eNews survey, 7 ACE asks, Latest winter excess deaths figures, Boost for infrastructure modernisation, ErP Directive, Retrofit needs to be deep - and more...



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Issue 411 – Wednesday 13 May 2015


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CONTENTS

National Energy Foundation

eNews survey
House tours to highlight the benefits of solid wall insulation
NEF at Retrofit Live
Greenbuild Expo returns alongside new show, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
Buildings & Energy Efficiency Awards 2015
CoRE training courses


Policy

ECO numbers down
7 ACE asks


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Latest winter excess deaths figures
Fuel poverty and social landlords
OVO price cut
Petition hits target
Internet sucks up power
Carbon footprint app
Those concerned about energy costs less likely to accept DSM


Industry

Boost for infrastructure modernisation
ErP Directive
Retrofit needs to be deep
Energy efficiency and housing: what next for local authorities?
Complete deep retrofit value
Tesla motors in domestic storage
New app makes energy assessment simpler
Energy certificate figures
Public attitudes changing
M&S ‘Making Energy Matter’
Avoiding the ESOS dust-gatherer
Energy Performance Contracts explained
House buyer research
New insulation CoPP
CHP helping to mitigate raising energy costs
LEDs and retail – what if?
Scottish hospital top energy performer
IWI project in Dundee
EnerPhit maisonette project
EWI retrofit in Camden
Raising a glass to draff
Trent hydro project goes live
South London EfW
District heating extended in north London
Saving electrical motor energy
Industrial left-over heat warms Arctic city
Solar Schools 2015-16
Cyprus sun delivers electricity
Green Apple
Old airfield turned to solar
Air-conditioning growth poses a worry


Jobs

Jobs across the UK


Events

Low Energy Know How (Zero Carbon Hub) events
Responsible retrofit for traditional buildings. Bristol. Wed 3 June
Making the business case for retrofit. London. Wed 10 June
DECC Heat Pump Training Roadshow 2015. Various locations. Tue 16 June – Wed 8 July
Short course on combined heat and power. Cranfield University. Mon 22 – Fri 26 June


National Energy Foundation 

eNews survey
Earlier this week, we emailed all recipients of our eNews asking what they think about it. We asked everyone to complete our 10-question survey and help us shape eNews' future and keep it interesting, useful and relevant. If you haven’t already responded, we’d be very grateful if you could spare a few minutes and let us know what you think. We look forward to receiving your feedback and we'll publish the results in a June issue of eNews.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/enews0515

House tours to highlight the benefits of solid wall insulation
Milton Keynes and Ealing councils are encouraging homeowners with older properties to take advantage of solid wall insulation grants of up to £6,000. Free tours of already improved homes in May and June are being organised to help residents to decide whether solid wall insulation is for them.
- Western Road, Bletchley. Saturdays: 16 May and 23 May.
- Cambridge Street, Wolverton. Saturdays: 16 May, 6 June and 20 June.
- Willow Road, Ealing. Saturdays: 23 May, 30 May and 13 June.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/press-releases/house-tours-to-highlight-benefits-of-solid-wall-insulation
 
NEF at Retrofit Live
Our Senior Energy Specialist, Adam Tilford, gave a presentation entitled ‘Innovative Low Pressure Air Permeability Testing Technique’ at the annual Retrofit Live conference. His session was on the InnovateUK low-pressure air permeability testing project, the aim of which is to develop a new technique that is suited to refurbishment projects, cheaper, quicker, more accurate and less disruptive.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/resources-presentations/
 
Greenbuild Expo returns alongside new show, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
Greenbuild Expo 2015 is a well-established exhibition for the sustainable built environment professional and, new for this year, it 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.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/press-releases/greenbuild-expo-returns-alongside-new-show-buildings-energy-efficiency
 
Buildings & Energy Efficiency Awards 2015
New for 2015, the B&EE Awards celebrate buildings and products that truly encapsulate energy efficiency. Culminating in a glamourous event held at the Palace Hotel Manchester on Tuesday 10th November, the B&EE Awards seek out and reward those who have placed energy efficiency at the heart of their new build and refurbishment projects. Previously known as the Greenbuild awards, the B&EE Awards reward genuine innovation and achievement in energy efficiency. Winning a B&EE Award will demonstrate that a project or product has a proven and successful track record when it comes to delivering an energy efficient building or solution.
http://www.nef.org.uk/about-us/press-releases/buildings-energy-efficiency-awards-2015-entries-open
 
CoRE training courses
Stoke-on-Trent
- Building Services Retrofit. Thu 21 May. Alan Clarke
- Fundamentals of SWI. Wed 27 May. Russell Smith
- Ventilation. Thu 4 June. Ian Orme
Birmingham
- Funding Domestic Retrofit. Thu 4 June. Russell Smith
Flitwick
- Building Services Retrofit.  Wed 20 May. Alan Clarke
- Fundamentals of SWI. Wed 27 May. Peter Rickaby
- Ventilation. Wed 3 June. Peter Rickaby
http://coretraining.wpengine.com/courses/course-dates/


