Publications

We publish intelligent reports, publications and consultation documents on an ongoing basis. We also respond to calls for evidence from Government departments, and provide detailed and comprehensive feedback.

Our publications

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Response to the ECO: Help to Heat consultation

August 2016

The response submitted by National Energy Foundation was formulated as a result of internal discussion and the incorporation of comments received from the steering groups for the Affordable Warmth Networks that the Foundation coordinates. The networks, which cover Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, are governed by steering groups formed of local authorities (both upper-tier county councils and lower-tier district and city councils), Citizens Advice Bureaux, AgeUK, and Public Health, etc.

Response to the Energy Network Association consultation on radio teleswitch broadcasting provision

August 2016

The Foundation believes that radio teleswitching has proved to be a useful tool in helping protect some of the most vulnerable customers, and in limiting heating costs at times of severe weather. The persistence of customers on teleswitched tariffs suggests that there is still a need for this sort of tariff, albeit one that tends to be a fairly blunt tool. As such, we would not support the withdrawal of the system prior to the introduction a viable alternative – which, as indicated in the consultation document, is likely to be achieved at least in part through the national roll-out of smart meters. For this reason, we believe that it should continue in operation until 2020, and we would prefer a socialised recovery of the cost across all network users.

EnergyWise - a response to the proposed energy efficiency scheme in Northern Ireland

June 2016

Our written submission in response to the Northern Ireland Department for the Economy consultation paper on the proposed introduction of EnergyWise, a new householder energy efficiency sheme. The Foundation believes that a single point of contact can benefit homeowners, businesses and the wider community, and that such an energy efficiency service should support homeowners throughout the entire customer journey.

Warm Home Discount - Affordable Warmth Network response

May 2016

The response to the Government's consultation on the Warm Home Discount, submitted by the National Energy Foundation on behalf of the partners in the Affordable Warmth Network it administers.

Energy Efficiency Benchmarks for SuperHomes: A Normalised Performance Index Approach

February 2016

Despite what many people think, low-carbon and low-energy don’t necessarily go hand in hand - but we undertook research that proved they do in the case of SuperHomes. Our researchers calculated the energy and carbon figures for a sample of the 205 SuperHomes, by per person per year, and by per square metre of floor space per year. Using the 2012 National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED) sample, we were able to make comparisons between an average SuperHome and the average UK home with the same number of occupants or of the same size. The findings showed that low-carbon SuperHomes are also low-energy homes, with the most efficient in the survey using 86% less energy than the average UK home.

Insights from Social Housing Projects: Building Performance Evaluation Meta-Analysis

January 2016

The Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme was an £8 million competition funded by Innovate UK (formerly, Technology Strategy Board) to evaluate and assess the post-construction and in-use performance of both domestic and non-domestic buildings. There were 52 new housing projects funded in total, of which 54% (28 projects) were led by registered providers.

We were commissioned by Innovate UK to undertake an analysis of the data arising from all 28 registered provider-led projects. These 28 projects were made up of a total of 83 test dwellings. 

Findings from the study identified:

  • Key success factors (where things worked well and not so well).
  • Practices which resulted in a significant performance gap.
  • The relative impact of specific attributes such as defects and building services on the performance gap.

Our meta-analysis revealed the trigger points resulting in social housing projects failing to deliver on the designed performance targets, and identified a number of key issues for the future. Our research will empower registered providers who have the means to champion and combat the ‘performance gap’ in buildings, and allow them to apply lessons from the BPE to their new developments.

Response to the Bonfield Review

December 2015

The Foundation submitted a response to the Independent Review of Consumer Advice, Protection, Standards and Enforcement for UK Home Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Measures. The review is being conducted by Dr Peter Bonfield on behalf of the Secretaries of State for Energy & Climate Change and Communities and Local Government. The Foundation's response is based on its belief that:

  • Government policy and services provided to householders should be secure, certain and have an element of longevity. Constant change and the ‘flip-flopping’ of policies makes for an insecure, uncertain and overly complex landscape, with damaging consequences to the sector.
  • The market should be locally-based.
  • The supply chain and the market generally should be improved – for example, through better training in understanding energy and buildings, and on how to deliver energy performance improvements efficiently and cost-effectively.

