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SMART Connected Buildings - Innovate UK funded feasibility study project

SMART Connected Buildings - Innovate UK funded feasibility study project

11th October 2017
Together with our project partners BIM Academy (BIMA) and Northumbria University (UNN), NEF is collaborating in an Innovate UK funded feasibility study project that will use sensor data to establish feedback loops to help improve building performance and wellbeing.
Community solar project to take on local energy poverty this winter

Community solar project to take on local energy poverty this winter

28th September 2017
The National Energy Foundation and Citizens Advice Aylesbury Vale are delighted to announce the launch of a joint energy and fuel poverty advice scheme funded by the Gawcott Fields Community Solar Farm.

NEF scoops national award for improving health and housing for local residents

23rd August 2017
Together with our project partners, we are celebrating after our Better Housing, Better Health project, operating in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire, was named the national runner-up in the Energy Impact Awards, beating more than 80 competing entries.
10 years of SuperHomes — 100 openings for 2017!

10 years of SuperHomes — 100 openings for 2017!

10th August 2017
This year marks the 10th year of SuperHomes, the innovative and multi-award-winning national network of over 200 homes that have all reduced their carbon footprint by a minimum of 60%. To celebrate turning 10, SuperHomes is revitalising grassroots renovation with a record number of 100 FREE Open House events next month across all parts of UK. Visit the SuperHomes website to find out more.
National Energy Foundation Chief Executive awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

National Energy Foundation Chief Executive awarded OBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours

16th June 2017
Dr Kerry Mashford, Chief Executive of the Milton Keynes-based National Energy Foundation, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, for services to the Energy Industry.
NEF helps East Hants make every effort to ensure energy efficiency in Whitehill & Bordon homes

NEF helps East Hants make every effort to ensure energy efficiency in Whitehill & Bordon homes

29th March 2017
A team of energy efficiency specialists (including staff from the National Energy Foundation) has been recruited to ensure new homes built in Whitehill & Bordon meet the highest standards.

NEF calls for additional Government support for Show Homes as inspiration for domestic retrofit

24th March 2017
In its most recent study, the National Energy Foundation demonstrates the benefits of Show Homes in promoting energy savings through retrofit and renovation, and calls on the Government to provide additional support.

Green open homes are inspiring people to action

3rd March 2017
The inspirational value of SuperHomes and other green open home initiatives was crystalized this week following a UK Green Building Council report.

Social housing ‘state of the nation’ retrofit survey highlights data is key to success

16th February 2017
A report analysing the results from a new ‘state of the nation’ survey carried out by the National Energy Foundation, Capita and the University of Salford highlights the UK social housing sector’s views on opportunities, challenges and progress in energy-efficient retrofit.

National Energy Foundation launches new home energy assessment service

20th January 2017
It’s often difficult for homeowners to get hold of trusted and tailored advice when improving the energy efficiency of their homes. To test a solution for this problem, the National Energy Foundation is currently working with Carbon Co-op to carry out some market research to see if there is sufficient local demand to run a pilot project offering innovative 'My Home Energy Planner' surveys to householders in Milton Keynes.
National Energy Foundation welcomes Bonfield Review

National Energy Foundation welcomes Bonfield Review

22nd December 2016
The National Energy Foundation welcomes the Bonfield Review (Each Home Counts) but not without reservations about the practicalities of its recommendations.

National Energy Foundation Chief Executive receives prestigious sustainable engineering award

6th December 2016
The work of Dr Kerry Mashford, the Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, has been recognised with a sustainable engineering award from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).

