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Elmhurst Launch SBEM Level 4 Practical Survey Day

05 August 2015

Elmhurst Energy was interested to read that the number of new build EPCs in England and Wales issued in Q2 of 2015 was up 28% on the previous year, reflecting a more buoyant housing market. We are also pleased to see that the average CO2 emissions (tonnes p/a) in the same period reduced from 1.61 to 1.5 tonnes p/a, an improvement of 7%.  This is a direct response by builders and developers to


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No more VAT on the Combined Scottish Central Register fee

04 August 2015

Elmhurst Energy is delighted to announce that from 1st July 2015 we will not be adding VAT on to  the Combined Scottish Register fee; a change which brings Scotland into line with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Your next invoice will reflect this change but previous invoices, which would have included VAT, should be paid as presented. VAT will continue to be charged on the Elmhurst lodgement fee. The really good news is that


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Government Response to Energy Market Pricing Criticism

03 August 2015

Amber Rudd has issued a response to recent criticism from the Competitions Market Authority (CMA) that energy companies do not deliver best prices for customers. The response references the government’s current efforts to introduce smart metering, increase the ability for consumers to switch suppliers and set minimum performance levels for those that wish to switch.  These are positive steps to dealing with pricing concerns but Elmhurst Energy would like to have seen the response


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Quality of housing stock significantly worse than previously reported.

03 August 2015

As Elmhurst Energy were first to report last Friday, DCLG have produced the first statistical release of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates which gives data on the last quarter (three months to the end of June 2015) and with less detail data for the last year and data since records commenced in 2008.  Elmhurst welcomes the issue of this report which is giving us all a great insight into performance trends and


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Startling DCLG Statistics Raises Cause for Industry Concern

31 July 2015

DCLG have today announced statistics relating to lodgement of Energy Performance Certificates to the national register for England and Wales. The data covers domestic (existing and new build), non domestic buildings (existing and new build) and Display Energy Certificates used in certain sized buildings visited by the public. Elmhurst will endeavour to analyse in more detail trends and information which can be gathered by this data. However we have conducted a quick analysis


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Increased demand for "Marketed Sale" EPCs

28 July 2015

Many of Elmhurst’s Members rely not just on the popular Green Deal and ECO Schemes but on the creation of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to support house sales. This market received positive news this week as the latest reports suggest there has been an 8% rise in mortgage approvals this year. The British Bankers' Association reports that the number of mortgages approved for house purchases increased to 44,488 in June, a considerable 5,000 more


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Legislation to protect tenants will increase demand for EPCs in the private rented sector

28 July 2015

You will remember that Elmhurst Energy has already advised members of the change in Legislation which prevents landlords renting properties that have an EPC rating of F or G. Now a further piece of legislation has been introduced to prevent Landlords taking retaliatory action against tenants who request improvement which will also drive up the level of compliance for EPCs in the private rented sector. Deregulation Act 2015 The sequence of change starts with


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DECC announcement on future funding of Green Deal

24 July 2015

Amber Rudd has announced that Government support for Green Deal funding will stop, which is very disappointing news for Elmhurst Energy and many of its members who have trained and invested time and resources in promoting an initiative which had the best of intentions. The announcement was particularly disappointing because it arrived with no consultation with the stakeholders nor a clear plan to ensure the supply chain can remain intact until the next initiative is


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Important Reminder About Roof Rooms

24 July 2015

Where a room-in-a-roof has been created or upgraded after the original build date of the building part beneath, assessors must follow RdSAP Convention 3.13 which states that documentary evidence is required to enter a date band later than the original build date. Elmhurst’s QA team has reported an increase in the number of audit failures because this Convention has not been followed.  If a bungalow is converted to a multi-floor dwelling or a


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ESOS to Remain a 'Fixed Point' in the Business Energy Tax Landscape

23 July 2015

Two weeks ago George Osborne released the annual budget, which announced a review of the business energy tax landscape, to consider approaches to simplify and improve the effectiveness of the regime. This announcement caused a bit of a stir within the industry, as it implied that changes could be made to the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). The Conservative government is obviously committed to reducing the burden of legislation on business however the Department


 

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