In December, 2016, the work of our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, was recognised with a sustainable engineering award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. The new IMechE award was established by the institution’s Energy, Environment and Sustainability Group to reward and recognise a Mechanical Engineer who has taken significant steps to bridge the gap between an unsustainable present and a more sustainable future.
Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards
In November, 2016, we won the Local Authority/Community category in the Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards. Our winning entry was the £2.5 million Green Deal Communities Project that we managed on behalf of South Bucks District Council and a partnership of 14 local authorities across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.
The project delivered solid wall insulation and other energy efficiency improvements to reduce both fuel poverty and carbon emissions on a street-by-street basis in 577 hard-to-treat homes.
ISO 9001 for Quality Management Systems
In August, 2016, we were awarded ISO 9001 by the British Standards Institution for our Quality Management Systems. ISO 9001 is the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard in the world and is based on principles of strong customer focus, involvement of senior management, a process approach and continual improvement. Over the years, it has helped millions of organizations globally to ensure that customers get consistent, good-quality services.
We believe quality management is one of the keys to success for any organisation and for us ISO 9001 provides external verification and assurance to our customers and project partners that we're placing their satisfaction at the forefront of our operations.
Women Leaders MK Awards
In October, 2015, our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, won the Environment award at the inaugural Women Leaders MK Awards. The award was for her leadership of the Foundation’s work improving the use of energy in buildings and she accepted it on behalf of all the staff at NEF and its Trustees, and in recognition of all the hard work and dedication that everyone had shown since she joined the Foundation.
NEA Community Action Award
In January, 2015, we won an NEA Community Action Award. The awards, run in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change and British Gas, recognise excellence in the fields of tackling fuel poverty and improving energy efficiency amongst vulnerable households. The £1,500 award helped to deliver our Better Housing Better Health project in Oxfordshire, which improves the properties of patients identified by the health service as being at high risk of suffering adverse effects which could be exacerbated by cold living conditions.
Re-certification for the Carbon Trust Standard
In December, 2014, the Foundation was successfully re-certified for the Carbon Trust Standard. We achieved the standard once again, this time on a 4.8% absolute reduction in our carbon footprint across the period April 2011 – March 2014. We also achieved a great 86% carbon management score (the pass threshold being 60%) demonstrating our ongoing commitment to good all-round carbon management performance in our day-to-day operations.
National Energy Action Community Action Award
In June, 2014, Bucks Big Heat, a project managed by the National Energy Foundation on behalf of Buckinghamshire County Council, won a national award from the charity, National Energy Action. The Community Action Award was presented to Tahir Aziz, Buckinghamshire County Council Children’s Partnership Team, and Dale Hoyland, our Local Authority Services Manager, for their work on the project over the winter of 2013-14.
8th Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards, 2014
Also in June 2014, SuperHomes won an award from the EU Commission - in the 8th Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards. The project was one of the five entries considered by the judges in the Communicating category. In total, the awards attracted 342 entries from 31 countries and the award was presented at a ceremony in Brussels on 26 June,
RetroExpo Awards 2013
SuperHomes won the 'Retrofit Promoter of the Year' award.
Carbon Trust award for being ‘Best in Relative Carbon Reduction (2012-13)'
In October 2013, we received a Carbon Trust award for being ‘Best in Relative Carbon Reduction (2012-13)’ amongst certified organisations, recognising us as one of the country’s top achievers in carbon management and reduction over the year.
Community Champions Awards
In 2013, the Bucks Affordable Warmth Project was nominated for the Community Project of the Year Award.
Ashden Gold Award
In June 2013, WHISCERS won the coveted Ashden Gold Award. The Ashden judges commended WHISCERS for being a revolutionary low-mess, low-cost insulation process which can insulate homes in a matter of hours, reducing fuel bills by up to 40%.
Carbon Trust Standard
In December 2012, we achieved the Carbon Trust Standard, which recognised our efforts in reducing carbon emissions and provides tangible proof to our staff, shareholders, customers and suppliers that we're committed to making future reductions.
Cycle-MK Challenge 2011
We came second in the category for organisations with 20-49 staff for completing 107 cycle trips (923.6 miles) and saving 230kg of CO2.
Retrofit Awards 2010
The SuperHomes project won the 'Public Engagement/Communication Initiative' category.
Cycle-MK Challenge 2010
We won the category for organisations with 20-49 staff for completing 136 cycle trips (875 miles) and saving 286kg of CO2.
Eurosolar UK Awards 2004
We were commended for inspiring renewable energy projects in category E (Solar Architecture) for our building (National Energy Centre: Phase 2).