The Highlights of Community Energy Fortnight

Community Energy Fortnight, hosted by Network members the Community Energy Coalition, kicks off on 5th September. We catch up with the CEC team to find out why community energy is so important and what events will be taking place this year.

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Ancient Trees and Enterprise in the Heart of Sherwood Forest

This month’s member story comes from Adam Potter, Head of Estates Maintenance at Thoresby Estate in the heart of Sherwood Forest, North Nottinghamshire. Adam tells us more about Thoresby’s sustainable wood fuel cycle, from restoring the estate’s native woodland to growing fuel for newly installed biomass boilers.

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Dreaming the Future: Sleepovers in Sustainable Church Pods

The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division support more than 16,000 Church of England buildings across the country. As times change, the organisation is finding innovative ways to make these buildings Fit For the Future. We catch up with Ruth Knight, their Environmental Policy Officer, to find out more.

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Network Good News Feed

Welcome to our very first Network Good News Feed. In these monthly posts, we’ll be shouting about some of the inspiring work being done by our members and celebrating their recent achievements. Here are July’s stories

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Retrofit and Carbon Reduction: Behind the Scenes of a Superhome

The SuperHome eco open house events take place throughout September, when you can explore local homes and be inspired by retrofit work and impressive energy savings. Jacob Morris-Davies, project officer and blogger for the SuperHomes team, brings us this case study of a Camden home to showcase what the events are all about.

Eenergy efficiency: heritage retrofit, Energy efficiency: modern building
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The Sensitive Retrofit of Traditional Buildings in the Commercial Sector

Claire Truman recently attended our Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings conference, and we were delighted when she agreed to write a guest news piece for us. Claire is an Associate at EPR Architects, a BREEAM Accredited Professional and RIBA Conservation Registrant. Having worked at specialist practices – for ‘green’ architecture, and separately conservation – she now looks to bring these successfully together. 

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The Responsible Retrofit Conference 2015 in pictures

This year we teamed up with Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance (STBA) to produce a national conference that would raise awareness and tackle the problem of irresponsible retrofit for traditional buildings. The idea was to bring together loads of different organisations under one roof, for a day of sharing best practice, networking and lively discussions.

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Oxfam Rises to the Carbon Reduction Challenge

Network members, Oxfam Great Britain, are undertaking extensive energy reduction work at their UK shops. To find out more about it, we caught up with Johanna Gosling, manager of Oxfam’s internal programme for environmental sustainability in UK operations.

Energy/ Environmental monitoring and reporting, Energy Efficiency, Energy efficiency: modern building, LED lighting installs
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Field Studies Council Achieves Carbon Trust Standard

Network member and environmental education charity, the Field Studies Council, has set ambitious carbon reduction targets across its twenty UK sites. We catch up with Mark Bolland, FSC’s Director of Operations, to find out more about what’s been involved in achieving an impressive 20% total reduction in emissions over the past three years.

Renewable energy, Energy/ Environmental monitoring and reporting, Energy Efficiency
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UK Conference to tackle Responsible Retrofit of Traditional Buildings

The Fit for the Future Network has teamed up with the Sustainable Traditional Buildings Alliance to present this national conference on Responsible Retrofit with support from the National Trust, Bristol City Council, CoRE, Sustainable Homes, CSE and Bristol Green Capital. Join us at At-Bristol on the 3rd of June for discussions, workshops and training led by the UK’s most experienced organisations. Early bird tickets are now available until the end of April.

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