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Ben’s self build vlogs

We follow AECB member Ben Adam Smith throughout his self build with his series of ongoing vlogs.  You can watch the vlogs below and subscribe to be notified of future ones but first find out how Ben came to start his self build: “I started researching my self-build in 2012 and quite early on in the process I got a tip-off about the AECB. I remember attending my first conference at Goldsmiths and being impressed by the depth of knowledge and the calibre of people. Finding land was the major hurdle of my project. It took the best part of » Read More

Yosima clay plasters from Mike Wye & Associates

Mike Wye & Associates are one of the foremost UK suppliers of sustainable, natural and traditional building materials. Our extensive product range includes traditional lime mortars and plasters, natural hydraulic lime decorative polished plasters, sustainable insulation materials (such as recycled foam glass aggregate, cork, wood fibre and sheep wool) and natural paints and decorating products. We are passionate about sustainable and environmentally conscious construction and specialise in supplying traditional and natural building & decorating products for all types of buildings. We have a knowledgeable and friendly technical sales team that are on hand to advise on the best products and » Read More

Classic Landscapes companions with Honest Coffins

John from Classic Landscapes studied Ecology at college and as soon as he heard of the AECB he was keen to join, continuing his membership when he started Classic Landscapes in 1993.  More recently as age takes its toll,  the idea of doing something involving less mud appealed and the opportunity came about to take over Honest Coffins Limited –  an ideal companion to a smaller Classic Landscapes. A huge number of coffins these days are imported from the far east, they are generally of a MDF with veneer construction and lined with plastic fabrics. At Honest Coffins we build » Read More

Aspect Windows committed to energy-saving products

Established in 1981 by husband and wife team Graham and Nina Cooling, Aspect Windows are a high-quality manufacturer and installer of windows, doors and glazing systems in the South West. Aspect Windows are firmly committed to energy-saving products, offering A-rated WER ‘Window Energy Rating’ windows in Aluminium, PVCu and very high performance composites. As well as specialising in Passivhaus systems. The Passivhaus standard is the single fastest growing energy performance standard in the world and one that we should all aspire to when choosing materials for building homes in the twenty-first century. The Passivhaus standard principle strengths are simple in » Read More

Bespoke furniture

Empatika started out in 2003 as a handyman service in Notting Hill.  Tristan, the founder would travel around on his bicycle fixing things made of wood.  It wasn’t long before he found himself making pieces of fitted furniture.  Today he employs carpenters to do the work whilst concentrating on designing and running the business. Empatika design and build bespoke furniture from wardrobes to bookcase for media units, home offices and commercial offices. All items are made to fit their space perfectly.  They offer Formaldehyde free MDF which does not off-gas and is therefore better for the indoor environment and furniture is painted » Read More

Toilet revolution

Founded in 2012, Toilet Revolution supply the largest range of waterless toilets and urinals in the UK. Our biggest challenge is increasing awareness of waterless toilet products so becoming members of the AECB was a big step forward for us. Customers find our site through the AECB and potential customers become aware of our niche technologies through AECB publications. We supply composting toilets for all applications. There are units that run on AC power, DC power or no power. In applications where there is AC power, it is often a choice between the Sun Mar Excel (left) and the Separett » Read More

The School of Natural Building – aiming to increase the pool of natural builders in the UK

The School of Natural Building was established to increase the pool of natural builders in the UK. Our main business activities include: Training in Strawbale building and natural plastering. Full architectural design and planning. Consultancy on Strawbale projects and building regulations. We want to create an environment where the use of natural materials is accepted as commonplace in the construction industry and where ordinary people have the opportunity to build affordable, beautiful, sustainable homes and buildings made from these materials. We are very pleased to be members of the AECB and share their values and appreciate the information they exchange » Read More

Double Jeopardy: Bats and Modern Roofing Membranes

Breathable roofing membranes (BRMs) have been the ‘go to’ product of choice in all re-roofing projects over the past decade; mainly due to their ease of use and potential to reduce condensation. My original research, however,  has shown that not only do non–woven roofing membranes pose a serious threat to bats as a result of entanglement but there are numerous other concerns regarding using these membranes in a bat roost, including membrane functionally and microclimatic changes. Since my original research, I have been working on ways to produce guidelines for the use of safe roofing materials in bat roosts, product testing, » Read More

gO Measurement System for wireless, cloud-based measurements of U-value, temperature and humidity

greenTEG was founded in 2009 as a ETH Zurich spin-off. The company develops, manufactures, and markets thermal sensors and measurements systems. For applications in building physics, greenTEG offers a system for wireless, cloud-based measurements of U-value, R-value, temperature, and humidity. The gO Measurement System is applied in different scenarios such as status quo assessments before refurbishments, checks before project handovers, heat-bridge and mould detection, and applications in R&D and quality control. greenTEG is located in Zurich, Switzerland and sells its products directly and through authorized distribution partners. Visit our website where you can find many case studies and white papers, » Read More

SMET – flowing screed EPD available for free on IGBC’s newly formed platform, EPD Ireland

Smet Building Products Ltd, true to its promise of ‘Bringing European Innovation’, leads the way once more, in the UK and Irish Dry-Mortar industry, with the recent publication of an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for their German-made Calcium Sulphate Flowing Screed materials made by CASEA GmbH. Produced by third-party verified EPD Publisher, IBU Germany, the LCA result comprises the manufacture of screed with calcium sulphate binding agents in Germany and can be used in particular for planning purposes prior to awarding contracts. The document is now available for free download on the IGBC’s newly formed platform EPD Ireland which allows manufacturers of construction products to provide 3rd party verified transparent information on the environmental » Read More

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