The review is expected to provide initial advice to both Secretaries of State by March 2016.

Response to feed-in tariff consultation

October 2015

The National Energy Foundation submitted a response to the Government's consultation on the small-scale renewable energy generation incentive scheme. The proposals included substantial cuts to the solar tariffs and the Foundation's response focused on:

  • A time-limited, cost-effective scheme based on security, certainty and an element of longevity.
  • Less severe tariff reductions spread over a longer period and with periodic reviews.
  • The belief that such deep cuts would only save a small amount on consumer energy bills.
  • The Government's proposals proving to be very disruptive and the sector being hit hard, allowing it little time for planning and restructuring.
  • Solar PV becoming an unattractive and niche option, only available to either the wealthy or those very committed to the concept.
  • Cuts of such severity having an adverse impact on innovation, installation companies, community projects, investment, jobs and overall confidence in the sector.
  • More emphasis on encouraging consumers to install integrated solutions comprising both energy efficiency measures and FiTs.
  • Giving consideration to a system based on (for example) either a SAP rating or a higher minimum EPC rating, weighted to the building’s age and possibly its built form.

Response to the Commons Energy & Climate Change Committee’s inquiry into home energy efficiency

October 2015

The Foundation's full response to the committee's investigation into what lessons can be learnt from previous energy efficiency schemes. The committee invited responses based on the following questions:

  • Why have previous approaches to energy efficiency failed to deliver significant results?
  • What lessons can be learnt from current and previous schemes including Green Deal, Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, and ECO?
  • How does the UK’s performance on home energy efficiency compare with other countries?
  • What lessons can be learned from these countries on energy efficiency?

Response to DCLG’s consultation on DECs

March 2015

In response to DCLG's consultation on how the current regime of Display Energy Certificates could be streamlined and improved, the Foundation believes that the current mandatory requirement should be broadly unchanged but could be improved by the introduction of a centralised enforcement body, an accessible register and the possibly national league tables. We stress that DECs provide a visible incentive to make continuous improvements to energy management, and hence consistent and meaningful energy savings, which far exceed the cost of compliance. Even in the private sector there's an appetite for the kind of information DECs provide as witnessed by the growing demand for VolDECs, our new and innovative voluntary operational energy rating scheme for commercial buildings.

Homeowners Advice Facility

March 2015

Our research report, commissioned by the Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project, exploring how best to support homeowners as they consider the options, issues and costs involved with retrofitting their homes, available through a single point of contact.

Community-led Hydro Initiatives

February 2015

Overview of hydro installations, funding and project profit management. One of a number of action packs developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. Each pack has been written and reviewed by community activists with first-hand knowledge of what it takes to set up social enterprises. Inside you will find practical suggestions and inspiration for setting up your own community initiative, helping those who are ready to take action to do just that.

Response to An End to Cold Homes: One Nation Labour’s Plans for Energy Efficiency

January 2015

Our response to the Labour Party's plans for energy efficiency, in which we highlight two major omissions:

  • A recognition of the energy performance gap, whereby buildings do not perform as well as expected whether newly built or as a result of one or more retrofit measures.
  • A lack of measures targeted at owner occupiers to make improvements, other than through a tweaking of the unsuccessful Green Deal provisions.

Community-led Photovoltaic Initiatives

November 2014

Another action pack developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. Support and information for community groups and social enterprises setting up community-led photovoltaic projects.

Sustainable Community Loan Fund

November 2014

Another action pack developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. Information and finance for community loan funding to install local sustainable energy measures.

Energy Farms - Anaerobic Digestion

November 2014

Another action pack developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. How to develop a community-led agricultural anaerobic digester.

Community-led Wind Power

November 2014

Another action pack developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. How to plan, build and own a medium or large wind turbine in your community’s backyard.

Community-led Transport Initiatives

November 2014

Another action pack developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. An overview of a community bus project, showing how community scale sustainable public transport can work.

Community-led Reuse of Resources

November 2014

Another action pack developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. Information for community groups and social enterprises setting up projects to reuse surplus building materials and products.

Community-led Food Initiatives

November 2014

Another action pack developed by the National Energy Foundation as part of the Academy of Champions for Energy project. Support and information for community groups and social enterprises setting up community-led food production and distribution initiatives.