Policy

ECO numbers down
The number of homes made warmer and cheaper to heat through the Government’s energy efficiency schemes drops by 67% between 2009/10 (2.1 million) and 2013/14 (700,000).
http://www.independent.co.uk/money/number-of-homes-becoming-warmer-and
-cheaper-to-heat-drops-by-more-than-twothirds-official-figures-say-10223704.html

 
7 ACE asks
The Association for the Conservation of Energy lays down seven energy efficiency policy ‘asks’ for the new Government.
http://www.ukace.org/2015/05/aces-seven-energy-efficiency-asks-for-the-2015-2020-parliament/


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Latest winter excess deaths figures
New figures show that 15,000 people died unnecessarily between December and March due to fuel poverty.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fuel-poverty-killed-15000-people-last-winter-10217215.html
 
Fuel poverty and social landlords
The fuel poverty strategy – what does it mean for social landlords?
http://www.sustainablehomes.co.uk/blog/the-fuel-poverty-strategy-what-does-it-mean-for-social-landlords?utm_campaign=Sustainable%20Homes%20Activity%202015&utm_content
=14497369&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

 
OVO price cut
OVO announces a 1.5% price cut for new and renewing customers who are on its 12-month pay-monthly fixed tariffs (Better Energy and Greener Energy). The cut took effect on 28 April.
http://www.ovoenergy.com/press-releases/2015/04/pricing-statement/
 
Petition hits target
The 'End The Cold Killer' petition that was launched earlier this year reaches its 50,000 target.
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/cold_homes_7/
 
Internet sucks up power
Our appetite for the internet consumes 8% of Britain's power output, and our ‘addiction’ to internet-related devices means that the demand is doubling every four years.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/11580307/Internet-rationing-needed-as-UK-cannot-keep-up-with-demand.html
 
Carbon footprint app
A new app launched in the US encourages people to reduce their carbon footprint by making the challenge more like a game.
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3045518/this-new-app-turns-reducing-your-carbon-footprint-into-a-game
 
Those concerned about energy costs less likely to accept DSM
An online survey examined public perceptions and acceptability of Demand Side Management. The results show that, although cost is likely to be a significant reason for many people to take up DSM measures, those concerned about energy costs are actually less likely to accept DSM. Also, individuals concerned about climate change are more likely to be accepting, and a significant proportion of people indicated unwillingness or concerns about sharing energy data, a necessity for many forms of DSM.
http://www.nature.com/nclimate/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nclimate2610.html


Industry

Boost for infrastructure modernisation
A £9.5 million energy infrastructure modernisation project is announced, to cope with the unprecedented change in energy consumption, generation and distribution. The project will increase capacity and tackle both residential and commercial needs.
http://www.intelligentbuildingtoday.com/2015/05/11/9-5m-uk-energy-infrastructure-modernisation-project-announced/
 
ErP Directive
The EU ErP Directive takes effect from 26 September when most domestic and commercial heating and hot water devices will have to bear energy labels, similar to those on fridges and other white goods.
https://www.gov.uk/placing-energy-related-products-on-the-uk-market
 
Retrofit needs to be deep
Although simple home energy efficiency improvements can bring valuable comfort and health benefits to the occupants of inefficient homes – especially those in fuel poverty – retrofit needs to go much, much deeper.
http://www.katedeselincourt.co.uk/deep-retrofit-what-do-you-gain/
 
Energy efficiency and housing: what next for local authorities?
Although there’s a strong economic case to make for retrofitting, it’s a big challenge and one that needs big data, a consistent approach and catalysts to increase scale and reduce costs.  Could the next big idea in housing retrofit be the Dutch Energiesprong (Energy Leap) – net zero energy retrofit, built off site to reduce costs and time on site.
http://www.labmonline.co.uk/features/housing/areyouready#.VVBpu_lVhHz
 
Complete deep retrofit value
A practical guide from the Rocky Mountain Institute on calculating and presenting all the deep retrofit value elements in the investor decision-making process.
http://www.rmi.org/deep_retrofit_value_guide_for_investors
 
Tesla motors in domestic storage
Electric car manufacturer, Tesla, launches its domestic storage battery, which is described as a 'nail in the coffin' for the traditional model of energy supply. Priced at $3,000, the batteries go on sale in the US later this year.
http://techcrunch.com/2015/04/30/tesla-powerwall-home-battery/#.twikmq:F1z7
http://bpva.org.uk/members/bpva/news/can-a-2-500-solar-box-power-your-house-at-night/
 
