EMW seminar: The Energy Summit. Thursday, 26 January, 2017
Our Senior Energy Specialist, Dr Thomas Whiffen, presented on: The benefits of energy-efficient buildings. In the context of the commercial/non-domestic sector, Thom looked at how buildings often fail to perform as expected; how energy efficiency in the sector has progressed over recent years; the impact of the Government's ESOS and MEES policies; and the National Energy Foundation's VolDEC scheme (an innovative voluntary operational energy performance rating scheme for non-domestic buildings).
Innovation to improve Assets Performance. Tuesday, 29 November, 2016
Our Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, gave a presentation at this Knowledge Transfer Network event, which focussed on innovation to improve assets performance and property management through a holistic approach to delivering high-quality energy, environmental, social, economical and regulations solutions. Luke's talk was entitled: Innovation to improve asset performance and property management, in which he outlined various on-going, innovative NEF projects, including: PULSE; VolDEC; and the Assured Performance Process.
SHAP Big Data Conference (Smart Cities, Connected Rural). Thursday, 24 November, 2016
Luke Smith also spoke at this SHAP event, giving a presentation entitled: Application of PAS 1192-3 in social housing context. In particular, Luke introduced iAIM - an integrated approach to asset management - the aim of which is to: review current approaches to asset information management in the social housing sector; identify asset information related challenges and opportunities; identify the role that PAS 1192-3 and other leading asset management standards might play in helping to drive innovation in the sector and support the response to ever-growing demands placed on its assets; and identify best practice and novel means of information handling.
Public Health: Prevention in Practice. Thursday, 24 November, 2016
Alexandra Steeland, our Senior Project Officer, presented on our Better Housing, Better Health project at this Open Forum Events conference in Manchester. Better Housing, Better Health works across a number of local authorities in Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire to provide home energy checks and grants of up to £2,500 for energy efficiency improvements where someone’s health is being impacted by living in a cold or damp home. In particular, Alex spoke about some of the project's challenges and its evaluation and early results. Also, ahead of the event, Alexandra took a more general look at the practical work the Foundation does and the projects it operates that have a positive impact on people’s health and wellbeing.
Building Services Summit. Wednesday, 23 November, 2016
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, attended the Building Services Summit as the keynote speaker, and presented: Facing up to the REAL Building Performance Challenge. In particular, she spoke about the drivers and opportunities for energy efficiency; the impact of 'green' on asset values; reputational benefits; findings from the Building Performance Evaluation programme; ESOS; the Assured Performance Process; and Energiesprong.
EMEX. Wednesday, 16 November, 2016
Our Dr Thom Whiffen presented at EMEX, which is one of the UK’s principal energy events and meeting places for the energy-saving supply chain. Thom spoke on the ASSEMBLE project in a presentation entitled: Case study findings from a novel BEMS installation for small and temporary commercial buildings. The session:
- Reported on the major findings from two unique BEMS case studies.
- Outlined the use of TerOpta’s innovative BEMS, specifically adapted for small-scale modular implementation.
- Provided details of the power line carrier technology that was used to control connected devices and enable communication throughout the buildings.
- Looked at the lighting and HVAC energy savings that were identified, as well as future energy saving potential.
UK SMART Energy. Monday, 10 October, 2016
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, gave a presentation (VolDEC - Smarter Performance Benchmarking) at this recent Central London Energy Managers Group event. Malcolm spoke on how our VolDEC scheme (a new approach to display energy certificates) can help landlords and tenants achieve better and smarter benchmarking and operational performance monitoring.
Energy Management Summit. Tuesday, 4 October, 2016
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, spoke at this one-day event at Stansted, which brought the energy industry together for business meetings, interactive seminars, discussion groups and networking opportunities. Kerry's presentation was entitled: Your Energy (Efficiency) Strategy and, as well as asking why Energy Managers should bother, it considered how to build a successful strategy; monitoring its progress; energy efficiency in buildings; and insights and experiences from ESOS. It also provided a number of take-aways.
