Featured: ‘Re-energise’ 2018 Convention
This ‘escape to the country’ will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to reflect, reconnect and re-energise.
In the run-up to our 30th anniversary year in 2019 we are planning first an AECB Convention in 2018 and a larger Conference in 2019.
The AECB 2018 Convention on 14-15 September 2018 will provide an inspiring and relaxing setting to allow members and non-members to reinvigorate the core values associated with our Charter and to inspire members to help direct the way forward and encourage the next generation.
Taking place in a new Passivhaus Community Centre in the rural village of Garway, in Herefordshire close to the Welsh/English border, this ‘escape to the country’ will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to reflect, reconnect and re-energise. There’ll be talks and workshops by speakers including Dr Peter Rickaby on driving retrofit quality with Each Home Counts and PAS 2035, Nafeez Ahmed on coping and flourishing in challenging times, and Dr Steve Fawkes on awakening the sleeping giant of energy efficiency. There’ll be sessions on bats and roofing membranes, building in straw, fire and building post-Grenfell, and of course retrofit and Passivhaus experts sharing their technical and practical knowledge, as well as site visits to exemplary local projects – and an evening of music with food and a bar.
Join us for both days, or book for just one at a reduced rate.
We are really looking forward to this event and hope you will be a part of it.
Programme highlights include:
- Offering for debate by AECB members, a significantly reworked draft AECB Charter – a renewed call to action – based on the “Second Warning to Humanity” issued by the Alliance of World Scientists.
- Talk and tours by those involved in the development of the Garway Community Centre on ‘Resilience in the Community’.
- Briefing on the Bonfield Process and new retrofit standard.
- Technical and practical workshops looking at products, projects and ‘natural building’ skills.
- Workshop on toxicity, fire and materials
- Networking opportunities – a chance to meet new and existing contacts in an inspiring and informal setting
- Local site visits to local low energy and natural material buildings
- Fun social evening with relaxing breakout space, music, food and a bar! Music provided by Big Sky Quartet led by AECB member Chris Egan of Inti Electrical Solutions, Hereford.
Our main speaker, Nafeez Ahmed is according to Rob Hopkins, founder of the Transition Towns movement “One of the most illuminating voices in the British media”. Nafeez will talk on the ‘crisis of civilisation’ as the result of the interdependent issues of fossil fuels, geopolitics, climate change, resource depletion and social unrest, followed by an interactive workshop to explore the issues in groups and with Nafeez. Read a recent article by Nafeez – Only ‘collective intelligence’ can help us stave off an uninhabitable planet.
International speaker and direct descendant of Guy Fawkes, Dr Steven Fawkes works tirelessly to ‘awaken the sleeping giant of energy efficiency’ and will talk on recent significant international initiatives for invest in energy efficiency and moving capital away from unsustainable energy supply. This will be followed by the AECB’s own Tim Martel of OptimalRetrofit to explore retrofit scenario modelling.
Site visits will play an important part in the programme and include retrofit, self-build and Passivhaus standard houses. Places will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and you will be contacted for your choice of visit with confirmation of your registration.
Deep retrofit – Reform Cottage
Hosted by Gervase and Sonia Mangwana
Retrofit Barn Conversion
Hosted by Dai Rees
Saturday morning I
House 1: Silver Birches
Hosted by Sarah Browne
House 2: Garway Passivhaus Ty Pren
Hosted by Dave Atkinson
Saturday morning II
House 1: Hope View House
Hosted by Tracey Iwanczuk with Dean Benbow, Warren Benbow Architects
House 2: Fishleys Passivhaus
Hosted by: Mike and Liz Hill with Architype architects
This year we are unable to accommodate exhibition stands due to space restrictions, however, we have certain elements of the convention for which we are seeking sponsorship: This will provide a great opportunity to raise your profile throughout the event. For sponsorship enquiries please contact: James Allen | 07759 817829
Lunch & Refreshments – £2,500
We are looking for a sponsor for lunch and refreshments. In return we will provide the sponsor with space for a popup banner throughout the entire 2 days and a delegate place. The sponsor will be mentioned and thanked in the opening session, they will have the opportunity for a short speech and they will have branding as a sponsor on all the conference slides and marketing material.
Dinner & Refreshments – £2,500
We are looking for a sponsor for dinner and refreshments. In return we will provide the sponsor with space for a popup banner throughout the entire 2 days and a delegate place. The sponsor will be mentioned and thanked in the opening session, they will have an opportunity for a short speech and they will have branding as a sponsor on all the conference slides and marketing material.
Evening Music for the Friday Social gathering – £500
We are having a social evening on the Friday and plan to have a live band. The sponsor for this item will get a mention in the opening session, an opportunity for a short speech and relevant branding on the conference slides and all marketing literature.
Sponsor a student or young professional (under 35yrs?) – £250
We are looking for help to be able to provide free or assisted delegate places to students on the day. The younger generation is key to re-energising the sector and it would be great if we can have more students or young professionals to be able to attend the convention. Your contribution and sponsorship in this area would be greatly appreciated. In return you will be mentioned and thanked for your support in the opening session and you will receive branding as a sponsor on the conference slides and all marketing literature.
We hope that you will be able to contribute in some way and have exposure for your business through these sponsorship opportunities.
Location: Garway Community Centre
Garway is a village, centred around a large public common in the south west of Herefordshire (HR2 8RQ) close to Hereford, Monmouth and Ross on Wye.
The new Community Centre is a new, timber framed Passivhaus multi-purpose building. Convention activities will be based in the Centre, as well as using space in the adjacent School and barns adjacent to the site.
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Staying in Hereford
For delegates wishing to stay in Hereford we are looking into providing transfers to and from Hereford Station and Garway at specified times on both Friday and Saturday for a small charge and subject to enough delegates booking this option. Please contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to find out more.
Please use our dedicated forum area here to chat with delegates about lift sharing etc.
For convention enquiries please contact: Karen Purvis | 07792 296861