NEF VACANCY – Building Energy SpecialistSmart meter infrastructure delayed againCouncil insulation scheme praisedBattery storage winner in EFR bids and more...
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Issue 445
Wednesday 31 Aug 2016
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Bookings open for SuperHome Open Days in September and October
SuperHome Open Days this September promise to be extra exciting with at least six recently refurbished homes opening to the public for the first time. Around 50 pioneering households are preparing to open their doors across the UK. If you’re considering improving your own home, this is a golden opportunity to visit a similar property and get a real feel for the type of home energy improvements that you could make. When it comes to exploring your options ‘Seeing really is believing’.

NEF VACANCY – Building Energy Specialist
We are looking to strengthen our technical capability and build on our capacity to provide robust and innovative solutions that help to improve the use of energy in both non-domestic and domestic buildings. If you are enthusiastic and self-motivated with excellent written and verbal communication skills, and want to make a difference in the energy use and comfort of existing and new buildings, this role could be for you. Although we are ideally looking for someone with knowledge and experience in a number of areas, we are prepared to appoint a recent graduate who shows potential; in which case we would adapt the role and responsibilities appropriately and provide training and professional development. Closing date: 5pm on Friday 30 September.

VACANCY - Combined Business and Technical Manager
Build Test Solutions Ltd (BTS) is an exciting new start-up business that develops and commercialises testing and performance verification solutions in the built environment. The first product offering is the PULSE air test which has the potential to transform the existing market for air permeability and create new markets. We are seeking a Combined Technical and Business Manager to complete the setup of the business, which would be fully supported by the three founding stakeholders and their teams, and also to bring the PULSE air test to full commercialisation.
Closing date: 5pm on Wednesday, 14 September.

National Housing Federation Development, Asset Management and Maintenance Conference and Exhibition 2016. Birmingham. 21-22 September
On the first day of this NHF conference, our Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, will be presenting as part of the 4:30pm session: Innovation in Asset Management. The aim of this conference is to help social housing providers accelerate housing delivery and manage their homes and services to ensure they meet the needs of their tenants and the housing regulator. The conference outlines how associations can develop and integrate new build and asset programmes to deliver great homes and strong and resilient communities. It also provides delegates with up-to-the-minute sessions on current asset management policy development and practical sessions about practice on the ground. It focuses on how asset management can help to deliver sustainable homes and communities, and how to maximise affordable housing delivery in an era of ‘Starter Homes’.
This is an annual event that has a strong audience of asset managers and development practitioners. It also has the added benefit of being part of the first Housing Week, which consists of four huge events:
  • Annual Conference and Exhibition.
  • Young Leaders’ Experience.
  • Health and Housing and Development.
  • Asset Management and Maintenance Conference.
NEF response to the ECO: Help to Heat consultation
The National Energy Foundation’s response was formulated as a result of internal discussion and the incorporation of comments from the steering groups for the Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Affordable Warmth Networks that the Foundation coordinates, and which include local authorities, Citizens Advice Bureaux, AgeUK, and Public Health, etc.

Energiesprong UK response to the ECO: Help to Heat consultation
Energiesprong UK’s response to the Government's ECO: Help to Heat consultation provided a good opportunity to promote the many benefits of Energiesprong in improving energy efficiency, helping to tackle fuel poverty and facilitating regeneration. The response also emphasises the need to focus on the challenge presented by solid walled properties.

Sustainable Cities: Assessing the Performance and Practice of Urban Environments
With more than half the global population now living in urban areas, one of the key issues today is how we make our growing cities sustainable. This new hardback book offers valuable insights for addressing this vital challenge. The first chapter (Energy Use in Buildings: Contributions and Considerations in Urban Systems) by our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, is reproduced in full on our website. The book is available at a discounted price (using code AN2) until 30 October, 2016.

Social housing energy efficiency retrofit – ‘state of the nation’ survey 2016
Against what is arguably a backdrop of the toughest market conditions in a decade for domestic energy efficiency, the ‘state of the nation’ survey - the largest study of retrofit activity in the UK - is seeking the social housing sector’s views on the opportunities, challenges and progress in energy efficiency retrofit. The survey is being undertaken by The National Energy Foundation in partnership with Capita, the University of Salford and Customer Plus. Please take the survey (which should take no more than 10 minutes) and enter a prize draw to a win an iPad mini.

Getting ready for HECA
Dale Hoyland, our Strategic Development & Affordable Warmth Manager, considers the next round of Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) reporting, the deadline for which is 31 March 2017. He looks at how the National Energy Foundation can help councils report on their actions from their last reports, set out their energy-saving ambitions and targets, and outline the key actions and partnerships needed to deliver them.

The Retrofit Academy Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses
The Retrofit Academy is the leading provider of training for businesses involved in the sustainable refurbishment of buildings, and provides Retrofit Coordinator Diploma courses on the following subjects in London, Manchester and Milton Keynes:
  • Assessing Dwellings for Retrofit.
  • Building Fabric and Solid Wall Insulation.
  • Building Services for Retrofit.
  • Introduction to Domestic Retrofit.
  • Retrofit Building Physics.
  • Retrofit Coordination and Risk Management.
  • The Business Case for Retrofit.
  • Ventilation and Air Tightness for Retrofit.
Smart meter infrastructure delayed again
The communications infrastructure for the Government’s roll-out of smart meters is delayed again and is now due to go live at the end of September.

