ERDF Social Housing Energy Management Project – Final Project Report

Figure 2: Thermal image of Wimpey No Fine system built homes. "A" has no insulation and "B" has external wall cladding. Homes like "A" are to be targeted under ECO using measures like "B" has.Thermal image of Wimpey No Fine system built homes. “A” has low amounts of insulation and “B” has external wall insulation. 

This is the project report for the Social Housing Energy Management project. The project is a partnership project between the UK’s National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec), South Tyneside Council and their managing agent South Tyneside Homes and Northumberland County Council and their managing agent Homes for Northumberland. The consortium has received £1.9m investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the total project value is £3.84 million.

The project involved retrofitting low carbon and renewable technologies onto over 300 properties managed by South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland. The properties were selected as they were considered “hard to treat, hard to heat”. A “hard to treat, hard to heat” property is one of non-traditional build or off the gas network, the properties selected for this project were all of nontraditional build. Under the original definition of fuel poverty, North East England had the highest levels of fuel poverty in England in 2010, thus one of the major objectives of the project was to remediate fuel poverty in socially rented properties.

Throughout this project, Narec has worked with Narec Distributed Energy to monitor the homes. This has included resident surveys, thermal imaging and using data loggers to measure the internal and external temperatures of the homes. Air pressure tests were commissioned and carried out on a sample of five properties to understand the improvements in air infiltration rates.

In addition to the testing and monitoring aspect of the project, a unique SME capacity building programme was delivered. Through the project, regional SMEs were able to access tailored support and assistance to expand or diversify their business capabilities within the low carbon sector. By combining this with the retrofit programme, SMEs were able to visit the retrofit works as they were delivered allowing them a unique insight into the installation and use of these low carbon and renewable technologies.

This report uses the data collected, in addition to third party data, to understand the impacts of the improvements to the properties.

Downloads:

ERDF Social Housing Energy Management – Final Project Report (pdf)

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Renewable Energy Training Course Schedule – Oct/Nov/Dec 2013

Renewable energy training and seminars for October, November and December 2013. These include a range of bespoke and accredited courses, including:

  • Introductory courses and Information Seminars
    • Introduction to Renewable Technologies
    • Renewable Technologies in the Built Environment
    • MCS Coaching
    • The Green Deal
    • The Renewable Heat Incentive
    • Financial Incentives for Renewable Energy Installations
    • Renewable Technologies in the Built Environment
  • Large Scale Wind
    • Introduction to Onshore Renewable Technologies
    • Introduction to Offshore Renewables Technologies
    • Introduction to Onshore Wind Technologies
    • Introduction to Offshore Wind Technologies
  • Biomass
    • Biomass Fuel and Technology Awareness
  • Electrical Connection
    • G59/3 Electrical Generator connections on the UK Power Grid
    • Renewable Energy on the UK Power Grid
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
    • Solar Photovoltaic System Maintenance
    • Solar Photovoltaic First Fix Installer Course
    • DC Commissioning Course
    • Photovoltaic System Design and Application
    • Solar Photovoltaic System Installation
  • Solar Thermal
    • Solar Thermal First Fix Installer Course
    • Solar Thermal System Maintenance
    • Large Scale Solar Thermal System Design
    • Solar Thermal Hot Water System Installation
  • Heat Pump
    • Heat Pump Installation
  • Heating System Design
    • Heat Loss Calculations

Download: Narec DE Training Course and Seminar Dates 2013 – Oct, Nov, Dec

 

ERDF Social Housing Energy Management: Pre-Works Report

This is the first major report for the Social Housing Energy Management project, as funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). This project is based around insulating hard to treat prefabricated homes which are used for social housing, and monitoring in depth before and after to understand the levels of improvements created. The project also supports Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in the North East of England, although this report focuses on the energy efficiency measures.

North East England has the second highest levels of fuel poverty in England. As a result, the National Renewable Energy Centre (Narec) formed a project consortium with South Tyneside Homes and Homes for Northumberland to undertake thermal energy efficiency improvements in almost 400 socially rented hard-to-treat (off-gas or non-traditional construction) properties. The consortium has received £1.9 investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The detailed analysis of pre and post work data of buildings will, allow the fuel poverty and financial improvements for residents to be quantified.  This Pre-Works report details the work carried out in assessing, testing and monitoring the buildings prior to any improvement being carried out.  The properties have now almost all been improved, and we are monitoring them over winter 2012/2013 to understand the levels of improvement. The full results will be released in summer 2013.

Downloads:

Executive Summary of ERDF Social Housing Energy Management Pre-Works Report

Full version of ERDF Social Housing Pre-Works Report

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Funded renewable energy training for businesses

Narec Distributed Energy is part of a £1.9 million European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) investment project designed to deliver a funded programme of business support and skills development to North East based SMEs (Small Medium Enterprise), with the aim of encouraging companies to expand or diversify into the microgeneration and low carbon technology market.

SMEs will have access to support from Narec’s expert team of Distributed Energy specialists who have a wealth of industry experience, in-depth knowledge and technical competency in renewable technologies and their installation.

Click here to download the funded training in renewable and low carbon technologies flyer

 

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Narec Solar – photovoltaic research and development

In addition to Narec Distributed Energy, the National Renewable Energy Centre is made up of Narec, which concentrates on offshore technologies, and Narec Solar which works on photovoltaic  R&D.

