SEA Chairman awarded an OBE

January 7, 2014 2:01 pm Published by

John Doggart John Doggart, Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours, for services to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency. The award recognizes John’s contributions over a career spanning over half a century throughout which he has championed the benefits of lower carbon buildings.

Of the OBE, John commented “This is a great honour, and reflects not only the importance of SuperHomes, but also the huge contribution made by friends and colleagues throughout my life.”

The Sustainable Energy Academy (SEA) is a charity dedicated to reducing carbon emissions from the built environment. It was set up by John Doggart in June 2008.

John has been the key driver behind three recent SEA initiatives – SuperHomes (the Open Homes Network of UK homes most improved for energy use), WHISCERS (a low mess solution for internal wall insulation) and The Federation of Open Home Networks – a new organisation designed to help existing green open home networks thrive.


Superhomes encourages homeowners to make their older homes fit for the 21st Century. There are now 175 SuperHomes, each refurbished by its owners to reduce carbon emissions by at least 60%. SuperHomers host regular free open days to share their retrofit experience and inspire others to green their own homes.

John commented “It has been a real privilege to meet so many early adopters of domestic retrofit through SuperHomes. They also deserve accolades for helping inspire so many thousands of people to make their homes both more comfortable and more environmentally friendly.”

John has consistently walked his talk, transforming his own Victorian home into a SuperHome, achieving a 70% carbon saving.

John’s ideas, drive, commitment and generosity have delivered many improvements in the field of sustainablity. SEA was set up to provide a new way of educating, initially using proceeds from the sale of a business John himself had helped build up.

John’s energy and professionalism helped SEA to attract funding to support the charity’s work from industry sponsors including SIG and Megaman, and from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation. He has also nurtured valuable partnerships with the National Energy Foundation, Energy Saving Trust and WWF amongst many others.


John has consistently worked to find innovative solutions to barriers to eco refurbishment. He is an ideas man and has earned a reputation as a trusted source for advice and a dependable partner. WHISCERS is a recent SEA innovation which reflects his successful ‘can do’ approach.

WHISCERS is now an award winning industry-ready solution for installing internal wall insulation which removes some of the significant barriers to work going ahead. In fact, it makes the job so speedy and free of mess that the work can be done with the homeowners still in situ – something never before possible. Produced through a partnership with developers United House, it won an Ashden Gold Award in 2013.

Federation of Open Homes Networks

The Federation of Open Home Networks is SEA’s latest initiative. This aims to increase the chances of existing local green open home networks attracting national sponsorship and funding support – something that has proved very hard for groups to achieve on an individual basis.

Better use of energy in buildings

Born in 1941, John has degrees in Engineering and Architecture. He originally worked as an architect with Richard Rogers Associates between 1967 and 1969. He then worked in Milton Keynes, where he developed the UK’s first solar house and passive solar housing scheme.

John subsequently built up ECD, a company specialising in low energy, environmental design. He also co-developed BREEAM, the first widely used building environmental assessment method in the world. ECD also worked closely on projects in Europe with the European Commission. John has worked on large-scale sustainable developments and played a key role in helping to set sustainability agendas. He and his team have worked on energy saving projects in Europe, the US and Australia.

John has also made important contributions as a Trustee of the National Energy Foundation, Chairman of the Existing Homes Alliance Finance Working Group and advisor to the Government Green Deal initiative.

Commenting on John’s award, Chief Executive of the National Energy Foundation, Dr Kerry Mashford, said:

“John is one of our longest-serving Trustees and has provided the National Energy Foundation with valuable support over its 25-year history. We are proud to be associated with him. John has worked for many years – passionately, innovatively and with the utmost professionalism – for the better use of energy in buildings, not just in the UK but throughout the world.”

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