VACANCY - Combined Business and Technical Manager, Minister shares UK’s experiences of energy efficiency, Fuel poverty committee reports, and more...
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Issue 449
2 November 2016
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VACANCY - Combined Business and Technical Manager
Build Test Solutions Ltd is an exciting new start-up business that develops and commercialises testing and performance verification solutions in the built environment. The first product offering is the PULSE air test which has the potential to transform the existing market for air permeability and create new markets. We are seeking a Combined Business and Technical Manager to complete the setup of the business and also to bring the PULSE air test to full commercialisation.
NEF presents at Energy Management Summit. Tuesday, 4 October, 2016
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, spoke at this one-day event at Stansted, which brought the energy industry together for business meetings, interactive seminars, discussion groups and networking opportunities. Kerry's presentation “Your Energy (Efficiency) Strategy” asked why Energy Managers should bother and considered how to build a successful strategy; monitoring its progress; energy efficiency in buildings; and insights and experiences from ESOS.
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, gave a presentation VolDEC - Smarter Performance Benchmarking at this recent Central London Energy Managers Group event. Malcolm spoke on how our VolDEC scheme (a new approach to display energy certificates) can help landlords and tenants achieve better and smarter benchmarking and operational performance monitoring.
NEF shortlisted for public sector energy champions award 2016
The National Energy Foundation has been shortlisted in the Local Authority (Community) category of this year’s Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards, the aim of which is to showcase and reward the achievements that public sector organisations make to become more energy-efficient. The entry was made for the Green Deal Communities project that the Foundation managed on behalf of 14 local authorities across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. The aim of the £2.5 million project was to install solid wall insulation in hard-to-treat domestic dwellings on a street-by-street basis. By the end of the project in September 2016, it had delivered energy efficiency improvements in 577 homes, including solid wall insulation in 423. Members of our project team will be joining the other shortlisted entries at the awards ceremony, which takes place at 3pm on 17 November at EMEX (Energy Management Exhibition) at the London Excel centre.
Getting ready for HECA
Dale Hoyland, our Strategic Development & Affordable Warmth Manager, 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.
RIBuild survey on internal thermal insulation
RIBuild (Robust Internal Thermal Insulation of Historic Buildings) is an EU research project that develops guidelines on how to install internal thermal insulation in historic buildings while maintaining their architectural and cultural heritage. The project is conducting a short survey about the challenges and experiences of internal thermal insulation - both technically and in the renovation process. Take the survey.
The Retrofit Academy diploma courses in Domestic Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management
The Retrofit Academy provides Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses in London (Federation of Master Builders), Manchester (Procure Plus) and Bristol (Filwood Green Business Park). There are three programmes starting in January and February, with advanced courses scheduled for the remainder of 2017. The courses cover:
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit.
  • Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation.
  • Building Services for Retrofit.
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit.
  • Retrofit Building Physics.
  • Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.
  • The Business Case for Retrofit.
  • Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit.
Minister shares UK’s experiences of energy efficiency
In a speech to the International Energy Agency in Paris, the newly-appointed Energy Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, outlined the Government's recent progress and future ambitions on energy efficiency. However, she also admitted that there is still lots to do (especially in the areas of loft and wall insulation) and touched on the failure of the Green Deal scheme.

 Next Steps for UK Heat Policy
This Climate Change Committee report urges the Government to act urgently to reduce emissions from the heating of homes and other buildings, which are largely reliant on gas and cause 20% of the UK’s carbon emissions. The report concludes that policies to improve energy efficiency need to achieve more, and an effective roll-out of multiple low-carbon heating options is urgently needed. Supporting documentation:
The Government responds to the Committee on Climate Change’s 2016 progress report
In June, the Committee on Climate Change presented its (eighth) 2016 progress report to parliament. The report showed that UK emissions had fallen rapidly in the power sector, but that progress had stalled in other sectors, such as heating in buildings, transport, industry and agriculture. The Government has responded to the CCC report and outlines its progress on meeting carbon targets in buildings (page 12).
Dirty diesel and gas to benefit from capacity market auctions
As part of the Government’s capacity market policy, both diesel and gas generation are set to win 15-year contracts (starting in 2020-21) to be on standby to supply the National Grid at times of energy shortage.
Fuel poverty committee reports
In its first report, the Government’s Committee on Fuel Poverty outlines the strategy and priorities that are needed to help the 2.38 million households in England that are in fuel poverty and struggling to pay their energy bills. The focus of the strategy is on improving the energy efficiency ratings of the homes of these households and prioritising the most severely fuel poor.
A City for all Londoners
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, launches his plan for London, which includes a focus on a move away from gas for heating, building zero-carbon new homes, the establishment of a not-for-profit energy company, and net-zero energy retrofitting.
David Davis chairs roundtable to consult leaders of UK energy sector
The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, recently met UK energy leaders to consult on the forthcoming Brexit negotiations, discuss the future of UK energy policy and talk about the opportunities Britain’s decision to leave the EU could bring to the sector.
UK slips in international energy league table
For the first time, the UK has fallen out of the energy top 10 in a respected international league table of countries’ energy sectors. The World Energy Council blamed the Government’s lack of clarity and a myriad of changes, which it said have left the country facing a potential gap in energy supply.
Central heating for cities
Beis launches the first part of a £320 million fund to upgrade heating in towns and cities by supplying low-carbon and recycled heat through heat networks. Heat networks have the potential to reduce heating costs and allow cities to recycle wasted heat from buildings such as factories and power stations, and pump it into homes and businesses.
By 2020, household energy bills to be more than expected due to green energy
According to the National Audit Office, household energy bills will be £17 per year higher than originally planned by 2020, due to the rate of deployment of renewables. To limit costs for consumers and businesses, the amount levied on bills to pay for renewable energy subsidies is capped under the Levy Control Framework. The cap is set to overshoot because so much green energy is being deployed, thereby impacting on bills.
BRE briefing paper - Gaining Value from ESOS Audits
This briefing paper describes the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and outlines the basic principles of compliance to ESOS. It also discusses the value organisations can obtain from following the recommendations given in an ESOS energy audit, instead of viewing it merely as a ‘tick box exercise’ in order to meet compliance.

