My Home Energy Planner survey, Many private renters to miss out on new legislation, Biomass tariffs reduce, GD an “absolute disaster”, GDHIF3 all sold out, Which? calls for radical re-think and more...



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Issue 408 – Wednesday 1 April 2015


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CONTENTS

National Energy Foundation

My Home Energy Planner survey
Sustainability Live 2015 new Topic Trails. NEC, Birmingham. Tue 21 – Thu 23 April
NEF at Sustainability Live 2015. NEC, Birmingham. Tue 21 – Thu 23 April
CoRE training courses
Greenbuild Expo returns alongside new show, Buildings & Energy Efficiency
Buildings & Energy Efficiency Awards 2015


Policy

Many private renters to miss out on new legislation
Biomass tariffs reduce
ESOS reports
Fuel Poverty and Health Booster Fund
Money for fuel poverty projects
Zero carbon goes for 10 or less
Solar planning permission relaxed
GD an “absolute disaster”
Guidance for Central Heating Fund applications
GDHIF3 all sold out
Water to power 1m properties
Guidance on biomass applications
Evidence base review
Report on building stock sustainability
Fifth wave of Green Deal findings
Energy cold callers beware
Transferable business FiT payments
Energy efficiency measures over 1.3m
Latest Green Deal, GDHIF and ECO stats
Green Deal and ECO research options
Smart meters on the march
Community energy strategy update
Communities taking control of their energy
£21m for communities


Consultations

Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015
Smart meter roll-out strategy
Electricity Market Reform Contract for Difference scheme in NI 


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Which? calls for radical re-think
Oldham proves fuel poverty measures save NHS millions
Switching down
Latest household energy expenditure
Cold homes kill
Fuel poverty in NI
Out of the Cold
Campaign powers ahead
End the Cold Killer campaign
Cold homes cause more hospital visits than in Sweden
Show Some Warmth


Industry

Energy efficiency help for SMEs
‘Must try harder’
Call for experts
Energy Union should push EU efficiency laws
Renewable energy cooperative model spreading
Zero Carbon Compendium 2015
Biomass boiler vs heat pump
£50,000 available to solve measuring solid wall heat loss
UK GIB part funds biomass plant
UK GIB invests in social housing energy efficiency
Money goes up in the lift shaft
French rooftops go green
City district heating
Energy bills kicked into touch
DIY energy saving
Fjord fuel with water source heat pump
Retail refit cuts costs
Costa goes zero-energy
Sportswear company reduces distribution centre energy
Coventry District Energy Scheme up and running
Massive investment in Glasgow flats
Warmer homes in Leigh
Robotic insulation
PV that you can roll up
Graphene bulbs hit the market
Aeroseal helps energy efficiency


Jobs

Jobs across the UK


Events

Energy Storage UK 2015: The role of energy storage in the future of solar PV. London. Wed 15 April
Low energy know how. Manchester. Thu 16 April
Retrofit Live. Stoke-on-Trent. Wed 29 – Thu 30 April
Energy Management Forum 2015 – increasing efficiency, reducing cost. Birmingham. Wed 20 May
DECC Heat Pump Training Roadshow 2015. Various locations. Tue 16 June – Wed 8 July


National Energy Foundation 

My Home Energy Planner survey
We’re currently working with three other partner organisations to develop My Home Energy Planner, an innovative tool for assessing a household’s energy performance. We’d like this tool to help people better understand their energy use and improve their awareness of both the upgrade opportunities available and the best steps to take. To ensure that we make My Home Energy Planner as useful as possible, we’re conducting a 10-minute survey to find out if people have ever previously assessed their home energy usage and what information they’d fine useful when considering potential home improvements. We want to hear from as many people as possible – both homeowners and renters – and regardless of how much they know about energy. Everyone completing the survey will be entered into our prize draw and we have 12 OWL Micro Wireless Energy Monitors to give away.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LY5HHP2