National Housing Federation - Development, Asset Management and Maintenance Conference. Wednesday, 21 September, 2016
On the first day of this NHF conference, our Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, presented on The understated role of Asset Information Management in Low Energy Retrofit as part of one of the main plenary sessions: Innovation in Asset Management. In particular, Luke spoke about our collaborative iAIM project, which offers a holistic approach to asset information management in the social housing sector and provides detailed insights into their properties' performance and their residents' well-being.
National Energy Foundation Advisory Council meeting. Tuesday, 20 September, 2016
Our annual Advisory Council meeting (20 Sept) was hosted by Wolseley UK at its Sustainable Building Center in Leamington Spa. After a tour of the building by Tim Pollard and welcomes by Kerry Mashford (Chief Executive) and John Walker (Chair of Trustees) delegates were given a presentation on Wolseley and an update on various recent, current and future NEF activities. Further details about these are available in our latest annual Impact Report, which was launched at the meeting.
There were then contributions from Liz Male, David Adams and Peter Caplehorn on the future of domestic refurbishment in the UK. These were followed by breakout sessions to discuss a number of important issues, including: smart energy systems; the energy performance gap; health and housing; Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards; research and development post-Brexit; the UK's fifth carbon budget.
The meeting was joined by Dr Peter Bonfield who gave a useful update on his forthcoming Each Home Counts review of consumer advice, protection, standards and enforcement for energy efficiency and renewable energy.
Many thanks to everyone who attended what was a very interesting and useful day discussing the work of the Foundation and important issues relating to the use of energy in buildings.
Assuring the performance of new homes: delivering what it says on the tin. Tuesday, 21 June, 2016
The Knowledge Transfer Network, the Sustainable Housing Action Partnership and the National Energy Foundation held a free, half-day morning event on new-build social housing. The session included presentations (from Hastoe Housing Association and the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust) relating to the findings of the recently-completed £8 million Innovate UK Building Performance Evaluation study comprising 350 homes, most of which were in the social housing sector. The project investigated the success and risk factors in narrowing energy, indoor air quality, comfort, and maintenance performance gaps. Our Federico Seguro and Luke Smith presented on the recently-published Innovate UK social housing meta-analysis study undertaken by the National Energy Foundation, and its recommendations.
Sustainable Cities book launch. Wednesday, 1 June, 2016
With more than half the global population now living in urban areas, one of the key issues confronting us today is how we make our growing cities sustainable. A new hardback book Sustainable Cities offers valuable insights for addressing this vital challenge. It evaluates our urban environments and assesses the progress that is being made towards achieving cities that are sustainable.
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford wrote a chapter for the book and presented on energy use in buildings at the launch. The book is essential reading for academics and professionals in: urban planning; energy and environmental policy, practice and management; urban geography; climate change; and environmental science and technology. 30% off the recommended retail price of Sustainable Cities is available until 1 September with the promotional code CITIES30
British Blind and Shutters Association Members’ Day. Friday, 20 May, 2016
Our Energy Specialist, Federico Seguro, presented at the BBSA Members' Day on the work the National Energy Foundation had undertaken to assess the impact of solar shading in the UK built environment.
SHAP Conference 2016 – Making the Business Case for Sustainable Housing. Thursday, 5 May, 2016
In a presentation entitled The understated role of Asset Information Management in Low Energy Retrofit, Federico also spoke about the iAIM (Integrated approach to Asset Information Management) project, which is a 12-month feasibility study in the social housing sector, subsidised by InnovateUK.
edie – 5th Energy Management Forum. Wednesday, 20 April, 2016
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, spoke at this conference, which explored and showcased innovative ways to reduce energy consumption, increase efficiency and reduce costs. Malcolm talked about the many business benefits of improving the use of energy.
Ecobuild. Tuesday 8 - Thursday, 10 March, 2016
Our staff took an active part in Ecobuild again this year. Adam Tilford (Senior Energy Specialist) was one of the speakers: Developing a robust process to close the performance gap at Whitehill & Bordon in a session chaired by Rob Pannell, Managing Director of the Zero Carbon Hub, on closing the loop on building performance in new homes.
There was also a seminar on Energiesprong in the UK. The session included a number of speakers on Energiesprong and was chaired by our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford.
