Better the dEUvil you know in Europe? Floating farm powered by the sunESOS - valuable tool or just a paper-pushing exercise? Kinetic pavements spreadNew Mayor of London promises and more...
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Issue 437
Wednesday 11 May 2016
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Volunteer Project Officer (Energy Envoys)
We are looking for someone to fill an exciting volunteer post supporting the promotion and roll-out of our Energy Envoys volunteering opportunity. Energy Envoys is offered to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants to complete the Bronze, Silver or Gold volunteering section of their Award. The person who takes on the role will:
  • Build relationships with schools and centres.
  • Raise awareness of the scheme using social media and blogs.
  • Develop opportunities for professionals in the energy efficiency and built environment sectors to mentor Energy Envoys during their volunteering.
National Energy Foundation Chief Executive shortlisted for national CBI award
Congratulations to our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, who has been shortlisted as a finalist in the national 2016 First Women Awards. The awards, which recognise outstanding senior level business women and professionals in their fields, are backed by the CBI.

Better the dEUvil you know in Europe?
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, looks at the forthcoming EU Referendum from an energy efficiency perspective.

Getting ready for HECA
Our Dale Hoyland considers the next round of Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) reporting, the deadline for which is 31 March 2017. He looks at how the National Energy Foundation can help councils report on their actions from their last reports, set out their energy-saving ambitions and targets, and outline the key actions and partnerships needed to deliver them.

edie Live, 17-18 May. NEC, Birmingham
edie Live (formerly Sustainability Live) is the UK's leading sustainability, energy and resource efficiency exhibition for business end users. Learn how to sell your ideas to your employees and your boardroom. See the latest tech solutions in live demonstrations and find partners to collaborate with to future-proof your business. Get the broadest yet most detailed view on the ‘here and now’ operational practicalities in the seminar theatres, as well as look into the future of a more sustainable business world in the strategic edie Leaders conference. You’ll find it all in just two days at edie Live.
On day one in the Energy Efficiency Theatre, our Ian Byrne will be speaking: Visions for the future – planning, priorities and staying ahead of the energy curve at a session entitled 'Energy Efficiency – present and future’.

Energiesprong UK commended to Government
Energiesprong UK is commended by the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum to the UK Government for its work to bring real transformation to the retrofit market. The WSBF report: Warmer & Greener: A Guide to the Future of Domestic Energy Efficiency Policy (see pages 53-56) recommends funding support of £1 million per year to Energiesprong as an avenue to developing and scaling the UK energy efficiency industry. The report advocates raising Energiesprong’s profile with the Government and encourages collaboration, stating: "The Government should engage with Energiesprong UK to reduce barriers to its development and provide some initial, small-scale funding to the project."

Warm Home Discount consultation response
The National Energy Foundation submits a response to the Government's consultation on the Warm Home Discount, on behalf of the partners in the Affordable Warmth Network it administers.

edie Energy Management Forum presentation
For anyone who couldn’t make it to the recent edie Energy Management Forum in Birmingham on 20 April, the presentation on the many business benefits of improving the use of energy - given by our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna - is available on our website.

The Retrofit Academy Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
The Retrofit Academy is the leading provider of training for businesses involved in the sustainable refurbishment of buildings, and provides Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses on the following subjects in London, Manchester and Milton Keynes:
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit.
  • Building Services Retrofit.
  • Business Case for Retrofit.
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit.
  • Retrofit Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation.
  • Retrofit Building Physics.
  • Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.
  • Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit.
The Retrofit Academy has secured government funding to cover the cost for local authorities (100% of course fees) and supply chain/SMEs (66% of course fees) but the funding is ONLY available for the Milton Keynes course and to organisations based in the following areas, on a first-come, first served basis: Aylesbury Vale, Bucks County, Cherwell, Chiltern, Cotswold, London Borough of Ealing, Milton Keynes, South Bucks District, South Oxfordshire, Three Rivers, Vale of White Horse, Watford Borough, West Berkshire, West Oxfordshire and Wycombe.
Plan to scrap Zero Carbon Homes standard defeated
The Government is defeated by a vote in the House of Lords on its zero carbon homes amendment, which could result in a return for the ZCH standard.

Electricity inquiry in NI
The Northern Ireland Affairs Committee begins an inquiry into the electricity sector, which faces a number of challenges in the coming years. Against a backdrop of various factors, the inquiry will look at: security of supply; implementation of the EU Emissions Directive; the cost of electricity; and the impact of cost on both domestic and business consumers.
Closing date for submissions: Wed 1 June.

ESOS - valuable tool or just a paper-pushing exercise?
A look at the UK’s recent flagship energy efficiency scheme. Has it worked? Will it make a difference? Is it a burden or an opportunity? What lies ahead for business?

Thousands of businesses face enforcement over ESOS
3,000 of the 10,000 ESOS-qualifying organisations are unaccounted for as the final deadline date comes and goes.

Latest EPC statistics
DECC releases the statistics on Energy Performance Certificates for the first quarter of 2016. Over 426,000 EPCs across all property types were registered, making a total of nearly 15.5 million issued since 2008.
Capacity Market might secure supply but at a cost to households
The Government’s extension of the Capacity Market could mean an extra £38 on household energy bills in 2018 because of the payments to keep some old power stations operational through the winter of 2017-18.
Is this home the UK’s most energy-efficient retrofit?
The owners of a detached 1950s SuperHome in Derby, which has been retrofitted to achieve the EnerPHit standard, now enjoy gas bills of just £20 per month.
Hybrid solar panels developed at Brunel
Scientists at Brunel University develop hybrid solar panels that pre-heat domestic hot water while also generating electricity.

