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Arco 2 win at Cornwall Sustainability Awards.

Congratuations to AECB members, ARCO2 who were announced as the winner for the Best Contribution to the Built Environment: New Build at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards ceremony held in Newquay at the beginning of December. The project winner was ARCO2’s Director Ian Armstrong’s own self build – Velidhu.  The award category was for a project demonstrating the best of Cornish Sustainable buildings.  Velidhu is a self-build, highly efficient property with the highest Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating in Cornwall and generates more income than the cost of energy it uses.  The building is super insulated, the fabric is airtight, breathable and » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on January 5th, 2018

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Zero: How low can we go? Christmas Debate

AECB members qualify for reduced rate of £20.00 +VAT Join the Passivhaus Trust in the new year for a light-hearted Christmas debate. The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive requires all new buildings to be nearly zero-energy by the end of 2020. Nearly zero-energy buildings (NZEB) have very efficient energy performance, and it is encouraged that the low amount of energy required comes mostly from renewable sources. This event will debate whether NZEB is the right target, and what part the Passivhaus Standard has to play. For full details including the programme click here.

Posted in on January 25th, 2017

The Low Energy Buildings Database – showcase your projects here!

An opportunity to add your low energy building project to this growing database. Everyone likes good news so make sure you take advantage of this opportunity to boost your low energy credentials. Tell everyone how successful your low energy building project has been and how it’s keeping you or your client warm and snug, with low heating and power bills. The AECB holds information on over 200 low energy projects (new builds and retrofits) on the Low Energy Buildings Database (LEBD). It is an online resource at Anyone can view the database for free to learn about real projects and » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on January 17th, 2017

Nearly Zero Energy Buildings: Emperor’s Clothes or the Most Significant New Buildings Policy Ever?

Robert Cohen Shares his Views on the Definition of Nearly Zero Energy Buildings When the government abandoned its long-nurtured zero carbon buildings policy soon after the May 2015 election, the EPBD requirement[1] for all new buildings to be Nearly Zero Energy from the end of 2020 was the last remaining hope on the policy horizon for truly low energy standards to be mandated for non-residential new build. Even after the referendum vote for Brexit, I believe they will still be coming to the UK. But if they do, will this policy deliver the intended transformational outcomes? That will all depend » Read More

Posted in Soapbox on August 25th, 2016

HPW Architecture Share a Case Study Prior to Conference Debate

Gary Wilburn from HPW Architecture is running a debate session at the AECB Annual Conference in July – ‘Low Carbon in the Commercial World’.  He aims to demonstrate through live and recent project case studies how HPW Architecture are applying Low Carbon, Low Energy, highly insulated solutions to commercial and large scale projects. He looks forward to debating the subject with AECB members and discussing how we reach out to a wider and mainstream audience to adapt a fabric first approach. Case Study: Rushden Lakes Leisure, Tourism & Retail Development, Northamptonshire From the very first site visit, HPW Architecture have led the » Read More

Posted in AECB Member News on June 23rd, 2016

Herefordshire Pedalhaus Revisited – Low Energy Design, Architecture and Cycling

See feedback and pictures from this event here  Following on from the successful inaugural event last year, this is the second pedalhaus in Herefordshire. The idea is to look at a few projects, past and present in Herefordshire. The plan is to meet at 9:00 at Hereford Cathedral, from there we’ll ride to a Bauhaus-inspired passivhaus dwelling currently under construction in central Hereford. From there, we’ll cycle to a low-energy project that was completed a few years ago in Hereford. Think David Olivier was involved, and thermal mass played a big role in the overall energy balance approach. Drinks & » Read More

Posted in on October 3rd, 2015

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Pedalhaus: Le Tour de Huddersfield

Green Building Store organised an AECB Pedalhaus cycling tour of four of its Passivhaus and low energy retrofit projects on Sunday 21 June 2015, the day after the AECB conference. Approximately 18 people took part in the day, including AECB members Paul Testa and Nidhi Shah and a number of self-builders, local cyclists and environmental campaigners. The Tour was led by Chris Herring, Green Building Store Director and former AECB Chair. The cycle started at Denby Dale, Green Building Store’s first Passivhaus project, and ended at its most recent, the Golcar Passivhaus. In between the cyclists also visited the ongoing » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News on June 25th, 2015

East Lancashire Visit by Jonathan Reynolds MP and Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change

The East Lancashire offices of AECB Chair Peter Wilkinson received a visit on 26 January 2015 from Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Stalybridge and Hyde and Shadow Minister for the Department of Energy and Climate Change, along with County and District Councillor and Parliamentary Candidate for Pendle, Azhar Ali. Mr Reynolds asked about the work Peter’s businesses, Dales Contracts (building contractors), Dales Renewables and EcoDesign Architecture have been carrying out in the low energy building, refurbishment and renewables sectors. Mr Reynolds was interested in work the AECB has been involved with, particularly in the low energy and refurbishment sectors. Peter highlighted » Read More

Posted in AECB Latest News, AECB Member News on January 30th, 2015

IE Developments Limited, Herefordshire – Awarded Silver Certification from the AECB

IE Developments Limited, a Herefordshire based property development company, are very proud to have been awarded the Silver Certification from the AECB, the first development in the UK to receive this. St Katherine’s Field was built by IE Developments Limited, a Herefordshire company with 30 years experience in innovative building, and is designed to offer its occupants a 75-80% reduction in heating bills compared to standard homes. For full details please click here

Posted in AECB Latest News on July 4th, 2012

Soapbox: ‘Hard science can convince the hardest noses – just show them the figures’

This month’s soapbox sounds a positive note for spring! While hard-nosed commercial developers may rightly be sceptical of investing in greenwash, Gary Wilburn, Creative Director at HPW Architecture, has found that even uninterested developers can be persuaded to adopt a low energy approach – if you show them you are using hard science, and show them the figures. To view the latest soapbox click here To view previous soapbox articles, go to ‘News’ in the main menu, then click on ‘Soapbox’ in the sub-menu, or follow this link .

Posted in AECB Latest News on March 31st, 2012

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