A Housing Stock Fit for the Future

June 2014

In an open letter, a major coalition of 20 organisations (including the National Energy Foundation) from the construction, housing and environment sectors supports a call to make home energy efficiency a “national infrastructure priority” and to achieve one million deep retrofits each year by 2020. The group's report sets out the strong economic benefits for improving home energy efficiency.

Response to ECO consultation

April 2014

The Foundation's overall comment is that Government should not reduce targets just because they are difficult to achieve; they should instead identify where some energy companies have successfully met their obligation and encourage all companies to replicate this best practice. However, where there are realisable energy savings that can be achieved at a lower cost than under the current arrangements, the Government should be open to permitting them within the ECO framework, especially where there is evidence that homeowners are not taking action without the incentive of ECO. Equally, if it is clear that there are fundamental problems with certain aspects of ECO, these should be modified.

Breaking Barriers: Summary Report

March 2014

In recognition that the notion of whole house refurbishment is largely misunderstood and that there are currently many challenges facing home owners, the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings (EEPB) established the whole house energy efficiency retrofit project with industry and other key stakeholders. This report summarises the work undertaken by the group up to March 2014 and contains a review of some 415 financial and non-financial barriers and potential solutions whilst also detailing the steps taken to create a two-year industry action plan.

Breaking Barriers: Literature Review

March 2014

This report is supplementary to the Energy Efficiency Partnership for Buildings’ (EEPB) Breaking Barriers: Summary Report. It contains details of the full literature review undertaken by the EEPB Whole House Energy Efficiency Retrofit industry working group as well as the full list of barriers and solutions identified on the road to realising an industry action plan.

Pioneer Places Milton Keynes: Kick Starting Local Green Deal Activity

March 2014

Our report on a project, the aim of which was to boost the uptake of the Green Deal amongst domestic and non-domestic property owners, and which inspired action among local residents and business owners to retrofit inefficient properties, thereby helping to reduce energy bills at no upfront cost.

Response to the consultation on Improving Consumer Protection in the Green & Renewable Energy Market

February 2014

The National Energy Foundation has acted as secretariat to the Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme since its launch four years ago. Over this period there have been numerous changes in the domestic electricity supply market, including a rise in the number of non-certified “renewable-only” tariffs without additional environmental benefits and the limitation of suppliers to four core tariffs, which has led to a drop in the number of certified green tariffs currently available. The Foundation therefore welcomes the review as timely. Its response stresses the importance of applying equal rules to the green and renewable-only tariffs in the areas of transparency (the messages given to consumers) and evidence of supply (the matching of purchases by renewable supply). Furthermore, in order to offer a wider choice to consumers it recommends that suppliers be allowed to “green up” supplies through the purchase of “bundles” on all regular tariffs, and to link the level of additional environmental benefits to the volume of electricity purchased, rather than making it a fixed level per customer as at present.

Response to the CEER public consultation paper on advice on “green” electricity

February 2014

The National Energy Foundation has responded to the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) public consultation paper on advice on “green” electricity. This draws on the Foundation’s four years of experience acting as the Secretariat to the UK’s Green Energy Supply Certification Scheme. While supporting harmonisation of rules for matching renewable electricity supply by the use of Guarantees of Origin (REGOs), the Foundation expressed some doubts about the value of moving to common rules on disclosure where there are already robust arrangements in place, such as the UK Scheme which implements Ofgem’s guidelines. However, this consultation is timely as it coincides with Ofgem’s own consultation into the future of green and renewable electricity offers, which the Foundation will be responding to prior to the deadline of 14 February.

Response to DECC’s consultation on National Energy Efficiency Data-Framework (NEED)

January 2014

We are broadly supportive of DECC’s plans to make available a significant dataset of domestic energy efficiency data. However, we feel that it is more important to focus on measures revealed by Energy Performance Certificates, rather than on installations arising from Government-funded programmes such as CERT, as the latter will only give a partial view of work done as it ignores both self-funded measures (such as DIY loft insulation) and those supported by local schemes. We also question whether releasing a public partial dataset of 20,000 homes risks creating unintentional biases in the data.

