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AECB AGM November 22, Oxford.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR ALL AECB MEMBERS. The AECB’s AGM is being held on 22 November at 13:15 -14:00 The King’s Centre, Oxford. There will also be the opportunity to participate online.  All AECB members will be sent a webinar link nearer the time if they wish to join in. The AGM will take place in connection with EcoConnect Southeast, which members can register for without cost. AECB members are invited to attend. The  Annual Report and accounts for the period can be found in our Library here. AGENDA Annual General Meeting of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (Ltd) (AECB) 1. » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on November 6th, 2017

AECB National Conference

Last month the AECB were in London for the 2017 National Conference at the headquarters of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place. Almost 200 delegates and exhibitors were treated to exceptional early-autumn views of the Thames and central London and a day of exciting talks reflecting on some of the major issues of the day, particularly the current housing crisis facing UK. The theme was “Raising the Quality and Quantity of Housing”. AECB CEO Andy Simmonds opened discussions by considering the current environmental situation to highlight the inescapable links between housing and climate. With ever increasing populations, » Read More

Posted in AECB general news on November 1st, 2017

CarbonLite Passivhaus training – join the November course in London.

Passivhaus designer/consultant course London, starts on 6th November. Learn about the fundamentals, science, building services and construction methods needed to achieve Passivhaus. Also, learn how to use the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) with a revision session to prepare you for the exam. For more information, please click here. Learn how to use the PHPP, 22nd and 23rd Nov. This practical hands-on course will provide energy consultants, technical building designers and architects with the skills necessary to design low energy / CO2 buildings to AECB standards using the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP). Delegates will need to bring a laptop with mouse, » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 27th, 2017

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Congratulations to our latest CarbonLite retrofit graduates!

Three more AECB members successfully complete our course. Congratulations to Anna Lewis, Mischa Hewitt and Elaine Butterworth who recently received their certificates.  They are now eligible to be featured on our website in our dedicated ‘Graduates of AECB CarbonLite retrofit training’ area here. They will also have the certification logo displayed on their listing in our Member Directory. Anna Lewis is an AECB member from North Wales .  She joined the course with a view to retrofitting her own home and is currently involved in building a Passivhaus new build with her husband who is a Passivhaus consultant.  Anna was » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 27th, 2017

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Carrowbreck Meadow wins national awards!

Awards include RIBA National Design Award, RTPI Award for Excellence in Planning to Deliver Housing and the Housing Design Award (HDA) DEFRA Award for Rural Housing. Carrowbreck Meadow is a development of 14 detached and semi-detached homes, the largest Passivhaus development in Greater Norwich. This innovative development has been designed and delivered by certified passivhaus architects at Hamson Barron Smith (HBS) for Broadland Growth Ltd (BGL), (a partnership between Broadland District Council and NPS Group). The client objective for this project was to deliver a mixed tenure scheme which provides affordable housing for the local community which exceeds planning requirements » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 25th, 2017

Deep retrofit at scale case study report released.

URBED and Carbon Co-op join forces to support homeowners wishing to retrofit. “Working together, AECB members URBED and Carbon Co-op have pioneered a way of supporting homeowners to invest in retrofitting their homes. Authored by construction industry journalist and AECB member, Kate De Selincourt ‘Powering Down Together’, reports on the retrofit of 12 owner-occupied solid-walled homes typical of Manchester’s housing stock. By upgrading the fabric of homes and adding PV panels, cuts of 40-60% or more were made in both energy consumption and emissions and £1,000/year in bills, at a level of capital spending that homeowners were willing and able » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 19th, 2017

Pension power! Will you join Green Building Store?

How to ensure your employee pension aligns with your values. AECB member Green Building Store is teaming up with ShareAction and Client Earth to tackle the investments made by its employee pension fund as a way of helping the transition towards a low carbon economy. As pensions are invested in the companies that make up the major indexes such as the FTSE 100, much of it will be invested in carbon intensive industries. As well as objecting to this on ethical grounds, it’s also becoming increasingly clear that this also creates a huge financial risk, and puts our pension savings » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 19th, 2017

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A community green deal?

Jonathan Atkinson reports on the positive results of a deep retrofit programme that might inform future government energy efficiency policy. At the 2015 AECB Conference in Sheffield, Jonathan Atkinson of Carbon Co-op and Marianne Heaslip of URBED reported on interim findings from our deep retrofit programme, Community Green Deal. A couple of years later we have collected sufficient data to make some conclusions and outline key learning from the programme. The project set out to achieve high quality, deep retrofit, at scale and at a relatively affordable price. It was funded by DECC and the Greater Manchester Authority with the » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on October 19th, 2017

Welcome to our new members!

Find out more about some of our new members below:   Milestone Design Ltd, West Yorkshire Julian Richards says: “Milestone Design Ltd is a family business set up in 1991 to supply and fit replacement unit doors for refurbishing of kitchens, something we have never lost touch with and still carry out today.  These days, we are involved in complete kitchens, bedrooms & bathrooms, kitchen refurbishment, hardwood flooring, lighting, tiling and much more. Most of our development work these days is in forwarding the concept of eco friendly kitchens, something we started back in 2005 and now takes up most » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 19th, 2017

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Building Regulations!

Tom Jarman considers the strengths and limitations of Building Regulations. Tom Jarman considers what Building Regulations are actually there to do, why they are unlikely to meet client expectations and most importantly why they are not a substitute for client responsibility. And although this won’t be a surprise for the great majority of the AECB community, it does seem to be the case that many client groups regard them as what to do, rather than a baseline. We need to do all we can to continue to highlight this, and argue for cultural change in client groups so the demand » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, Soapbox on October 18th, 2017

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