Sustainability Live 2015 new Topic Trails. NEC, Birmingham. Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 April
Sustainability Live (incorporating NEMEX and Energy Recovery) is a leading exhibition for innovative energy management and sustainability and returns to the NEC Birmingham from Tuesday 21 to Thursday 23 April 2015. This year, visitors can make the most of their time at the show, with four new interactive visitor Topic Trails. Introduced to help energy and sustainability managers maximise their time at the exhibition, the trails will match exhibitors with the most relevant visitors.  Topic Trails for 2015 are:
- ESOS.
- Energy-efficient buildings.
- Energy generation.
- Smarter systems.
sustainabilitylive.com

NEF at Sustainability Live 2015. NEC, Birmingham. Tuesday 21 – Thursday 23 April
On Tuesday 21, our Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Byrne, will give a talk on the new ISO standard for energy baselines and performance indicators, ISO 50006. This will be in a session about ISO and chaired by Martin Fry, ESTA President. On Thursday 23 April, our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, will present on ‘Effective energy management strategies'.
http://www.conference.sustainabilitylive.com/

CoRE training courses
Retrofit building fabric. Birmingham. Wednesday 8 April
http://www.core-skills.com/events/event-15154404231/#.VRA9Q46sUlQ
Introduction to domestic retrofit. Flitwick. Tuesday 14 April
http://www.core-skills.com/events/event-15724853460/#.VRA-1Y6sUlQ
Introduction to domestic retrofit. Birmingham. Thursday 16 April
http://www.core-skills.com/events/event-15723995895/#.VRA_YI6sUlQ
Retrofit building physics. Birmingham. Friday 17 April
http://www.core-skills.com/events/event-15154459396/#.VRA_7Y6sUlQ
Introduction to domestic retrofit. Thursday 23 April
http://www.core-skills.com/events/event-15676653292/#.VRBAhY6sUlQ

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
Entries for the 2015 Buildings & Energy Efficiency (B&EE) Awards are now open. 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


Policy

Many private renters to miss out on new legislation
Although it will become illegal for private landlords to rent out homes in the worst energy efficiency categories from 2018, tens of thousands of tenants won't benefit from the new law and the savings and improved comfort it will bring.
http://www.sustainablehomes.co.uk/blog/new-standards-for-renters-are-great-but-a-loophole-means-tens-of-thousands-will-not-benefit?utm_campaign=Sustainable%20Homes%20Activity%20-%202014&utm_content=13247238&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter

Biomass tariffs reduce
Following the recent popularity of biomass installations, the technology hits a 'super trigger’ digression point so the Government reduces the tariffs by 20% as of today.
http://www.thegreenage.co.uk/bad-news-looking-install-biomass/

ESOS reports
DECC produces both summary and regional reports on its recent ESOS roadshows, which also sought views on the Government’s wider energy efficiency policy.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/energy-savings-opportunity-scheme-roadshows

Fuel Poverty and Health Booster Fund
Nine local authorities across the country receive up to £170,000 through the Fuel Poverty and Health Booster Fund, to build on local work helping those living in cold homes and develop future policy delivery.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-fuel-poverty-and-health-booster-fund 

Money for fuel poverty projects
The Government announces that up to £2 million will be available during 2015-16 for new fuel poverty pilot projects to encourage local innovation.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-fuel-poverty-innovation-funding

Zero carbon goes for 10 or less
The Government confirms that the zero carbon exemption for new houses built on small sites comprising 10 units or less, and its intention to ensure that this exemption is not abused.
https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/planning-update-march-2015

Solar planning permission relaxed
The solar industry is given a boost as the Government changes the rules to allow businesses to install rooftop arrays of up to 1MW without the need for planning permission.
http://www.edie.net/news/6/Pickles-cuts-red-tape-for-large-solar-rooftop-schemes/

