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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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Roundfield Landscape Architects influence new Passivhaus homes for Bristol.

Work is nearing completion in keeping with the city’s ambition as European Green Capital. Work is nearing completion on three developments of new build timber frame council homes for Bristol City Council in the Henbury and Brentry area. In keeping with the City’s ambitions as European Green Capital, the housing has all been designed to Passivhaus standards by Emmett Russell Architects. Working with the limited space available for soft landscape on these urban infill sites, AECB members,  Roundfield have made a strong feature of sustainable urban drainage systems which positively influence the landscape character. Water features have been designed to direct roof and paving » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 18th, 2017

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Green Building Store win RISE award for vision and sustainablity.

Award for Lower Royd radical ‘whole house’ retrofit project. Congratulations go to AECB member, Green Building Store for winning the ‘Vision & Sustainability’ Award at Leeds Beckett University’s  R.I.S.E. (RESEARCH | INNOVATION | SUSTAINABILITY | ENTERPRISE “Celebrating Research and Development”) 2017 Awards.  The award was collected on Thursday 14 September 2017 by Green Building Store product technical specialists Abi Anderson and Emma Platt. The award was for Green Building Store’s Lower Royd radical ‘whole house’ retrofit project.  The Lower Royd project has involved the radical refurbishment of a Yorkshire farmhouse and barn using innovative internal wall insulation (IWI) techniques. The » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 4th, 2017

Beattie Passive Flying Factory formally opened at Graven Hill, Bicester.

Factory employs local labour and uses local supply chains. Beattie Passive and Graven Hill Development Company are proud to announce the formal opening of the Beattie Passive Flying Factory at Graven Hill by Mr Richard Bacon, MP, Right to Build Task Force Ambassador. Officially opened on Monday September 18th 2017, the Flying Factory, located on the Custom Build Site, will be building Passivhaus standard housing, with offsite manufacture and employing a local labour force. Beattie Passive’s Flying Factory at Graven Hill, Bicester has started manufacturing the first open market terraces on the Custom Build site for the Graven Hill Development » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on October 3rd, 2017

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Above and beyond energy-efficiency – UK Passivhaus Conference, 24th October.

AECB members eligible for partner rate ticket. Join the Passivhaus Trust on the 24th October in London at the UK Passivhaus Conference to hear an exciting line up of speakers discussing energy-efficient building solutions to meeting zero carbon targets, and the impact of health & wellbeing. Book now! Comfortable living and working conditions are crucial for happiness health & wellbeing. Since we spend almost 90% of our time indoors, buildings have an important part to play, but how do we measure wellness, and what part do sustainable materials play? The Conference will explore the health benefits of low-energy buildings, the impact » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on October 3rd, 2017

Soapbox: Andy Simmond’s thoughts ahead of Friday’s National Conference

On the eve of the AECB National Conference, which takes place this Friday at the headquarters of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place, it seems appropriate to reflect on some of the major issues the conference will be addressing. On the eve of the AECB National Conference, which takes place this Friday at the headquarters of the Institute of Engineering and Technology in Savoy Place, it seems appropriate to reflect on some of the major issues the conference will be addressing. Brexit may be dominating the news headlines at the moment, but the recent Hurricanes to hit » Read More

Posted in Soapbox on September 13th, 2017

Natural Fibre Insulation CPDs: special rate for AECB Members

Natural insulation products and systems are beginning to move from the margins of UK construction into more widespread use. But what are the benefits? The ASBP has developed an introductory CPD containing 2 hours of core curriculum content to provide architects and specifiers with knowledge of the wide range of products and systems available on the market. You will gain an understanding of designing with natural fibre insulation, health, safety and sustainability aspects and how natural fibre insulation can greatly enhance the performance of buildings. Attendees should leave the event with a greater ability to successfully design and specify natural » Read More

Posted in General News on September 12th, 2017

Learn to navigate the construction industry with Carbon Co-op’s Retrofit training

Planning energy efficiency works? Learn to navigate the construction industry BOOK NOW Routes to Retrofit Oct 2017 AECB Member, Carbon co-op are offering training which aims to support homeowners who want to retrofit navigate their way through the construction industry. The course, taught by experienced industry professionals, supports you to navigate the construction industry, make the most out of your budget, learn to be a discerning customer and how to be a good client. For more information on the programme, take a look at Carbon Co-op’s website here.

Posted in General News on September 7th, 2017

Welcome to our new members!

Find out more about some of our new members below:  White Haus Bespoke Timber Frame, Cambridgeshire Adam White says: “White Haus Bespoke Timber Frame is not like any other bespoke timber frame manufacturer you’re ever likely to come across. We’re different. We’re a fresh, vibrant, family run business and we pride ourselves on our customer centric attitude and traditional family values. Having been in the industry since 2004, and having seen so many developments in the off-site building industry, building energy, building performance and sustainability and are always at the forefront of our minds. Each of our individually tailored timber homes » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on September 7th, 2017

‘Hedge Home’ is finalist in The Sunday Times British Homes Award 2017.

Waparchitects are shortlisted for award which will be judged by public vote. Congratulations to AECB members, waparchitects who are finalists in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2017  competition.  This called for ‘homes worthy of our green and pleasant land’ and to celebrate the ‘town-country ideal’ in a new garden city. Bryan Parkin from waparchitects said: “Our concept design ‘Hedge Home’ continues our ideas of integrating landscape design with zero carbon homes.  It addresses the difficult issue of achieving the garden city ideal when the need is for large houses on relatively small plots, by wrapping the homes in planted living » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on September 7th, 2017

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