NEF report finds that solar shading saves energy - but that’s just the start

23rd November 2016
Solar shading using blinds, shutters and awnings has a pivotal role to play in the future of the UK’s building stock but is currently poorly understood, both by construction professionals and building occupants, according to a report by the National Energy Foundation for the British Blind and Shutter Association.
NEF Green Deal Communities project wins public sector energy champions award

NEF Green Deal Communities project wins public sector energy champions award

22nd November 2016
The National Energy Foundation has won the Local Authority/Community category in this year’s Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards. The winning entry was the £2.5 million Green Deal Communities Project that the Foundation managed on behalf of South Bucks District Council and a partnership of 14 local authorities across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

NEF congratulates Elmhurst and National Energy Services on merging their EPC accreditation schemes

27th September 2016
The National Energy Foundation welcomes the announcement that Elmhurst Energy Systems and National Energy Services (NES) have agreed to merge their EPC accreditation schemes with immediate effect.
National Energy Foundation recognised for quality management with ISO 9001

National Energy Foundation recognised for quality management with ISO 9001

22nd September 2016
BSI has awarded the National Energy Foundation ISO 9001 certification for its Quality Management System.
Keeping Kids Cosy calls for businesses to donate energy efficiency products for fuel poor families

Keeping Kids Cosy calls for businesses to donate energy efficiency products for fuel poor families

1st September 2016
Keeping Kids Cosy is a new project designed to help families with young children who are struggling with fuel poverty. Recently launched by the National Energy Foundation, the project will work across the whole of Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. It is funded by Scottish Power Energy People’s Trust and supported by the local authorities in the area.

NEF responds to Hinkley Point C review

8th August 2016
The National Energy Foundation welcomes the new Government's decision to review the decision to support the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station development.

€5.4m (£4.23m) to stimulate innovation in net-zero energy housing refurbishments

9th June 2016
The Energiesprong net-zero housing refurbishment initiative has secured €5.4m (£4.23m) of European funding through the Interreg NWE programme, with a view to scale its existing innovative housing programme in the UK, France and the Netherlands, and to stimulate mass uptake of net-zero energy refurbishments.
National Energy Foundation Chief Executive shortlisted for national CBI award

National Energy Foundation Chief Executive shortlisted for national CBI award

10th May 2016
The Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, Dr Kerry Mashford, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the national 2016 First Women Awards, which recognise outstanding senior level business women and professionals in their fields.
Ousedale Energy Envoys help Milton Keynes Mayor save energy

Ousedale Energy Envoys help Milton Keynes Mayor save energy

21st April 2016
Local students from Ousedale School recently helped the Mayor of Milton Keynes make his home more energy-efficient and reduce his fuel bills as part of the National Energy Foundation’s Energy Envoys scheme.
SuperHomes are both low-carbon and low-energy, research finds

SuperHomes are both low-carbon and low-energy, research finds

2nd March 2016
According to new research undertaken by the National Energy Foundation, low-carbon SuperHomes are also low-energy homes, with the most efficient in the survey using 86% less energy than the average UK home.
Industry leaders explore supply chain opportunities provided by Energiesprong housing refurbishment

Industry leaders explore supply chain opportunities provided by Energiesprong housing refurbishment

24th February 2016
Delegates at a workshop in Coventry yesterday (Tuesday 23 February) met to look at the nature and scale of the supply chain opportunities offered by Energiesprong, a transformative approach to whole-house refurbishment developed in the Netherlands at an industrial scale.
Dutch Energiesprong housing innovation to come to the UK

Dutch Energiesprong housing innovation to come to the UK

10th February 2016
The European Commission recently announced €3.6 million of Horizon 2020 grant funding to roll out the innovative Dutch Energiesprong housing refurbishment approach, the aim being to stimulate mass uptake of net-zero energy refurbishments of domestic properties in a number of other European countries, including the UK.
Grants available to improve health for residents living in cold or damp homes

Grants available to improve health for residents living in cold or damp homes

28th January 2016
Better Housing, Better Health is a new service to help those whose health is affected by living in cold or damp homes. It has been launched by the National Energy Foundation, working in partnership with eleven local authorities across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire and with funding from the British Gas Energy Trust.
Find the gap – insights into the ‘performance gap’ from social housing sector BPE projects

Find the gap – insights into the ‘performance gap’ from social housing sector BPE projects

27th January 2016
There’s a growing appreciation of the gap that exists between the design of a building and its ‘as-built’ performance. This ‘performance gap’ occurs in buildings across all sectors, whether it’s social housing, commercial office space, public buildings or private residential dwellings.
Andrew Warren stands down as an NEF Trustee

