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More positive 'noise' around Green Deal

09 March 2017

Further to our announcement that the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) had been sold to new investors (Greenstone Finance and Aurium Captial Markets) back in January 2017 (see previous news item here), the Government this week published an update to the Green Deal Code of Practice (v.5). Following normal legal process this document now sits for 40 days with both the House of Commons and House of Lords; if there are no challenges then the department


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Elmhurst attempts to clear up 'Listed Buildings' ambiguity

02 March 2017

The general consensus in Industry appears to be that Listed Buildings are exempt from requirement to provide Energy Performance Certificates, if the property is being sold or rented. The recast of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive came into force on 9th January 2013 and since then this is the widely held view. However, there is no express exemption in the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations for listed buildings and the regulations dealing with this point


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New Build 'Confident' Market

28 February 2017

More good news in the new build housing market with some great figures released by one of the UKs largest house builders Persimmon. Annual profits have risen by nearly a quarter, and it has described the market as very “confident”. The company sold 15,171 new homes last year, 599 more than in 2015, with average prices rising by 3.8% to £206,765.  It also added that 2017 has got off to a promising start, with encouraging


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UK 'must insulate 25 million homes'

28 February 2017

A staggering statistic, where experts state that one home, every single minute, will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050 has been published in a latest report. The report by the UK Green Building Council (UIKGBC) has highlighted what Elmhurst and other experts have been campaigning for years that the UK successive Governments have failed to tackle the UKs poor housing stock, which continue rather embarrassingly to be amongst the worst


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New Non-Domestic Conventions Released

28 February 2017

DCLG have released Issue 6.0 of the Non-Domestic EPC Conventions for England & Wales. The last time the conventions were updated was back in 2014. As with all new conventions, these will be included as part of future quality assurance checks of the assessments undertaken, and the EPCs produced, by NDEAs thereafter.  We have provided a summary of the changes due to be implemented on the 1st May 2017: A new process to apportion On site Renewable Use


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Great news for Non-Domestic Energy Assessors

24 February 2017

Many members are reporting significant increased demand for non-domestic EPCs as the deadline for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), the regulation that prevents private landlords renting the least energy efficient properties from April 2018, starts to get closer. The Government has now ‘put meat on the bones’, with the publication of “The non-domestic Private Rented Property minimum standard – Landlord guidance” document. As Elmhurst have said many times the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and


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What Landlords are looking for from Energy Assessors

13 February 2017

Article brought to you by Landlord News and Just Landlords The property industry will face strict new regulations from 2018 that prohibit landlords from letting properties with Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings below an E. As such, many investors will be looking to energy assessors to help them comply with the new laws. So what are landlords looking for from their energy assessors? Specialist landlord insurance provider Just Landlords is committed to not only helping


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Government release up to £45 million of insulation funding to social landlords

09 February 2017

Elmhurst were pleased to be invited to the ECO Delivery Group meeting held in Westminster on the 7th February at which BEIS (the new government department that is responsible for ECO) presented their response to the consultation for ECO2t, the transition period between ECO2 and ECO3 that runs between April 2017 and October 2018. The great news for social landlords is that of the 70% of the £640M fund allocated to Affordable Warmth, 10% will be


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Elmhurst Energy announces training partnership with CABE

09 February 2017

Elmhurst Energy has announced it is working with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) to deliver an ‘Introduction to Construction’ course for those members wishing to become Building Engineers and also those working as an energy assessor who want to improve on their knowledge of the construction process and planning. The one day course has been designed to meet the needs of new entrants to the industry who wish to gain or improve their


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"Fixing our broken housing market"

08 February 2017

Government yesterday issued a white paper titled "Fixing our broken housing market".  It outlines many areas for encouraging more housing building, with a wide variety of ideas and suggestions. It also interestingly swings towards the rental side of the market, which is a shift in emphasis from normal Conservative Party thinking of solely home ownership. It is perhaps a realisation that there are many people in the country who rent, and also discusses those that


 

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