GD an “absolute disaster”
The Green Party MP, Caroline Lucas, slams the Green Deal scheme as an "absolute disaster" and criticises the Government’s environmental record.
http://www.edie.net/news/6/Caroline-Lucas-Green-Party-MP-interview-Green-Deal-Government-policy/

Guidance for Central Heating Fund applications
Guidance from DECC for local authorities bidding for the £25 million available under the recently-launched Central Heating Fund. Local authorities are asked to submit developed proposals to incentivise the installation of first-time central heating systems in fuel poor households who do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/central-heating-fund-local-authority-guidance 

GDHIF3 all sold out
The £70 million recently released in the third phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund is all allocated within 10 days but £5 million unallocated from the second stage is also released.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/third-release-of-popular-green-deal-home-improvement-fund-fully-allocated

Water to power 1m properties
The Government launches an online interactive map revealing that at least one million homes and businesses across England could tap into the clean renewable heat in over 4,000 rivers, estuaries, canals and coastal sites. Together, these energy sources could provide over six gigawatts of low-carbon heat to communities.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/cold-water-could-heat-one-million-homes

Guidance on biomass applications
DECC issues guidance on how to apply for a place within the 400MW cap on new-build dedicated biomass projects under the Renewables Obligation, the first deadline for which is 20 August.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/applying-for-a-place-within-the-400mw-cap-on-new-build-dedicated-biomass-projects-renewables-obligation

Evidence base review
DECC publishes the results of a review it commissioned into the evidence base for UK industrial energy efficiency.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/feasibility-study-on-improving-the-evidence-base-for-industrial-energy-efficiency

Report on building stock sustainability
Lots of interesting facts and figures on energy in buildings 2005-13 (p12 on), courtesy of DCLG’s fifth Parliamentary report on the progress towards the sustainability of the building stock in England.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/progress-towards-the-sustainability-of-the-building-stock-in-england-fifth-parliamentary-report

Fifth wave of Green Deal findings
DECC publishes a summary report of the findings from the fifth wave of research on the Green Deal customer journey.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/green-deal-customer-journey-survey-summary-report-quantitative-survey-wave-5

Energy cold callers beware
The Government makes it easier for nuisance cold call companies to be hit with huge fines, with energy efficiency companies topping the list of culprits.
http://www.yougen.co.uk/blog-entry/2539/Companies+to+face+huge+fines+for+cold+calling+menace/

Transferable business FiT payments
The Government is changing the rules so that, from summer 2019, when a business that owns a medium or large building-mounted PV systems relocates, it will be able to take its solar panels with it and keep the FiT payments, as opposed to a move making an array ineligible, as is the case currently.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/move-your-solar-panels-and-keep-your-feed-tariff-payment/

Energy efficiency measures over 1.3m
DECC reports that around 1,337,000 energy efficiency measures have been installed in approximately 1,086,000 properties up to the end of December 2014, with the vast majority being under ECO.
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/green-deal-energy-company-obligation-eco-and-insulation-levels-in-great-britainquarterly-report-to-december-2014

Latest Green Deal, GDHIF and ECO stats
DECC releases the latest stats (to the end of February) for the Green Deal, the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (71% of measures of which were solid wall insulation) and ECO (both to the end of January).
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/green-deal-and-energy-company-obligation-eco-monthly-statistics-march-2015

Green Deal and ECO research options
A DECC working paper considers the options for research into how consumer behaviours influence the impacts of the Green Deal and Energy Companies Obligation programme.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/feasibility-study-on-green-deal-eco-customer-behaviour

Smart meters on the march
DECC reports that 764,800 smart meters are now operational in domestic properties, having installed 143,000 in Q4 of 2014. The Government’s roll-out includes 20.8 million gas meters and 25.3 million electricity meters.
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/green-deal-and-energy-company-obligation-eco-monthly-statistics-march-2015

Community energy strategy update
DECC reports on how the Government’s community energy strategy is progressing, which includes a rolling programme to address the barriers to deployment of community energy. In particular, it reviews the key areas for the sector over the next 12 months and how the UK can accelerate the revolution in the way it generates and uses energy.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-energy-strategy-update