Andrew Warren stands down as an NEF Trustee

2nd December 2015
Our Trustees say good-bye to Andrew Warren who, after nearly 12 years as an NEF Trustee, is standing down. Over the years, Andrew has been a passionate supporter of energy efficiency and an influential figure on the energy stage. In particular, he was the Director of the UK Association for the Conservation of Energy between its foundation in 1981 and 2014, and is now its Honorary President.
National Energy Foundation Chief Executive wins in Women Leaders MK Awards

National Energy Foundation Chief Executive wins in Women Leaders MK Awards

23rd November 2015
Kerry Mashford, the Chief Executive of the Milton Keynes-based National Energy Foundation has won an award at the inaugural Women Leaders MK Awards – in recognition of her leadership of the Foundation’s work improving the use of energy in buildings.
Energy Envoys volunteering scheme sheds light on how ‘bright sparks’ could help us save the planet

Energy Envoys volunteering scheme sheds light on how ‘bright sparks’ could help us save the planet

30th September 2015
The National Energy Foundation launches its Energy Envoys volunteering opportunity to 300,000 young people as part of the world-famous Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE).
VolDEC website launched

VolDEC website launched

28th July 2015
The National Energy Foundation and Phil Jones of Building Energy Solutions announce the launch of a new website to support the full commercial release of VolDECs (Voluntary Display Energy Certificates) which – following piloting and testing with office buildings - are now available to clients across the non-domestic property sector.
Game-changing Energiesprong refurbishment model comes to the UK

Game-changing Energiesprong refurbishment model comes to the UK

16th July 2015
Leading social housing providers, construction companies, trade bodies and expert organisations have come together to form Energiesprong UK - with the intention of creating a ‘game-changing’ refurbishment sector in the UK, inspired by the Dutch Energiesprong approach.
National Energy Foundation launches revamped LogPile

National Energy Foundation launches revamped LogPile

23rd April 2015
The National Energy Foundation has launched an improved and revamped version of LogPile, its online database designed to help the general public find suppliers of wood fuel (logs, pellets, etc) and wood fuel equipment (stoves, boilers, etc).
YouGen welcomed into the National Energy Foundation

YouGen welcomed into the National Energy Foundation

6th February 2015
The National Energy Foundation announces today that it has agreed with YouGen to take on its activities, thereby providing a secure, long-term future for YouGen members and website visitors. YouGen will be a fitting addition to the Foundation’s growing family of services that help householders and home owners to improve the energy performance of their homes through better energy efficiency and generation.

NEF fuel poverty fighters scoop national award

28th January 2015
The National Energy Foundation is celebrating after its project 'Prescribing Efficiency: Supporting Residents towards Healthy Housing' has received a national Community Action Award.
NEF’s young ‘Energy Envoys’ to educate the nation through DofE volunteering

NEF’s young ‘Energy Envoys’ to educate the nation through DofE volunteering

26th January 2015
The National Energy Foundation has marked its new partnership with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) as an Approved Activity Provider (AAP) by launching a volunteering scheme for young DofE participants across the UK. For the Volunteering section of their DofE programmes, participants can become ‘Energy Envoys’, gaining a better understanding of energy use in the UK and sharing this knowledge with their peers in school and members of their local communities.
National Energy Foundation finalists beat the competition in Europe’s top energy awards

National Energy Foundation finalists beat the competition in Europe’s top energy awards

1st December 2014
Hook Norton Low Carbon, a carbon-cutting community in rural Oxfordshire, and Eco Bicester, an energy-saving project run by Cherwell District Council, have won prestigious European energy awards after being nominated by the National Energy Foundation earlier this year.

NEF pilot project to deliver home energy assessments to most vulnerable

6th November 2014
The National Energy Foundation is undertaking a pilot project to deliver home energy assessments to the most vulnerable people in Oxfordshire. The aim is to identify and provide assistance to ensure their homes are warm, healthy, and sustainable places to live. The project has been made possible by a grant from Oxfordshire County Council, which has responsibility for public health in the county.