This brochure details the offerings in research and development of photovoltaics offered by Narec Solar.

Download: Narec Solar brochure

Narec – offshore renewable energy technology testing

In addition to Narec Distributed Energy, the National Renewable Energy Centre is made up of Narec, which concentrates on offshore technologies, and Narec Solar which works on photovoltaic concentrator R&D.

This brochure details the offerings for offshore renewable energy technologies and associated infrastructure provided by Narec

Download: Narec offshore brochure

Narec Distributed Energy – renewable energy training and seminar prospectus 2013

Prospectus for the bespoke and accredited training courses and seminars offered by Narec Distributed Energy throughout 2013.

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Renewable Technologies
  • Renewable Technologies in the Built Environment
  • Photovoltaic System Installation (LOGIC accredited)
  • Photovoltaic System Maintenance
  • Photovoltaic System Design and Application
  • Solar Thermal Hot Water System Installation (LOGIC accredited)
  • Solar Thermal Hot Water System Maintenance
  • Large Scale Solar Thermal System Design
  • Heat Pump Installation (LOGIC accredited)
  • Heat Pump Maintenance
  • DC Commissioning Course
  • Biomass Awareness
  • G59/2 Connecting Large Scale Embedded Generators

Seminars and workshops include:

  • The Renewable Heat Incentive
  • MCS Workshop
  • MCS Coaching
  • The Green Deal
  • Financial Incentives for Renewable Energy Installations
  • Technologies in the Built Environment

Download: Renewable Energy Training Seminar and Workshop prospectus 2013 – 5-4-2013

 

Renewable Energy Schedule – April/May/June 2013

Renewable energy training and seminars for April, May and June 2013. These include a range of bespoke and accredited courses, including:

  • Renewables Introductory Courses
    • Introduction to Renewable Technologies
  • Narec Energy Efficiency Financial Incentive Seminars
    • The Renewable Heat Incentive Breakfast Seminar
    • The Green Deal Seminar
  • Solar Thermal Technologies
    • Solar Thermal First Fix Installer Course
    • Solar Thermal Hot water system maintenance
    • Large Scale Solar Thermal System Design
    • Solar Thermal System Installation (LOGIC accredited)
  • Photovoltaics
    • Solar Photovoltaic System Maintenance
    • Solar Photovoltaic First Fix Installer Course
    • DC Commissioning Course
    • Photovoltaic System Installation (LOGIC accredited)
    • Photovoltaic System Design and Application
  • Biomass
    • Biomass Technology and Fuel Awareness
  • Heat Pumps
    • Heat Pump Installation (LOGIC accredited)
  • Electrical Connections
    • G59/2 Connecting Large Scale Embedded Generators

Download: Narec DE Training Course and Seminar Dates 2013 – apr may jun

 

Narec Training Tower – Facility for training wind turbine technicians

The Training Tower is an open access facility, designed to allow training providers to deliver academic and industrial programmes for technicians working in the wind industry and at height, both onshore and offshore.

Specifications:

  • Hexagonal working platform mounted over the main tower section designed to allow abseiling from various locations on the tower and a sloping section for rescue training.
  • Wind vane and anemometer fitted to the top of the tower.
  • Lighting protection.
  • 240/110v power supply.
  • Two internal ladders, two internal rest platforms and an internal 2 man power climb lift.
  • Anchor points at each platform level for securing personnel and has anchor points on the upper platform to allow for abseiling, rescue and instruction.
  • Weight of the tower is approx 54 tonnes (including the platform), 4m in diameter and 27m high.
  • Designed for a ratio of 1 instructor to 6 students.

The training tower is currently run by Narec, for details on working at height courses, please contact Helen Armstrong on helen.armstrong@narec.co.uk or ring 01670 543 007.

For any training requirements which do not involve the training tower, please contact training@narecde.co.uk.

Download: Wind turbine training tower brochure

Free Software – Carbon Mixer for Schools

Carbon Mixer for Schools is a One North East funded project to help teachers and students understand renewable energy. The Carbon Mixer for Schools software has been developed with teachers in the North East of England, and designed to fit with Key stage 4 of the National Curriculum.

The Carbon Mixer for Schools was developed by Narec Distributed Energy, BG&A and CfDR for schools in the North East of England. The software demonstrates, through a range of simulated workplace challenges, the financial and carbon effects of running buildings with low carbon and renewable energy system.

The Carbon Mixer for Schools is designed to provide students with a hands-on way of understanding renewable energy and its relevance in their everyday lives, as well as aiding learning in science, mathematics, design technology and geography.

Download from http://www.explorerenewables.co.uk/carbonmixer/

Carbon Mixer North East

This software was developed by BG&A and Narec Distributed Energy to provide a common language for planners, architects and developers, showing both the financial and carbon cost of new developments, ensuring that initial rough cuts of the sustainability of new developments can be assessed quickly, and so all developments are compared on the same system. The software is free for all planners in the North East of England.

To download, please use the box below.



Sustainability Guidance for North East Buildings

This document was created as part of the Microrenewables Toolkit Project, which was funded by One North East and ANEC.

Within this document, the policy requirements on local authorities are discussed with regard to renewable and low carbon technologies. This document is intended to ensure that planners, developers  and architects have a full understanding of present legislation.

This was published in 2010, since which there have been substantial changes to UK legislation, however, it is still freely available for those who wish to use it.

Download: Sustainability guidance for North East England buildings