National Energy Foundation Trustee receives OBE in New Year’s Honours

31st December 2013

John Doggart, one of the National Energy Foundation’s long-standing Trustees, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours, for services to Sustainable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency.

John Doggart (Eur Eng MA (Eng) MA (Arch) CEng MInstE FRSA) is a Trustee of the National Energy Foundation and Chairman of the Sustainable Energy Academy, a charity which runs SuperHomes, a developing network of over 170 houses throughout the UK, all saving at least 60% of their carbon emissions. John is so passionate about the project that he has transformed his own home into a SuperHome and has achieved a 70% reduction in its carbon emissions. John also developed WHISCERS, the award-winning, low-mess internal wall insulation system, which is now used across the UK and Europe. He co-founded the Existing Homes Alliance (EHA) and advised the Government on its Green Deal initiative. John has also recently set up the Federation of Open Homes Networks (FOOHNs).

Born in 1941, John originally worked as an architect and was at 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. He co-developed the first energy rating system for housing, and also co-developed BREEAM, the world’s leading design and assessment method for sustainable buildings. John has worked on energy saving projects in Europe, the US and Australia, and when not involved in the world of sustainable energy technologies and energy efficiency, his interests are canoeing, sailing, jigsaws and reading.

Commenting on the 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. He has initiated and has been instrumental in numerous projects that have driven sustainable energy technologies and energy efficiency forward and into the mainstream. He thoroughly deserves this public honour in recognition of his work and we would like to add our thanks and congratulations.”