Case Studies

We've been responsible for, and have managed, a wide range of successful projects for clients, helping them improve the use of energy in buildings.
British Blind & Shutter Association - solar shading impact report

British Blind & Shutter Association - solar shading impact report

Federico Seguro, Energy Specialist

Against the backdrop of global warming and rising energy prices, there is a pressing need to design buildings that do not overheat, exploiting passive design strategies. In this context, the British Blind & Shutter Association commissioned the National Energy Foundation to assess the impact of solar shading in the UK built environment.
Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority - renewable energy assessment project

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority - renewable energy assessment project

Jane Richardson Hawkes, Senior Energy Specialist

In 2015, we worked for the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority to update the renewable energy assessment project we carried out in 2008. The updated report required the use of the 2015 Welsh Toolkit for Planners to assess the capacity for renewables.
Milton Keynes Council - Light Bulb Swap

Milton Keynes Council - Light Bulb Swap

Jane Richardson Hawkes, Senior Energy Specialist

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.
East Hampshire District Council - Quebec Park

East Hampshire District Council - Quebec Park

Adam Tilford, Senior Energy Specialist

Quebec Park in Bordon, East Hampshire, is a medium-size development of two, three and four-bedroom homes on the site of the old Quebec Barracks. We used our Assured Performance Process to review each house type planned for the site - at key stages of their design - and to identify a range of risks and recommendations.
South Bucks District Council - Green Deal Communities project

South Bucks District Council - Green Deal Communities project

Sandra Hayes, Senior Project Manager

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.
Energy Alton - PV feasibility study for schools in Alton, Hampshire

Energy Alton - PV feasibility study for schools in Alton, Hampshire

Dr Jason Palmer, Principal Building Energy Specialist

We assessed the potential for installing photovoltaics on three secondary schools in Alton. We worked out how much it would cost, how much electricity it would generate, and how long it would take for the investment to pay for itself.
Cherwell District Council - gas network analysis

Cherwell District Council - gas network analysis

Federico Seguro, Energy Specialist

The gas network analysis was an investigation around the benefits and costs associated with the potential extension of the natural gas network into the three off-grid rural villages of Launton, Hook Norton and Cropredy in the Cherwell District Council area of Oxfordshire.
DECC-funded Green Deal Communities project - Boundary Way, Watford

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

Sandra Hayes, Senior Project Manager

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.

NEF Glazing Supply Chain Group – glazing in buildings: reducing energy use

Federico Seguro, Energy Specialist

Buildings account for 40% of the UK’s total energy consumption. Old and poorly insulated windows are major heat loss contributors. High performance, energy-efficient glazing units have the potential to save a large proportion of the UK’s energy bill in both housing and commercial buildings.
Milton Keynes Council - Milton Keynes Carbon Offset Fund

Milton Keynes Council - Milton Keynes Carbon Offset Fund

Jane Richardson Hawkes, Senior Energy Specialist

The Milton Keynes Carbon Offset Fund is a fund of money resulting from taxes imposed by Milton Keynes Council on developers who construct new buildings in the borough that aren’t carbon-neutral.
Innovate UK - Building Performance Evaluation data meta-analysis

Innovate UK - Building Performance Evaluation data meta-analysis

Federico Seguro, Energy Specialist

The Building Performance Evaluation (BPE) programme was an £8 million competition funded by Innovate UK. The aim of the programme was to identify where the ‘performance gap’ occurs, and it did so by evaluating and assessing the post-construction and in-use performance of both domestic and non-domestic buildings.
Suffolk County Council - development of a housing database to target energy efficiency

Suffolk County Council - development of a housing database to target energy efficiency

Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist

Suffolk County Council has an ambition to reduce its carbon emissions by 60% by 2025, and recognises that investment in the region’s housing stock will be vital to hitting this target. As an essential first step, the National Energy Foundation was appointed to develop a housing stock database.
Expert witness service for an underperforming renewable energy-based domestic heating system

Expert witness service for an underperforming renewable energy-based domestic heating system

Cliff Willson, Senior Energy Specialist

Following a series of complaints made against an MCS-accredited renewable energy installer, the Foundation was commissioned by the solicitors to provide an independent and in-depth expert witness report.
IEA Annex 36 - investigating the effect of quality of installation and maintenance on heat pumps

IEA Annex 36 - investigating the effect of quality of installation and maintenance on heat pumps

Cliff Willson, Senior Energy Specialist

This literature review formed part of DECC’s contribution to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Heat Pump Implementing Agreement Annex on Quality of Installation & Maintenance of Heat Pumps.
Four Housing Group - building performance and post-occupancy evaluation

Four Housing Group - building performance and post-occupancy evaluation

Cliff Willson, Senior Energy Specialist

Sinclair Meadows in South Shields is a development of 21 dwellings built to Level 6 of the Code for Sustainable Homes for Four Housing Group. They were designed to be ‘carbon negative’ and the use of large areas of photovoltaic panels more than offset the energy needed to power and heat the homes. The development is heated by a communal heating system with a biomass boiler.
Sustainable Energy Academy - SuperHomes

