhaus developments and research. There is also still time to enter the competition to win some free wall space in the exhibition hall of the UK Passivhaus Conference.This opportunity is only open to complete and certified Passivhaus projects. They can be of any scale, location or typology, although, we are particularly looking for projects that will appeal to social housing providers, local » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Member News, General News on August 3rd, 2017

Future Designers: Passivhaus Winners

The Passivhaus Student Competition, sponsored by Tarmac, aims to empower the next generation of architects and engineers to adopt the Passivhaus Standard The competition focussed on energy efficiency, eliminating the performance gap and occupant health & wellbeing – all of which are rising up UK construction agenda. The competition equips students with Passivhaus knowledge and offers an opportunity to implement Passivhaus methodology on their proposals, allowing them to address these factors at the start of the design process rather than as sustainable bolt-on. Six projects were awarded the prize, coming from University of Bath, Nottingham, Oxford Brookes, Sheffield and The » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on August 1st, 2017

Adele Mills

CarbonLite retrofit graduate finds training course an excellent CPD.

Adele Mills receives Passivhaus credit points on completion of our CarbonLite retrofit course. Congratulations to Adele and all other recent graduates of our CarbonLite Retrofit Course! We spoke to Adele Mills to find out why she took the course and how it would benefit her in the future. Adele has been a registered architect since 1989. Before setting up the partnership Simmonds.Mills with Andy Simmonds (AECB CEO) in 1992, she worked as an architect for Leeds Federated Housing Association, and for private practices in Bristol and Liverpool providing experience in architectural practice; contract management, low-cost housing, community projects and public participation. In » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 1st, 2017

Upgrading our Energy System: Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan.

Plan is in response to evidence submitted by the AECB and over 200 other responses. You may recall that we submitted evidence to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy at the beginning of this year. Recently, BEIS Secretary of State Greg Clark announced the publication of Upgrading our energy system: a smart systems and flexibility plan. This Plan is the response to the Call for Evidence on a Smart, Flexible Energy System which Greg Clark also launched in November, informed by over 200 responses. This publication sets out the specific actions BEIS, Ofgem and others will take to realise a smart, » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 1st, 2017

Introducing our new members!

Welcome new AECB members! We are pleased to welcome our latest members .You will see that Green&Blue is linked to their entry in our Member Directory.  This is because they have updated their profile which makes it more searchable and allows for much more information and photos than a basic listing.  It is free to enhance a listing for members who have joined as a company and your profile can be updated by logging into  If you need a reminder of your log in details to do this please email here. Find out more about some of our new members below: Green&Blue, Cornwall Faye Clifton » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 1st, 2017

Free entry to Grand Designs Live for AECB Members

This year Grand Designs Live takes an even more sustainable approach as it heads to Birmingham, 11-13 October Every year, Kevin McCloud’s Green Heroes celebrates the best conceptual and eco-friendly construction ideas. Kevin chooses his top 10 heroes from small-scale start-ups to big businesses setting a green example for the rest of the industry and each of their products will be on display at the show. It’s the perfect place to find inspiration for your own self-build plans and eco developments. At the last show in London earlier this year they carried out a press morning where several experts, some » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on July 31st, 2017

Come along to a FREE SuperHomes Open house event

To celebrate turning 10, SuperHomes is revitalising grassroots renovation with a record number of FREE Open House events This year marks the 10th year of SuperHomes, the innovative and multi-award winning national network of over 200 homes which have all reduced their carbon footprint by a minimum of 60% and AECB is delighted to support them and announce that there’s a record 100 free Open House events occurring across all parts of UK. Since 2007 SuperHomes has been at the forefront of domestic eco-retrofit and the network continues to lead the way in carbon conscious renovation. To date, 222 homeowners » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Latest News on July 31st, 2017

Welcome to Katie who is helping us out during her placement year.

Katie is helping ensure our members are aware of all benefits and is also working on a fascinating bat project! We are pleased to welcome Katie Hammonds to the AECB whilst she is on her placement year.  Katie is an undergraduate student at Loughborough University, studying Textile: Design and Innovation, specialising in Woven Textiles. During her current year she is working for Simmonds Mills and is also carrying out work in connection with the member benefits survey we carried out at the end of last year. Katie will be ensuring that members are taking full advantage of our membership benefits so » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 31st, 2017

the cob house

AECB three counties group visit award winning Cob House

Cob House owners share their methods in a talk on the new conversion At the beginning of the month our three counties group visited ‘Cobtun’ – the Worcester home of two regular group attendees. The house has won several awards including the RIBA Sustainability Award and is in a conservation area, overlooking the River Severn.  Built in 2001/03, it is made from local oak and glass with a wall of red earth and was originally made for a retired barrister and his wife who was wheel chair bound so it is a bungalow. The current owners, Bill and Rosemary bought it » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 20th, 2017

Eco Connect Wales – a great success!

The first Eco Connect event proves popular with positive feedback – Don’t miss the next event in London 15th September! Last Thursday, AECB was present at Eco Connect Wales which was organised by our partner organisation Osmosis. The event, held at Swansea University, looked at raising the quality and quantity of sustainable house building and retrofit in Wales. The event was well attended by delegates from across the housing and domestic construction sector in Wales. Participants engaged with the keynote talks, took part in structured networking networking opportunities and also attended a site visit to the SPECIFIC Active Classroom (Buildings » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 4th, 2017

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