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Green Building Bible, Fourth Edition
Green Building Bible, fourth edition (both books)
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    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2017 edited
    "The AECB 2018 Convention on 14-15 September 2018 will provide an inspiring and relaxing setting to allow members and non-members to reinvigorate the core values associated with our Charter and to inspire members to help direct the way forward and encourage the next generation."

    Note that 'Convention' seems to have replaced 'Conference' for 2018 - 'Conference' will be back in 2019, it's hoped.

    About time. Since AECB was founded by our own Keith way back as well-earthed 'Builders', later broadened to 'Building', AECB has slowly become, in my book, just a one-trick devotee of Passive House, dominated by an elite of PH purists.

    Nothing at all wrong with Passive House, but it's not the only issue in Environment-Conscious Building. I've certainly experienced the cold-shoulder for wanting to talk broader and deeper, esp when that sugests that PH isn't the complete be-all, all that's necessary, 'PH research proved that 25yrs ago'.

    Maybe I'm detecting a new-broom in the above announcement, which isn't there. The bare details provided certainly look interesting. I hope so. Anyone got the inside story?
    • CommentAuthortony
    • CommentTimeDec 13th 2017
    Sounds good to me, I might even go having been a member in the past but in general object to people taking my money, happy to pay for a positive convention looking for reinvigoration.
    • CommentAuthorGBP-Keith
    • CommentTimeDec 14th 2017 edited
    Ha ha Tom you have a very good memory. It was near impossible to recruit builders to the cause back then in 1989 - the organisation survived it's fledgling first year thanks to the kind support of a good number of dedicated architects so it only seemed fair to make that minor change to the name.

    I hope I'm wrong but I doubt many of the current AECB organisers will have much idea of (or interest in) what the core values were so very long ago that inspired me to set the thing up in the first place. Times, the profession and politics have changed so much.

    However I'm very proud that it has survived until close to it's it's 30th year (though it makes me feel very old) and I take my hat off to those of you that have stuck it out for the distance.
    ''I hope I'm wrong but I doubt many of the current AECB organisers will have much idea of (or interest in) what the core values were so very long ago that inspired me to set the thing up...''

    I bet we would. How's your archiving, Keith?
    • CommentTimeDec 18th 2017
    • CommentAuthorretrofrit
    • CommentTimeDec 19th 2017
    Had a bit of a run in with the AECB over their last Conference, it was combined with an Eco Connect and PH events, thought it looked interesting as a punter and also potential exhibitor, was unimpressed by the clumsy site, surprised by the price, and shocked by the lack of ambition. They justified the price by saying how lavish the venue and catering was and two weeks before the event were pleased with ticket sales of 150 or so, the first event in Wales was a success with 50, doubt the exhibitors shared that view.

    Very impressed by the new approach.
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