Sam Tonge, Households and Communities Project OfficerYouGen is a platform that brings together the public’s enthusiasm for renewable and efficient energy with professional and highly recommended energy installers. YouGen became part of the National Energy Foundation in 2015 and has continued to thrive as part of our organisation ever since.
Federico Seguro, Senior Energy SpecialistThe British Standard Institution contracted NEF to undertake an independent review of standards related to energy retrofits for existing buildings. We mapped out current standards, evaluated their quality and identified gaps, to help develop the framework envisioned by Each Home Counts.
Cliff Willson, Senior Energy SpecialistMilton Keynes Council wanted to develop a greater understanding of the energy performance of their retrofitted homes, so we were appointed to undertake a research study to determine energy and carbon savings, resulting from a set of retrofit energy measures that had been installed.
Federico Seguro, Senior Energy SpecialistAgainst 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.
Adam Tilford, Senior Energy SpecialistQuebec 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.
Sandra Hayes, Head of Households and CommunitiesThis 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.
Dr Jason Palmer, Principal Building Energy SpecialistWe 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.
Federico Seguro, Senior Energy SpecialistThe 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.
Sandra Hayes, Head of Households and CommunitiesBoundary 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.
Federico Seguro, Senior Energy SpecialistBuildings 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.
Federico Seguro, Senior Energy SpecialistThe 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.
Luke Smith, Principal Energy SpecialistSuffolk 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.
Cliff Willson, Senior Energy SpecialistFollowing 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.
Cliff Willson, Senior Energy SpecialistThis 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.
Cliff Willson, Senior Energy SpecialistSinclair 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.
Gabby Mallett, Director of OperationsIn 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.
Luke Smith, Principal Energy SpecialistHaving 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.
Sandra Hayes, Head of Households and CommunitiesAs 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.
Luke Smith, Principal Energy SpecialistThe 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.
Malcolm Hanna, Technical DirectorWe 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.
Sandra Hayes, Head of Households and CommunitiesMilton 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.
Sandra Hayes, Head of Households and CommunitiesOur 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.
Malcolm Hanna, Technical DirectorLeon 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.
Luke Smith, Principal Energy SpecialistCassiobury 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.
Sandra Hayes, Head of Households and CommunitiesRE:Start Local specifically supported SMEs to gear up and secure more of the emerging renewable energy/low-carbon business in the South East region.
Gabby Mallett, Director of OperationsEracobuild is a European project to promote WHISCERS (Whole House In Situ Carbon and Energy Reduction Solution) the innovative technical solution to internal wall insulation.
Gabby Mallett, Director of OperationsThe 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.
Gabby Mallett, Director of OperationsEnergy 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.