Round-the-clock renewable energy roofs
A renewable energy roof that operates round-the-clock and provides both heating and hot water while reducing both energy bills and fuel poverty is proving popular in social housing sector.

Powervault launches
Powervault goes to market with its new home energy storage system with the aim of selling 50,000 units by 2020.

Residential battery storage market hots up
Another energy storage battery system – this time from a well-known car brand - enters the domestic market.

Kinetic pavements spread
Bird Street, which is just off London's Oxford Street, is to be the location for the next trial of kinetic pavements, to harness green energy from movement.
High street bank looking for SME big ideas
The Royal Bank of Scotland launches Innovation Gateway to find SMEs with ideas for employee engagement and cutting energy consumption.

ICP Europe Investor Network
An investor network to connect real estate developers with investors in search of energy efficiency projects.

BPE confirms ‘performance gap’
A look at the results from the Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation programme, and why new homes rarely perform as well as expected.

Property firms use data to cut energy costs
Software that analyses services data is helping to slash the energy bills of the UK’s leading property companies by 10-30%.

Energy use in public sector offices analysed through DECs
The influence of internal and external characteristics on energy use in public sector office stock in England and Wales is explored using a database of 2,600 Display Energy Certificates combined with other sources of disaggregated information.

Subsidised renewable energy for UK businesses
Wind energy giant, DONG Energy, offers subsidised renewable electricity to UK businesses in an attempt to encourage uptake of renewables.

SMEs feel Government ought to introduce grants for energy efficiency
In a British Chamber of Commerce survey of 2,100 businesses (mostly SMEs), 36% believe that the Government should provide incentives by way of grants for energy efficiency installations.

Improving heat networks through ‘big data’
Using big data from 30 UK residential heat networks to challenge the industry’s ‘business as usual’ approach, and to optimise heat network performance.

New Mayor of London promises
The new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan’s promises on making London a low-carbon beacon and improving energy efficiency.

M&S Energy Fund
For the second year, Marks and Spencer Energy is making £350,000 available for community energy projects and technologies across the UK. The deadline for applications is Tuesday 31 March.

Supermarket expands scheme to produce energy from food waste
After a successful trial, supermarket chain, Sainsbury’s, is to build more combined heat and power generators that are fuelled by a ‘green gas’ made from waste food, to reduce landfill and keep energy costs down.

Bristol cooperative powers ahead with solar
A community energy generator in Bristol raises £3.95 million to develop its portfolio of solar power projects and become UK's largest energy cooperative.

Bond issue raises finance for community solar farm
A Chesterfield Community Energy bond offer raises £2.85 million for investment in an 11.6-hectare solar farm in Derbyshire.

Floating farm powered by the sun
A triple-decker Smart Floating Farm, which is powered by PV, could help meet the rising demand for food as the global population is predicted to reach 9.1 billion by 2050.

Luxury car brand rolls out energy efficiency
An energy efficiency roll-out at Rolls Royce focuses on LED lighting and rooftop PV, and includes the installation of solar panels at one of its largest UK factories.

Quarter century prototype passivhaus continues to perform
After 25 years, the UK’s first prototype passivhaus building is still functioning exactly as it did on its first day.

Delivering on the UK’s biggest passivhaus project
How teamwork between the contractor, engineer and architect delivered a winning scheme for the UK's largest passivhaus project – the University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine.

Singing the praises of Passivhaus in Sheffield
The UK’s first super low-energy Passivhaus church gets planning permission in Sheffield.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Heat Networks: From cash to commissioning - Practical steps for project delivery. Manchester. Thu 26 May
The Association for Decentralised Energy’s annual District Heating Conference and Marketplace provides the opportunity for the industry to network, exhibit and learn about the latest best practice in the district heating sector.

ESTA 3rd Annual Energy Conferences and Exhibitions
Energy Services and Technology Association events:
  • Manchester. Wed 15 June.
  • London. Tue 21 June.
  • Birmingham. Thu 23 June.
PassivHaus Trust Local Authority Debate. London. Thu 23 June
The aim of this PassivHaus Trust afternoon is to find out:
  • What local authorities have tried to do and why.
  • How they’ve succeeded in getting to this point.
  • If there are any barriers stopping them adopting Passivhaus.
  • What the PassivHaus Trust can do to help remove some of the barriers.
Following this meeting, the PassivHaus Trust will form one or more Working Groups to discuss and research the findings of the meeting.

New approaches to funding and delivering energy-efficiency in homes. Watford. Tue 5 July
This one-day Retrofit4Change conference, aimed at housing associations, large private estate owners, architects and contractors, examines alternative funding for projects and explores how refurbishment projects can be made more efficient and cost-effective through improved management of the supply chain and the use of innovation.

Delivering Energy Efficient Homes. London. Wed 6 July
Westminster Briefing on the latest policy developments and a discussion on good practice in delivering energy-efficient homes. The session will also look at how stakeholders can work together to deliver, and the differing challenges faced with new and existing housing.

Zero Carbon Buildings Annual Conference. Birmingham. Thu 8 – Fri 9 Sep
Zero carbon building projects are becoming less of an exception and more of a norm. This international conference and exhibition provides a forum for exchange of knowledge, and for establishing collaboration networks and partnerships in this rapidly developing field.
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