Latest ECO and Green Deal figures
BEIS releases the latest statistics on the ECO and Green Deal schemes – their geographic take-up, costs and carbon/energy savings.

Government’s ECO costs queried with possible impact on fuel poor
The insulation trade body, the National Insulation Association, questions the Government's estimated ECO costs. It claims that they could be significantly overstated meaning that thousands of fuel poor households will miss out on much-needed support.

PV installations take a nose-dive following FiT cuts
The latest PV figures released by BEIS show a collapse in the number of installations since February as the reduction in Feed in Tariff subsidies takes hold.

Criticism after withdrawal of Demand Side Balancing Reserve (DSBR) tender 
The National Grid’s decision to cancel a tender that financially incentivises companies to reduce their electricity demand during peak times in winter months has been criticised as a "short-sighted" approach which will "undermine" confidence in the UK’s energy strategy.

What future for UK product and energy labelling policy?
The UK Government should ensure that product policy, energy labelling and eco design are not forgotten in the post-EU Referendum melée.

Scottish MEES goes live
Scotland's version of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulations are finalised and are due to go live next month.
Call for applications for new £50,000 Community Promises Fund
The Community Promises Fund is aimed at local communities across the north of England. It supports projects, events and initiatives which help to: alleviate hardship and other challenges associated with fuel poverty; educate around environmental energy efficiency; and raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Closing Date: Thursday, 22 September.

SSE aims to be first to achieve gold standard for vulnerable customers
The Big Six energy supplier, SSE, aims to be the first to gain the British Standard for Inclusive Service Provision – for flexible customer service practices that are designed, marketed and available to all customers, including all those who experience some form of vulnerability.

Dealing with energy salespeople
Ofgem advice for the general public on how to deal with energy salespeople.

All about electric radiators
Electric radiators - how they work and are they a good replacement for old storage heaters?
Council insulation scheme praised
The Government commends a four-year insulation programme of 700 homes in Watford, giving residents a total combined saving of around £183,000 a year on their heating bills.

Energy-efficient boiler upgrade at NT mansion
The National Trust replaces old inefficient oil-fired boilers with wood pellet biomass boilers in a historic Tudor mansion, as part of its aim to switch to more green energy sources and deliver 50% of its energy from renewables by 2020.

Innovate UK energy efficiency videos
Videos from Innovate UK on making retrofit work and using straw as an alternative insulation material in homes.

Advantages of combining wood-fuelled energy sources with thermal stores
A thermal store can provide a safe and efficient solution and, if specified correctly, it can also prove simple to install and easy to connect to multiple renewable energy sources within a property.
Transparent wood better than glass
A research study reveals that transparent wood is better than glass for both energy efficiency and natural light.

Scientists break world record for solar thermal efficiency
Scientists in Australian create the world's most efficient solar thermal installation that turns steam into energy. With 97% conversion rates, it has the potential to significantly cut the cost of solar thermal energy.

New energy-efficient window tinting solves historic problems
A US team of researchers develops an energy-efficient thin film material that overcomes the usual shortcomings of window tinting, and is capable of going dark at the flick of a switch.

Using underground fossil fuel chambers and pressurized water to produce electricity
An energy company in Texas has come up with the idea of using abandoned oil and gas wells to store pressurized water which, when released, races through a turbine-generator above the ground, thereby producing electricity.
Energy consumption and energy efficiency trends in the EU-28, 2000-2014
A European Commission Joint Research Centre report shows the present status of energy consumption in the EU-28, in the four main energy consuming sectors: residential, tertiary, transport and industry.

Battery storage winner in EFR bids
National Grid accepts eight bids for companies to provide Enhanced Frequency Response, a scheme designed to react in less than a second to help keep electricity flows in balance. Many of the successful schemes are to use battery storage technology.

Heat network expansion
The Government announces the latest tranche of Heat Networks Delivery Unit (HNDU) funding. A number of local authorities are successful in their bids to develop communal heating schemes as part of the UK’s efforts to reduce its reliance on gas and meet its C02 emission targets.

London moves to zero carbon homes, energy efficiency and carbon offset
As of October 1 2016, all new major residential developments in London will have to meet the ‘Be Lean, Be Clean and Be Green’ requirements of the London Plan, which set zero-carbon standards, emphasise energy efficiency and set up a carbon offset scheme. 

New customer-orientated heat network guidance
A community heating specialist publishes a guide on how to design and implement heat networks around the needs of residents.

Green energy from carnival waste
Waste from the recent Notting Hill Carnival is to be used to generate nearly 100MWh of green electricity for National Grid.

Community solar goes live
The UK’s biggest community energy company switches on a new solar farm in Bristol.

New PV certification scheme
The BRE National Solar Centre unveils a new PV certification scheme aimed at rooftop installations over 50kW.

