Green Memes 3 : Construction and the web of life – building connectedness

Global ecosystems are in crisis, and by many measures biodiversity is collapsing. For those seeking to build a more sustainable building sector, two obvious questions spring to mind: what role has the construction industry played in the crisis, and what can it do to help fix it? Read the article

Posted in Green Memes on May 28th, 2019

New research posts in Oxford Brookes University

  We are pleased to announce two new full-time research posts based in the OISD Low Carbon Building Research (LCBR) Group at the School of Architecture in Oxford Brookes University (Oxford, UK). The LCBR Group at Oxford Brookes University has a strong international reputation in the field of carbon mapping (RIBA award-winning DECoRuM model), building performance evaluation and smart local energy systems.  The Research posts are part of the EPSRC funded Energy Revolutions Research Consortium (EnergyRev) and Innovate UK funded Local Energy Oxfordshire (LEO) projects. With a grant funding of £8 million, EnergyRev project is designed to evaluate smart local energy systems, undertaking analysis and evaluation, building and driving best practice and, leading » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on May 9th, 2019

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

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