2015 – the energy efficiency year that was... and then wasn’tGovernment renewables policy underminedMany parents cut back on winter heating and more...
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Issue 428
Wednesday 6 Jan 2015
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2015 – the energy efficiency year that was... and then wasn’t
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, looks back on the energy efficiency aspects of 2015 following the unexpected General Election result, and the reverse gear strategy implemented by a majority Government unfettered and unrestrained by a coalition.

Empowerment through Operational Energy Use Data
Kerry Mashford presented at the GreenBuild Expo/Buildings & Energy Efficiency Event in Manchester in November on the clear need for good operational energy data, the limitations of measuring and managing energy in non-domestic buildings and how the Foundation’s VolDEC tool might be the solution.

New year, new staff
We welcome Filippos Papadopoulos, who joins us this week as our new Building Energy Specialist in our Technical Team.

University of Nottingham/National Energy Foundation PhD Studentship
Fully-funded industrial PhD studentship (four years): Investigating Relationships between Building Airtightness and Infiltration Rate. The successful candidate will undertake research using a novel pulse test that measures building air leakage rates at low pressure. He/she will also build upon a large database comprising measurements of air leakage rates and will investigate relationships between them. Closing Date: Sunday, 17th January

Knighthood for NEF Advisory Council member
Many congratulations to our Advisory Council member, Professor David MacKay, who was awarded a Knighthood in the New Year's Honours. He received the honour for services to scientific advice in government and science outreach.
Government renewables policy undermined
After a Freedom of Information request by the Carbon Brief, official figures undermine the Government’s argument for cutting its support for renewables, with many questions about the Levy Control Framework still unanswered.
Energy efficiency spending up in 2014
Ethical spending in the UK rose by 8% in 2014 with microgeneration (solar panels, etc) up by 25% to £716 million and energy-efficient lightbulbs up by 13% to £79 million.

Call on Scotland to invest to tackle fuel poverty
Following the publication of the latest fuel poverty statistics, an alliance of organisations calls on the Scottish Government to invest in energy efficiency as a national infrastructure priority, in order to tackle the problem.

Labour calls for big energy shake-up
As the profits of the Big Six exceed £3 billion for the first time, Labour slams the energy companies for not passing savings on to consumers, and calls for a big shake-up of the energy sector.

Many parents cut back on winter heating
Research by YouGov on behalf of the homeless charity, Shelter, reveals that over 25% of rent/mortgage paying parents (the equivalent of 2.7 million) are cutting back on winter heating and clothing in order to meet their housing payments.

Energy efficiency benefits for mobile home residents
In a trial to last until March this year, residents in mobile homes are to get energy efficiency advice as well as £140 towards their electricity bills.
More money for more energy-efficient homes for Wales
Carmarthenshire County Council secures another £1.6 million from the Welsh Government to make more local homes more energy-efficient.

Healthiest energy efficient retrofit
Research in London and Milton Keynes shows that energy efficiency retrofit is more effective and has health benefits if it’s combined with grid decarbonisation and improved ventilation.
Scottish solar boom in 2015
The latest figures show that solar installed capacity in Scotland rose by 28% in 2015. 40,000 homes and 850 businesses now have PV. Overall, the renewables sector generated 49.7% of Scotland’s electricity in 2014, up by 12% since 2013.

Report on role and potential of district heating
A report for the Parliamentary Committee on Climate Change looks at the size of the near-term district heating market in the UK and its potential impact on heat decarbonisation.

Behaviour change wheel
Although there are already many frameworks of behaviour change interventions, it is not clear how well they provide an appropriate method for characterising interventions and how they link to the targeted behaviour. This paper evaluates these frameworks, and develops and evaluates a new framework aimed at overcoming their limitations.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Energy Efficiency Conference 2016. London. Wed, 13 Jan
This Energy Institute conference looks at the lifecycle of an energy efficiency project, enabling delegates to accelerate the delivery of their own projects to form a sustainable and scalable energy-efficient business strategy. 
Building Better Buildings. Bristol. Wed, 3 Feb
A free Zero Carbon Hub event organised in collaboration with Innovate UK and a number of leading industry partners. The event aims to demystify the ‘performance gap’ and highlight the latest learning from a number of domestic and non-domestic Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) projects. It also includes speakers discussing cutting-edge research findings on building performance.
Low Energy Know How. Liverpool. Wed 3 Feb
This free event provides delegates with the latest policy updates and practical support to deliver energy-efficient new homes. It also looks at commercially viable, practical examples to help deliver to current and future regulations. Attendees will also receive the Zero Carbon Hub’s good practice “Builders’ Book”, an easy-to-read guide to improving site processes, reducing risk and constructing high-quality, healthy homes."

Tackling Energy Demand and Management to Achieve Real Reduction in Non-Domestic Buildings. London. Wed 10 Feb
This one-day conference organised by Ashden, and in partnership with Arup, offers new ideas, solutions and inspiration that will allow delegates to move ahead with systematic energy reduction programmes for their own buildings. Chaired by Jonathon Porritt, the event includes some high-profile speakers.
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