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Major Green groups have condemned the Governments latest budget

17 March 2016

George Osborne delivered his latest budget and criticism has been noticeable aimed at the large tax breaks given to oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. As the Government seek to protect jobs as well as drive tax revenue from selling more gas and oil. Mr Osborne was also criticised for using the expression ‘this is a budget for future generations’ but avoided any major policy decisions which drives the UK on towards the


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Renewable Heat Incentive- Government Review

16 March 2016

During the Autumn, the Government renewed its commitment to a low carbon economy by confirming a continued budget for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.  As part of the commitment, a review has been taking place to ensure the scheme meets its objectives. A consultation has been undertaken and a DECC consultation document has now been published.  This confirms that RHI is central to the Government’s plans to help develop secure, affordable and clean energy. 


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implementation of Paris agreement is "not whether we do it, but how"

15 March 2016

The UK is legally bound to by the Climate Change act, which requires an 80% cut in emissions by 2050 At Paris in December 2015 countries committed to further reduce global emissions down from peak levels as soon as possible and ultimately "net zero emissions". Andrea Leadsom, the Minister of State at Department of Energy and Climate stated in parliament "The government believes that we will need to take the step of enshrining the Paris


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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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