SuperHomes was its category winner in the Sustainable Energy Europe and ManagEnergy Awards 2014 . 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:
“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.
THE NOMINATED PROJECTS
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 
Asking people to don a sweater and turn down the thermostat by 1 degree 
Involving citizens in a national energy efficiency action and policy planning 
Using videos, gaming and interaction to engage 14-18 year olds 
Free online courses on how to improve energy efficiency in any organisation 
Pairing small towns with big cities to embed sustainable energy policy 
Encouraging renewables in public buildings by increasing local authority know-how 
Engaging teenagers in making solar cars for an international solar parade 
Helping municipalities plan for sustainability with training and videos 
Converting agricultural and municipal waste into biogas for electricity use in gas main 
The carbon neutral brewery 
Storing surplus summer heat from plastics manufacture in boreholes for winter use 
Using animal and dairy waste to produce biogas for heat and electricity for a Dairy 
Crowd funding renewable energy projects 
Targeting the zero emissions Supermarket 
Insulating social housing and installing biomass heating to tackle fuel poverty 
Family homes that produce much more energy than required for their own needs 
Reworking 1970s tower blocks to Passivhaus standard with a 7 year payback 
Delivering a highly energy efficient demonstration office building 
Using waste resin/pine oil from paper pulp production to make high grade biodiesel 
Installing PV over a railway bridge/station on a river providing half its energy needs 
Training on how to manage sustainable transport initiatives in towns and cities 
Electric buses over a 24km route, recharged through induction technology 
Electric buses trial, again reducing air pollution 
MANAGENERGY LOCAL ENERGY ACTION AWARD
A rural town made self –sufficient in energy thanks to use of wind, biomass, PV 
Supporting small local authorities with sustainable energy action planning 
Assisting the fuel poor with soft measures like telephone advice 
Stimulating local employment and access to installers and subsidies for measures 
Retrofitting 60s tower blocks for a 50% reduction in energy used for heating 
This post was written by GordonG