Energiesprong UK Market Developer vacanciesCMA sets out energy market changesRHI proposed changesECCC reports on home energy efficiency'Boilers on prescription' programme reduces GP visits and more...
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Issue 433
Wednesday 16 March 2016
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SuperHomes low-carbon and low-energy
Our research finds that low-carbon SuperHomes are also low-energy homes, with the most efficient in the survey using 86% less energy than the average UK home. Using a sample from the 205-SuperHome network and the 2012 National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED) sample, our researchers were able to make comparisons between an average SuperHome and the average UK home with the same number of occupants or of the same size.

Energiesprong UK Market Developer vacancies
The National Energy Foundation is looking to recruit two Market Developers (Industry and Housing) to work in the Market Development Team of the innovative and exciting Energiesprong UK programme. The main role attached to these posts is to develop and drive solutions for UK industry and housing providers to invest in the design, development and implementation of whole-house, net zero energy retrofits.

Our staff took an active part in Ecobuild again this year. Adam Tilford (Senior Energy Specialist) was one of the speakers presenting in a session chaired by Rob Pannell, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, on closing the loop on building performance in new homes. He presented: Developing a robust process to close the performance gap at Whitehill & Bordon. Also, Arno Schmickler presented at a seminar on Energiesprong in the UK: Desirable, warm, affordable homes for life: The business case and potential for an Energiesprong approach in the UK. This session also included a number of other speakers on Energiesprong and was chaired by our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford.

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’.

The Retrofit Academy Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. Tue 3 May. London
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. Tue 10 May. London
  • The Business Case for Retrofit. Tue 17 May. London
  • Retrofit Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation. Thu 26 May. London
  • Building Services Retrofit. Wed 1 June. London
CMA sets out energy market changes
The Competition and Markets Authority publishes its long-awaited proposals, which include reforming the energy market to encourage increased competition and measures to help customers get better deals. Coverage on the Guardian and BBC News websites.

CMA proposals attract junk mail criticism
The CMA proposals for reforms to the energy market prompt fears of a 'junk mail deluge' and increased spam.

OVO slates CMA proposals
OVO Energy wades in and slates the CMA proposals saying: “The last two years have been a complete waste of time and taxpayers' money."

Commission recommends policy way forward
The National Infrastructure Commission publishes its ‘Smart power’ report, which recommends on future Government policy, with a particular focus on interconnection, storage and demand flexibility.

Investors spooked
Since last May’s general election, the Government’s sudden and unexpected changes to the UK’s energy policy have spooked investors and left them wondering what’s next, claims the Chair of the Parliamentary Climate Change Committee.

Possible higher bills because of policy u-turns
According to an Energy and Climate Change Committee report, changes in Government energy policy and subsidies for coal, gas and nuclear have chased off investors and might have added £120 a year to household bills.

Boost for three Scottish projects using heat pumps
Three innovative heating projects in Scotland are awarded £1.75 million to use water source heat pump technology to extract heat from water to supply low-carbon heat efficiently.

Re:fit Cymru
A Welsh Government scheme that supports public sector bodies in Wales to secure guaranteed savings and reduce carbon impacts by accessing energy performance contracts.

Emissions target to become law
Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom, tells Parliament that the zero-carbon emissions target set at last December’s Paris talks will be enshrined in UK law.

DECC staff
DECC publishes its latest organogram, which provides an overview of the department’s top-level structure and its senior team leaders.

The importance of demand side response to energy supply
Using demand side response with intensive energy users such as steelworks and factories is key to the UK’s ability to avoid power blackouts.

RHI changes to hit solar thermal
The solar industry reacts to DECC’s proposals to remove support for solar thermal via the Renewal Heat Incentive scheme from 2017.

RHI on the way out for solar thermal?
Three reasons why Renewable Heat Incentive payments for future solar thermal systems look set to be scrapped.

RHI review
What changes has DECC made to the Renewable Heat Incentive and what further changes is it proposing?

Case studies demonstrate value of ESOS
A series of impressive energy and carbon-saving case studies from the recent UK-GBC ESOS showcase event.

DECs are worth it
The case for Display Energy Certificates is clear so why is the Government consultation taking so long?

Analysis of heat pumps
DECC publishes detailed analysis of the performance data from 700 heat pumps installed through the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.
RHI proposed changes
The Government launches consultation on its proposed reforms of both the domestic and non-domestic Renewable Heat Incentive schemes. Closing date: Wednesday 27 April.

Electricity capacity market
Building on its consultation in October 2015, DECC consults further on reforms to the electricity capacity market. The consultation covers proposed changes on topics such as new-build assurance, termination fees, avoiding cumulation of state aid, eligibility for transitional arrangements, prequalification timings and reviewing the capacity market rules. It also covers proposals to introduce a supplementary capacity auction in 2016 for the delivery year 2017/2018. Closing date: 1 April.

ECCC investigates renewable energy targets
The Energy and Climate Change Committee explores the challenges/solutions of meeting the UK’s 2020 15% renewable energy heat and transport targets. Closing date: Monday 18 April.
ECCC reports on home energy efficiency
The Energy and Climate Change Committee publishes its report on its inquiry into home energy efficiency and demand reduction. It concludes that the Government must do more to reduce household energy bills by improving efficiency of new and existing homes, and the committee Chair declares that investing in warmer and more energy-efficient homes is a 'win-win' proposal.

Encouraging domestic energy efficiency
A Policy Exchange briefing suggests that charging less stamp duty would be one way to encourage improvements in domestic energy efficiency.

Impact of fuel poverty on young parents and families
A report from the children's charity, the National Children’s Bureau, reveals the real impact of fuel poverty on young parents and families, and the need for better advice.