- Kerry Mashford, Chief Executive, National Energy Foundation: Introduction to the seminar and Energiesprong UK
- Ron van Erck, Programme Manager, Energiesprong Europe: The Energiesprong approach to refurbishment at scale: results and performance to date
- Arno Schmickler, Programme Director, Energiesprong UK: Desirable, warm, affordable homes for life: The business case and potential for an Energiesprong approach in the UK
- John Bedford, Director of Project Development (Regeneration), Accord InDesign: Stock assessment, appropriate properties and implementation
- David Adams, Technical Director, Willmott Dixon Energy Services: The contractor’s view – industrialisation of processes and guaranteeing performance
Towards Successful Commercialisation 3. Monday, 7 March, 2016
Our Thomas Whiffen (Senior Energy Specialist) attended this DECC event, and presented in the Buildings Energy Efficiency workshop on the current state of domestic retrofit - Housing: refurb initiatives. Innovation for Decarbonisation. Thomas also facilitated a lively table discussion on the barriers, solutions and stakeholder responsibilities in the domestic retrofit market.
Quidos Annual Conference. Wednesday, 25 November, 2015
Quidos is a leading energy assessor accreditation scheme, Green Deal certification body and training centre for professionals within the built environment.Our Senior Project Manager, Sandra Hayes, presented Challenges of solid wall insulation at the Quidos Annual Conference, which included debates, guest speakers and a review of the key current major topics at the forefront of discussion in the industry.
Energy Efficiency Symposium. Thursday, 19 November, 2015
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, was the keynote speaker at this BECCI (University of Wolverhampton) symposium and gave a presentation entitled Energy efficient refurbishment - markets, motives and mechanisms, in which she reviewed the motivations and barriers for homeowners to improve the energy performance of their homes. She also shared experiences and examples of how homeowners can be inspired, informed and stimulated to take action to implement improvements and how they can be sure of realising the benefits.
Town and Country Planning Association Regeneration and Retrofitting for Energy Event. Thursday, 19 November, 2015
On the same day, Senior Energy Specialist, Adam Tilford, gave a presentation at a TCPA event entitled Raising the environmental performance of buildings in domestic retrofit and new build schemes. The talk included projects the Foundation had recently undertaken with East Hampshire District Council (on the Whitehill & Bordon green town) and with Orbit housing association.
Greenbuild Expo/Buildings & Energy Efficiency Event. Tuesday 10 - Wednesday, 11 November, 2015
Two NEF staff presented at the Greenbuild Expo/Buildings & Energy Efficiency Event. Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, gave a presentation entitled Empowerment through Operational Energy Use Data, while Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, presented on: The understated role of Asset Information Management in Low Energy Retrofit.
mk:50 Club. Wednesday, 23 September, 2015
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, recently spoke at the mk:50 Club. The mk:50 Club is a non-profit, member-led organisation and is the local Constructing Excellence Club for Milton Keynes and the surrounding area. It aims to drive the change agenda in construction and improve industry performance in order to produce a better built environment. Kerry spoke on Sustainable Buildings and discussed the energy performance gap in buildings; why it exists and why it's so importnat to tackle it.
Inenco Property Forum. Tuesday, 30 June, 2015
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, spoke on Untangling Energy Use with Voluntary Display Energy Certificates at the Inenco Property Forum. The event involved Inenco staff and some of the major managing agents, property experts and developers from across the UK discussing the latest property news and issues impacting the property sector.
Health. Another way? A Better Way? CiEH Kent One-day conference. Wednesday, 10 June, 2015
Our Strategic Development Manager, Dale Hoyland, gave a presentation entitled Better Housing, Better Health and spoke on how better housing and the Affordable Warmth Networks we manage can help tackle fuel poverty.
Fit for the Future. 10th Council for Aluminium in Buildings Technical Conference & Exhibition. Thursday, 14 May, 2015
Principal Energy Specialist, Luke Smith, gave a presentation: How far could more energy efficient windows reduce energy use in existing buildings by 2050?
