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Minimum Energy Standards for Scotland to be announced in May

15 February 2018

Members of Elmhurst will be well aware of the Private Rental Sector, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into force in April 2018 in England and the guidance we have issued on its application. The position in Scotland is likely to move in a similar direction, but on a different timeline. In Scotland any potential change in legislation is being considered in the "Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s


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MPs want all homes to be EPC band C

07 February 2018

Yesterday (6th February), in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess (Conservative MP for Southend West) used a "ten minute rule motion" to propose that all domestic properties should be required to achieve a minimum of EPC Band C by 2030, for those occupiers in fuel poverty, and 2035 for all other domestic properties.  This proposed strategy is smiliar to one outlined for Private Rental Sector / Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), but would apply


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In memory of our friend and colleague Jamie

05 February 2018

It is with great sadness that Elmhurst announces the sudden and unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Jamie Giltrap at the age of 46. Jamie joined Elmhurst’s domestic support team in 2013 having been a practicing Domestic Energy Assessor for several years. He also brought with him a wealth of experience from his previous roles within the electrical and renewable technologies sectors, helping the team to provide expert answers to our Members’ many questions


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The energy efficiency of English homes has stalled

01 February 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently published its annual report on the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England (English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017). The headline amongst a huge amount of facts is that the energy efficiency of homes in England are not improving! Some key facts: The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in last 20 years – but did not increase between 2015 and 2016 The


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Elmhurst Digital- Strategic Asset Management Solution

01 February 2018

In 2016 Northgate Public Services needed to find a solution to replace their existing energy calculator/module within their Strategic Asset Management (SAM) System. The software solutions arm of Elmhurst, 'Elmhurst Digital', analysed the requirements and developed a bespoke solution for them. About Northgate Public Services Northgate Public Services’ supply IT solutions and services to the public sector and are based in the UK and around the world. One of their flag ship solutions is the


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Elmhurst Trainer to compete in London Marathon

26 January 2018

One of Elmhurst's fantastic trainers, Andy Knapp, is taking part in this years London marathan (22nd April), in memory of his father, and all for a great cause. Andy has been an assessor with Elmhurst since 2007, undertaking both Domestic and Commercial energy assessments. However, a lot of assessors may recognise him if they have attended an Elmhurst training course in the last few years.  Since April 2015 Andy has delivered our Domestic and Non-Domestic qualification


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A useful tip for faster technical support

19 January 2018

Our technical support teams work hard to answer any and all queries put to them by our valued members.  The support teams, which assist Residential, New Build and Commercial energy assessors, answer over 1000 calls per week (and that’s not including calls to other parts of the business). As with many businesses we have different phone numbers for each team, to ensure that members get through to a support team member with the relevant technical


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ALERT: Expired EPC

19 January 2018

Elmhurst is delighted to announce that this Sunday the central EPC Registers for England & Wales and Northern Ireland are implementing an ‘Expired Report’ watermark to out of date EPCs, something that Elmhurst has been requesting for a number of years. The welcome change should make it clear to professionals involved in the property business such as conveyancers, estate agents, letting agents, landlords etc that an EPC created over 10 years ago is no longer


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Get the 'measurement' correct (or make everyone confused again!)

18 January 2018

As the leading EPC Accreditation Scheme in the UK, we have constantly talked about ‘energy efficiency’ for 25 years. The simple old adage ‘that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’ is never truer in our world. In terms of energy efficiency within properties, we could currently measure this in the following ways: CO2 emissions Money (£) spent Comfort levels of occupant Which is the best one and why? The simple answer is


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Climate Change Committee tells the Government to get moving

17 January 2018

An independent report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) on the Clean Growth Strategy issued today, aligns with Elmhurst's view that whilst the ambition is good; what is now needed is the detailed policy. The report analyses the Clean Growth Strategy in different sectors including energy efficiency in buildings. In the report Lord Deben, Chairman of the CCC states:  “The Strategy, and related announcements, has set out strong ambitions – including to improve the energy


 

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