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The UK signs up for Paris climate agreement

21 November 2016

The UK Government have been true to their word and have signed the Paris Climate Agreement, having previously committed to signing it before the end of 2016. The agreement basically commits countries to taking action to hold temperature rises to well below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - and to try to stabilise emissions at a level which would see a temperature rise of no more than 1.5 Degrees Celsius. The agreement was put


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BEIS officially announce consultation on the next versions of SAP and RdSAP

18 November 2016

BEIS have officially announced a consultation on the next versions of SAP and RdSAP. Further to our news last week: http://www.elmhurstenergy.co.uk/beis-issue-consultation-on-next-versions-of-rdsap-and-sap The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have officially released the consultation on proposed amendments to the SAP and RdSAP methodologies. Elmhurst has been expecting this consultation from BEIS for some time and will be digesting the information thoroughly. We will keep our members informed of the impact of these changes. As


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Elmhurst host debate with the Midlands Energy Professional

14 November 2016

Elmhurst Energy's Martyn Reed was pleased to be invited to deliver a CPD session to the  Midlands Energy Professional (MEP) association, at their recent Members meeting in Birmingham. A similar, but less formal,  presentation to that given at the IDEA conference focussed on the Elmhurst Manifesto, the 6 point plan that we are asking Government to consider as they design new and amended energy efficiency plans. Elmhurst is campaigning to: Create a clear government strategy


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£18m given to councils in England to ‘turbo charge’ home building

11 November 2016

The Housing Minister Gavin Barwell has today announced Government funding of £18m is to be offered to Councils in England, which is hoped to speed up the building of up to 800,000 new homes, specifically targeting new homes on large developments. Local Authorities can bid for a share of what is called the ‘Capacity fund’ to enable them to speed up and tackle issues around planning. The Conservative Government has constantly referred to getting rid


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US Presidential Election Result- Impact on Climate Change?

10 November 2016

As we all know by now, Donald Trump has been voted in as the President of the USA. This event takes place just days after the historic Paris agreement officially came into force. It also occurs whilst the world’s environmental groups are meeting at the UN climate talks in Marrakech, Morocco. However, Donald Trump’s victory has thrown the global deal into uncertainty and raised fears that the US will reverse the ambitious environmental course charted


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Friday 4th November - a big day for energy efficiency

09 November 2016

The 4th November 2016 may not have seemed a very normal Friday in many respects  but for those of us who work in the energy efficiency sector, it was a landmark day. It was the day on which the Paris Agreement came into force. It is the Paris Agreement, and the Kyoto agreement before it that requires our government, and the governments nearly 220 other countries, to measure the carbon emissions that are emitted from


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BEIS issue consultation on next versions of RdSAP and SAP

08 November 2016

Updated: 10/11/16 BEIS have today announced via the BRE that they are going to run consultations on the next versions of RdSAP and SAP.* *please note since writing this news article yesterday, the BRE webpage indicating the BEIS consultation and changes to the methodologies has been removed Elmhurst have been expecting this consultation from BEIS for some time and clearly the BRE site has beaten the consultation site. However we assume that the rest of


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An extra £10m to be spent on tackling fuel poverty in Scotland

04 November 2016

Scottish Government yesterday announced that an extra £10 million is to be spent in an attempt to tackle fuel poverty. Ministers were recently criticised after research had indicated that fuel poverty in Scotland had more than doubled since 2003. Now Councils and Housing Associations will be given a share of £9m to enable them to help tenants heat their homes.  £1m will also be made available as an interest free loan to help people make


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“Lies, damn lies and statistics!”

02 November 2016

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have released the latest statistics for Energy Performance of Buildings; it continues a very welcome approach to ‘open data’ and we hope that it makes interesting reading. However as the expression “Lies, damn lies and statistics” goes, everyone may read these figures in different lights. We at Elmhurst have reviewed the quarterly figures for Q3 2016 (1st July to 30th Sept) and present them in a hopefully


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Great New Career Opportunities - Energy Technical Consultants

01 November 2016

Elmhurst Energy is a growing organisation and as a result we are seeking to recruit experienced energy assessors who would like to give something back. As a Technical Consultant your role will be vital to help manage the largest EPC accreditation scheme in the UK.  You will draw upon your in depth understanding of the energy assessment industry and your technical skills to provide the best support to Elmhurst members.   So, if you are


 

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