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DEC consultation - No news is good news?

02 April 2015

As previously reported, Elmhurst Energy threw all its energy into responding to the DEC Consultation, we could see no sense in what DCLG were proposing, it would save very little money, it would undermine current and future energy saving commitments and it was, in our view, contrary to an express requirement of the EPBD EU Directive. We of course responded directly to the DCLG but we also wrote to members and lobbied both National and


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Next steps to Zero Carbon Homes: Small site exemptions announced

02 April 2015

Last November the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued a consultation ‘Next Steps to zero carbon homes – small site exemption’ to invite views on a proposed exemption for smaller housing sites from the ‘full’ zero carbon standards to be introduced in 2016. To achieve zero carbon homes the government proposed an uplift in building regulations roughly equivalent to code level 4 - a 19% improvement over 2013 standards, and a system to


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ECO software is now live

01 April 2015

ECO2 starts today, 1st April 2015 with the same aims as ECO1 which is to save carbon and remove householders from fuel poverty. ECO 2 will run until March 2017. Elmhurst’s fully compliant ECO software application has now been released. Existing users will automatically gain access to the new software, new users can apply to use the software here. Features and Benefits One single application can calculate existing ECO scores and ECO 2 scores


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Our viewpoint on Assessors getting 'Struck Off’

24 March 2015

‘Struck Off’ Assessors : An accreditation body’s viewpoint       Elmhurst Energy Operations Director Martyn Reed looks at how many of its assessors really have their accreditation withdrawn, and the important role that accreditation bodies play in maintaining the value of EPCs       There has been a lot written recently about QA and the ability of an accreditation body to revoke an individual's membership. The recent concern expressed that the volume


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Changes to Fees for lodging documents on the Energy Performance Certificate Registers

17 March 2015

We’ve received the notice below from DCLG advising of price changes In Northern Ireland: Changes to Fees for lodging documents on the Energy Performance Certificate Registers The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2008 (as amended), requires energy performance certificates and recommendation reports; display energy certificates and advisory reports; and air-conditioning inspection reports to be lodged on registers maintained by a Register Keeper. Northern Ireland, England and Wales have a joint contract


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Amendments to Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, April 2015

17 March 2015

We’ve received the notice below from DCLG advising of price changes in England and Wales: Amendments to Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, April 2015 The Department has now laid in Parliament amendments to the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (England and Wales) 2012. These changes can be found at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/id/uksi/2015/609. The most important update for schemes is that the statutory fees for lodging the data from which certificates and reports may be


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DECC announce the third release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund

05 March 2015

DECC has announced the third release of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, worth up to £70 million. From midday, Monday 16 March, the third phase of the HIF scheme will open to new applications for the new release of funding. Up to £5,600 available to households in England and Wales to help with the cost of installing certain energy saving measures such as solid wall insulation, double glazing, boilers, cavity wall and floor insulation.


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Government consultation proposes the abolition of Display Energy Certificates (DECs)

25 February 2015

Earlier this month the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) published a proposal to either significantly reduce the need for DECs or abolish the need for DECs completely. There are various proposals in the consultation, “Display Energy Certificates: Current regime and how it could be streamlined and improved” Click Here. Elmhurst Energy strongly recommends that all our members respond to the consultation and may also like to pass this invitation to colleagues and like


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Consultation on Display Energy Certificates in public buildings

12 February 2015

Elmhurst Energy would like to draw your attention to a new public consultation on the Display Energy Certificate (DEC) regime for public buildings. The consultationwill run for four weeks from 11 February 2015. Read more here.  The consultation is considering ways in which the current DEC regime may be modified in ways to reduce costs to the public sector, it also looks at ways to clarify which buildings should comply with the requirement for DECs and


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Design SAP Enhancements

09 February 2015

User enhancement for Design SAP The new, further enhanced Design SAP 2012 went live on Monday 2nd February for our On Construction new build assessors. We are committed to making this the leading software in this strand and have taken much of our members’ feedback on board when investing in this product. In particular, we have introduced new facilities to: retrieve multiple EPCs in one action; export SAP files for use in Excel; create multiple


 

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