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Issue 415 – Wednesday 8 July 2015


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CONTENTS

National Energy Foundation

NEF Impact Statement 2014-15
Latest NEF presentations
SuperHome Open Days – September 2015 
Energy Awards 2015
Greenbuild Expo returns alongside new show, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
CoRE training courses

Policy

Green Deal off track
Information for the supply chain on Green Deal measures
Heat Network Small Business Research Initiative
Smart meters or Trident?
Smart meter Chair goes


Consultations

SWSHP code of practice
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

QR codes on energy bills
Fuel poverty figures stagnate
Low energy literacy in Northern Ireland


Retrofit

Overcoming legal barriers to energy improvements in private flats
Coalition lobbies Chancellor on VAT ruling
Indoor air quality study – sample homes needed
National Trust invests heavily in renewables
Factory savings from solar


Technology

Innovative PV wins prize
Npower to roll out business energy saving and management system
Energy-saving metal roofing


Industry

CMA energy market investigation
Climate Change Committee report
M&S community energy fund
Going green adds value to shopping centres
Small Steps, Big Impact
Energy co’s respond to charity call
MEES and property values
High for Scottish community energy
Solar petition tops 3,000
Greenest commercial building completed
What is the passivhaus building envelope?
Energy project to inform new builds
Zero-carbon housing project begins


Jobs

Jobs across the UK


Events

Konstruct Academy. Woking. Tue 14 Jul
Low Energy Know How (Zero Carbon Hub) 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 

NEF Impact Statement 2014-15
The National Energy Foundation makes a practical impact on people's lives and contributes towards creating an energy-literate UK. Each year, we summarise the work we’ve done, and the impact it's made, in our annual Impact Report. At the Foundation’s Advisory Council meeting on 9 June, we launched our 2014-15 report.
 
Latest NEF presentations
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, spoke on Untangling Energy Use with Voluntary Display Energy Certificates at the recent Inenco Property Forum. The event involved Inenco staff and some of the major managing agents, property experts and developers from across the UK discussing the latest property news and issues impacting the property sector.
Also, our Strategic Development Manager, Dale Hoyland, gave a presentation entitled ‘Better Housing, Better Health’ at the recent CiEH one-day conference in Kent. Dale spoke on how better housing and the Affordable Warmth Networks we manage can help tackle fuel poverty.
 
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.
 
Energy Awards 2015
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, is pleased to once again be on the panel of judges for the Energy Awards. The awards recognise and reward those organisations that demonstrate the finest examples of responsible energy consumption and set a standard for excellence throughout the industry. This year, the deadline for entries is Friday 17 July.
 
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

Green Deal off track
An official review warns that the Government’s Green Deal programme is 'off-track'. It lists the scheme’s progress as ‘Amber/Red' and gives it the lowest score of the 10 projects considered.
 
Information for the supply chain on Green Deal measures
DECC update on which energy efficiency measures qualify for Green Deal Finance and ECO, plus an outline of Green Deal Occupancy Assessments.
 
Heat Network Small Business Research Initiative
DECC announced the winning bidders in the Heat Network Small Business Research Initiative competition earlier this year. The successful projects start testing their technology with the aim of improving the performance of heat networks and encouraging the use of renewable heat sources.

Smart meters or Trident?
It’s estimated that the cost of the UK’s smart meter implementation programme is set to rise to as much as replacing the Trident nuclear deterrent.
 
Smart meter Chair goes
Another blow for the Government’s smart meter policy as the roll-out programme loses its Chairman.


Consultations

SWSHP code of practice
CIBSE opens consultation on its draft 'Surface water source heat pumps: A code of practice for the UK' which focuses on the use of surface water as a thermal resource and aims to produce common standards for the development of surface water source heat pumps. Closing date: Friday 24 July. 
 
Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
The EU opens public consultation on an evaluation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The objective is to consult stakeholders on the review of the EPBD and evaluate whether it has met its aims. The consultation will also explore issues in relation to the Smart Finance for Smart Buildings initiative and the links between the directive and other energy policy areas. Closing date: 31 Oct.


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

QR codes on energy bills
Quick Response codes became compulsory on energy bills from 30 June. Everything you need to know about them and how useful they’ll be.
 
Fuel poverty figures stagnate
The latest statistics from DECC show that the overall number of households affected by fuel poverty remained unchanged between 2012 and 2013.
 
Low energy literacy in Northern Ireland
An Energy Trust survey reveals a low level of energy literacy and a lack of understanding of their bills among the public in Northern Ireland, with households wasting millions of pounds as a result.


Retrofit

Overcoming legal barriers to energy improvements in private flats
The outcomes of the workshop “Future-proofing flats: overcoming legal barriers to energy improvements in private flats” held in London on 17 March 2015.

Coalition lobbies Chancellor on VAT ruling
More than 40 organisations write to the Chancellor about the recent European Court of Justice ruling on the UK’s reduced VAT rates for energy saving measures, and the impact it might have on the market and investor confidence.

