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Autumn Statement Review

26 November 2015

George Osborne latest Autumn Statement wasn’t meant to be easy listening to the ‘energy efficiency’ industry. Who have felt the full force of Treasury cut backs, and a slashing of regulations and policies since the Conservative election victory.  George in many ways didn’t disappoint us. He announced that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will be replaced from April 2017 with a new ‘cheaper’ domestic energy efficiency scheme. It is believed this will run for


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The Autumn Statement: George wants UK to build more new homes

26 November 2015

George Osborne's latest Autumn Statement had its ups and downs for Energy Assessors. There did however appear to be some good news on the new build front. George indicated “I am doubling the housing budget. Yes, doubling it to over £2 billion per year. We will deliver, with government help, 400,000 affordable new homes by the end of the decade.” That’s the biggest house building programme by any government since the 1970s. Almost half of


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Winter Deaths 'highest since 1999'

25 November 2015

Elmhurst Energy was extremely disappointed to hear the news that there were an estimated 43,900 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter, the highest number since 1999. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-34919149 It’s the 21st Century and we still have deaths due to cold weather! As Elmhurst have said many times we need a simple and consistent strategy to help improve our poorest homes. It is pointless investing billions (£s) into new nuclear power stations if we don't


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ESOS Newsletter Issue 8 Download Available

24 November 2015

Dear Elmhurst ESOS Lead Assessor, As part of your membership to Elmhurst’s ESOS Lead Assessor Register you will receive updates on the latest news about ESOS. The Environment Agency has released ISSUE 8 of the ESOS Newsletter (see attached), to keep you updated with information on the ESOS scheme. These newsletters will be sent out as and when there is new information to be communicated. The latest edition includes;  2 weeks to


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Helping members communicate a landlords responsibilities to control Legionella

23 November 2015

Elmhurst Energy believe that Legionella risk assessments will provide a ripe opportunity for assessors to diversify their business, not least because the legislation is explicit in requiring the assessment as a minimum safety precaution from an ever-growing number of private landlords. The private rented sector is a growing part of the housing market where properties are owned and let by private landlords on the open market. Of the 23.4 million households in England and Wales


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Elmhurst Energy Releases New ‘Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM) Course’

20 November 2015

Elmhurst Energy has recently released a new training course providing an introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM). The course is designed to raise awareness of BIM and its implications on the construction industry relating to Building Energy Design and Management. For those who are unsure of what BIM is, it is a process of generating a 3D design of a complete building with all its features and characteristics within a computer application; the aim is


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Amber Rudd Speaks out about New Energy Policies

18 November 2015

Secretary of State - Amber Rudd MP ‘Energy Policy Reset’ Speech at the Institute of Civil Engineers Wednesday 18th November 2015 – from official DECC tweets: To put this into context this speech is the first time that Amber Rudd has started speaking out about new policies. In the hours before the speech DECC formally announced that the Government plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023 (see


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Amber Rudd's Speech Outlines New Direction for UK Energy Policy

18 November 2015

DECC have had a very busy morning, firstly they announced that Coal Power Stations were to be closed by 2025 and restricting there use by 2023. (Announcement here) The Secretary of State - Amber Rudd then made a major speech intended to announce the new direction for the UKs energy Policy. Elmhurst Energy has had a chance to read and reflect on the speech. The main theme from DECC was “How do we achieve an


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UK to enter Paris 2015 summit with commitments not met

12 November 2015

With less than three weeks to go before the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, at which the UK Government will make a legally binding and universal agreement on climate change, it transpires that Amber Rudd has admitted that previous commitments will not be met. This is despite telling parliament that they would be achieved, then removing funding from Green Deal and threatening savage cuts to Feed in Tariffs. A confidential letter sent to


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Elmhurst Energy Releases New Legionella Software Update

10 November 2015

Elmhurst Energy has recently released a new version of their software for legionella risk assessments, developed from feedback and ideas provided by earlier software users. The software provides a professional and fully comprehensive report for landlords in support of their risk assessment. Stephen O'Hara, Managing Director at Elmhurst Energy comments: "The changes capitalise on some of the feedback and ideas provided by early software users. The result has been a much higher standard of report


 

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