Retrofit Live. Stoke-on-Trent. Wednesday, 29 April, 2015
Our Senior Energy Specialist, Adam Tilford, presented Innovative Low Pressure Air Permeability Testing Technique at the annual Retrofit Live conference. His presentation was on the InnovateUK low-pressure air permeability testing project, the aim of which is to develop a new technique that is suited to refurbishment projects, cheaper, quicker, more accurate and less disruptive.
Sustainability Live. NEC. Tuesday, 21 April, 2015
On day one of this three-day exhibition and conference event, our Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Byrne, presented on ISO 50006: The new ISO standard for energy baselines and performance indicators in the role of standards in energy management session.
CIBSE Technical Symposium. London. Thursday, 16 April, 2015
Our Tecnical Director, Malcolm Hanna, presented at this two-day event, the aim of which was to encourage the participation of both young and experienced industry practitioners, researchers and building users to share experiences and develop networks. Malcolm presented on The Development of a Voluntary Display Energy Certificate Scheme (VolDECs) For Commercial Offices.
Ecobuild 2015. London. Tuesday 3 - Thursday, 5 March, 2015
Both our Chief Executive and Technical Director spoke at EcoBuild this year. On the first day, Kerry Mashford chaired a session in the Building Performance Theatre and gave a presentation entitled: Innovate UK BPE- Maximising the Outcomes on the Building Performance Programme. Later that day, she chaired the 'Marketing and consumer engagement strategies for refurbishment' session in the Refurb and Retrofit Theatre. She also gave a presentation on identifying target retrofit markets, understanding motivations and tailoring effective marketing messages entitled: Why refurbish? – markets, motives and messages.
On the second day, Malcolm Hanna was one of the speakers in the 'Successful energy management strategies' session in the Building Performance Theatre. His presentation was entitled: The role of DECs, ESOS and other regulation in identifying energy saving opportunities.
United Learning EMS Resource Efficiency Event 2015. Banbury. Wednesday, 18 February, 2015
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, presented at this educational resources event on Developing an Energy Management Plan for the Whole School.
Towards a New Fuel Poverty Strategy. London. Thursday, 29 January, 2015
Kerry Mashford, took part in this Public Policy Exchange event and was one of a number of leading Chief Executives who presented. Her talk Closing the Energy Performance Loop was part of the symposium, which:
- Considered the four themes set out in the Government Consultation ‘Cutting the costs of keeping warm’.
- Discussed how public health outcomes on fuel poverty can be achieved through public health directors.
- Explored how to develop a strategic approach to building energy efficiency in all housing and consider other housing initiatives.
- Evaluated Government initiatives such as the Green Deal, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and the Big Energy Saving Network.
- Shared knowledge on how local authorities, the NHS, the housing sector and others can work together to tackle fuel poverty.
Energy Performance Summit. London. Friday, 12 December 2014
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, spoke at this 2degrees network event on Measuring Operational Energy Performance with VolDEC. VolDECs are a new and innovative voluntary operational energy rating scheme, initially designed for commercial office buildings. They are a not-for-profit scheme and are based on relatively simple data, making them inexpensive and quick to produce. VolDECs solve the landlord and tenant energy split and the lack of relevant benchmarks to enable performance to be measured and compared sensibly and consistently.
The Building Services Summit. London. Thursday, 27 November, 2014
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, gave a presentation at this conference organised by the Building Controls Industry Association and the Building & Engineering Services Association: Energy-Efficient & Sustainable Buildings: Insights and Lessons from the National Energy Foundation. She offered insights into energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, talked about the key factors affecting energy efficiency and highlighted some of the main elements that a successful building energy efficiency strategy should include.
CBx Evening Panel Debate. London. Thursday, 20 November, 2014
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, attended as a panellist and presented BPE- Maximising the Outcomes.
EMEX (Energy Management Exhibition). London. 19-20 November, 2014
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, presented on the first day of the EMEX conference - Untangling Energy Use with Voluntary Display Energy Certificates. He spoke about the fact that many commercial office buildings don’t have an appropriate means of measuring and highlighting energy performance in a relatively simple and consistent way, the issues associated with the landlord and tenant energy split and the lack of relevant benchmarks to enable performance to be measured and compared sensibly and consistently. Working with Building Energy Solutions and leading commercial property company Legal & General, the Foundation has developed a solution that addresses these issues, and is inexpensive and quick to produce.
