Andrew Warren reflects on the EU’s challenge to the UK’s capacity market

Andrew Warren reflects on the EU’s challenge to the UK’s capacity market and asks if this really is all about the ‘procedural matters’ Ministers have claimed  BUSINESS GREEN Shortly before last Christmas, a decision from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) brought to a crashing halt the UK government’s flagship capacity market scheme. This caused howls of anguish from those who are in business to sell electricity, who have been the almost exclusive beneficiaries of the £5.6bn paid out by the UK government through the scheme over the past four years.  The decision followed a case brought to the European » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on March 13th, 2019

Grenfell Tower – Review of Building Regulations and Standards

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently published the following: Open consultation:  Technical review of Approved Document B of the building regulations: a call for evidence – this consultation now closes on 15 March 2019 – call for evidence seeking views on the future technical guidance contained within Approved Document B (fire safety). Guidance:  Aluminium composite material cladding – information and advice for building owners, landlords and leaseholders where aluminium composite cladding is present on their building.  Added Building Safety Programme: monthly data release – February 2019 Research and analysis:  Building Safety Programme: monthly data release – February » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on March 13th, 2019

Architecture and City as a Home – Call for papers: Architectural Research Symposium in Finland

We are glad to announce the Call for Papers for the 11th Annual Symposium of Architectural Research in Finland to be held from 3–4 October 2019 at Tampere, Finland.  Researchers, students and practitioners, with diverse backgrounds, are kindly invited to join the event and submit papers related to this year’s theme: Architecture and City as a Home. Participation without a presentation or a paper submission is also possible. Languages of the symposium are English, Finnish, and Swedish.  Paper deadline is after the conference (30th Nov) (5000 – 8000 words). The submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by selected reviewers in a double-blind process. Manuscripts » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on March 13th, 2019

State of the nation – Online survey on studies and datasets on housing performance

As part of a state of a state of the nation study on housing performance, we are carrying out mapping of studies and datasets concerned with the performance of homes.  An online survey has been set up to identify the studies and datasets on housing performance are available in the UK. We are interested in studies concerned with housing performance that include data on actual energy use, thermal performance, building fabric performance, environmental performance and feedback from occupants. Online survey   Survey Format The survey is divided into two sections. The first section is short and should only take a few minutes to complete. » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on March 13th, 2019


                From Energy Efficiency         →               Passivhaus             →                 Now the E-Haus First it was a good idea to become energy efficient – cutting fuel bills and energy consumption. We are now at the stage where the principles of the Passivhaus are being more generally adopted as the implications of Global Warming and the effects of a rise in temperature of 1.5 degrees register with those in authority. Fabric performance, renewable energy systems and energy » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on March 13th, 2019

Green Memes 2 : Can we build our way out of climate crisis?

Just exactly how much, and how quickly, can we reduce carbon emissions from heating England’s new and existing homes – and can we justify the embodied carbon emissions of the materials and products used? The AECB takes a deep dive into the figures using their simple PHPP-based building stock modeling tool as Andrew Simmonds and Lenny Antonelli chart the group’s recent work with Tim Martel and Green Party energy policy advisor Tony Firkins. Policymakers expect the building industry and home owners to make deep cuts in their energy use to dramatically lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions because perhaps, at least » Read More

Posted in Green Memes, Soapbox on March 1st, 2019

Beattie Passive on the Flying Factory expansion

Beattie Passive is excited to announce the expansion of its Flying Factories with five key partners across the UK including Scotland and Wales already engaged in setting up their own factories to deliver homes using the Beattie Passive system and there are more to follow in 2019. The Beattie Passive Flying Factories deliver Passivhaus standard housing with off-site manufacture and rapid onsite assembly. Through in-depth training, our partners are delivering homes that are built to the high standards of Passivhaus providing comfortable, low maintenance properties with reduced heating costs of up to 90%. Our Flying Factory Partners benefit from being » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on February 25th, 2019

greenTEG’s gO-Measurement System (gOMS).

          AECB Member greenTEG would like to share with you three additional cases studies involving greenTEG’s gO-Measurement System (gOMS).   One was written by John Gilbert Architects in Scotland which used the gOMS to perform pre-retrofit U-value measurements to inform their retrofit design process View here   The other is a case study on how the gOMS can be used to optimise insulation retrofits in historic buildings in order to preserve valuable indoor living space. This was written and translated internally by greenTEG View here   The third is an innovative, novel application of using the » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on February 22nd, 2019

Oxford Local group – December visit to Mac Eye Projects Pasivhaus

If you are interested in joining in with your local group then please visit our local groups page In December 2018 our group was invited by Andy Mackay (Mac Eye Projects) to visit a Passivhaus project that he was coming close to completing. We were fortunate in having the owner (Mick Woolley) present for our visit, so between Andy and Mick, we were giving an extensive and explanatory tour of this site near Stratford upon Avon. The only shame was that only three members of our group were able to visit. The photographs show Andy explaining the construction details to » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Latest News on January 17th, 2019

Putting the radical into retrofit

Green Building Store staff share their experiences of the AECB CarbonLite Retrofit course Four Green Building Store staff are currently at different stages of the CarbonLite Retrofit course and finding that it is helping feeding into their work at the company. Bill Butcher, Director of Green Building Store, also teaches  the construction seminar on the CarbonLite Retrofit course.   Technical support for windows Luke Gilman and Emma Platt, Managers from the Windows Department, have been undertaking the course to help give them technical background when discussing window installation and detailing in retrofit projects, as part of its free product technical » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, AECB Latest News, General News on January 15th, 2019

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