Project Management & Development

Project Management & Development

We have extensive experience in project management and development. We have a diverse skill set including: technical, communication, public engagement and facilitation expertise. In addition to our ability to write successful funding bids, our skills enable us to provide comprehensive project support.
  • Do you have an energy-based project in mind?
  • Do you lack the staff resource or right skills to turn your ideas into a viable project?
  • Not even sure whether your idea is feasible? Not sure how to fund your project?

Talk to us about our project management and development services

We have extensive experience of project management - for example, grant management and area-based promotion. We were responsible for the Cocoon Comparison service, which helped Milton Keynes Council design a system to deliver its Carbon Offset Fund. Since its inception, this project has consistently delivered carbon reductions on target and to a budget. During 2009/10 alone, a total of 2,470 Milton Keynes homes were insulated.

We have also worked to an area-based approach to deliver loft and cavity wall insulation referrals in volume.

Our project work is wide and varied.

Examples of other project management and development projects we've delivered are:

  • Feasibility study for retrofit of 'hard to treat' housing estates.
  • Options appraisal for a community building.
  • 'Let's Go Eco' community engagement project.
  • Resident surveys as part of a European project.
  • Milton Keynes Pioneer Places project.
  • Co-ordination of a solar PV demonstration project for one of the earliest council adopters of this renewable technology.

We can also provide:

  • Project feasibility studies.
  • Full or partial project development.
  • Management services.

What people say about this service

The National Energy Foundation enabled South Bucks District Council to manage a very challenging project across 14 local authorities, 58 different installers plus many different organisations and community and residents groups. This enabled 577 households to benefit from improved energy efficiency and better living conditions. The Foundation managed to bring over £4.3 million of investment into improved insulation, and delivered a complex project to a conclusion within the Government timescales whilst addressing changing market conditions and requirements. NEF’s expertise and, in particular, the skill, commitment and determination of Sandra Hayes (NEF Project Manager) were essential to the successful delivery of this project, and in making it an overall success.

Martin Holt, Head of Healthy Communities , South Bucks District Council

southbucks.gov.uk

Four Housing

Boundary Way was a complex project as it involved private and social housing customers and a number of different funding agencies. The project team worked hard to ensure that as many customers as possible could benefit from external wall insulation. The result both enhances the look of the homes as well as achieving environmental benefits and financial savings for customers.

Jo Barrett, Operations Director, Thrive Homes

www.thrivehomes.org.uk

Four Housing

NEF staff worked hard to coordinate the Boundary Way project over a large and diverse area, liaising between the householder, the contractor, the partners and DECC as the key funder. They helped to ensure the project met its objectives - despite various challenges - including changes to Green Deal funding.

Katherine Frost, Sustainable Projects Officer, Three Rivers District Council

www.threerivers.gov.uk

Four Housing

Related case studies

Cambridgeshire local authorities - Energy for Good energy efficiency promotion project

Energy for Good was a programme of schemes we ran in partnership with a number of local authorities. All the schemes were designed to help people install renewable technologies in their homes, with some also designed to promote energy efficiency measures.

Zap Carbon/L&Q housing association - energy efficiency advice

We were employed by Zap Carbon to provide expert energy efficiency advice to L&Q housing association residents, for its EnergySave programme. The aim of the programme was to encourage residents to change their behaviour resulting in reduced energy bills.

Sustainable Energy Academy - SuperHomes

In 2007, John Doggart, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy, approached the Foundation to provide secretariat services for the charity. Having very similar aims, we were delighted to assist. We provided full management services and developed the SEA initiative that later became the multi-award-winning SuperHomes project.

FLASH - renewable energy/low-carbon business development project

The FLASH project supported London businesses that were either already operating in, or intended to enter, the built environment sector. Its aim was to help these businesses seize commercial opportunities arising from the move towards a low-carbon economy, including green building, eco retrofit and renewable technology solutions.

