Energy efficiency measures plummetGovernment U-turn on VAT riseEnergiesprong UK Market Developer vacancies‘Too Poor to Stay Warm' (Panorama TV programme) and more...
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Issue 434
Wednesday 30 March 2016
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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. Closing date: Sunday, 3 April.

Missed Energiesprong at Ecobuild?
If you couldn't make it to Ecobuild this year, or missed the seminar on whole-house, net zero energy Energiesprong refurbishment, all the presentations are available on our website.

Little excuse and every opportunity for reducing non-domestic energy use and costs
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, comments: with a common sense approach and easy-to-access tools, non-domestic Energy Managers can, and should, be more aggressive in their targeting of energy improvements and reducing costs, as well as improving efficiency, occupant comfort and staff productivity.

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. 3 May. London
Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 10 May. London
The Business Case for Retrofit. 17 May. London
Retrofit Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation. 26 May. London
Building Services Retrofit. 1 June. London
Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit. 8 June. London
Retrofit Building Physics. 9 June. London
Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management. 21 June. London

The Retrofit Academy has secured government funding to cover much of the cost for local authorities (100% of course fees) and supply chain/SMEs (66% of course fees) but the funding is ONLY available to organisations based in the following areas: 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.
Reforming business energy efficiency tax
Following its earlier consultation, the Government announces changes to the business energy efficiency tax landscape. The plans include the abolition of the CRC scheme as of 2019 but a reformed Climate Change Levy.

£10m for local low-carbon projects
Through the Local Energy Challenge Fund the Scottish Government awards over £10 million to support nine innovative large-scale, low-carbon community energy projects.

Latest household energy efficiency statistics
DECC releases the latest national household energy efficiency statistics covering the measures installed under the Government’s various schemes such as ECO, the Green Deal and the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. 96% of the measures are installed via ECO.

Will smart meters be worth the money?
The Government is committed to installing 53 million smart meters in homes and small businesses by the end of 2020, at an estimated cost of £11bn – but will the roll-out be worth it, especially as other national governments have rejected the idea on the grounds of cost-effectiveness?

NIA to host SWI summit
The National Insulation Association is to host a solid wall insulation summit, with a view to taking forward recommendations from the Chief Construction Adviser's (Peter Hansford’s) Report, which was published last November.

£14m for Scottish energy efficiency
4,000 Scottish households are to benefit from a £14 million interest-free loan fund to be used to install energy efficiency measures and help make homes cheaper to keep warm.

Energy efficiency measures plummet
A report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy reveals that installations of household energy efficiency measures fall by 80% following Government cuts to its schemes.

Government U-turn on VAT rise
Labour claims victory in the Government’s U-turn on its proposals to increase VAT on solar panels and other energy efficiency measures after the prospect of a backbench rebellion.

Guide on energy efficiency requests
DECC issues a guidance document for tenants and landlords on handling requests to install energy efficiency improvements in private rented property.

No get-out for landlords on energy efficiency
With the new energy efficiency legislation for private rented properties starting to take effect next month, landlords should not be allowed to avoid making energy improvements.
‘Too Poor to Stay Warm’
A Panorama documentary takes a forthright look at fuel poverty in the UK today, the difficulties caused by the installation and living with pre-payment meters and how the Government has missed its 2016 target of eradicating a problem that causes 9,000 deaths a year.

Cold homes caused 9,000 winter deaths
Research by University College London shows that 9,000 of the UK’s 43,900 excess winter deaths in 2014-15 were caused by living in cold homes.

'Batteries and Solar Power'
A BRE guide to help domestic and small commercial solar panel owners decide if the installation of battery storage makes sense for them.

Smart home technology helps tackle fuel poverty
A social housing project based on smart home technology and designed to help tackle fuel poverty is launched at an affordable homes scheme in Northumberland.

Community Energy Greater Manchester
How a local energy scheme built on solar panels is engaging with its community, raising money for its neighbourhood and tackling fuel poverty.

'All that glisters is not gold'
The personal experience of our Communications Manager reveals that the benefits of switching energy supplier might not be what they seem.