Read Thomas Whiffen’s article on ESOS and our experiences of working with a number of organisations, during which we identified energy savings of 30,000MWh per year - the equivalent of £2.9 million off fuel and utility bills.
Transitional reprieve for biomass CHP subsidies
Junior Industry and Energy Minister, Jesse Norman, has announced that there will be a transitional period before a cut in subsidies (announced by the Government earlier in the year) for biomass combined heat and power projects takes effect.
Energy Storage in the UK
A report from the Renewable Energy Association calls for a reform of UK energy policy in a joined-up and more supportive structure to unlock the country’s multiple gigawatt storage potential.
The energy revolution and future challenges for UK energy and climate change policy
In its last report before it was wound up, the Energy and Climate Change Committee urged the Government to face the forthcoming energy challenges and change its policy to incentivise energy storage and demand response in order to provide the UK with clean and secure energy for the future.
Edge taken off deal to limit use of hydrofluorocarbons in heating and cooling
Although the recent deal to limit the use of hydrofluorocarbons used in heating and cooling is vital for reducing carbon emissions worldwide, its effectiveness is dented by the fact that the agreement gives countries different timescales to phase them out – anytime up to 2028.
Latest national household energy efficiency statistics
Beis publishes the latest national household energy efficiency statistics (up to end August) relating to ECO and Green Deal installations.
Beis public attitude tracker
Beis publishes its latest energy and climate change public attitude tracker (Wave 19). It provides selected headlines and highlights statistically significant differences between this and previous waves on the public’s attitude to: energy bills; switching supplier; energy security; saving energy; renewables; and smart meters.
Real estate lenders take MEES seriously
The real estate lending community is becoming increasingly aware of sustainability, and the arrival of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations has served as a wake-up call. Many UK lenders have already taken steps to show how seriously they’re taking the regulations and it probably won’t be long before it becomes standard for customers to demonstrate that they have a plan to deal with substandard EPC ratings.

Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, gives an overview of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations, and how it’s a potential game-changer for the property sector.
Energy sector body argues for green gases
Heating and hot water in UK buildings account for 40% of the country’s energy use, and are responsible for 20% of its greenhouse gas emissions. In order to meet its legally-binding carbon targets, the UK will have to implement policies to decarbonise heat. Given that over 85% of UK homes use gas for heating, the wholesale transition to an alternative type of fuel would be a mammoth task.

The Energy and Utilities Alliance maintains that decarbonising the gas going into the grid, by using so-called green gases such as biomethane and bio-synthetic natural gas as well as hydrogen, will deliver affordable and sustainable solutions to the challenges the UK faces.
The energy of Scotland: Heating, moving and powering our lives from now to 2030
A report on behalf of the WWF, Friends of the Earth Scotland and the RSPB argues that (although much has already been achieved) Scotland’s current policies will not be enough to meet its future climate targets, and that bold action is needed, including:
  • A programme to reduce domestic energy use by 30%.
  • New legislation to create the regulatory framework that can support the rapid growth of district heat networks.
  • Regulations to make new buildings zero-carbon and heated by renewables.
Low Carbon Contracts Company and Electricity Settlements Company operational costs 2017/18
This consultation seeks views on the proposed 2017/18 operational cost budgets and resulting levies for the Low Carbon Contracts Company and the Electricity Settlements Company. The Low Carbon Contracts Company enters into and manages Contracts for Difference with low-carbon electricity generators. The Electricity Settlements Company is responsible for financial transactions relating to the Capacity Market, including making capacity payments to capacity providers, controlling collateral and managing auction bid bonds. Closing date: Friday, 25 November 2016.
EMEX (Energy Management Exhibition). EXCEL, London. 16-17 Nov
EMEX is one of the UK’s principal energy events and meeting places for the energy-saving supply chain. Attendees include Energy Managers, Facility Managers and anyone involved in energy bill reduction and procurement. It includes free presentations, case studies, research and a first look at important legislative changes.
As part of the afternoon session in Theatre 3 (Technology and Innovation) on the 16th, our Senior Energy Specialist, Dr Thomas Whiffen, will speak (at 4:05pm) on the ASSEMBLE project with a free presentation entitled: “Case study findings from a novel BEMS installation for small and temporary commercial buildings”. Thom’s session will report on the major findings from two unique BEMS case studies.
The Energy Summit. London. Thu 17 Nov
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, will be speaking at this summit organised by EMW Law, the focus of which will be the forthcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards. Kerry will be one of five industry experts presenting at the event, and will give a talk entitled “The benefits of more energy-efficient buildings”.
Building Services Summit - Sustainable energy in building services. London. Wed 23 Nov
Kerry Mashford will also be speaking at the Building Services Summit, which will look at the difficult challenge of meeting legislation on energy-efficient buildings. Around 80% of a building's lifetime costs are in the operational period, but the focus is often on cutting costs in the early stages (eg design) which can then make buildings less comfortable for occupants and more difficult to run later on. The theme of the Building Services Summit 2016 will be 10:80:10 and Kerry will speak on: “10:80:10 - facing up to the real building performance challenge”.
Energy Awards 2016. London. Wed 30 Nov
In her capacity as one of the judges, our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, will be attending the glittering Energy Awards 2016 ceremony at the London Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London. The event will recognise and celebrate success across the energy sector and will be attended by some of its most senior local, national and international operators.
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