Government loan for Welsh wind farm
The Welsh Government provides a £3.5 million loan for the Swansea Valley community wind project.

Sharing experiences to support best practice in industrial energy efficiency
The Carbon Trust is asking companies to complete a questionnaire to provide input into the EU-MERCI Project, which is part the EU’s Horizon2020 programme and aims to support greater deployment of energy efficiency measures in industry across Europe,

Olympic park sets new energy standards for the future
Creating 75% of its own energy, London's 2012 Olympic Park could be a sustainable, low-carbon blueprint for a new kind of energy system of the future.

First Welsh Passivhaus manufacturing facility
The construction of the first complete Passivhaus manufacturing facility in Wales is underway in Welshpool. The factory will build high specification, energy-efficient homes capable of cutting heating bills by up to 90%.

New Passivhaus council houses for Swansea
The first new council houses to be constructed in Swansea for a generation are to be built to the Passivhaus standard and let for affordable rents.

First Passive House hospital
Germany is to build the first hospital to the Passive House standard.

Energy from cow dung
An Italian farmer turns manure into renewable energy.

Community Energy Fortnight 2016
This year, the fourth Community Energy Fortnight takes place between 3 and 18 September. Find out what’s happening near you.
Jobs across the UK
Various energy-related jobs across the country are available on the following websites. Take a look at:
2 x Energy Analyst
£25,000 - 28,000 pa plus benefits - negotiable based on experience. The Energy Institute is seeking two Energy Analysts who will: source and analyse relevant energy data and stakeholder information; work closely with EI staff and members to identify emerging industry trends; and create informative and timely outputs for a range of audiences and users. The ideal candidates will have experience in handling, analysing and interpreting data, and liaising and communicating with stakeholders. They will also have a strong academic track record in a STEM or related subject area and a demonstrable interest in, and understanding of, key energy issues. Closing date: Sunday, 11 September.
Storage and Opportunities for Community Energy. London. Tue 6 Sep
At this event, Pure Leapfrog takes a close look at the hot topic of energy storage. Those at the front line in the technological, financial and legal fields will provide cutting-edge information and insights. 

STBA masterclass. Ventilation, energy efficiency and old buildings:  the risks and challenges? London. Tue 6 Sep      
Increasing airtightness, either by virtue or as part of a strategy, can significantly change the way moisture behaves in a building and, without due consideration, might be detrimental to the health of both the occupant and the building fabric. In these situations a planned ventilation strategy is essential. But what strategies are available, and what is appropriate for the age and type of building? What are the challenges?

Zero Carbon Buildings Annual Conference. Birmingham. Thu 8 – Fri 9 Sep
Zero carbon building projects are becoming less of an exception and more of a norm. This international conference and exhibition provides a forum for exchange of knowledge, and for establishing collaboration networks and partnerships in this rapidly developing field.

2016 National Energy Efficiency and Retrofit Awards. Birmingham. Fri 16 Sep
The aim of the awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work undertaken in the energy efficiency sector, and to help encourage best practice in the energy industry as it works to improve the UK’s housing stock.

NEA Annual Conference 2016. Manchester. Wed 21 - Fri 23 Sep
The NEA conference is widely recognised as the largest fuel poverty and energy efficiency event in the UK. During its 35th anniversary year the NEA’s annual conference and exhibition is likely to attract around 300 delegates and 40 exhibitors. The programme will be structured around a number of key themes including:
  • Changing policy landscape.
  • Future delivery of energy efficiency schemes to the fuel poor.
  • How the NICE guidance is being implemented and showcasing examples of best practice.
  • Consumer protection.
  • Smart meter roll-out.
  • Innovation in delivering energy efficiency.
2016 Information Day on Horizon 2020 smart cities and communities. Brussels. Fri 23 Sep
This event is aimed at potential applicants to the Smart Cities & Communities topic of the 2016-2017 Horizon 2020 Work Programme ‘cross-cutting activities’ and, in particular, the 2017 call. Presentations will cover the call content and the application procedure.

Energy Management Summit. Stansted. Tue 4 Oct
This event is a platform for collaboration between those looking to reduce their energy costs and those providing the latest solutions and services in the sector. It consists of one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities to help create lasting business relationships.

Low-carbon energy revolution: How to turn buildings into power stations. Swansea. Tue 4 – Wed 5 Oct
An opportunity to meet like-minded in the building evolution and the energy revolution ecosystem, and hear from industry experts on:
  • The big energy challenges.
  • Regional excellence.
  • The Active Classroom.
  • Networking to meet innovators and potential collaborators.
  • Research excellence.
Modernising the UK's Energy Network: Delivering a Smart Power Revolution - Interconnection, Energy Storage, Demand-Side Response and Local Network Management. London. Tue 1 Nov
This forum will bring together representatives from across the UK's energy sector to discuss the progress made by government and industry on the recommendations made in the Smart Power Report, published by the National Infrastructure Commission in March, and following the government’s response, in which a minimum of £50 million of funding was promised for smart technology over the next five years.
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