Plumbers helping households save energy
A survey reveals that an army of approved Watersafe plumbers is helping customers save water, energy and money.
Three ways to improve energy efficiency in older buildings
With older buildings offering the possibility of improved energy efficiency with little to no capital investment, three steps to better energy efficiency for older building operations.

Refurb or rebuild?
Building a case for revitalising our ageing housing stock.

University savings at Victorian building
Retrofitting a Victorian building at Nottingham Trent University reduces its energy consumption by 50% and saves around £10,000 per year on energy costs.

Central heating upgrades for Sandwell
A £100,000 NEA grant is to benefit nearly 100 households in Sandwell by providing new or improved central heating systems.

PV savings at hotel chain
The installation of solar panels at Premier Inn hotels nationwide provides Whitbread with 10% of its energy use at the 88 sites and saves £280,000.

Warehouse PV array saves on energy and carbon
13,860 solar panels installed on a warehouse in Telford make it one of largest rooftop arrays in UK and promises energy savings of £53,000 per year.
Reinventing LEDs with nanotechnology
How nanotechnology is powering the next stage of LED lighting technology.

Fastest battery storage goes live
A new £4 million battery facility, which is the fastest and one of largest in the UK, is connected to the grid and made live.
£1bn from Lloyds for commercial energy efficiency
A new £1 billion Lloyds Banking Group fund is set up to help commercial building owners improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

Hinkley Point needed?
The UK trend towards saving energy and increased energy efficiency could make the need for the £18 billion Hinkley Point nuclear power station redundant.

Huge number of faulty meters?
Worryingly, research undertaken by Which? reveals that hundreds of thousands of gas and electricity meters could be faulty.

Using more energy than advertised
A Market Watch product-by-product study reveals that up to one in five home appliances uses more energy than advertised

Low-carbon heat could be big
A Carbon Trust report outlines big opportunities for low-carbon heat in the UK as part of putting in place a secure supply that's fit for the 21st century.

Grant boost for Bicester EfW plan
A proposal to use household waste to heat 6,000 homes at Bicester receives a £50,000 Government grant.

PassivHaus more popular
A RIBA survey shows a growing interest in PassivHaus from clients on both domestic and commercial projects.

First energy self-sufficient apartment block?
An apartment block in Switzerland, which makes extensive use of solar power, is believed to be first energy self-sufficient building of its type in the world.

Behaviour change benefits
Four behaviour change steps that help to maximise energy savings in commercial buildings. Includes a video.

Citywide building energy model
US researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology create a detailed, citywide building energy model for Boston, as a precursor to helping improve the city’s energy efficiency.

Green Apple
Apple reports that 93% of its global facilities across 23 countries are now running on renewable energy.

How the EU supports smart cities
An overview of EU projects and activities.

EU energy efficiency in schools
Four EU projects that have encouraged energy efficiency in schools.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
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.

Low-energy guides - industry sessions
In these sessions, the Zero Carbon Hub and the Green Register will provide the latest on building services, good practice on site, thermal bridging, SAP assessment and compliance with Building Regulations Part L1A. All delegates will receive a copy of the Zero Carbon Hub’s new suite of four illustrated sustainable building guides aimed at achieving energy-efficient homes.
London: 6 April
Leeds: 21 April
Bristol: 5 May

Retrofit for builders: Making it work – making it pay. Brighton. Friday 22 April
Free one-day conference and exhibition. This Federation of Master Builders event is ideal for builders who wish to extend their range of services, grow their client base and take advantage of a significant change in the core market for construction services.

Introduction to ground and water source heat pump schemes. London. Tue 10 May
Aimed at building owners or those involved in developing energy strategies, this CIBSE course provides an overview of ground and water source heat pump schemes. It outlines the key benefits and challenges of this technology and different ways it can be applied.

Heat Networks: From cash to commissioning - Practical steps for project delivery. Manchester. 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.

New approaches to funding and delivering energy-efficiency in homes. Watford. Tue 5 July
This one-day 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.
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