Sustainable Energy Academy - SuperHomes

Gabby Mallett, Director of Households and Communities

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.
Orbit Group - social housing stock modelling

Orbit Group - social housing stock modelling

Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist

Having set a strategic target for all its 30,000 properties to be rated EPC band C or above by 2020, we were commissioned by Orbit Group to assess the level of required intervention and impact.
DECC - regional delivery of Green Deal Adviser training: West Midlands

DECC - regional delivery of Green Deal Adviser training: West Midlands

Sandra Hayes, Senior Project Manager

As a member of the Energy Advice Training Consortium (EATC), we were part of a team (led by Alan Pither Ltd) that delivered domestic and non-domestic Green Deal Adviser training to SMEs in the West Midlands and the South West.
Cherwell District Council - Bicester Green Deal

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.
Affinity Sutton Housing Group - EnergyFit training

Affinity Sutton Housing Group - EnergyFit training

Dale Hoyland, Strategic Development and Affordable Warmth Manager

We were asked by Affinity Sutton Housing Group to deliver fuel poverty training to the housing association’s staff and develop an appropriate toolkit for its residents.
FLASH - renewable energy/low-carbon business development 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.
Buckinghamshire County Council - community Energy Champions development

Buckinghamshire County Council - community Energy Champions development

Dale Hoyland, Strategic Development and Affordable Warmth Manager

We were asked by Buckinghamshire County Council to develop a team of Energy Champion volunteers to encourage local residents to save energy and reduce carbon emissions.
Thames Valley Police - Environment Champions training

Thames Valley Police - Environment Champions training

Dale Hoyland, Strategic Development and Affordable Warmth Manager

We undertook a programme consisting of a series of force-wide, hands-on training sessions at all levels of Thames Valley Police staff, across ten sites covering Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
Leading Energy - pre-planning Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 options tool

Leading Energy - pre-planning Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 options tool

We were asked to undertake a study to identify the optimum options to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 energy targets through fabric optimisation, low-carbon heating and lighting, and low or zero carbon (LZC) technologies.
Cottsway - renewable/low-carbon energy technologies feasibility study

Cottsway - renewable/low-carbon energy technologies feasibility study

Cottsway housing association required us to identify the most appropriate renewable or low-carbon energy technologies to implement, taking into account: fuel resources, reliability, user friendliness, local planning constraints and savings versus costs, in terms of both finance and carbon emissions.
E.ON/Milton Keynes Council - Thinking Energy project

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

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

Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist

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

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.
Radian Group (Drum Housing Association) - independent technical assessment

Radian Group (Drum Housing Association) - independent technical assessment

Malcolm Hanna, Technical Director

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.
Milton Keynes Parks Trust - energy efficiency audits

Milton Keynes Parks Trust - energy efficiency audits

Sandra Hayes, Senior Project Manager

Milton Keynes Parks Trust required energy efficiency audits, an onsite renewable energy feasibility study and a lifecycle cost analysis for three commercial properties in Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes Council/DECC - Pioneer Places project

Milton Keynes Council/DECC - Pioneer Places project

Sandra Hayes, Senior Project Manager

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.
Leon School and Sports College - renewable energy proposal review

Leon School and Sports College - renewable energy proposal review

Malcolm Hanna, Technical Director

Leon School and Sports College (now Sir Herbert Leon Academy & Leon Leisure Centre) required a comprehensive review of a proposal provided by e.on on a renewable energy system to highlight the risks and benefits around the installation of an onsite biomass energy scheme.
Future Wolverton - community energy efficiency outreach programme

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.
crrescendo - European sustainable communities project

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

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

Alexandra Steeland, Senior Project Officer

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.
Land Use Consultants - Cassiobury Park Visitor Centre energy strategy advice

Land Use Consultants - Cassiobury Park Visitor Centre energy strategy advice

Luke Smith, Principal Energy Specialist

Cassiobury Park is the largest public open space in Watford comprising over 190 acres of green space stretching from Watford town centre to woodland and countryside to the west of the town. Watford Borough Council was undertaking large-scale regeneration of the park, part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Western Power Distribution - Smart Hooky energy consumption monitoring project

Western Power Distribution - Smart Hooky energy consumption monitoring project

Jane Richardson Hawkes, Senior Energy Specialist

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

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

Sandra Hayes, Senior Project Manager

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

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

Gabby Mallett, Director of Households and Communities

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.
Green Deal Providers Group - secretariat support

Green Deal Providers Group - secretariat support

Gabby Mallett, Director of Households and Communities

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.
Cambridgeshire local authorities - Energy for Good energy efficiency promotion project

Cambridgeshire local authorities - Energy for Good energy efficiency promotion project

Gabby Mallett, Director of Households and Communities

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.