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Issue 413 – Wednesday 10 June 2015


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CONTENTS

National Energy Foundation

eNews survey results
Social housing retrofit survey 2015
Living with PV – the first 12 months
Greenbuild Expo returns alongside new show, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
Entries invited for Buildings & Energy Efficiency Awards 2015
CoRE training and Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses


Policy

Green Deal facing the axe?
Smart meter failure
£21m for energy efficiency in Scotland
DECC’s share in latest round of cuts
MEES - commercially
Not convinced by ESOS
DRHI first year
VAT up on energy efficiency measures


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Annual fuel poverty report
UK Fuel Poverty Monitor 2014/15
Consumers’ collective debt increases
'Closer to home'
Energy prices up in 2013
Better deal for PPM customers


Retrofit

Demonstrator houses to test energy efficiency
Prison retrofit
Solar savings
Heating for Camden
Largest community renewable energy scheme
Retrofit potential for architects


Technology

Take note of what the polar bear says!
New look solar to increase demand
Energy efficiency in a rucksack
Buildings powered by green gunk


Industry

Cost Effective Energy Measures Bill
Big Six prices questioned
Task group set up
Independent energy body needed
Horizon 2020
Factoring green measures into valuation
Community heating benefits
Retailer 100% green in Scandinavia
LED for another top club
ESOS construction benefits
SMEs embrace energy efficiency
Effectiveness of low-hanging energy-saving
Plan A produces results
New housing to be powered by green energy plant


Jobs

Jobs across the UK


Events

2015 Public Sector Sustainability Awards
Low Energy Know How (Zero Carbon Hub) events
Short course on combined heat and power. Cranfield University. Mon 22 – Fri 26 June
DECC heat pump training courses


National Energy Foundation 

eNews survey results
Many thanks to everyone who took part in our recent survey. The main findings were that, of those who responded:
- 72.4% read every issue.
- 100% found eNews either very useful or quite useful.
- 93% thought the content was either very good or good.
- 72% felt the layout was either very good or good. In response to this finding, we’ve implemented the majority of the suggestions made by:
- Shortening the long ‘Industry’ section by splitting it into ‘Retrofit’, ‘Technology’ and ‘Industry’.
- Making the email less text heavy by removing the hyperlinks at the end of each synopsis (some of which were very long).
- Making better use of links. The article titles in both the contents list and the main body of the email have been made into links.
- Overall, the size of the text has been increased.
Thanks for your input and we’re pleased to have been able to make eNews better by responding positively to the feedback.
 
Social housing retrofit survey 2015
In a follow-up to studies undertaken in 2010 and 2013, the views of the social housing sector are being sought on the opportunities, challenges and progress with energy efficiency and retrofit across the UK. The survey is being undertaken in partnership with the University of Salford and the Mayor of London’s home retrofit support programme, RE:NEW. The results will be used to help inform Government policy and retrofit support services. If the survey applies to you, please take part. It should only take about 10 minutes to complete.
 
Living with PV – the first 12 months
Our Communications Manager, David Dean, reports on his first year living with solar panels, and how being an independent electricity generator has changed the way he and his family view and use energy.
 
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.
 
Entries invited for Buildings & Energy Efficiency Awards 2015
New for 2015, the B&EE Awards celebrate buildings and products that truly encapsulate energy efficiency. Previously known as the Greenbuild awards, the B&EE Awards reward genuine innovation and achievement in energy efficiency.
 
CoRE training and Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
Birmingham
- Building Services Retrofit. 17 Jun. John Willoughby
- Fundamentals of SWI.  23 Jun. Russell Smith
- Ventilation. 29 Jun. Peter Rickaby
London
- Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 16 Jun. Clive Rowland
- Funding Domestic Retrofit. 22 Jun. Matt Cotton
- Building Fabric Retrofit. 29 Jun. Alan Pither
- Building Services Retrofit. 7 Jul. Alan Clarke
Flitwick
- Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings. 16 Jun. Helen Brown
- Coordination and Risk Management. 24 Jun. Bob Prewett
Stoke-on-Trent
- Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 8 Sept. Alan Pither
- Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 15 Sept. Clive Rowland
Birmingham
- Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 1 Sept. Alan Pither
- Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 8 Sept. Clive Rowland
Newcastle
- Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 16 Sept. Alan Pither
- Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 24 Sept. Bob Prewett
Bristol
- Introduction to Domestic Retrofit. 3 Sept. Peter Rickaby
- Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit. 10 Sept. Clive Rowland


Policy

Green Deal facing the axe?
Following a cut in DECC’s budget, the future of the Government’s Green Deal energy efficiency scheme is brought into question as Amber Rudd reveals that “We’re reviewing that whole area.”
 
