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AECB launches new quarterly digital publication ‘Setting the Standard: A movement for change’ Issue No.1 Summer 2022

June 23 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Download Issue No. 1 Summer 2022 hereAECB Setting the

In his CEO Welcome, Andy Simmonds writes:

AECB’s membership has grown by 20% over the past 10 months and we are gaining traction with self-builders, individual practitioners plus large-scale design, architecture and multi-service consultancies who share our commitment to accelerate the UK’s journey to net zero.

Our growing community brings together diverse voices, interests, skills and campaigners who shape the consensus that AECB is indeed ‘A movement for change’. This is what we aim to articulate in ‘AECB Setting the Standard’ our new FREE quarterly publication for members and the wider community to enjoy, contribute to and use to capture key issues and campaigns in our evolving sector.

Performance standards are important 
The theme of ‘Setting the Standard’ is that to be effective, environmental policy must deploy performance standards. Clear and specific criteria are particularly crucial in the construction sectors, as is quality control. AECB is in accord with the approach being taken by San Francisco based veteran energy analyst Hal Harvey, CEO at Energy Innovation: Policy and Technology LLC when he says: “When you design performance standards, there are a few characteristics that make them work really well. The first, which I emphasize again and again, is continuous improvement. Don’t set a quantitative target, set a rate of improvement.”

Continuous improvement underlies AECB’s early three-step energy performance standards – originally Bronze, Silver and Gold. These have now evolved to two-steps: AECB Building Standard and Passivhaus. Both are voluntary standards that have been enthusiastically adopted by AECB members and non-members across the UK. They are supported by the AECB CarbonLite™ Training Programme with access to Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) modelling software and self-certification via our Low Energy Buildings platform. AECB and its members remain firmly ‘ahead of the curve’.

The AECB Retrofit Standard published in March 2021 is supported by comprehensive online training in effective and moisture-robust retrofit. My article on page 44 explains how the AECB is currently reviewing and extending the AECB Retrofit Standard to allow ‘lighter’ insulation and airtightness measures when installing a heat pump. We will formally launch the revised standard at the AECB conference in the Autumn – dates to be confirmed. We aim to make it available to AECB members for comment ahead of the conference for feedback. You can get a flavour of our thinking on this from my industry engagement webinar presentation for Insulate Britain! https://youtu.be/H4i3L   LYjJvc

We are proactively building AECB’s influence
As CEO I can report on activity across a range of our workstreams. We are:

  • Carrying out R&D into extending the AECB Retrofit Standard into a ‘Light Fabric + Heat Pump’ option.
  • Working with the Scottish Government on exploring its retrofit standard development
  • Sitting on the BSI retrofit assessment working group.
  • Researching decarbonised materials of the future and publishing a new commissioned report ‘Building Construction and Materials Post-Fossil Fuel’ by David Olivier, Principal Energy Advisory Associates.
  • Developing the AECB Low Energy Buildings Database with the support of Everything is User Experience (EIUX) and Jeff Colley, Editor and Publisher of Passive House Plus magazine. This has been supported by generous funding from the MCS Foundation, the Ecology Building Society and Tinytag Data Loggers.
  • Continuing the development and roll-out of the unique lifetime carbon accounting tool, PHribbon.
  • Running the new AECB CarbonLite™ Retrofit Coordination Course (CLRrc)​ designed to upskill industry professionals with the understanding and capabilities to support projects under the PAS 2035 process.
  • Updating the original CarbonLite™ Retrofit Foundation course set up in 2016.
  • Consolidating our collaboration with Built Environment-Smarter Transformation (BE-ST- formerly Construction Scotland Innovation Centre) with the launching the AECB CarbonLite™ Retrofit Foundation (CLRf) course in Scotland and writing two bespoke short courses.
  • Planning a hands-on themed AECB conference with educational partners the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMiTE) for the autumn, in the Centre for Advanced Timber Technology in Hereford.

Download Issue No. 1 Summer 2022 here  We welcome all feedback, suggestions for content and we especially want to hear from members and non-members who would like to contribute editorial in future issues contactus@aecb.net


June 23
8:00 am - 5:00 pm