Using sustainably sourced timber has always been something that English Oak Buildings take great pride in, and we strongly support the work of Grown In Britain. Working with timber, we naturally have a responsibility towards the environment, and as such only use green oak that helps preserve this country’s rich woodland and forestry industry.
We are also proud members of the Association of Environmentally Conscious Building, so thought we’d speak a bit more about what this fabulous initiative does for the country and the environment.
The AECB isn’t just for builders – it brings together everyone involved in the trade (from architects to designers; manufacturers to students; educators and even housing associations and local authorities) in order to share knowledge about the best practice regarding environmentally sustainable building.
The objective? To facilitate environmentally responsible practices within building. On their website they explain their specific aims are to:
- promote the use of products and materials which are safe, healthy and sustainable
- encourage members projects that respect, protect and enhance the environment
- make available comprehensive information and guidance about products, methods and projects
- support the interests and endeavours of members in achieving these aims
Originally founded in 1989 by Keith and Sally Hall as The Association of Environment Conscious Builders, it was a quarterly newsletter sent to members. A year later the name was changed to The Association for Environment Conscious Building to reflect more accurately the diverse membership. Fast forward to 2006 and the AECB was officially transferred to the new not for profit limited company, AECB Ltd, and 2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of the AECB.
We’re very proud to be involved, especially since their focus is on independence, relevance and practicality. It keeps us up to date with developments, is a fabulous platform for sharing knowledge, and is a great forum for networking with other environmentally aware craftsmen. If you’d like more information about the AECB, check their website.