NEF launches 10 ‘Big Ideas’ to help towards an energy-literate UK

22nd September 2014
The National Energy Foundation launches a programme of 10 ‘Big Ideas’ - projects to help improve the nation’s energy literacy. The launch follows a nationally representative survey which throws light on how much the British public really knows about energy.

Energy survey raises concerns: people think they know more about energy issues than they really do

18th September 2014
A nationally representative survey of 2,058 British adults conducted by ComRes on behalf of the National Energy Foundation throws light on how much the British public really knows about energy. Most significantly, only a quarter (23%) of British adults were able to identify the policy that scientists say is the fastest and most effective way of meeting our energy needs (using less energy) by reducing energy demand and improving energy efficiency.
National award for project managed by National Energy Foundation for Bucks County Council

National award for project managed by National Energy Foundation for Bucks County Council

26th June 2014
A project in Buckinghamshire, managed by Dale Hoyland, an employee at the National Energy Foundation in Milton Keynes, has won a national award from the charity, National Energy Action.

NEF supports call to make home energy efficiency a “national infrastructure priority”

24th June 2014
Energy efficiency in UK homes must become a “national infrastructure priority” – with Government committing to a target of retrofitting 1 million homes a year by 2020 – says a major new coalition of 20 organisations (including the National Energy Foundation) from the construction, housing and environment sectors.

L&G launches voluntary operational ratings certificate developed by NEF

20th June 2014
Legal & General Property (LGP) announces that it is piloting a new voluntary operational rating scheme called VolDECs. Based on Display Energy Certificates (DECs), this represents an innovative approach for private sector ownership of commercial property and responds to the absence of a government rating scheme.
NEF launches expert guide to help close the performance gap

NEF launches expert guide to help close the performance gap

4th June 2014
The National Energy Foundation has launched an expert guide to help combat the UK’s persistent failure to produce non-domestic buildings that combine both comfort and excellent energy performance; a situation that some regard as a ‘national scandal’.

Dame Mary Archer announces National Energy Foundation awards winners

3rd June 2014
As part of its 25-year anniversary celebrations, the National Energy Foundation has run a number of awards this year. The results were announced at a recent ceremony hosted by Dame Mary Archer.

‘Less is More’ for Milton Keynes MP

20th May 2014
Iain Stewart MP received first-hand insight into electricity reduction – and the engineering behind it. Loughton resident Paul Bartlett recently welcomed the Member of Parliament for Milton Keynes South into his home to give him a first-hand insight into the electricity demand reduction project ‘Less is More’.

NEF supports open letter to PM expressing concern about ECO changes and reduced targets for SWI

28th April 2014
The National Energy Foundation is one of a number of organisations that has signed a letter to the Prime Minister expressing concern about the proposed changes to ECO and the effect they will have on solid wall insulation.

National Energy Foundation strengthens its expertise with four new Trustees

11th April 2014
The National Energy Foundation has strengthened its expertise with four new members to its Board of Trustees. The new Trustees - Steven Fawkes, Liz Male, Matthew Rhodes and Peter Rickaby - all have extensive experience in their respective fields and bring valuable skills to the Foundation that will support the charity in its next exciting stage of development and its mission to promote the improved use of energy in buildings.
Ground Source Heat Pump Association comes of age

Ground Source Heat Pump Association comes of age

31st March 2014
After 10 years growing and developing under the wing of the National Energy Foundation, the Ground Source Heat Pump Association becomes a stand-alone trade association.

Retrofit industry task group devises action plan to meet energy efficiency targets

26th March 2014
A new report from an industry group, released today, identifies the barriers the UK retrofit industry faces and has created an action plan to remove these barriers to increase growth and achieve the energy efficiency targets set by the Government.
National Energy Foundation and SuperHomes charity, Sustainable Energy Agency, announce merger

National Energy Foundation and SuperHomes charity, Sustainable Energy Agency, announce merger

3rd March 2014
The National Energy Foundation (NEF) and the Sustainable Energy Agency (SEA) announce their merger, with immediate effect, under the umbrella of NEF.