Communities taking control of their energy
DECC reports that tens of thousands of homes and businesses across England are now powered by locally-owned renewable energy projects, thereby saving communities money and transforming the way power is generated in the UK. In the last 12 months there have been 62 new renewable power projects due to the £25 million urban and rural community energy funds.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/communities-take-control-of-their-energy-and-cut-their-bills

£21m for communities
£21 million in grants from the Local Energy Challenge Fund has been made available to five Scottish community energy projects.
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/-21-million-for-community-ownership-of-energy-projects-1751.aspx


Consultations

Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015
DECC publishes the draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015 for a technical consultation. The changes in the draft legislation are intended to consolidate and update the Renewables Obligation Order 2009 and introduce changes to biomass sustainability and reporting criteria as well as the outstanding Renewables Obligation transition measures previously consulted on in 2013 and 2014. This consultation closes on 14 April.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/draft-renewables-obligation-order-2015

Smart meter roll-out strategy
DECC opens consultation on the regulatory proposals to help inform and support a number of decisions that industry will need to take between the Data and Communications Company going live and the completion of the smart meter roll-out. This consultation closes on 19 May.
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/smart-metering-rollout-strategy
 
Electricity Market Reform Contract for Difference scheme in NI
DECC calls for evidence on the issues for implementing the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) Contract for Difference (CFD) scheme in Northern Ireland (NI) and their implications for how the CFD scheme could operate across the United Kingdom (UK).
https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/call-for-evidence-implementation-of-contracts-for-difference-and-the-supplier-obligation-in-northern-ireland


Consumers/Fuel Poverty

Which? calls for radical re-think
A new Which? report calls on the next Government to radically re-think the UK’s energy efficiency strategy to include an overhaul of the Green Deal scheme and include a policy to help millions of people insulate their homes.
http://press.which.co.uk/whichpressreleases/which-report-says-next-government-must-do-more-on-energy-efficiency/

Oldham proves fuel poverty measures save NHS millions
A pilot project in Oldham shows that if every one of the town’s fuel poverty residents was helped out of it, it could save the NHS around £6.1 million each year.
http://www.sustainablehomes.co.uk/blog/doctor-in-the-house-health-and-housing-event-round-up?utm_campaign=SHIFT%20conference%20health%20and%20housing&utm_content=12748414&utm_medium
=social&utm_source=twitter


Switching down
The latest figures show that electricity switching is down 31% between Q4 in 2013 (1,304,000) and Q4 2014 (895,000).
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/quarterly-domestic-energy-switching-statistics

Latest household energy expenditure
DECC issues itslatest annual estimates of domestic gas and electricity bills, and statistics on household expenditure on fuel.
https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/annual-domestic-energy-price-statistics

Cold homes kill
New analysis finds that living in cold homes kills more people in England and Wales than road accidents, alcohol or drug abuse. The number of “cold homes” deaths in 2013 was around 7,400; nearly five times higher than deaths from road and road accidents (1,574), and more than carbon monoxide, fire and assault deaths combined. The figure was also slightly more than the number who died from alcohol abuse (7,059).
http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/03/24/cold-homes-heating-deaths_n_6933130.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
 
Fuel poverty in NI
Fuel poverty in Northern Ireland currently stands at 42%, the highest in any region in the UK, resulting in 2,390 extra winter deaths over the past three years.
http://www.u.tv/News/2015/03/25/Over-2000-older-people-die-due-to-fuel-poverty-34185

Out of the Cold
A partnership including Age UK launches 'Out of the Cold: An Agenda for Warm Homes' which sets out a new eight-point radical vision in response to the cold homes crisis. The vision centres around the fact that public services (including those aimed at people suffering from cold and uncomfortable homes) can better respond to people’s needs when they are local, bespoke and holistic. As a result, there’s a need for a more devolved means of delivering such services and more creative methods to leverage the required funds.
http://www.respublica.org.uk/our-work/publications/out-of-the-cold-an-agenda-for-warm-homes/

