Our Mission

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  • ACE aims to reduce overall energy demand to ensure a secure and sustainable energy future.
  • Through our lobbying, campaigning and research we help to achieve sensible and consistent policy, legislation and targets.
  • ACE works to raise a positive awareness of energy conservation and encourage increased investment in all energy saving measures.

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ACE Perspective

  • Joanne WadeIf not the Green Deal, then what? By Joanne Wade

    The Government announced yesterday that no further public funding will be provided to the Green Deal Finance Company. This leaves the energy efficiency supply chain at a loss to understand how the Government thinks it will meet its fuel poverty and climate change targets. Yes, the Green Deal has not been as effective as the Government originally forecast, but the principle of a Pay as You Save mechanism to support energy efficiency investment remains sound. Working to build on the existing framework, not pulling the rug from under it, was the way forward.

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ACE Campaigns

  • European-Court-of-Justice-3Chancellor urged to confirm there will be no VAT changes on energy saving materials till Budget 2016 at the earliest By Jenny Holland

    An ACE-convened business coalition has today written to Chancellor George Osborne in the wake of the judgment by the European Court of Justice that the UK’s 5% reduced VAT rate on professionally installed energy saving materials breaches the 2006 VAT Directive. The letter highlights the unhelpful nature of the judgment for those industries involved in the supply and installation of the measures potentially affected. It also urges the Chancellor to make clear in next week’s Budget that any changes to the reduced VAT rate will be deferred until Budget 2016 at the earliest.

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ACE Research

  • uk sterling pounds notes and coinsDelivering the best deal for energy consumers: options for the next supplier commitment By Pedro Guertler

    For the benefit of consumers and the supply chain, and unlike the Energy Company Obligation (ECO), longevity, simplicity and flexibility must be at the heart of the next supplier commitment’s design. Its objective must be to serve as an important and stable plank to meeting carbon budgets within a wider framework of policies and measures that support a nationwide transformation of the housing stock through staged deep retrofits. It should be capable of delivering a wide range of measures to a large number of households, and drive the best possible outcome for consumers by lowering their bills and improving their health and comfort, both in the medium and long-term.

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Guest Blog

  • TYarrowBuilding on the Past: energy efficiency in historic buildings By Thomas Yarrow

    In the UK we are obsessed with the past. Old buildings are all around us, valued in different ways, as symbols of history and tradition. They contribute to our sense of identity and place, and have a range of social and economic values. However, preservation of these buildings does not always sit easily alongside the aim of improved energy efficiency. Micro-renewables, double-glazing and improved insulation can all contribute to improved energy performance but can also adversely affect the aesthetic qualities and historic materials that we value. Around 20% of English homes were built before 1919, and older homes tend to be less efficient than those built more recently. Making improvements to historic buildings poses challenges, so it is important to understand what these homes mean to the people who live in them, and work with them.

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ACE Members

  • Vaillant

    Energy-saving solutions for heating, cooling and hot water

    The Vaillant Group is an international family-owned company with more than 135 years experience in the heating and hot water technologies industry. As one of the world's market and technology leaders, the company develops and produces tailor-made products, systems and services for heating, cooling and hot water, and is the one of the largest European manufacturers within the sector.

    The Vaillant Group is established and active with production and research and development sites in over 20 countries worldwide. As the UK's number 1 heating manufacturing group, Vaillant Group's UK operations include the market leading brands Vaillant, Glow-worm and Heatline.

    www.vaillant.co.uk
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    www.heatline.co.uk

  • Kingspan Insulation Ltd

    Insulation manufacturers

    Kingspan Insulation specialise in the solution of insulation problems and offer the widest range of insulants available from any UK or Irish manufacturer. Kingspan Insulation is a member company of the Kingspan Group plc, one of Europe’s fastest growing building product groups.

    www.kingspaninsulation.co.uk

  • Rockwool Ltd

    Manufacturers of mineral wool insulation products

    Rockwool Ltd, based near Bridgend, South Wales is the UK's leading manufacturer of mineral wool insulation for thermal, fire and acoustic protection. Only Rockwool is authentic and wholly natural, recreated from natural processes that exist only in nature.