New app makes energy assessment simpler
National Energy Services launches a new iPad and Android app designed to save time, reduce audit failures and increase efficiency. It also removes the time-consuming process of transposing RdSAP data from paper onto desktop software and allows energy assessors to gather RdSAP evidence on the go and, where necessary, offline. The NES Touch app is available from both the App Store and the Google Play Store, and NES is offering a 30-day free trial.
http://www.nesltd.co.uk/nestouch/pricing
 
Energy certificate figures
Statistics released by DCLG on Display Energy Certificates and Energy Performance Certificates show that a total of 223,193 DECs and 13.71 million EPCs have been lodged since the beginning of 2008.
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/energy-performance-of-buildings-
certificates-in-england-and-wales-2008-to-march-2015

 
Public attitudes changing
In DECC’s latest public attitudes tracker, the percentage of people who rank energy supply and climate change among the top three challenges  facing Britain drops significantly.
https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/
424507/PAT_summary_wave_13.pdf

 
M&S ‘Making Energy Matter’
To meet its ambitious 'Making Energy Matter' targets Marks & Spencer gives ‘power to the people’ by engaging, energising and rewarding staff.
http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/blog/stories/making-energy-matter
 
Avoiding the ESOS dust-gatherer
The importance of choosing the right ESOS supplier and making sure the report doesn't end up forgotten and just gathering dust.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/three-ways-make-your-esos-report-work-harder/
 
Energy Performance Contracts explained
If you’re thinking of an Energy Performance Contract, here’s everything you need to know to get you started. How EPCs work together with their benefits, targets, types and savings.
http://www.edie.net/library/Energy-Performance-Contracting-definition-for-UK-businesses/6591
 
House buyer research
Some qualitative research on how people factor in environmental considerations when buying a house.
http://www.goodhomes.org.uk/news/330
 
New insulation CoPP
The National Insulation Association launches a new code of professional practice for insulation installers in new-build and commercial sectors.
http://nia-uk.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/nia-launches-new-buildcommercial-code.html
 
CHP helping to mitigate raising energy costs
How Combined Heat and Power can reduce energy bills by up to 30%, and provide quick investment paybacks – but data is king and people are important too.
http://www.theade.co.uk/better-energy-blog--chp-could-save-you-money-heres-how-to-help-make-sure-_3111.html
 
LEDs and retail – what if?
A quick look at what would happen if the UK’s retailers replaced all of their halogen (or just some of their fluorescent) lighting sources with LEDs. The analysis shows some impressive numbers.
http://luxreview.com/article/what-if-all-the-uk-s-retailers-changed-form-halogen-to-led-
 
Scottish hospital top energy performer
A hospital in Dumfries & Galloway is rated the best-performing healthcare building at BREEAM’s 25th annual awards, and is also placed in the top 1% of NHS Scotland properties for energy performance, receiving an Energy Performance Certificate A rating.
http://www.buildingbetterhealthcare.co.uk/news/article_page/Midpark_Hospital_named
_UKs_mostsustainable_healthcare_body/107753/cn42370

 
IWI project in Dundee
An internal wall insulation retrofit project helps to tackle fuel poverty in 84 Dundee housing association homes.
http://www.nia-uk.org/consumer/media/1030/abertay-social-housing-iwi-case-study-sustainable-energy-scotland.pdf
 
EnerPhit maisonette project
Three 11-storey blocks of pre-fabricated concrete maisonettes in Portsmouth receive an EnerPHit retrofit.
http://www.passivhaustrust.org.uk/news/detail/?nId=506#.VVBqMvlVhHz
 
EWI retrofit in Camden
External wall insulation transforms both the look and thermal performance of some early 1900s hard-to-treat apartment blocks in Camden.
http://issuu.com/chrislilly/docs/psbj_may_2015/46
 
Raising a glass to draff
The Scottish whisky industry uses its waste product, draff, to produce energy through biomass combustion or anaerobic digestion.
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/apr/30/raise-a-glass-to-neat-ideas-for-more-eco-friendly-scotch-whisky-scotland
 
Trent hydro project goes live
The first of four hydropower projects produces enough electricity from the River Trent for 700 homes.
http://www.buildingspecifier.com/building-news/410-uk-hydro-power-project-lights-up-700-homes
 
South London EfW
A plant to be built near Croydon will process 275,000 tonnes of residual waste and generate 26MW electricity - enough for 30,000 homes.
http://www.energylivenews.com/2015/05/07/south-london-energy-plant-given-the-thumbs-up-2/
 
District heating extended in north London
A district heating system in Islington is extended to provide heating and hot water to 454 more homes.
http://www.cospp.com/articles/2015/04/north-london-borough-extending-district-heating-system.html
 
Saving electrical motor energy
In the face of electrical motors accounting for two-thirds of electricity consumed in the industrial sector, a remote auditing tool is shown to save energy in motors in the food production sector.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/poultry-savings/
 