South Bucks District Council - Green Deal Communities project

This project was one of 24 Green Deal Communities projects delivered across England to promote the Green Deal with a focus on the insulation of hard-to-treat properties. We were appointed as Project Managers by the lead partner, South Bucks District Council, on behalf of a partnership of 14 local authorities across Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Cherwell District Council - Bicester Green Deal

The aim of the project was to promote the Green Deal locally through the installation of sustainable energy measures at existing domestic and non-domestic buildings. Measures included insulation, boiler upgrades, replacement windows and doors and solar energy.

crrescendo - European sustainable communities project

The main aim of crrescendo was to bring together four European towns and cities to develop sustainable communities, while combining refurbishment and new built ecohouses with renewables and poly-generation. The project combined rational and renewable energy strategies in both existing and new dwellings to ensure optimal quality of life.

SEA - Eracobuild Whole House In Situ Carbon and Energy Reduction Solution project

Eracobuild is a European project to promote WHISCERS (Whole House In Situ Carbon and Energy Reduction Solution) the innovative technical solution to internal wall insulation.

DECC-funded Green Deal Communities project - Boundary Way, Watford

Boundary Way is an estate which lies across the boundary of Watford Borough Council and Three Rivers District Council. Using Green Deal Communities funding and contributions from householders, the two councils concerned and Thrive Homes, we managed the payment of grants for the external wall insulation of 154 homes.

E.ON/Milton Keynes Council - Thinking Energy project

We worked in partnership with E.ON and Milton Keynes Council on a smart homes project called Thinking Energy. The project consisted of a series of trials in which residents used technology to control their energy and any resulting behavioural changes were monitored.

Green Deal Providers Group - secretariat support

The Green Deal Providers Group (GDPG) was established in the run up to the launch of the Green Deal. A number of leading participants in the housing, energy supply and energy improvement industries realised that there was a need for more structured engagement between the prospective Green Deal provider community, DECC and the Green Deal Finance Company.

Western Power Distribution - Smart Hooky energy consumption monitoring project

The Smart Hooky project was carried out through a partnership of technical experts - Western Power Distribution (WPD), AND and Renesas - supported by the National Energy Foundation and the Hook Norton Low Carbon Club, a local community group providing support to its residents to help them reduce their carbon footprint and save money.

Milton Keynes Council/DECC - Pioneer Places project

Our clients were Milton Keynes Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change. We helped Milton Keynes Council win £310,000 of funding from DECC’s Pioneer Places programme, the aim of which was to boost the uptake of the Green Deal amongst domestic and non-domestic property owners.

Future Wolverton - community energy efficiency outreach programme

This was a DECC-funded project to investigate community marketing of the Green Deal and energy efficiency schemes. Control and treatment area were used to assess if the involvement of a community group would increase uptake of the Green Deal or other energy efficiency measures.

Milton Keynes Council - Light Bulb Swap

We developed, managed and delivered a light bulb swap scheme on behalf of Milton Keynes Council. As part of the 2015 European Sustainable Energy Week, residents in the borough had the opportunity to trade in their old, energy-thirsty halogen GU10 bulbs and standard incandescent bulbs for free, longer-lasting, energy and money-saving LED bulbs.

Institute for Sustainability - RE:Start Local renewable energy/low-carbon business development

RE:Start Local specifically supported SMEs to gear up and secure more of the emerging renewable energy/low-carbon business in the South East region.

Ace (Academy of Champions for Energy) - European sustainable energy initiative

Ace is funded by the INTERREG IVB NWE programme and is a sustainable energy initiative running in Ireland, England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It is based on the idea that if the right information is provided, there will be an increased uptake of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.

Radian Group (Drum Housing Association) - independent technical assessment

We were commissioned by Radian Group Ltd (formerly Drum Housing Association) to provide a full independent technical assessment of a number of reportedly under-performing vertical bore ground source heat pumps and/or central heating systems at its Schoolfields and Woodfields properties in Kingsley, Hampshire.

Energy Saving Trust/Technology Strategy Board - Retrofit for the Future programme

The Retrofit for the Future programme catalysed the retrofit of over 100 homes across the UK with an ambition of achieving an 80% reduction in the in-use CO2 emissions of each property.