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Issue 416 – Wednesday 22 July 2015


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CONTENTS

National Energy Foundation

SuperHome Open Days – September 2015 
Greenbuild Expo returns alongside new show, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
CoRE training courses

Policy

DECC priorities
DECC prepares to cut
Productivity Plan bombshell
Annual domestic energy bills

Amendments to RHI
Effects of ErP Directive and Energy Labelling Directive for heat pumps
ESOS in five months
ESOS guidance
Smart meter roll-out


Retrofit

Pro sustainable economy group supports energy efficiency
Solar checklist for business
UK Passivhaus Awards 2015


Technology

Innovative low-carbon heating system receives additional funding


Industry

CMA report – an alternative approach
Code of Practice for Heat Networks
IEA solar report
EFFiBuilding
DIY energy efficiency guides for SMEs
Excellent rating for iconic London building
New Commission on Cold
Cities powering ahead on energy efficiency
AIDA project brings nearly Zero-Energy Buildings to EU
Big savings for university
St Andrews to benefit from biomass

NEC cuts energy usage and costs
Largest Passivhaus in North America


Jobs

Jobs across the UK


Events

CAN training-day conference. Islington Assembly Hall, London. Wed 2 Sep
Fuel poverty: our vision for the future. Sheffield. Mon 14 – Wed 16 Sep
2015 Public Sector Sustainability Awards


National Energy Foundation 

SuperHome Open Days – September 2015 
SuperHomes are older homes refurbished by their owners for greater comfort, lower bills and far fewer carbon emissions - at least 60% less! They are some of the most improved homes for energy use in the UK and have superior insulation. Some also have alternative heating sources and produce their own energy. SuperHomes Open Days make some of these homes available to the public where they can learn about a range of installed technologies. They also include tours and Q&A sessions with the owners. Book now.

Greenbuild Expo returns alongside new show, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
This year, Greenbuild Expo 2015 will run alongside the new Buildings & Energy Efficiency (B&EE) Event, a show dedicated to helping businesses meet their energy efficiency objectives. Greenbuild Expo will continue its emphasis on promoting sustainable building practices and tackling some of the important issues of our time, such as building high-quality and sustainable housing, refurbishing the current stock and eradicating fuel poverty.
 
CoRE training courses
Birmingham
RC 01. Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 1 Sep. Alan Pither
RC 02. Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 8 Sep. Clive Rowland
Stoke-on-Trent
RC 01. Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 8 Sep. Alan Pither
RC 02. Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 15 Sep. Clive Rowland
Flitwick
RC 01. Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 2 Sep. Peter Rickaby
RC 02. Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 11 Sep. Bob Prewett


Policy

DECC priorities
Following the Budget, DECC confirms that its priorities are: keeping bills as low as possible for both hardworking families and businesses, powering the economy and decarbonising energy supply in the most cost-effective way.

DECC prepares to cut
Energy efficiency is likely to be in the firing line as DECC prepares to meet its £70 million departmental spending cut, with RHI and GDHIF high on the list.

Productivity Plan bombshell
As part of its Productivity Plan: "Fixing the foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation", the Government puts the brakes on the development of zero carbon homes. The move prompted reaction from the industry.

Annual domestic energy bills
The latest statistics from DECC on the annual estimates of domestic gas and electricity bills, plus household expenditure on fuel.


Amendments to RHI
Amendments to both the Renewable Heat Incentive and the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive are laid before Parliament with a view to introducing improvements for the smooth-running of both schemes.

Effects of ErP Directive and Energy Labelling Directive for heat pumps
DECC issue a policy document outlining the effects of the introduction of The Ecodesign of Energy Related Products Directive (ErP) and The Energy Labelling Directive for heat pumps. These implement a new standard methodology for calculating the efficiency of heat pumps, set a minimum performance criteria, and introduce a product and system label that display the energy efficiency of the product. 

ESOS in five months
With the date for ESOS compliance fast approaching and just five months away, there's still time to get your company on track and be ready by the deadline date.

ESOS guidance
With the compliance deadline date approaching fast, DECC issues a guide to ESOS qualification, compliance and notification requirements.

Smart meter roll-out
With the smart meter roll-out programme delayed, is there a debate to be had on the pros and cons of the benefits and the technology?


Retrofit

Pro sustainable economy group supports energy efficiency
More support is added to the call to make energy efficiency a national infrastructure priority as Aldersgate Group adds its weight to the cause.

