In Memory of Neil May, MBE

NEIL MAY   Neil cared deeply about people, places and buildings.  Through his energy, enthusiasm and intellectual rigour he made profound changes to our understanding of buildings as systems.  It is easy in the construction industry to maintain a narrow focus on technical matters, from energy efficiency to the role of moisture in buildings.  But Neil went far beyond this, caring deeply about people and what it is to be truly human.  His understanding of sustainability was both fully grounded in technical understanding of his subject, but ultimately and much more importantly, it was also grounded in what he took » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on November 22nd, 2018

Facing up to the challenge at the AECB 2018 Convention

This year’s AECB convention took place in the beautiful surrounds of the Herefordshire countryside, with delegates from all over the country gathering at the UK’s first Passivhaus Village Hall. One delegate, Lois Hurst, sums it up well: Although I’ve been a member for some 3 years, it was my first AECB event, and really enjoyable (and that’s without acknowledging the excellent food!) – quite different to some of the stuffier conferences I’ve attended in my earlier career. I met so many interesting, passionate and genuine people; I really sensed a different purpose amongst the AECB delegates to the highly commercially » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on November 2nd, 2018

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Effective plans for our future

Tim Martel argues for policies we need to see from the government for a convincing response to climate change After this summer, 72% of British adults are now ‘very’ or ‘fairly’ concerned about the impacts of climate change. Is the UK on track to a sustainable future with its actions? Only in the power sector. All other sectors have remained about the same. The past 10 years have been full of suggestions of small changes people could do, but unfortunately few take them up. What if the UK got serious about progress? We’re up against major polluters that spend 10 » Read More

Posted in Soapbox on October 19th, 2018

Welcome to our new members!

Welcome to our new members - Native Ecology, Mac Eye Projects, A D Practice and Paper House Project, as well as many supporting individuals.

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 19th, 2018

Passivhaus Contractor Training now available as part of AECB CarbonLite

A new 2-day course tailored to all contractors and builders involved or interested in low-energy building at any level has been added to the AECB CarbonLite training programme. The course centres on core Passivhaus (fabric-first) building techniques that are suitable for every level of new build and renovation project, and includes both theoretical & practical sessions. In addition, there are optional revision & exam sessions available for those wanting to become qualified as a Certified Passivhaus Tradesperson, which is one of the highest international quality marks available to demonstrate competence in the field of low-energy construction. The first date scheduled for this new training opportunity » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on September 21st, 2018

AECB’s successful formula? Sufficiency + Efficiency = Sustainability

  Come and discuss these issues with us at #AECB2018   One of 2018’s most striking viral images was a side-by-side of two heat maps comparing this summer’s heatwave with that of the famously scorching British summer of 1976. On the 1976 map, Britain stands out as a red-hot island against continents coloured in cool shades of blue. Outside the UK, most of the planet experienced a cooler than average summer that year. On this year’s map, however, Britain is just one blob of red among continents ranging in tone from yellow and orange through to deep crimson. “The world’s » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on September 11th, 2018

Summer offer – save 25% on the full CarbonLite Retrofit course!

This summer we are offering a 25% discount on the cost of the full AECB CarbonLite Retrofit training. The normal price of the course is £410+VAT so we are offering you the full course for only £307.50 + VAT. Register before 18 September 2018 to take advantage of this offer – just enter coupon code SUMMERCLR25 at checkout to receive the discount. Read full course details AECB members – book now Please note you need to be a member of the AECB in order to book the course – membership fees start at £54.00 for a supporting individual. Read about » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 17th, 2018

Welcome to our new members!

See who has recently joined us:   GB-Sol Limited David Sully says: “Established in 1999, GB-Sol grew out of 30 years’ experience of Energy, Environmental and Testing Services (established in 1980 in association with Cardiff University) and is now a privately owned independent UK company operating out of its Treforest Industrial Estate factory near Cardiff. GB Sol specialises in the design and manufacture of bespoke engineering and architectural Solar PV panels and mounting systems including the award winning R.I.S (Roof Integrated System) and the innovative PV Slate. All of our panels are manufactured in our UK ISO9001 certified factory ensuring that they are » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 14th, 2018

Vision - delegates at AECB Conference 2017

The AECB launches new vision

The AECB has launched a new vision for the future of the organisation, encompassing values, mission and purpose, and including a bold five-year strategy to 2022. Read a summary here, and look out for an in-depth article, coming soon, on the background and context for the new vision. This year’s convention will offer the opportunity for members to discuss and give us feedback on this new departure for the AECB in a workshop session on day one, to inform its further development. Join us to help shape the future of the AECB! Our Call to Action The AECB recognises that the » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on August 6th, 2018

Funding from Welsh government creates another CarbonLite retrofit graduate!

Congratulations to our latest CarbonLite retrofit course graduates who have now received their certificates and are invited to add their details to our ‘CLR Graduates page’. Andy Polkey from Wales is one of our latest graduates and he explains how he was able to benefit from completing the course with full funding from the Welsh government. Andy had been a Nature Reserve Warden for 20 years and took voluntary redundancy in October 2016.  He now works part time as a gardener and environmental consultant but as this is seasonal, he wanted other work to run alongside this. Being passionate about » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 12th, 2018

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