Indoor air quality study – sample homes needed
Volunteers are needed to take part in a Government-commissioned study into indoor air quality in naturally ventilated homes. The study will help inform future ventilation standards and accompanying technical guidance so that they are appropriate for the health and wellbeing of occupants living in increasingly airtight homes.

National Trust invests heavily in renewables
The National Trust (Europe’s largest conservation organisation) plans to invest £30 million in renewable energy measures (including solar panels, woodchip boilers and innovative technology that can extract heat from a lake) in a bid to supply half of its energy needs from renewable sources by 2020.

Factory savings from solar
A Leicestershire metalwork factory is expecting to see savings of £170,000 in its energy bill over the next 20 years after a 28.5kWp PV system is installed.


Technology

Innovative PV wins prize
A UK start-up company that’s developing thinner, lighter and flexible solar photovoltaic technology picks up a £10,000 innovation prize.

Npower to roll out business energy saving and management system
Npower purchases the RUMM energy saving/management system, which uses cloud-based data analytics to help businesses monitor and control their energy in real time, and plans to roll it out to its business customers.

Energy-saving metal roofing
The US Department of Defense tests a high-tech dynamic metal roofing (that saves energy and can be installed over an existing roof) by retrofitting it to some of its 577,500 existing buildings.


Industry

CMA energy market investigation
The provisional report of the Competition and Markets Authority reveals that household fuel bills are 5% higher than they ought to be (equating to £1.2 billion a year too much), switching isn’t working and that the Standard Variable Tariff still has a stranglehold on the industry. Also, although the report doesn’t recommend the break-up of the Big Six energy companies, it does propose a transitional price cap for those customers on SVT while reforms to increase competition are put in place.

Climate Change Committee report
In its latest report, the UK’s Climate Change Committee says it has seen little evidence of any energy efficiency improvement in non-domestic buildings in recent years. It also calls on the Government to develop plans and policies that deliver low-carbon heat and energy efficiency, and to confirm ECO beyond 2017, ensuring it delivers energy efficiency while meeting fuel poverty targets.

M&S community energy fund
Marks & Spencer Energy launches a competitive fund of up to £400,000 to support community renewable energy projects and technologies across UK. The winners will be decided by public vote and the closing date is Wednesday 29 July.

Going green adds value to shopping centres
Research undertaken by CBRE on behalf of the British Council of Shopping Centres concludes that energy efficiency measures have the potential to increase the market value of UK shopping centres by over 5%.

Small Steps, Big Impact
In a recent report, the CBI looks at the role of on-site generation in meeting the UK’s energy and climate change challenges.

Energy co’s respond to charity call
The major energy suppliers respond to a recent call from Citizens Advice for fair pay-as-you-go energy – including a better price, more control, and easier use. Ecotricity are leading the way with one tariff for all its customers regardless of their payment method, and a proactive approach to delivering smart prepayment that works well for consumers.  

MEES and property values
An outline of the implications of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for property values. Over the longer term, MEES will most likely create a price differential between inefficient and efficient properties.

High for Scottish community energy
Minister reports that community-owned renewable energy in Scotland hits new heights with capacity now at 361 MW.

Solar petition tops 3,000
A petition is launched calling on Defra to copy recent French solar rooftop legislation, and the number of signatories hits 3,000.

Greenest commercial building completed
The UK’s greenest commercial building is completed and comes with a three-year post occupancy building performance evaluation to ensure that the building performs as it was designed.

What is the passivhaus building envelope?
Although the building envelope is made up of the walls, floors, roofs (or ceilings), windows and doors that separate the inside of a building from the outside, there are some key aspects that make the passivhaus building envelope distinct.

Energy project to inform new builds
A Wakefield housing association sets up an energy efficiency study involving 100 homes, the results of which will inform the design and build of its new houses.

Zero-carbon housing project begins
Construction starts in Cambridge on one of the biggest zero-carbon housing projects in the UK. The development consists of 208 homes, which will be a mixture of private and social housing.


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

Konstruct Academy. Woking. Tue 14 Jul. 9:30-12:30
This Zero Carbon Hub event, organised in collaboration with Innovate UK, Constructing Excellence and CITB, promises to demystify the Performance Gap, and will highlight the latest learning from three local domestic and non-domestic BPE projects. Delegates will hear an array of excellent speakers discuss cutting-edge research and knowledge in this space. A complimentary lunch will be provided and delegates will also receive a tour of the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ WWF Living Planet Centre.
 
Low Energy Know How (Zero Carbon Hub) events
These events are an excellent opportunity to hear the most recent information on the Zero Carbon journey and definition, plus the latest on both the Performance Gap project and the cost of meeting the Zero Carbon Standard. These events will also provide delegates with the practical knowledge to meet regulations as Saint-Gobain will be presenting information on a number of product solutions designed to meet the Zero Carbon target.
Llandudno – Wed 15 July. 8-9:30am
Eastleigh – Fri 17 July. 8-9:30am
 
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. The conference will focus on six vision statements and 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. If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2015 Awards, download the Sponsor Information Pack.

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