Industrial left-over heat warms Arctic city
A city in northern Sweden agrees a plan to warm local businesses and homes through the municipally-owned district heating system with left-over heat from the nearby mining factory.
http://www.theguardian.com/sustainable-business/2015/may/01/leftover-industrial-heat-to-warm-swedens-chilly-northern-city?CMP=share_btn_tw

Solar Schools 2015-16
Applications are now open for Solar Schools 2015-16 – a scheme that helps schools crowd-fund the cost of solar panels, thereby cutting carbon, boosting budgets and teaching pupils about energy and climate change.
http://www.solarschools.org.uk/apply/

Cyprus sun delivers electricity
Using Australian technology, a solar thermal field is built in Cyprus to generate electricity using mirrors, salt and steam - even after sun stops shining – in an effort to reduce the island’s dependence on fossil fuels.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/may/07/cyprus-australian-solar-thermal-technology-away-from-oil?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

Green Apple
Apple is to invest over €400 million in renewable energy projects to power its new €850 million data centre in Galway, Ireland
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/apple-makes-further-investment-irish-clean-energy-projects/

Old airfield turned to solar
Plans have been submitted to turn a former WW2 airfield near Desborough in Northamptonshire into a solar farm capable of generating electricity for around 15,000 homes each year.
http://bpva.org.uk/members/bpva/news/raf-desborough-solar-farm-plan-for-ex-ww2-airbase/

Air-conditioning growth poses a worry
Unless it can be fed by renewable electricity, the growing worldwide demand for air-conditioning will have a worrying impact on global warming.
http://energyindemand.com/2015/05/01/global-impact-of-the-widespread-use-of-air-conditioners/


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: http://acre.com/environment-jobs
Carbon Action Network: http://www.can.uk.net/jobs.php
CIBSE: http://jobs.cibsejournal.com/
Ends Job Search: http://www.endsjobsearch.co.uk/
Energy Institute: https://www.energyinst.org/education/job-search-recruitment/Latest-industry-vacancies
Environment Job: http://www.environmentjob.co.uk/
Environment Jobs: http://www.environmentjobs.co.uk/joblist_all.cfm
Hays: http://www.hays.co.uk/index.htm
IEMA: http://jobs.environmentalistonline.com/
National Energy Services: http://www.nesltd.co.uk/jobs
Reed: http://www.reed.co.uk/
The Guardian: http://jobs.theguardian.com/
Total: http://www.totaljobs.com/
Utility Week: http://www.utility-jobs.net/


Events

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.
- Glasgow. Tue 19 May. 12:30 – 2pm.
- Edinburgh. Tue 19 May. 5:30 – 7pm.
- Manchester. Tue 2 June. 5:30 – 7pm.
- Swansea. Thu 11 June. 12 – 3pm.
- Newcastle. Tue 16 June. 9:30 – 4:30pm.
http://www.zerocarbonhub.org/upcoming-events
 
Responsible retrofit for traditional buildings. Bristol. Wed 3 June
National conference aimed at professionals from local authorities, housing associations and private landlords who are planning or delivering retrofit programmes on traditional buildings. The event will:
- Identify risks and unintended consequences associated with the retrofit of traditional buildings and share best ways of managing them.
- Equip delegates with the knowledge, practical resources and skills required to successfully and effectively carry out work on their traditional housing stock.
- Share practical, affordable and achievable case studies.
- Develop expertise and establish a practical support network.   
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/responsible-retrofit-for-traditional-buildings-conference-tickets-16159178538?aff=eiosprexshretwtr&ref=eiosprexshretwtr
 
Making the business case for retrofit. London. Wed 10 June
This conference is designed to support housing professionals across the sector. Hear how others are successfully completing more retrofits to a higher standard and learn how new 'green' financing options are helping the sector.
http://www.sustainablehomes.co.uk/shift/event/business-case-for-retrofit?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=17389729&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-925KFI2mF0vIJx2JV0sMbRMTqs4YfswQv-YinsFN33cuKucJubEiVfOv2rR3xmb_sO1JroH7E2hpBr1JSw40z1khkrjw&_hsmi=17389729
 
DECC Heat Pump Training Roadshow 2015. Various locations. Tue 16 June – Wed 8 July
A series of free one-day training courses, designed to help potential heat pump customers in both the domestic and non-domestic sectors – such as businesses, developers and housing providers - understand how heat pumps can deliver lower energy costs, greater comfort and better buildings. The roadshows will offer people the chance to learn more about why heat pumps make sense, build their technical knowledge and understand the financing of heat pumps including unlocking the Renewable Heat Incentive.
www.deccheatpumptraining2015.eventbrite.co.uk
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/decc-heat-pump-training-roadshow-2015-registration-15927483532
 
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.
http://www.theade.co.uk/short-course-on-combined-heat-and-power-_1027.html

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