    www.rockwool.co.uk

  • Plumb Center

    Suppliers of plumbing and heating products

    With over 490 branches nationwide, Plumb Center is one of the UK's leading suppliers of plumbing and heating products including central heating systems, bathrooms, showers, drainage and renewable technologies. It has developed training centres in Leamington Spa and Sevenoaks where around 13 renewable products courses are on offer, and has 38 commercial Centers of Excellence located in carefully selected branches across the UK.

    www.plumbcenter.co.uk

  • Knauf Insulation (UK) Ltd

    Manufacturers of mineral wool insulation products

    Knauf Insulation is UK's leading insulation company. It represents one of the most respected and progressive names in European building products. Knauf Insulation is the only UK manufacturer of glass mineral wool, rock mineral wool and extruded polystyrene insulation products, giving an unrivalled range for building, H&V, process and appliance insulation, as well as fabrication applications.

    www.knaufinsulation.co.uk

  • Worcester Bosch

    Manufacturers of heating and hot water systems

    Bosch Thermotechnology Ltd. is the UK operation of the Bosch group’s heating and hot water division, manufacturing condensing boilers as well as solar water heaters and ground source heat pumps. Part of the Bosch Group, our products are designed, manufactured, sold and distributed with the quality and reliability that is synonymous with the Bosch name.

    www.bbt-uk.co.uk

  • Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency

    Insulation guarantors

    CIGA is an independent agency with its own secretariat that provides independent 25 year Guarantee covering cavity wall insulation. It is governed by a council of "System Designers" (who supply the insulation material) and registered installers, with support from trade associations and Government bodies.

    www.ciga.co.uk

  • InstaGroup

    Insulation manufacturers

    InstaGroup was founded in 1980 in response to an increasing public awareness of the need to conserve heat and energy, both to protect the environment and reduce consumption of the world's resources.

    www.instagroup.co.uk

  • Honeywell Control Systems Ltd

    Suppliers of domestic heating and combustion controls

    Honeywell are the leading suppliers of domestic heating and combustion controls in the UK with products that include time, temperature, gas and water controls, designed to provide the homeowner with the best in comfort, energy and health solutions.

    www.honeywelluk.com

  • Dow Chemical Co Ltd

    Manufacturers of extruded polysterene insulation products

    Dow is a diversified chemical company that harnesses the power of science and technology to improve living daily. The Company offers a broad range of innovative products and services to customers in more than 175 countries, helping them to provide everything from pharmaceuticals to paints, packaging and personal care products.

    www.dow.com

  • Sheffield Insulations Ltd

    Distributors of insulation, roofing and commerical interior products

    Sheffield Insulations has 50 years experience in insulation distribution. As part of the SIG plc Group, we supply materials for thermal and acoustic, dry lining, fire protection and house building.

    We offer more than 50,000 brand name products from leading manufacturers with rapid responses to customers enquiries via our 20+ branch network.

    www.sheffins.co.uk

  • Superglass Insulation Ltd

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    Superglass Insulation Ltd., which has 211 employees, began operations at its Stirling site in 1987 and quickly established itself as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of insulation products. Superglass offer a comprehensive range of products, which are certified for use throughout Europe. They are manufactured from glass fibre mineral wool and are designed to provide high quality thermal and acoustic insulation.

    www.superglass.co.uk

  • Vaillant
  • Kingspan Insulation Ltd
  • Rockwool Ltd
  • Plumb Center
  • Knauf Insulation (UK) Ltd
  • Worcester Bosch
  • Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency
  • InstaGroup
  • Honeywell Control Systems Ltd
  • Dow Chemical Co Ltd
  • Sheffield Insulations Ltd
  • Superglass Insulation Ltd
ACE's Seven Energy Efficiency Asks for the 2015-2020 Parliament
  1. A new Energy White Paper (#energywhitepaper)newlogo (large)
  2. Buildings energy efficiency as infrastructure investment (#infrastructureinvestment)
  3. The public sector must take a leadership role (#leadbyexample)
  4. Zero Carbon standard for new homes and commercial buildings (#zerocarbon)
  5. Minimum energy efficiency standards for existing buildings (#minimumstandards)
  6. Incentives for energy efficiency retrofits (#retrofitincentives)
  7. Improving access to finance for energy efficiency measures (#accesstofinance)

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