Elmhurst recently had one of their 'celebrity' energy assessors, visit the Lutterworth site for a DEC Masterclass CPD event with our trainer Andrew Burt. Sid Siddiqui features on the hit TV show Googlebox, and has been part of Elmhurst’s accreditation scheme for three years. Sid gave us a few comments about the training he has received from Elmhurst : “I have visited the Lutterworth site five times, I have been trained by Andrew three times
First we had Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) in the private rented sector and now sellers may be required to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. Bright Blue, a Conservative think tank, is proposing that Government regulate the energy performance of privately owned homes. They are suggesting 1. that a minimum EPC rating could be mandated in order for the sale of the home to be permitted 2. and the Building Regulations could be amended to
Elmhurst Energy has now streamlined its QA process for Domestic Energy Assessors by seamlessly integrating the QA Hub with our FREE Evidence Online storage facility. Evidence submissions are now as easy as '1..2..3...tick' With just a tick of a box you can mark when your evidence is 'QA ready', allowing it to be automatically uploaded to the QA Hub if called for audit and removing the need for you to manually submit your evidence.
We realise that occasionally members may require some additional help when it comes to securing new business. With access to Elmhurst's guides and fact sheets, members will find it much easier to inform potential customers about their energy assessment work and the benefits it can offer. Elmhurst will continue to produce marketing material to proactively help our members grow their business. You can access the guides and fact sheets by clicking the button below. Our
In last month's Elmhurst Energy Newsletter (click here to read) we described how Elmhurst Energy had partnered with the National Energy Foundation (NEF) and Absolute Air and Gas to form a new start up business to develop and commercialise test solutions for the built environment. This new company is called Build Test Solutions Ltd (BTS). BTS aims to identify, develop and commercialise game changing building performance verification and monitoring solutions. The first product offering is
The construction industry is beginning to report on business performance post the EU Referendum and with the number of new build E&W EPCs in July 2016 up 2.4% there may be room for optimism. Housebuilder Persimmon has also reported a 29% jump in first-half profits and been quoted that "since the referendum customer interest has been robust" and that "private sale reservations since 1st July were 17% higher than at the same time last year".
The latest update to RdSAP Conventions has now been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department of Finance & Personnel Northern Ireland (DFPNI) and the Scottish Government. The update includes both new Conventions and updates to several existing Conventions and it is a mandatory requirement that all Domestic Energy Assessors familiarise themselves with these important changes. These updates will apply from 1st October 2016. In order to help our members
As the old saying goes "if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’. Here at Elmhurst we fundamentally believe that the ECO policy must retain the EPC, so that it can be successfully managed and categorically prove that those families in greatest need are removed from fuel poverty. ECO help to heat consultation is open until tomorrow (17th August), and all our members are encouraged to respond (Our full response can be seen here).
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a survey yesterday showing that house prices had significantly slowed in the three months up to the end of July, and that the housing market had “paused for breath” after the referendum vote. However RICs also confirmed that confidence was now returning to the market and envisaged that the market could take off again over the next 12 months. Residential Stays Positive RICS data showed that new buyer
As previously advised DECC (now BEIS) have issued a 60 page consultation for "ECO: Help to Heat", the replacement for ECO 2, which will run between April 2018 and March 2022, with 2017 being considered a transition year. As our member's will expect we are currently drafting our response to the consultation which we will publish to Members as soon as it is complete. The closing date for the consultation response is Wednesday 17th August and we