Tax exemptions for property energy efficiency improvements
The UK policy gap in the implementation of energy efficiency measures for both domestic and commercial consumers means that tax exemptions for energy efficiency improvements to property are back on the agenda.

UK domestic energy customers paying over the odds
Failure by the ‘Big Six’ energy companies to pass on reductions in wholesale energy prices mean that  UK households are paying £1.7 billion a year more on gas and electricity than they should be.

Buyers’ appetite for green homes on the up
A recent survey finds that the UK market demand for sustainable homes has been massively underestimated.

'Boilers on prescription' programme reduces GP visits
A scheme in the North-East that prescribes replacement boilers and other energy efficiency measures for those suffering ill health due to living in cold or damp houses reduces visits to GPs by 60%.

Alerted to best deals
How households can use 'alerts' to keep them up-to-date with the best energy deals.

Solar tracking systems
What you need to know about solar tracking systems, advice from a DIY-er who installed one at his home, and whether they're worth it.

Cleaning your solar panels
Is it necessary to clean your solar panels? How should you do it, and with what? How often does it need to be done? What are the safety considerations?
Summit House, London
An example of a partnership project undertaken by Low Carbon Workplace, which converts old buildings into modern energy-efficient offices.

LED proves commercially popular
A look at LED - one of the commercial sector's favourite energy-saving and cost-cutting retrofit measures.

Biggest LED retrofit ever
A US bank orders the biggest single LED retrofit in history involving 1.6 million lamps across 5,000 branches.
£26m boost for new solar technologies
The EU awards £26 million to a specialist centre in South Wales to research new and innovative technologies that enable buildings to generate, store and release their own solar energy.

Paint-on energy efficiency
US scientists develop a DIY paint-on coating to improve the energy efficiency of windows.
npower to lose a fifth of its workforce
2,400 jobs are to go at ‘Big Six’ energy company, npower, after losing customers, providing bad customer service and announcing poor financial results.

BPE reveals buildings not meeting expected energy and low-carbon performance
Innovate UK publishes its reports and recommendations arising from the Building Performance Evaluation programme - an £8 million competition to evaluate and assess the post-construction and in-use performance of both domestic and non-domestic buildings.

Will we ever be able to close the Performance Gap?
VoxPop thoughts from six industry specialists.

'SAP Untangled'
Zero Carbon Hub publishes a guide to the Government’s Standard Assessment Procedure for estimating energy and carbon performance of new dwellings.

Can storage help reduce electricity cost?
A Carbon Trust/Imperial College London report looks at whether energy storage and other flexible options could help reduce the cost of a future UK electricity system.

IIGCC calls on EU to strengthen focus on building energy use
The International Investors Group on Climate Change calls for the EU to set a binding goal to bring the entire European buildings sector to a nearly-zero energy standard by 2050, and for Energy Performance Certificates to be in a dynamic electronic format and become the foundation of an electronic building passport.

Concern over labelling of online white goods
A three-year survey across 11 EU countries raises concern over the trustworthiness of energy labelling of electrical goods that have been bought online.

Professional customers don’t trust efficiency claims
A Carbon Trust survey finds that professional customers don’t trust manufacturers’ efficiency claims, and almost 50% had not heard of the Energy Technology List.

Guide to benefitting from DSR
National Grid publishes a guide for large commercial and industrial energy users on how to profit from Demand Side Response, and contribute to a cleaner, safer and more affordable energy system for the future.

What chance ‘smart energy efficiency’ in private rented housing?
With the UK’s private rented housing market continuing to grow in size, what are the chances of success for smart devices and energy efficiency in the sector?

Wind power for bird charity
A new wind turbine at the RSPB headquarters is to generate the equivalent of half the electricity the charity uses across its 127 sites.

Subsidy-free wind energy
Britain's first subsidy-free wind farm is planned for Cornwall and will provide enough electricity for 22,000 homes.

CHP and DM potential
DECC reports on the potential for high-efficiency combined heat and power and district heating and cooling in the UK up to 2030.

Passive House for Bristol
Bristol is to get 100 new Passive House council houses over the next three years.

UK’s most sustainable large building?
Conforming to Passive House standards, the new Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia is possibly the most sustainable large building ever constructed in Britain.

No more domestic energy bills?
A demonstrator ‘zero bills home’ at BRE in Watford could make domestic energy bills 'obsolete'.

Restaurant chain targets energy savings
Nando’s restaurant chain plans to improve its energy efficiency through a three-point plan involving efficiency technology, green innovation and staff engagement, and also considers food waste-powered restaurants.

Banking on energy savings
A new cooling system installed at the Bank of England saves £150,000 per year on energy costs.

University abandons biomass scheme
The University of East Anglia attracts criticism after abandoning an ambitious £10.5 million biomass scheme and converting it to gas.

EV manufacturer utilises battery storage
In the first of a worldwide roll-out, Nissan powers its French office with the world's largest electric vehicle battery storage system.

Better office design for better energy
Redefining office design standards in order to improve energy performance.

Australia’s leaky homes cause unnecessary deaths
Australia has a similar problem to the UK with poor energy efficiency in its existing housing stock, and a high number of excess winter deaths as a result.

NZ leading where UK should follow?
A development of new homes in New Zealand are pre-wired for solar power, battery storage and electric car charging.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Building Better Buildings Breakfast Seminar. Cardiff. Tue 22 March
Hosted jointly by Innovate UK and the Zero Carbon Hub, this breakfast seminar will provide an opportunity to hear more about the Innovate UK’s Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) project. The seminar promises to demystify the ‘performance gap’ and highlight the latest learning from two BPE projects.

Energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings: Are we on target for 2050? London. Tue 5 April
At this UCL-Energy seminar, Julie Hirigoyen, Chief Executive of UK-Green Building Council, talks about some of the issues relating to energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings that will contribute to meeting the 2050 target including.
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