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Full programme now available for our Re-energise Convention

Be inspired, informed and participate in our Convention in Herefordshire 14th-15th September The AECB’s Re-energise Convention on 14-15 September 2018 will bring together members and non-members for an inspiring programme with fascinating world-class speakers, workshops and a host of site visits, and where we will also focus on and explore the core values underpinning our renewed strategy, 5 year Plan and Membership Charter. Taking place in a beautiful new, Big Lottery funded Passivhaus Community Centre in the rural village of Garway in Herefordshire, the Convention provides the ideal opportunity to network and engage with other AECB members, speakers and home-builders » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 20th, 2018

FREE taster lessons available from our CarbonLite retrofit course!

Free course content available for immediate viewing You can book onto this online course at any time and work through the reading and quizzes at a pace that works for you. It’s easy to access free course content, just click the link below. Click here for free course content   CarbonLite retrofit course webinar tutorials AECB members can now attend these tutorials at a cost of £25.00 plus VAT. Please click here for more information on these webinars.    

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 15th, 2018

Human race just 0.01% of all life but has a disproportionate impact on life on Earth

New ground-breaking assessment published of all life on the planet A new study ‘The biomass distribution on Earth’ reports that despite the human race being just 0.01% of all life on the planet it is utterly dominant in the grand scheme of Earth. According to the report, Humankind represents just 0.01% of all living things and yet since the dawn of civilisation, has caused the loss of 83% of all wild mammals and half of plants whilst livestock kept by humans is abundant. Read a report about the study in the Guardian here. Read ‘The biomass distribution on Earth’ here.

Posted in General News on June 13th, 2018

Divest Parliament training available

Encourage your MP to divest the Parliamentary Pension Fund from fossil fuels Over the last 18 months, thousands of people have got active with the Divest Parliament campaign – asking their MPs to divest the Parliamentary Pension Fund from fossil fuels. So far, 160 MPs, including leaders of the Labour Party, the SNP in Westminster, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party have signed up. It is pressure from constituents that gets MPs to act so the Divest Parliament team have devised a training session to empower constituents to engage effectively with their MP to get action. Sign up to host » Read More

Posted in General News on June 6th, 2018

World Scientists’ ‘Warning to Humanity’ – A Second Notice

New report is one of the most talked about papers globally since Altmetric records began It has been 25 years since the first ‘Scientists’ warning to humanity’ was published and second notice is continuing to gain momentum.  Read more.

Posted in General News on June 4th, 2018

Bees and pollinators: A Commonwealth concern

A report to the Commonwealth Heads of Government and Civil Society Chogm Malta 2015 Today is World Bee Day so an ideal time to read this report here.

Posted in General News on May 20th, 2018

Welcome to our new members!

See who has recently joined us;   Partel, Galway, Ireland Peter Marsh says: “We are a High Performance Building supplies company, established in the UK, Ireland, and recently North America. We have a background in Engineering, Architecture and Building physics. We offer a wide range of high performance exterior/interior sealing tapes and membranes, aimed specifically at the low energy building sector. Partel have found that there is a growing demand for higher quality next generation building products, and believe that the focus will continue to move towards natural and sustainable product. We also offer customised technical sales and provide support » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 18th, 2018

“Mind the gap” in low energy retrofit

Dr Tina Holt presents at Energy in Your Community event Community Energy England and Carbon Coop joined forces recently to deliver a day of workshops and presentations from industry experts and practitioners in energy efficiency and domestic retrofit.  You can read all about the event here. Dr Tina Holt from the AECB who co-ordinates our CarbonLite retrofit course presented “Mind the gap” in low energy retrofit and you can view her presentation by clicking here. Tina’s is the top Powerpoint titled BhamApril2018. For more information about our CarbonLite retrofit course and to download free content click here.

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 18th, 2018

Green mortgages – Ecology Building Society have their say.

Last month saw Barclays announce plans to launch a green mortgage where buyers of new-build energy efficient homes can access lower interest rates.  The product will be open to anyone purchasing a new build home with an Energy Performance Certification (EPC) rating of A or B but it must have been developed by one of five large housebuilders – Barratt Homes, Berkeley Group, Crest Nicholson, Countryside Properties and Redrow. Green mortgages, however, are nothing new to long standing AECB members, The Ecology Building Society who have offered discounted mortgage rates for both low energy new builds and retrofits  for over » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on May 17th, 2018

Bethnal Green Memorial picks up two awards at the RIBA London Awards 2018

Congratulations to AECB member, Harry Paticas of Arboreal Architecture who was awarded two RIBA London awards for his Bethnal Green Memorial. This part sculpture and part architecture was designed to commemorate the worst civilian disaster of World War II when 173 men, women and children were crushed to death as they rushed to gain shelter during a suspected air raid to the tube station which was, at the time, in use as an air raid shelter. Sixty-three years after the event, Harry Paticas noticed a discrete plaque on the tube staircase acknowledging the deaths and after researching the event, decided a » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on May 17th, 2018

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