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SuperHomes wins Sustainable Energy Europe Award

SuperHomes was its category winner in the Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards 2014 [1]. Held during Sustainable Energy Week (23-27 June 2014) the Awards brought together 30 shortlisted entrants from a field of 342.

SuperHomes was one of the five entries considered by the judges in the Communicating category.

Collecting the award, Gordon Glass of the National Energy Foundation made a brief statement:

Gordon Glass of NEF with the Sustainable Energy Europe Award

Gordon Glass of NEF with the Sustainable Energy Europe Award

“SuperHomes is a UK project with a positive message – that 5 star comfort and low carbon living are possible when we renovate old family homes with energy in mind. I collect this award on behalf of the 180 volunteer homeowners in the UK who are helping us spread this message so effectively. Each of them has renovated their home to produce a carbon saving of at least 60%. Their open days provide the proof it can be done.”

Other shortlisted projects in the Communicating category were:

  • GreenChoice Warm Sweater Day (Holland)
  • Citizen Participation in Energy Efficiency Action (Croatia)
  • Operation TLC (UK)
  • Energy Bits (EU)

Other award categories included Learning, Consuming, Living, Travelling and the ManagEnergy Local Energy Action Award.

The Awards and a follow up seminar and networking event provided the opportunity for participants to learn about the 30 shortlisted projects and why the jury found them so compelling. The event was hosted by the European Commission in Brussels.

See below for a quick summary with links. Full details of the 30 shortlisted nominees and 6 winners can be found on the EU Sustainable Energy Week website.

A post event interview with Gordon Glass by Engerati is available online.

Alongside SuperHomes an exciting range of projects were shortlisted for the awards exploring diverse challenges related to supporting, engaging and inspiring the public and business and public sectors in ways forward to a more sustainable future. Projects shortlisted were related to:

Combining energy efficiency with patient care in hospitals [2]
Asking people to don a sweater and turn down the thermostat by 1 degree [3]
Involving citizens in a national energy efficiency action and policy planning [4]
Using videos, gaming and interaction to engage 14-18 year olds [5]

Free online courses on how to improve energy efficiency in any organisation [6]
Pairing small towns with big cities to embed sustainable energy policy [7]
Encouraging renewables in public buildings by increasing local authority know-how [8]
Engaging teenagers in making solar cars for an international solar parade [9]
Helping municipalities plan for sustainability with training and videos [10]

Converting agricultural and municipal waste into biogas for electricity use in gas main [11]
The carbon neutral brewery [12]
Storing surplus summer heat from plastics manufacture in boreholes for winter use [13]
Using animal and dairy waste to produce biogas for heat and electricity for a Dairy [14]
Crowd funding renewable energy projects [15]

Targeting the zero emissions Supermarket [16]
Insulating social housing and installing biomass heating to tackle fuel poverty [17]
Family homes that produce much more energy than required for their own needs [18]
Reworking 1970s tower blocks to Passivhaus standard with a 7 year payback [19]
Delivering a highly energy efficient demonstration office building [20]

Using waste resin/pine oil from paper pulp production to make high grade biodiesel [21]
Installing PV over a railway bridge/station on a river providing half its energy needs [22]
Training on how to manage sustainable transport initiatives in towns and cities [23]
Electric buses over a 24km route, recharged through induction technology [24]
Electric buses trial, again reducing air pollution [25]

A rural town made self –sufficient in energy thanks to use of wind, biomass, PV [26]
Supporting small local authorities with sustainable energy action planning [27]
Assisting the fuel poor with soft measures like telephone advice  [28]
Stimulating local employment and access to installers and subsidies for measures [29]
Retrofitting 60s tower blocks for a 50% reduction in energy used for heating [30]