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ENE Series: Session 4 Energy system solutions for affordable net-zero housing

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This event is part of the ‘Delivering Affordable Net-Zero Housing’ series of 8 webinars run in conjunction with the Eastern New Energy project. The series focuses on the nitty gritty details of what is working and what it costs to meet the net-zero challenge.

Register for each event individually or book the whole series to get a substantial discount - scroll down for all dates in the series.

A “fabric first” approach is essential to delivering Passive House standard homes and an assured platform for delivering net-zero performance. But fabric alone cannot reach net-zero. Attention needs to be paid also to the most appropriate energy system/solution for a range of project requirements, and to resident behaviour.

Renewable energy solutions have been thrust increasingly into the limelight as energy performance of buildings and climate change actions become increasingly important priorities – and regulatory obligations. This can lead to reactive, inefficient solutions.

Some of the energy solutions being touted are simply not practical or cost effective, or fragmented in their approach. This session will take a step back to review the current options – pros and cons – and outline more joined-up, holistic approaches to energy system design.

This two-hour online session will cover:

  • Recap - the different definitions of net-zero in construction, who is using them and how these will drive briefs and specifications
  • Using energy efficiently: optimising energy use in new build using sensors and data
  • The pros and cons of current renewable energy technologies/solutions
  • Using renewables and battery storage
  • Optimising energy use at the level of the development rather than at the level of the individual house
  • Outsourcing energy generation and storage to Energy Services Companies (ESCOs) to reduce capital cost
  • Creating social value and wellbeing using onsite renewables.

Alex Templeton, Energy Innovation Lead for Community Works CIC will host the session.

We will be joined by Joe Miles from Atamate, an expert in building performance measurement; Renewable Energy Consultant (ENE region) ; John Cape from Suffolk Community Energy CIC and Power Circle; and David Morgan, former Head of Cities for EON and CEO of SmartKlub.

This live and interactive session will have Q&A breaks to allow participants to ask questions of the speakers.


16:00 Start and Introduction
16:05 Using energy efficiently: optimising energy use in new build using sensors and data – Joe Miles, Atamate
16:20 The pros and cons of heat pumps in new build
16:30 A comparison of solar panels and building integrated solar PV (BIPV)
16:40 Q&A
16:50 Break
17:00 Stripping out capital cost by outsourcing energy generation and storage – Jon Cape, Power Circle / Suffolk Community Energy CIC
17:30 Creating social value and wellbeing using onsite renewables: A case study from Nottingham Trent Basin – David Morgan, SmartKlub
17:50 Q&A
18:00 Close

All events in this series

Can be booked as a series or individually:

1. Defining, measuring and evidencing net-zero performance - Thursday 8 Sept,16:00-18:00, Live online
2. How do we make net-zero homes affordable? - Thursday 22 Sept, 16:00-18:00, Live online
4. Energy system solutions for affordable net-zero housing - Monday 17 Oct, 16:00-18:00, Live online


  • TGR members:  £30 per session // £150 for all 8 sessions (save £90)
  • Standard non-member rate:  £40 per session // £200 for all 8 sessions (save £120) 

Attendance will make you eligible for Green Register membership

This event is held in conjunction with:

The ENE project is funded by the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit

October 17th, 2022 16:00 through 18:00
Event Fee(s)
Green Register Members - Whole Series (save £90) £150.00
Non-members - Whole Series (save £120) £200.00
Green Register Members - This event only £30.00
Non Members - This event only £40.00
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