Response to DECC’s consultation on ESOS

October 2013

We 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). In general, we welcome the introduction of mandatory energy audits, though note that many of the companies that will be affected already operate excellent energy management systems. In time, we hope that mandatory audits for large companies will encourage more small and medium enterprises to undertake similar audits as a way of identifying energy savings.

Response to DECC’s consultation on amendments to ECO

September 2013

As part of our response, we stated that we firmly believe that there should be no change to the current insulation standard in homes receiving grant aid under the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), which is set at 0.3w/m2K or better, for all types of walls, including solid walls.

Response to DECC’s call for evidence on community energy strategy

July 2013

Our report was compiled following discussions with community groups across the UK. It provides detailed opinion from community groups regarding a number of issues which were highlighted as particularly pertinent to them. The community groups involved varied from those undertaking projects with an energy efficiency focus, through those involved in awareness raising, behaviour change and demand management to those active in community energy generation.

Literature Review on Heat Pumps

May 2013

Our literature review, commissioned by DECC, for IEA Annex 36 on the quality of installation and maintenance of heat pumps. This literature review forms part of DECC’s contribution to the IEA Heat Pump Implementing Agreement Annex on Quality of Installation & Maintenance of Heat Pumps.

Green Deal Providers Group: Fair Processing Notice

April 2013

This Fair Processing Notice can be downloaded free of charge and updated with your own company details. This document is not legally underwritten and is used at your own risk. Green Deal providers should seek legal advice as to its applicability prior to use. It is your responsibility to ensure your own adherence to the Data Protection Act and assure yourselves that the Green Deal Advisers and GDAOs you work with are also complying with the relevant data protection legislation.

Green Deal Providers Group: Consulted Organisations

April 2013

A list of organisations that have been consulted by the Green Deal Providers Group, including those organisations which form the Steering Group and those who have been represented on different work groups, including some organisations from whom external expert opinion was sought. The list also includes those organisations who attended the wider providers' group workshops and those who requested to be kept informed, but were unable to attend.

Green Deal Providers Group: Consent and Disclosure

September 2012

As a Green Deal plan changes the fabric and/or equipment of a building, this document summarises and maps out the different parties associated with the building who will need to be informed and consent to the works.

Green Deal Providers Group: Oversight and Registration

August 2012

An overview of the purpose of this group, which is to consider whether the Oversight & Registration Body will be ready in time, how it will be established and funded, and whether it can fulfil its remit efficiently and effectively.

Green Deal Providers Group: Green Deal Fact Sheets

August 2012

A summary of the fact sheets made available by DECC for the Green Deal. The fact sheets are available to Green Deal advisers, providers and installers to use with their customers.

Green Deal Providers Group: Consumer Credit Licences

August 2012

A summary of the objectives of the work group, which were initially to examine the detail of consumer credit licences, and how they would operate in relation to Green Deal.

Green Deal Providers Group: Social Housing

August 2012

An output report of the working group which was tasked with identifying opportunities and barriers for the delivery of the Green Deal and ECO within the social housing sector by social landlords (registered providers) or their partners.

Green Deal Providers Group: Green Deal Finance Company

August 2012

A summary of the work group formed with the remit to describe a market-wide operating model with an associated lending agreement for Green Deal provider finance with a balanced view to risk that supports both TGDFC and Green Deal provider business models - as well as clarifying an operating model to assist TGDFC in meeting its aim of delivering low-cost finance to the Green Deal market.

Green Deal Providers Group: Green Deal Finance Transaction Overview

August 2012

A flow diagram depicting the Green Deal finance transaction process.

Green Deal Providers Group: SMEs as Green Deal Providers

August 2012

A summary of the purpose of this work group, which was to explore if, where and how SMEs could become Green Deal providers, identifying barriers specific to their size and type of operation, and to suggest ways these might be overcome.

Green Deal Providers Group: Warranties

August 2012

A summary of the Warranty Working Group, which was set up to review the existing DECC warranty proposals, stress test the proposals and make recommendations to ensure appropriate consumer protection within an affordable framework for warranties from Green Deal providers.

Green Deal Providers Group: Market Creation

July 2012

An outline of the activities and outputs of the Green Deal Providers Group market creation work stream to date, for presentation to the Green Deal Providers Steering Group. The objective was to evaluate success against the work stream's purpose/expected outcomes and identify outstanding activities.