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The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products | June 2016 Newsletter

The Alliance for Sustainable Building Products

March 2017 Newsletter

Dear David,

We're redoubling out efforts to work with our European and US colleagues. We're commencing an Interreg project with French partners, we'll be attending the natureplus general assembly in May in Germany and we have an article from our colleagues in Michigan.

We'll be exhibiting and speaking at Materials 2017 on 25-26th April at the ILEC Centre, Earls Court. We hope to see you there. We're collecting quotes from happy occupants on biophilia; please drop Simon a note.
Gary Newman, Executive Chair

Featured News

VOC testing in environmental assessment methods

VOC testing in environmental assessment methods

An article by Alice Delia in USA, Laboratory Director at Prism Analytical Technologies, Inc. comparing VOC and formaldehyde limits in the WELL, BREEAM amd LEED certification standards. Read more

Featured Project

Walters Way, London

Walters Way, London

Low energy retrofit of one of Walter Segal's iconic self-build homes in Honor Oak, London. Natural fibre materials were utilised throughout the building fabric to reduce energy levels to near Passivhaus standards. Read more

Product of the Month

Our Product of the Month is Inno-Therm®/Metisse®
Our Product of the Month is Inno-Therm®/Metisse®

An insulation product that speaks to the circular economy, with additional social value, with good thermal and acoustic properties, combined with the ease of use and pleasure in handling, all combine to make this the ASBP Product of the Month for March 2017.
Most of us have a favourite pair of old jeans that are just so comfortable, they’re like a second skin. But there comes a time, when even these have to go. A social enterprise in Sheffield is working with another social enterprise in France, Le Relais to convert clothing comfort into thermal and acoustic comfort. The team collect unwanted garments, with the old jeans separated, shredded, the studs and zips recycled and the fabric pulled apart and turned into insulation. 3 pairs of jeans are enough to produce an insulation bat (0.6m X 1.2m X 100mm thick).
Read the full article


Natural Fibre Insulation Group update

The NFIG met at Ecobuild 2017 to discuss actions for the rest of the year. We've published a briefing paper on the 'Health and wellbeing benefits of natural fibre insulation products and systems' and will be publishing further briefing notes and case studies which will be available on our website in due course.

Reusable Buildings Network update

The RUBN are hosting a workshop on the 'Typology of construction components for reuse' on the 4th April, 10:00 - 15:00 at the ASBP offices in Islington, London.
If you're interested in getting involved, contact

Embodied Carbon: Developing a Client Brief 

UK-GBC has recently launched a guide which aims to help clients take the first steps in to embodied carbon landscape and commission their first embodied carbon assessment. You can watch a recent seminar which discusses their work here.
ASBP abstract for SEEDS Conference 2017 accepted

ASBP abstract for SEEDS Conference 2017 accepted

We are pleased that Simon's abstract submission, 'Products, People, Planet - Reducing exposure to VOCs' has been accepted. You can read the abstract in full here.
Updated guidelines for ventilation, thermal comfort and IAQ in schools to be published

Updated guidelines for ventilation, thermal comfort and IAQ in schools to be published

The Educational Funding Agency is launching the updated BB101 which is due to be published 5/6th May. All new schools are constructed to this standard. A press briefing will be hosted Royal Academy of Engineering organised by Shaun Fitzgerald of Breathing Buildings and Cambridge University and we aim to be there. We are liaising with EFA on some events and in the meantime the draft is attached. 
Updated guidelines for ventilation, thermal comfort and IAQ in schools to be published

Do you live or work in a building constructed with natural materials?

We're looking for quotes from occupants on the effects on natural materials and biophilic design on their health and wellbeing. If you've got a story to share, please contact
Invitation to support the APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings

Invitation to support the APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings

The APPG for Healthy Homes and Buildings provides a unique forum to shine a light on the need for our homes and buildings to be healthy and to engage with MPs and Peers. Find out more at their website or contact Gill Morris at


Materials 2017
Materials 2017

Date: 25-26 April   Location: Earls Court   Cost: Free

Simon Corbey will be speaking about 'Healthy Products, People, Planet' in seminar area 2 from 15.30 - 16:00 on 25th April.
Show highlights include:
April 25th
Cross-Laminated Timber Modular Housing - 12:20 - 12:40
Timber with Andrew Waugh, Waugh Thistleton - 12:40 - 13:00
Timber Panel Debate, 14:00 - 14:20
April 26th
Bio-Based Materials with Tom Woolley, Rachel Bevan Architects - 14:40 - 15:00
Smart Materials Panel Debate - 15:00 - 15:20
Low carbon materials for a healthier world - 16:00 - 16:20
The chicken or the egg? Materials and Technology - 16:20 - 16:40
Read the full programme here.

We'll also be exhibiting throughout the show. Read more
Insulating and achieving airtightness with CLT

Date: 11 May   Location: London   Cost: £100
10% discount for ASBP members
Sustainable building products supplier and ASBP member, Ecological Building Systems, will bring together experts from across Europe to hold the UK’s first ever masterclass in Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) design. Read more
STBA and SPAB 2017 Conference
STBA and SPAB 2017 Conference

Date: 13 June   Location: London   Cost: £100 +VAT
20% discount for ASBP members
Simon Corbey, Ian Mawditt, Peter Rickaby, Jo Lugg, Caroline Rye and many more will be speaking at this conference which discusses sustainability in traditional buildings. We've secured a 20% discount for ASBP members. We're particularly looking forward to Caroline's update 'Solid walls: Moisture open or closed insulation- the SPAB evidence' of which further information is provided in article for Heritage Retrofit magazine.
Read more
International SEEDS Conference 2017
International SEEDS Conference 2017

Date: 13-14 Sept  Location: Leeds   Cost: from £155
The International SEEDS Conference brings together experts from around the world focusing on the changes that are taking place and the benefits or consequences that are being predicted and measured regarding the built environment’s impacts. Read more


Our Members
We now have over 50 members of the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products!

Thank you to all of our members and partner organisations for continuing to support our activities. We'd like to give a warm welcome to our new member Celtic Sustainables Ltd.
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