National Energy Foundation launches awards to kick start 25-year celebrations

25th February 2014
The National Energy Foundation begins the celebration of its 25th anniversary with the launch of a number of awards. The aim is to reward and recognise individuals, organisations, initiatives and projects for delivering sustainable energy at a local level and, as a result, bringing both social and environmental benefits.

National Energy Foundation plans to make its mark with 25-year anniversary activities

24th February 2014
Since its operational beginnings in early 1990, the National Energy Foundation has been at the forefront of improving the use of energy in buildings. The charity aims to give people, organisations and government the knowledge, support and inspiration they need to understand and improve the energy performance and comfort of the buildings they design, build, manage or occupy.

NEF/BIFM survey - FM profession cautious over energy reduction targets and hindered by lack of tools

18th February 2014
A survey by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) and the National Energy Foundation (NEF) into experiences and expectations of improving the use of energy in buildings has found that FM professionals are highly committed to maximising energy improvements – but still lack metering and monitoring tools to establish accurate baselines and track progress. While 90% of respondents know their annual energy costs, only half of respondents knew how the buildings were performing compared to design, and nearly a third were not comparing the buildings’ performance over time.

Retrofit revisited: Social housing survey highlights sector is ready and willing to deliver

27th January 2014
A new survey carried out by Alliance Procurement, the National Energy Foundation and the University of Salford sought to identify changes in sector attitude over the last three years. It repeated many of the questions asked in the original ‘state of the nation’ survey carried out by the same team in 2010.

Affordable Warmth Network team out and about in Big Energy Saving Week

17th January 2014
Big Energy Saving Week, a national campaign from the Citizens Advice Bureau, begins on 27 January. Our Affordable Warmth Network team will be out and about undertaking lots of outreach with CABs, helping people cut hundreds of pounds from their energy bills, have cosier homes and stay healthy.

National Energy Foundation Trustee receives OBE in New Year’s Honours

31st December 2013
John Doggart, one of the National Energy Foundation’s long-standing Trustees, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, for services to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency.

National Energy Foundation supports letter to PM on ECO

28th October 2013
The National Energy Foundation is one of more than 50 of the UK’s leading companies and professional institutes operating in the built environment who are warning the Prime Minister not to scale back the so-called green levies on energy bills, especially the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
National Energy Foundation recognised as top achiever in carbon reduction and management

National Energy Foundation recognised as top achiever in carbon reduction and management

23rd October 2013
The National Energy Foundation has received an award from the Carbon Trust for being Best in Relative Carbon Reduction (2012-13) amongst certified organisations, recognising it as one of the country's top achievers in carbon management and reduction over the past year.

NEF’s views on the Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS)

3rd October 2013
The National Energy Foundation has provided a detailed response to DECC's consultation into compulsory energy audits for large companies, implementing Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, which DECC has named ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme).

Our critical response to proposals that will lead to badly insulated homes

16th September 2013
The National Energy Foundation believes that there should be no change to the current insulation standard in homes receiving grant aid under ECO.

NEF publishes response to DECC’s call for evidence on community energy

13th August 2013
The National Energy Foundation has been working with communities for twenty years and was delighted to be able to support the development of DECC's Community Energy Strategy by providing a response to its call for evidence from those with an interest in community energy.

NEF reviews heat pump standards for International Energy Agency

25th July 2013
The National Energy Foundation has published a literature review, commissioned by DECC, for IEA Annex 36 on the quality of installation and maintenance of heat pumps.

USEA announces merger with ‘energy use in buildings’ charity, the National Energy Foundation

15th May 2013
United Sustainability Energy Agency (USEA) announced today its merger with the National Energy Foundation (NEF). The integration of both organisations, under the NEF umbrella, takes place with immediate effect. The organisations have a track record of working successfully together for 15 years and share a reputation for excellence in improving the use of energy in buildings.