Solar checklist for business
The Solar Trade Association publishes a simple and clear checklist to give business managers confidence to put solar PV on their roofs.

UK Passivhaus Awards 2015
The winners in this year’s UK Passivhaus Awards include Cre8 Barn, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust project near Huddersfield, which won the 'Retrofit Project' category.


Technology

Innovative low-carbon heating system receives additional funding
A heating project has been awarded a second tranche of Government research grant to create an innovative energy system supplying one of the country’s largest district heating systems with low-carbon heat directly from sunshine.


Industry

CMA report – an alternative approach
How the Competition and Markets Authority could have taken lessons from the German energy industry model with much more radically local recommendations to help solve the UK's energy trilemma.

Code of Practice for Heat Networks
Working in partnership, The Association for Decentralised Energy and CIBSE launch a code of practice for heat networks to help developers and designers meet minimum standards and encourage best practice at all stages of a project, from feasibility studies to construction and operation.

IEA solar report
The International Energy Agency report “Solar Energy Perspectives” gives an authoritative view of solar technologies and market trends, in both advanced and developing economies, while providing examples of the best and most advanced practices. It also provides a unique guide for policy makers, industry representatives and concerned stakeholders on how best to use, combine and successfully promote the major categories of solar energy: solar heating and cooling, photovoltaic and solar thermal electricity, as well as solar fuels.

EFFiBuilding
A website resource providing information about new materials and products, as well as current research prototypes within the area of energy efficient buildings.

DIY energy efficiency guides for SMEs
2degrees teams up with Lavery/Pennell to produce a comprehensive set of practical, do-it-yourself, jargon-free energy efficiency guides and handbooks for SMEs.

Excellent rating for iconic London building
London's 'Walkie Talkie' building includes a number of energy efficiency measures and achieves BREEAM Excellent rating, making it one of the most sustainable buildings in the city.

New Commission on Cold
With cooling accounting for 14% of UK energy consumption, the new  Commission on Cold will research new ways of providing cold in a sustainable way and will aim to make clear recommendations for UK policymakers on how to ‘do cold smarter’. 

Cities powering ahead on energy efficiency
Three European cities that are moving faster on clean energy than their governments - Växjö, Copenhagen and Bristol.

AIDA project brings nearly Zero-Energy Buildings to EU
The AIDA (Affirmative Integrated Energy Design Action) report details how the project promoted the uptake of nearly Zero Energy Buildings (nZEBs) to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions across the EU.

Big savings for university
A planned approach implemented by the University of Reading sees its £2.35 million investment in energy efficiency produce savings of £8.5 million on its energy costs since 2010.

St Andrews to benefit from biomass
A £25 million biomass facility at Guardbridge is to pump hot water four miles underground to heat and cool buildings at St Andrews University.


NEC cuts energy usage and costs
After setting a target in 2007 to reduce the group’s carbon output from energy usage by 60% by 2050, the NEC set about measuring its use and found that smart meters and staff engagement were key to reducing its energy usage and costs.

Largest Passivhaus in North America
North America's largest Passivhaus apartment building (which includes 57 affordable homes for some of the region's poorest households) opens with the aim of using 70% less electricity.


Jobs

Jobs across the UK

Various energy, environment and Green Deal-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
Acre
Carbon Action Network
CIBSE
Ends Job Search
Energy Institute industry vacancies
Energy Institute vacancies
Environment Job
Environment Jobs
Hays
IEMA
National Energy Services
Reed
The Guardian
Total
Utility Week

Events

CAN training-day conference. Islington Assembly Hall, London. Wed 2 Sep
How Green is our Government? What the new Government’s policies mean for domestic energy efficiency, fuel poverty and climate change.
 
Fuel poverty: our vision for the future. Sheffield. Mon 14 – Wed 16 Sep
NEA Annual Conference focussing on six vision statements. Expert panels of speakers will explore each of these in turn, drawing upon the experience of those attending the conference.
 
2015 Public Sector Sustainability Awards
The 2015 Public Sector Sustainability Awards will be presented by Lord Redesdale and guests at a ceremony on 12 November 2015 at the London ExCeL exhibition centre. To enter the awards, download the Entrants Information Pack. The closing date for entries is Friday 31 July 2015. For information on sponsoring the 2015 Awards, download the Sponsor Information Pack.

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