Campaign powers ahead
DECC reports that over £38 million has been saved by 130,000 households by switching their energy supplier in just one month of its ‘Power to Switch’ campaign.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/millions-saved-in-one-month-as-switching-energy-supplier-rockets 

End the Cold Killer campaign
Nearly 50,000 people have so far signed a petition by the campaigning community, Avaaz, which is calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to: “…financially commit your party to ending the cold homes crisis, which kills almost 10,000 older people in the UK every winter, by using infrastructure money to make 2 million low income households highly energy efficient by 2020 (EPC Band C) and to improve all 6 million low income homes to this standard by 2025.”
https://secure.avaaz.org/en/cold_homes_7/
 
Cold homes cause more hospital visits than in Sweden
A Friends of the Earth study reveals that poorly-insulated homes in England mean that a larger proportion of people end up in hospital than in Sweden, where winters are much colder. For example, over the past five years, hospital admissions for chronic lower respiratory diseases, such as bronchitis and emphysema, have been 40% higher per 100,000 of population.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/mar/19/cold-homes-causing-more-respiratory-illness-in-england-than-sweden
 
Show Some Warmth
A campaign launched by the Children’s Society asks the energy companies to "Show Some Warmth" to children living in families who face energy debt and whose health is being damaged. These children are three times more likely to have damp or mould in their home and three times as likely to have been ill last winter.
http://www.childrenssociety.org.uk/what-you-can-do/campaign-for-change/show-some-warmth-fuel-debt-and-families


Industry

Energy efficiency help for SMEs
With almost a third of small firms highlighting the cost of energy as a barrier to growth and success, DECC issues guidance on some low-cost measures that SMEs can take to save energy and reduce their bills.
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sme-guide-to-energy-efficiency

‘Must try harder’
Although energy efficiency in the UK is working, we 'must try harder' and the next Government must set its priorities to accelerate improvements and maximise their potential in achieving energy policy goals.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/its-time-accelerate-improvements-energy-efficiency-heres-how-government-can-help/

Call for experts
The EU issues a call to join its database of independent experts to assist with European research and innovation assignments, including evaluation of proposals and programmes, monitoring of projects, and design of policy.
http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/experts/index.html

Energy Union should push EU efficiency laws
Although recognition in the Energy Union of the importance of improving energy efficiency in the EU's building stock is welcome, unless existing measures are properly implemented by national governments, the multiple benefits of renovation will not be exploited to the full.
http://www.euractiv.com/sections/efficient-energy-union/euroace-energy-union-should-push-eu-efficiency-laws-312744

Renewable energy cooperative model spreading
The model of renewable energy cooperatives is spreading in the EU with many sharing tips and expertise. Although citizens in France, Spain, Croatia and Greece have started to invest in renewable energy cooperatives, different legal contexts and the lack of support mechanisms mean they lag far behind northern European countries like the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Belgium.
http://ec.europa.eu/easme/en/news/spreading-model-renewable-energy-cooperatives

Zero Carbon Compendium 2015
This latest edition includes representation from fifteen international countries. It aims to highlight the collaborative methodologies necessary for the built environment, energy and transport infrastructure to work in harmony to create the cities of the future. In addition, it creates a better understanding of the issues surrounding the achievement and delivery of low energy homes, in partnership with energy generation and storage, transport, innovation, space organisation and comfort. 
http://www.zerocarbonhub.org/recent-publications

Biomass boiler vs heat pump
Which should you chose – biomass boiler or heat pump? YouGen pitches them head to head for seven rounds and compares the costs, maintenance, usability, economy of space, etc.
http://www.yougen.co.uk/blog-entry/2541/Biomass+Boiler+vs+Heat+pump+'3A+The+fight+is+on'21/

