Hosted at the School of Natural Building at Tod College in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, the conference will focus on exploring the context and opportunities for building responsibly - in an age of profound uncertainty and increasing instability.

As with all AECB events, knowledge transfer will be at the forefront with thought-provoking talks and case studies from fantastic speakers, AECB experts and selected suppliers together with hands-on technical workshops, an exhibition area and plenty of time for questions and discussion.


Headline Speakers

Charlie Luxton, Charlie Luxton Design

Talk: Thoughts on low-energy buildings, embodied energy and the circular economy

Prof Robert J. Lowe, UCL Energy Institute

Talk: Energy, economy and life: scarcity, substitution and the energy system transition

Prof Steven M Newman, Biodiversity International Ltd

Talk: Food forests and new forest villages: a peaceful path to real reform

Dr Lai Fong Chiu, UCL Energy Institute

Talk: The impacts of the pandemic and energy crisis responses on health and energy systems

Toby Cambray, Greengauge

Workshop: Deep home retrofit

Barbara Jones, School of Natural Building

Workshop: Pre-fab straw panels - a game-changer, plus not forgetting the traditional small bale approach.

Dr Huda Elsherif

Workshop: Climate resilient buildings in the Global South


Tim Martel, AECB Expert Advisor and AECB standards and certification program

Workshop: Discussing the AECB Level 1 Retrofit Standard

Sarah Price, QODA Consulting

Workshop: Discussing the AECB Level 2 Retrofit Standard


The conference will take place at TOD College in Todmorden, West Yorkshire OL14 7BX.

Hosted by the School of Natural Building (SNaB), the venue will allow delegates to explore hands-on approaches to building with natural materials.  The School raises awareness about the benefits of using natural materials in the built environment and offers educational and training services for anyone interested in natural building.


Accommodation is quite limited in Todmorden, so early booking is advised: rooms and self-catered premises in the town are available on and Airbnb. Additional self-catering, Hotels and B&Bs are available at nearby Hebden Bridge, including the IOU Hebden Bridge Hostel.

Trains run regularly between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden with a journey time of 6-7 minutes

The AECB is very grateful for the kind support of our sponsors




Green Building Store






Conference enquiries: Karen Purvis: Email

Exhibition and sponsorship enquiries: Jeff Colley Email

Registration Information

Book your place

(Remember to log in to your account first as this is for members only)

Early Booking Deadline: 1 September 2023

Please include any special dietary or access requirements when completing the online registration form.

Confirmation of your booking and all relevant information will be sent to you prior to the event.

Your registration fee includes:

  • Access to all talks, workshops and tours
  • Refreshments and lunch as scheduled in the conference programme
  • Dinner on Friday 29 September at the conference venue



AECB members

Early booking (early booking on or before 1 September)

£225 + VAT @ 20% = £270

Late booking (after 1 September)

£275 + VAT @ 20% = £330

Day delegate

£180 + VAT @ 20% = £206

Discounts available for organisations sending three or more delegates - please email [email protected] for details



AECB non-members

The AECB conference is for members only.

If you wish to join as a student or on a corporate/institutional basis please contact our membership office for details.



Please direct any booking queries to:

Karen Purvis
AECB Conference Secretary
Tel:  07792 296861
Email: [email protected]


Cancellations: Substitutions can be made at any time but please advise the conference secretary ([email protected]) of any change in name. If you find it necessary to cancel your booking please notify the conference secretary immediately in writing. Provided written notice is received the following cancellation terms will apply: Cancellations prior to 1 September 2023: full refund less 10% administration fee. Cancellations between 1 September 2023 and 15 September 2023: 50% refund. Cancellations after 15 September 2023: full fee is payable.