Smart meter failure
It’s revealed that the 1.5 million smart meters installed so far will lose functionality if householders switch suppliers, as the energy companies have not been obliged to make the meters work across suppliers.
 
£21m for energy efficiency in Scotland
Scotland announces up to £21 million for a three-year scheme to enable low-income owner-occupiers undertake repairs and energy efficiency improvements.
 
DECC’s share in latest round of cuts
DECC is to face a £70 million departmental cut in its budget as part of the Chancellor’s latest £4.5 billion savings plan.
 
MEES - commercially
An analysis of the new regulations on minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial properties.
 
Not convinced by ESOS
A recent survey reveals that ESOS is getting a lukewarm reaction from those businesses to which it applies, with half of them expecting it to cost more than it saves.
 
DRHI first year
Ofgem reports that £20.7 million was paid out against 32,962 accreditations under the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive across the UK in its first year.
 
VAT up on energy efficiency measures
The EU rules that UK households must pay the higher 20% rate of VAT on insulation and solar panels after saying that the lower 5% should only apply to social housing.


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Annual fuel poverty report
DECC releases the annual fuel poverty report and statistics for England for 2013. An estimated 2.35 million people - equating to around 10.4% of households – were living in fuel poverty. At the same time, DECC issues:
Statistical release and headline figures
Detailed analysis on 2013 fuel poverty figures
Fuel poverty trends over the 10-year period 2003-2013
The regional and local fuel poverty statistics for 2013
The fuel poverty statistics methodology and user manual
 
UK Fuel Poverty Monitor 2014/15
The charities, National Energy Action and Energy Action Scotland (with support from Citizens Advice) release the annual investigation into fuel poverty in the UK and the policies in place to tackle it.
 
Consumers’ collective debt increases
A uSwitch survey reveals that, collectively, consumers owe the energy suppliers £507 million, which is £43 million more than last year, with the average debt per household rising to £130, up from £128. Also, almost four million UK homes are now in debt to their energy supplier – 260,000 more than last year.
 
'Closer to home'
A report by Citizens Advice and the Association for the Conservation of Energy on the development of a framework for locally-led delivery of energy efficiency and fuel poverty services in England, as is already the case in Scotland.
 
Energy prices up in 2013
Both household electricity and gas prices in the EU rose by 2.9% and 2.0% in 2013-14.
 
Better deal for PPM customers
The energy company, Spark Energy, launches what it claims in the cheapest tariff specially designed for social housing tenants using prepayment meters.


Retrofit

Demonstrator houses to test energy efficiency
Six houses in Walsall are to be fitted with a range of energy efficiency measures worth up to £40,000 each so that they can be monitored against homes that have no products installed, in order to ascertain the true benefits and savings. 
 
Prison retrofit
A US article on the energy, cost and human benefits of deep energy retrofits in prisons.
 
Solar savings
Since 2011, a solar power project in Glasgow has saved tenants £388,000 on their combined energy bills.
 
Heating for Camden
A new decentralised heating system in Somers Town, Camden, will provide heat to 339 homes at a cost of £3.04 million. Video.
 
Largest community renewable energy scheme
Edinburgh is to launch the UK's largest urban community renewables project, with solar panels on 25 public buildings. The buildings involved - such as schools, leisure centres and community centres - will benefit from cheaper electricity, with any surplus sold to the National Grid. 
 
Retrofit potential for architects
Despite certain barriers, the retrofit market is growing and is likely to offer architects significant work opportunities - but will it?


Technology

Take note of what the polar bear says!
An energy monitoring app, which uses a glowing polar bear that changes colour depending on how much energy is being used, has been developed to help families improve their energy usage.
 
New look solar to increase demand
The developers of sleek black solar panels, which are fitted into the roof itself and blend into it, believe their less intrusive look will 'drive mass adoption'.
 
