Passivhaus Affiliate

AECB Conference

Date: 11 - 12 July 2014 Time: 11.00 - 17.00
Location: Wills Hall at the University of Bristol, Parrys Lane, Stoke Bishop, Bristol BS9 1AE Cost: AECB members £230 + VAT, non AECB members £270 + VAT

Booking for onsite accommodation has now closed. Details of local B&B can be found here.

Bristol is the most liveable city in the UK says the dynamic mayor and AECB member, George Ferguson who will open the conference:

‘having steered Bristol to the title of European Green Capital for 2015, George Ferguson says that the city is now doing a lot to make itself worthy of the title, such as setting up an energy company. “We are turning into a solar city and becoming what I describe as a child- friendly city,” (Guardian interview 11/13)

This year, low energy retrofit takes a huge step forward as AECB’s Andy Simmonds launches our new Carbonlite retrofit web based course. The usual high quality technical workshops and short presentations discuss the principles, science and details that make low energy retrofit work, we revisit our oldest building material and ask what does sustainability really mean when we build in timber. Plus: tours of Ashley Vale Community Self Build and the big Friday evening panel tackles ‘environmental understanding’. 

Full programme available here.

The conference will start at 11.00 on Friday 11 July with registration from 10.00. It will finish at 17.00 on Saturday 12 July.

Technical workshops and presentations will include:

  • Jon Broome: How to do really good buildings in wood
  • Bill Butcher & Mark Elton: Large and small retrofits using timber
  • Alan Clarke: Heating low energy buildings.
  • Tomas Gartner and David Gale: Building biology: a new UK Network?
  • Cath Hassell: Briefing for designers – the floods.
  • Jonathan Hines: Architype’s 30 years of radical timber construction.
  • Aubrey Mayer of the Global Commons Institute: The latest UN climate change report and global justice
  • Harry Paticas: Monitoring moisture in historic building – a retrofit to AECB Silver Standard.
  • Bernard Plantrose: Planting trees to make more buildings.
  • Kate de Selincourt: Does natural ventilation work?
  • Andy Simmonds: Launch of the AECB Retrofit Carbonlite programme
  • Kate Watson of Bristol Green Doors: Exemplar retrofits – what role can open homes events play?
  • Mike Whitfield and Fran Bradshaw: 2 new and different timber frame buildings to Passivhaus.

A lively evening panel ‘Promoting environmental understanding in building’ will take place prior to the dinner and social evening. Panellists include: Paola Sassi, Oxford Brooks University ; Lucy Pedlar, Green Register; Kerry Mashford, National Energy Foundation (TBC) and Chris Herring, AECB and Passivhaus Trust

As if all the above was not enough, site visits will be arranged to the inspirational Ashley Vale self build – ‘beautiful high quality homes built for an affordable price and, most importantly, with community built in… this is the way it should be done!’ commented a recent visitor.
Places on the tour to Ashley vale are now sold out but we are operating a waiting list so please tick the box on the booking form if you would like to be added to this in case space become available.

Following an overwhelming positive vote last year, this year’s conference will be open to non-members, so bring your friends and colleagues.
 All queries should be directed to

Conference Booking Information

Online registration has now closed. If you wish to attend the conference please contact Karen Purvis 01993 831859 | 07792 296861 or email to determine availability.
AECB Members
Two day conference delegates £230 + VAT @ 20% = £276
Day delegate £145.00 + VAT @ 20% = £174


AECB non-members*
Two day conference delegates £270 + VAT @ 20% = £324
Day delegate £200.00 + VAT @ 20% = £240

*AECB Non member rate includes an annual individual membership to the AECB. If you wish to join as a student or on a corporate/institutional basis please contact our membership office for details.

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