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History of RdSAP

14 March 2016

It is now 10 years since RdSAP was officially recognised by Government. The EU ‘Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)’ forced member states to implement laws to reduce energy use in buildings across Europe. The 2 articles that drove Energy Performance Certificates forward were the following: Article 7 “...when buildings are constructed, sold or rented out, an energy performance certificate is made available to the owner or by the owner to the prospective buyer or


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Energy Policy U- Turns ‘may cost households £120 a year’

04 March 2016

The Energy & Climate Change Committee (ECC) have warned the Government that they must restore investor confidence in the UK energy sector. They claim that there is increased nervousness among some investors looking at energy projects in the UK. Their confidence is dented by a series of sudden policy changes since the election. Angus MacNeil MP, chair of the ECC stated “Billions of pounds of investment is needed in order to replace ageing energy infrastructure,


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Government announce plans to cut red tape in energy sector

04 March 2016

The government have just reported their findings and recommendations to remove "red tape" from the energy sector. Most of the report is actually concerned with the supply side of the industry (generation and distribution), as opposed to reducing demand, but two points do relate to the activities of Elmhurst Members. It is suggested that: 1) There is overlap between schemes such as  CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme [CRC] and Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme [ESOS] and the


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Leading Think Tank calls for Stamp Duty to be linked to Energy Efficiency

02 March 2016

A leading think tank has suggested to Government that stamp duty should be less for energy efficient homes than leaky inefficient ones. The Policy Exchange which is close to Government states that this change would likely see 270,000 households a year improve their energy efficiency. The report states “Policies which link property values more closely to energy performance could kick-start an energy efficiency revolution in this country. Improving home energy efficiency can save households money,


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New Home Planning Permissions at highest since 2008

26 February 2016

In figures release today the House Builders Federation (HBF) have announced that 242,819 permissions were granted in the 12 months to October 2015. This is the highest ‘moving annual’ total since early 2008. To caveat this number, the HBF do state that these permissions still have a long way to go through the planning process. This is something that they wish to streamline. HBF state that there were “181,000 new homes built in 2014/15 –


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Introduction to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

24 February 2016

From April 2016, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 will bring into force minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the residential and commercial private rented sector. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards dictates that a landlord with an EPC Rating below an E will be required to undertake work to improve the energy performance of their property; otherwise they could face heavy penalties.These new standards will be phased in over the next five


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Elmhurst Releases New £2 Pay-per-click Floor Plan Software

24 February 2016

Elmhurst Energy have just launched a new version of their floor plan software, built for Windows devices. Our Sketch software has been developed from various user suggestions, and makes building a professional floor plan quick and easy.  Most importantly, it’s pay per click. Rather than pay a one off monthly fee, you’ll only pay for the plans you create. We’re offering a competitive price per plan of just £2.Also accompanying the launch of our new


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DECC and OFGEM looking to change rules for new ECO for April 2017

24 February 2016

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) have recently announced that Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) funding from April 2017, is considering  a move to a method called ‘deemed scoring’.  This would mean that only a small number of inputs would be needed to calculate the ‘scores’ for the ECO measure. Obviously this is still subject to and dependent on a new Government Policy and any consultation(s) that takes place before hand. DECC believe that


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EU Referendum- how does it affect us?

23 February 2016

You will all be aware that the Government has declared that we will be having a referendum on the 23rd June 2016; that will decide whether the UK retains its membership of the EU. Knowing that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are a requirement that comes from a European Directive, some energy assessors have already called to ask what that means to them and the future of EPCs. Of course no one can predict the future,


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Fuel Poverty- A Massive Problem that isn't Going Away

22 February 2016

A new report issued by Government highlights the fact that the UK still has a staggering amount of families deemed to be living as fuel poor. Even by changing the definitions and measurements associated with what is ‘fuel poverty’, the results are quite startling. The number of Households in Fuel Poverty: 2,350,000 (or 10.4%) of households in England 850,000 (or 34.9%) of households in Scotland 390,000 (or 30%) of households in Wales 290,000 (or 42%)


 

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