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 as Power Stations). The AECB spent time with delegates and exhibitors, and caught up with a number of its members.

CEO of the AECB, Andy Simmonds, also attended the event, which he found both useful and informative. Throughout the day, he made several useful connections for the AECB, as as well as being able to speak to several product suppliers concerning various aspects of his own practice’s passivhaus projects.

Feedback is being collected from delegates and exhibitors and has been very positive so far with the following comments:    ‘good speakers’      ‘interesting topics’      ‘the speakers were very interesting’. We are very proud to say that the delegate feedback received so far has been given an average of 87%, with 100% satisfaction from those exhibiting.

The day started with delegates being invited to give a 60-second pitch about their business, providing each person with the opportunity to let everybody know who they were and why they were there. This was followed by presentations from speakers from Welsh Government, Community Housing Cymru and Arup, to name a few. Speaker presentations can be viewed by simply clicking on the presentation titles on the Eco Connect Wales web page:

When asked after the event about what people liked best, they said:

‘informative presentations’     ‘excellent presentations and discussions’      ‘liked the range of topics covered’      ‘the Eco Connect Meetings were really interesting’     ‘the networking opportunities’     ‘the range of suppliers; the quality of speaker content and presentations’      ‘networking opportunities and really good quality of attendees’

A few of our members exhibited at Eco Connect Wales, including IsoQuick, Ty Mawr Lime, Green Building Store and Safeguard Europe Ltd.


A full gallery of images will be uploaded to the Eco Connect Website over the next few days. Visit

Don’t miss the next Eco Connect event!

Would you like to be involved in the next Eco Connect event?  This will be our National Conference at the Institution of Engineering and Technology on 15th September.  This will examine how high quality homes can be delivered in volume without sacrificing the planet or profit.

View the full delegate brochure here.

AECB members receive a 10% discount – use code ‘aecbmember10’

20% discount for students and academics (use coupon ‘ecacademic20’). Academics / students must provide proof of their institution attendance / academic employment when they arrive at the event on the day.


There are still a few exhibitor spaces available, please ring James on 01785 711574 for more details.

The following AECB members will be exhibiting on the day – come and meet them!

Green Building Store
Magmatech ltd
Ecology Building Society
Mike Wye Associates
Thermal Economics
Wren Sustainable
PYC Group
Paul Heat Recovery – FreshR
Ecological Building Systems UK Ltd
Safeguard Europe Ltd


Diary Date: Eco Connect South East, Oxford, 22nd November 2017

Osmosis have confirmed that the following Eco Connect event will take place at The King’s Centre, Oxford on 22nd November 2017. Eco Connect South East will focus on how to improve the quality of domestic newbuild and retrofit in the Thames Valley and surrounding counties. It is delivered in partnership with the AECB and key local authorities in the region. Members wishing to exhibit should contact Osmosis welcome your thoughts and ideas – contact them on 01785 711 574.