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

Extinction Rebellion

Somewhat to his own surprise, Chris found himself participating in one of the largest ‘acts of peaceful civil disobedience in the UK in decades’  – the blocking of several London bridges with around 6,000 other Extinction Rebellion protestors seeking to use nonviolent protest to force policymakers and government institutions to accept that climate change is both an existential crisis – and an extinction threat. Chris suggests that we each need to reflect deeply on our response to the existential threat we clearly face.  Getting involved in Extinction Rebellion could be a natural response.  Another focus for protest could be to pressure local councils to » Read More

Posted in AECB general news, Green Memes on December 18th, 2018

CarbonLite Retrofit Training: gearing up for 2019

Following the climate change talks in Katowice this month, the urgent need to cut carbon emissions is recognised more widely around the world than ever before. And the need to get low energy retrofit right in the UK ties in with this: the PAS2030 energy efficiency installation standard will soon be joined by its “design” sibling, PAS2035. The CarbonLite Retrofit (CLR) online course is one of a small number of courses in the UK providing training in the area of building physics and moisture robust retrofit. We’ll be announcing more as the PAS2035 itself reaches final form, including how those » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News, Carbonlite Retrofit on December 17th, 2018

Green Memes 1: AECB’s successful formula? Sufficiency + Efficiency = Sustainability

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 on fire,” read the front page headline of The Sun, hardly » Read More

Posted in Green Memes, Soapbox on December 14th, 2018

Green Memes Intro: the future of our industry, society and planet

The recent flurry of alarming reports on the precarious state of the global environment seems to have re-focused many in the green movement on the need for radical and meaningful action to protect the planet. First, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reported its finding that we have just 12 years to keep the world under 1.5C of global warming. Then the WWF’s Living Planet report concluded that global wildlife populations have decreased by 60% since the 1970s, threatening the ecological support systems that underpin human civilisation. But in this somewhat frightening context, what can those in the sustainable building » Read More

Posted in Green Memes, Soapbox on December 14th, 2018

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