Home buyers seeking sustainable luxury and energy income in a sought-after part of England have a rare opportunity with a newly launched passive house scheme in St Albans.
Patrick Harvie MSP, the Scottish government’s minister for zero carbon buildings, active travel and tenants' rights, was a keynote speaker at the UK Passivhaus Conference in Edinburgh on 17 October, and shared his vision for energy efficient and low carbon buildings in Scotland.
Delegates at the 2023 AECB Conference
heard a wide range of speakers
covering everything from guerrilla edible
planting to peak oil to detailed discussions
on whole life carbon calculation.
Three leading sustainable building organisations have expressed disappointment with the government’s proposed Future Homes Standard, which went to consultation in December, along with proposals for non-domestic buildings.
The AECB 2023 Conference will focus
on providing solutions required for
building in an age of climate chaos and biodiversity
A pioneering co-housing scheme, a cube-shaped self build, a cork and polyester- insulated retrofit to a 1970s house, a glulam timber school, and a curved college building were the winners at the 2023 UK Passivhaus Awards.
The United Nations is pushing for a rapid drive to make the world’s buildings sustainable
– aided by an international coalition centred in the Wexford town of Enniscorthy.
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Scotland’s minister for zero carbon
buildings is proposing to make the passive
house standard, or a new Scottish equivalent,
the minimum energy efficiency standard for
new build homes from the end of 2024.
Over the past two years Passive
House Plus editor Jeff Colley has
been moonlighting as co-host of Zero
Ambitions, a weekly podcast that wrestles
with the challenge of how to deliver the
scale and ambition of decarbonisation
and sustainability in buildings required
to avoid a hellish future.
The World Green Building Council
(WorldGBC) has launched a set
of principles aimed at guiding national
governments to develop effective building
policies and programmes to accelerate a
The potential of the passive house standard to change the world isn’t restricted to tackling climate change – it’s about social justice too.
Changes include embodied carbon, zero emission buildings and minimum energy standards
The Passivhaus Trust has published a
new technical paper on thermal bypass
– the phenomenon where air movement
across, within and behind insulation
increases heat loss, causes discomfort and
enables mould growth.
This year’s UK Passivhaus Conference
was held in Exeter, reflecting Exeter City
Council’s record for developing buildings to
the passive house standard over the last decade.
The first in-person event of the Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) since Covid, the 2022 AECB Conference, focussed on practical solutions to decarbonising buildings.
Organisations tackling the UK cost of living crisis and providing a new generation with the skills for green jobs have been recognised in this year’s international Ashden Awards.
The Association for Environment Conscious Building (AECB) has introduced a new retrofit standard catering for hard-to-treat homes and cases where homeowners want to take urgent action on climate change but are not currently able to commit to a deep retrofit.
Decarbonising buildings is “probably the most important issue” in the UK’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the UK’s independent authority on climate change.
Do thicker insulated walls, triple glazed windows, & MVHR ventilation systems tip the scales unfavourably for passive house when it comes to embodied carbon?
As Russia weaponises gas exports, the European Commission has proposed a gas demand reduction plan, to cut use in Europe by 15 per cent until next spring.
The world’s first passive house hospital has been certified by the Passive House Institute – showing that the standard can be applied to even to the most demanding building types.
The AECB conference 2022 will focus on practical solutions to decarbonising buildings, with a particular emphasis on timber-based approaches with the potential to deliver low energy, healthy buildings at scale while minimising the use of precious resources and impact on the environment.