Informing Changes. CBx Training Day 2. Tuesday, 11 November, 2014
Our Technical Director, Malcolm Hanna, spoke about interrogating energy and carbon data at the second CBx training session, Informing Changes, on Tuesday 11 November - Pathways to Change. This workshop covered how to interrogate energy and carbon data in order to extract insight and instigate change. Delegates learnt how to use the information to inform the design and construction processes or to tweak the use of an occupied building.
Higher Energy-Performing New Homes (HEP Homes) Workshop. Cranfield Innovation Centre. Tuesday, 4 November, 2014
This workshop was an initial meeting of a project the Foundation is undertaking, in collaboration with and funded by SEMLEP. We convened the meeting with stakeholders from across the industry at the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership’s (SEMLEP) offices in Cranfield. We presented Building Higher Energy-Performing New Homes with the aim of promoting and increasing understanding of the need and opportunity to build higher energy-performing new homes (HEP Homes). HEP Homes runs from September 2014 to February 2015 and is about providing research and discussions on the topic for beneficiaries throughout the SEMLEP region. SEMLEP is the host to 11 local authorities. Between them, they plan to build 86,000 new homes up to 2021. Building these homes to high energy performing standards offers the potential to reduce long-term embedded carbon in the region’s housing stock.
CIBSE Leadership in Building Performance - Conference and Exhibition. London. Tuesday, 28 October, 2014
Kerry Mashford presented Improving Energy Performance of New and Existing Buildings in the final session 'Maintenance and management of the existing stock/soft landings'.
HECA seminar. Amersham, Thursday, 16 October, 2014
With the next Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA) reporting deadline on 31 March 2015, councils will have to report on actions from their last reports, set out their energy-saving ambitions and targets, and outline the key actions and partnerships needed to deliver them.
We held a special workshop for local authorities on the future direction of domestic energy-saving and the action needed to tackle fuel poverty.
Below are the presentations given at the event.
- Guidance to Local Authorities on HECA: Steve Ives, Department of Energy and Climate Change
- Home Energy Conservation Act (HECA): Andy Bowe, Cherwell District Council/Eco Bicester
- Making Good Use of Your Data: Luke Smith, National Energy Foundation
- Warming Oxford: Opportunities & Challenges: Debbie Haynes, Oxford City Council
- Project Challenges: Brad Hook, National Energy Foundation
Glass and Glazing Federation Members' Day. Tuesday, 30 September, 2014
The Glass and Glazing Federation Members' Day incorporated the Chairmen’s Forum and the AGM. It took place at Glaziers Hall, London and was opened Rt Hon Simon Hughes MP. Richard John represented the Foundation at the event and was its keynote speaker: Glazing Supply Chain - Route Map to 2050.
Sustainability in Hotel Dining. Joint Considerate Hoteliers and Sustainable Restaurant Association conference. Thursday, 17 July, 2014
Malcolm Hanna presented Saving Energy and Reducing Costs at this conference on learning how to put sustainability at the heart of a hotel restaurant as well as a stand-alone gastronomic business.
Greening Education. London. Monday, 9 June, 2014
Our Chief Executive, Kerry Mashford, gave a presentation Energy Performance of Education Buildings – The Performance Gap and its Consequences at this conference, which considered:
- How leaders in the education sector can set a sufficiently sustainable precedent for the young people they teach to follow.
- Sustainable development in the education sector and how schools, academies, FE colleges and universities can minimise the environmental detriment of their crucial activities.
- The initiatives institutional leaders can put in place to reduce the carbon footprint of their estates, improve the resource efficiency of their organisations and boost their ecological credentials.
- Resource efficiency, dealing with waste, greening the supply chain and travel planning.
NEMEX Sustainability Live. NEC, Birmingham. Wednesday, 2 April, 2014.
Our Deputy Chief Executive, Ian Byrne, IB gave a presentation: 2 + 2 = 3? Why Energy Savings don’t always add up and How International Standards may Help, and also chaired a session.