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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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Environment Agency Releases Latest ESOS Newsletter

20 July 2015

Members of Elmhurst’s ESOS Lead Assessor Register receive regular updates from us on what’s happening in the ESOS market. Today we are sharing the latest ESOS Newsletter (ISSUE 3) from The Environment Agency, providing the latest news, trends and information regarding the ESOS scheme. The newsletter includes; Updates to the ESOS Notification System Latest version of the ESOS Compliance Guidance ESOS Liaison Group  and includes links to:-


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Scotland's Low Carbon Skills Fund Reopens

17 July 2015

Skills Development Scotland has recently made a big announcement regarding the reopening of its Low Carbon Skills Fund (LCSF). The aim of the LCSF is to enable employers to access sector specific training to help adopt processes involved with carbon reduction and energy efficiency. But why is this good news for small to medium sized Scottish businesses?  The reopening of the LCSF spells large cost savings for Scottish businesses with a relatively small to medium


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Health and Safety CPD for Energy Assessors

08 July 2015

Elmhurst Energy has launched a new specialist CPD course for energy assessors, providing a comprehensive overview of Health and Safety legislation specific to energy assessors. The knowledge gained from this course will enable you to work in a safe manner whilst carrying out energy assessments/audits, and aims to ensure you fulfil your legal requirements. This one day course is suitable for DEAs, NDEAs, OCDEAs, ESOS assessors and anyone with an interest in health and safety. Moreover the event also


 

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