£50,000 available to solve measuring solid wall heat loss
BRE launches a competition up to £50,000 to support further testing and development of working prototypes in an effort to find new solutions to accurately and quickly measure heat losses from solid walls.
http://www.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=3603

UK GIB part funds biomass plant
The UK Green Investment Bank commits £35 million to a new £190 million biomass plant on the river Thames at the Port of Tilbury in Essex. The plant is expected to generate enough green electricity per year to power over 70,000 homes.
http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com/news-and-insight/2015/uk-green-investment-bank-and-esb-support-new-190m-renewable-electricity-plant-on-the-thames/

UK GIB invests in social housing energy efficiency
The UK Green Investment Bank invests in a programme of energy efficiency improvements in 1,000 social housing homes managed by Places for People across the country. The conversions will result in affordable, lower carbon heating for residents.
http://www.greeninvestmentbank.com/news-and-insight/2015/landmark-deal-to-improve-energy-efficiency-in-social-housing/

Money goes up in the lift shaft
A US study finds that the biggest source of roof air leakage comes from the open vents at the top of lift shafts in tall buildings. According to the report, apartment building owners in New York City, for example, spend an average of $3,400 each year to heat air that escapes through the roof, and the cost can be well over $20,000 for taller buildings.
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/elevator-shafts-big-culprits-wasting-heat-0110334/

French rooftops go green
Under a new green law in France, roofs on new buildings in commercial zones must include either plants or solar panels, thereby helping reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a building in winter and cool it in summer.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/mar/20/france-decrees-new-rooftops-must-be-covered-in-plants-or-solar-panels

City district heating
A look at the district heating system under the City of London that includes over two miles of pipeworks.
http://www.theccc.org.uk/ccc-blog/

Energy bills kicked into touch
After finding that it was using more gas and electricity than the designers had predicted, Aviva Stadium, the home of Irish rugby, saves over 14 megawatts of energy and 1million Euros in three years after adopting the ISO 50001 Energy Management System.
http://portfolio.cpl.co.uk/CIBSE/201503//aviva-stadium/

DIY energy saving
Do it yourself retailer, Wickes, saves £500,000 on its energy bills in 2014 after training 146 staff in energy efficiency in 230 stores.
http://www.lectraining.co.uk/news/wickes-saves-%C2%A3500k-energy-bill

Fjord fuel with water source heat pump
A town in Norway saves millions on heating by using a water source heat pump as part of its fjord-fuelled district heating system.
http://sustainablecitiescollective.com/david-thorpe/1055631/town-saves-millions-heating-costs-water-source-heat-pump?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=hootsuite_tweets

Retail refit cuts costs
A refit cuts energy use by almost 60% at one Scottish supermarket, and makes a roll-out of similar changes across 40 more stores a future possibility.
http://www.energylivenews.com/2015/03/17/scotmids-energy-retrofit-reaps-rewards/

Costa goes zero-energy
Costa is to open its first 78-seat zero-energy coffee shop near Telford.
http://www.ukgbc.org/news/costa-opens-uk%E2%80%99s-first-%E2%80%9Czero-energy%E2%80%9D-coffee-shop

Sportswear company reduces distribution centre energy
Adidas uses a young graduate outsider's view to help it reduce its energy use at one of its distribution centres.
https://www.2degreesnetwork.com/groups/2degrees-community/resources/why-adidas-asked-grad-student-help-overhaul-its-energy-use/ 

Coventry District Energy Scheme up and running
In a first of its kind, Coventry District Energy Scheme delivers low-carbon heat to key public buildings across the city centre. Via a 6.6km network of underground pipes, it cuts costs for the city council and reduces CO2 emissions by around 1,500 tonnes per annum.
http://www.theade.co.uk/cofely-gdf-suez-operated-coventry-district-energy-scheme-becomes-fully-operational-_2996.html