Energy efficiency in a rucksack
US scientists develop a new rucksack portable tool that maps a building's interior with a view to improving its energy efficiency.
 
Buildings powered by green gunk
Scientists discover that, because algae produces heat, oxygen and energy while at the same time soaks up CO2, it has the potential to power buildings.


Industry

Cost Effective Energy Measures Bill
A coalition of green charities and organisations calls on Amber Rudd to investigate the costs and benefits of moving away from large power stations towards more locally-generated power and more efficient buildings – a move that could save the UK £12 billion a year.
 
Big Six prices questioned
The big energy companies come under pressure from the new Government as Amber Rudd queries their prices and whether they reflect the companies' costs.
 
Task group set up
A new task group is launched by the UKGBC to explore the allowable solutions market with a view to informing the upcoming 2019 zero carbon building standards.
 
Independent energy body needed
The CEO of nPower calls on the Government to establish an independent body to provide impartial data on the UK energy sector, which he believes will help restore customer confidence in the industry.
 
Horizon 2020
In May, €18 million was awarded under Horizon 2020 for eight new energy efficiency projects in 26 countries across the EU.
 
Factoring green measures into valuation
A report from the EU RenoValue project on factoring energy efficiency, renewable energy and other sustainability aspects into property valuation practices.
 
Community heating benefits
Community heating systems offer an efficient and effective solution and their top economic benefits include those for consumers and the workforce, economy and environment.
 
Retailer 100% green in Scandinavia
IKEA’s operations in Scandinavia are now completely energy independent - thanks to the company’s adoption of PV, wind power and biomass.
 
LED for another top club
Hull City is the latest English football club to go LED as it converts the floodlights at the KC Stadium this summer.
 
ESOS construction benefits
What ESOS can do for the construction industry – a BAM Construction case study and the progress the company has made so far.
 
SMEs embrace energy efficiency
The Federation of Small Businesses calls for greater upfront and ongoing energy efficiency support and investment for its small business customers after new research finds that 90% of SMEs seek to be more energy-efficient.
 
Effectiveness of low-hanging energy-saving
In a strategy for saving energy, the low-hanging fruit of training and behaviour change can be as effective as more costly hi-tech energy saving measures.
 
Plan A produces results
Under its ‘Plan A’, energy efficiency in Marks & Spencer buildings has improved by 36% against its 2007 baseline, and LED lighting has been fitted in 417 stores.
 
New housing to be powered by green energy plant
A proposed 300-home development at Hykeham near Lincoln would come with its own anaerobic digestion plant, providing electricity and hot water for the new houses. 


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

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. If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2015 Awards, download the Sponsor Information Pack.
 
Low Energy Know How (Zero Carbon Hub) events
These events are an excellent opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest Zero Carbon homes policy in the UK and the EU. They will cover the most recent information on the Zero Carbon journey and definition as well as the latest on both the Performance Gap project and the cost of meeting the Zero Carbon Standard. There will also be a look to the future with the proposed Allowable Solutions schemes and the importance of retrofitting existing homes and the timeline to 2016.

Short course on combined heat and power. Cranfield University. Mon 22 – Fri 26 June
Cranfield University is organising the 9th edition of its Combined Heat and Power (CHP) course, which will provide delegates with an understanding of CHP technologies with conventional fuels and renewables taking into account current challenges. A key aspect of the course will be the assessment of financial viability of a cogeneration system involving several factors. The course is delivered as a combination of lectures, workshops and discussion of case studies conducted by members of Cranfield University’s staff and relevant external industrial contributors. The course will build up the delegates’ understanding and knowledge of CHP technologies with conventional fuels and renewables.
 
DECC heat pump training courses
Free one-day training courses, designed to help businesses, developers and housing providers to understand how heat pumps can deliver lower energy bills, greater comfort and better buildings. The roadshows will offer participants the chance to learn more about why heat pumps make sense, build their technical knowledge of how best to ensure good performance and understand the financing of heat pumps. The courses in London are fully booked.
- Tuesday 23 June – Glasgow
- Wednesday 24 June – Newcastle
- Wednesday 1 July – Exeter
- Thursday 2 July – Cardiff
- Monday 6 July – Birmingham
- Tuesday 7 July – Manchester
Book online or by calling 020 8469 1333.

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