Massive investment in Glasgow flats
700 housing association flats in the Broomhill and Gorget areas of Glasgow are to benefit from an £11 million energy efficiency upgrade.
http://www.24dash.com/news/housing/2015-03-31-Work-starts-on-11M-project-to-cut-tenants-fuel-bills-and-upgrade-homes?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Warmer homes in Leigh
A local council-initiated and part-funded external insulation scheme, which uses polystyrene, cuts energy bills and improves the lives of households in Leigh.
http://www.leighreporter.co.uk/news/local/residents-joy-as-insulation-scheme-cuts-energy-bills-and-improves-homes-1-7173487

Robotic insulation
As part of a wider programme to explore ways to make homes warmer and reduce fuel consumption, Camden Council is using mini robots to help insulate properties. The Q-bots are controlled remotely inside the void under floorboards and they spray foam-based insulation material to their undersides.
http://www.labmonline.co.uk/news/industry/q-botincamden#.VRRB2PmsUlT

PV that you can roll up
After being inspired while sailing, a Cambridge company develops lightweight, flexible solar panels, which can be rolled up and fitted onto curved and flexible structures.
http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/mar/22/solar-sails-set-course-for-a-new-journey-into-renewable-energy

Graphene bulbs hit the market
A dimmable, energy-saving light bulb made with the revolutionary material, graphene, and developed at Manchester University, is to go on sale later this year.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-32100071?ocid=socialflow_twitter
 
Aeroseal helps energy efficiency
A new aerosol mist has the potential to improve energy efficiency in leaky air ducts by sealing them from the inside. The non-toxic spray travels throughout the interior of the ductwork attaching itself to the edge of the leaks, then bonding to other sealant particles until the hole is sealed. 
http://www.energymanagertoday.com/aerosol-based-duct-sealing-reduces-energy-use-0110456/


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/
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Events

Energy Storage UK 2015: The role of energy storage in the future of solar PV. London. Wednesday 15 April
Aimed at Government officials, policy makers, financiers and energy storage and solar PV companies, this one-day conference includes the leading companies in the energy storage industry presenting their latest innovations, products and technologies. The conference will look at the UK solar and storage market, including:
- Status quo and outlook.
- The energy storage landscape - competitive business models.
- Implications for the PV and storage industry and investment.
- Climate and funding models to facilitate access to capital.
http://www.bpva.org.uk/members/bpva/events/energy-storage-uk-2015/

Low energy know how. Manchester. Thursday 16 April
Free event organised by The Zero Carbon Hub and Saint-Gobain. An opportunity to gain a comprehensive understanding of the latest zero-carbon homes policy, the performance gap project and the cost of meeting the Zero Carbon Standard. The proposed Allowable Solutions schemes will also be looked at as well as the importance of retrofitting existing homes and the timeline to 2016. In addition, this event will provide delegates with the practical knowledge to meet the regulations as a number of product solutions designed to meet the Zero Carbon target will be presented.
http://www.zerocarbonhub.org/event/16

Retrofit Live. Stoke-on-Trent. Wednesday 29 – Thursday 30 April
This conference is aimed at experienced retrofit practitioners and professionals in the domestic retrofit sector, or those who want to develop expertise. It aims to showcase the best-in-class in terms of technical best practice, the development of effective retrofit delivery models and the latest in research and innovation.
http://www.retrofit-live.com/conference/

Energy Management Forum 2015 – increasing efficiency, reducing cost. Birmingham. Wednesday 20 May
The forum will address the key issues of:
- What the future holds for energy pricing and its effect on UK organisations.
- The journey towards ESOS compliance, ISO 50001, DECs, the Green Deal and energy audits.
- Meter Monitoring and Targeting (MMT) – optimising the data available to you.
- How to maximise staff engagement in energy efficiency.
- How should energy management and those responsible for it, fit into the modern organisation?
- The latest technology changing energy management.
http://www.sb-energy.net/home
 
DECC Heat Pump Training Roadshow 2015. Various locations. Tuesday 16 June – Wednesday 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

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