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The energy efficiency of English homes has stalled

01 February 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently published its annual report on the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England (English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017). The headline amongst a huge amount of facts is that the energy efficiency of homes in England are not improving! Some key facts: The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in last 20 years – but did not increase between 2015 and 2016 The


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Elmhurst Digital- Strategic Asset Management Solution

01 February 2018

In 2016 Northgate Public Services needed to find a solution to replace their existing energy calculator/module within their Strategic Asset Management (SAM) System. The software solutions arm of Elmhurst, 'Elmhurst Digital', analysed the requirements and developed a bespoke solution for them. About Northgate Public Services Northgate Public Services’ supply IT solutions and services to the public sector and are based in the UK and around the world. One of their flag ship solutions is the


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Elmhurst Trainer to compete in London Marathon

26 January 2018

One of Elmhurst's fantastic trainers, Andy Knapp, is taking part in this years London marathan (22nd April), in memory of his father, and all for a great cause. Andy has been an assessor with Elmhurst since 2007, undertaking both Domestic and Commercial energy assessments. However, a lot of assessors may recognise him if they have attended an Elmhurst training course in the last few years.  Since April 2015 Andy has delivered our Domestic and Non-Domestic qualification


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A useful tip for faster technical support

19 January 2018

Our technical support teams work hard to answer any and all queries put to them by our valued members.  The support teams, which assist Residential, New Build and Commercial energy assessors, answer over 1000 calls per week (and that’s not including calls to other parts of the business). As with many businesses we have different phone numbers for each team, to ensure that members get through to a support team member with the relevant technical


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ALERT: Expired EPC

19 January 2018

Elmhurst is delighted to announce that this Sunday the central EPC Registers for England & Wales and Northern Ireland are implementing an ‘Expired Report’ watermark to out of date EPCs, something that Elmhurst has been requesting for a number of years. The welcome change should make it clear to professionals involved in the property business such as conveyancers, estate agents, letting agents, landlords etc that an EPC created over 10 years ago is no longer


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Get the 'measurement' correct (or make everyone confused again!)

18 January 2018

As the leading EPC Accreditation Scheme in the UK, we have constantly talked about ‘energy efficiency’ for 25 years. The simple old adage ‘that if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’ is never truer in our world. In terms of energy efficiency within properties, we could currently measure this in the following ways: CO2 emissions Money (£) spent Comfort levels of occupant Which is the best one and why? The simple answer is


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Climate Change Committee tells the Government to get moving

17 January 2018

An independent report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) on the Clean Growth Strategy issued today, aligns with Elmhurst's view that whilst the ambition is good; what is now needed is the detailed policy. The report analyses the Clean Growth Strategy in different sectors including energy efficiency in buildings. In the report Lord Deben, Chairman of the CCC states:  “The Strategy, and related announcements, has set out strong ambitions – including to improve the energy


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DCLG change name to MHCLG

10 January 2018

In the recent cabinet re-shuffle both the department heads that affect energy efficiency in buildings namely Sajid Javid and Greg Clark both remain in place. In an interesting move the Department for Communities Local Government (DCLG) has been renamed as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It should be recognised that housing was always included in the brief of DCLG, but just not recognised in its name. Sajid Javid states on the


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Elmhurst responds to the 'Most important consultation for decades!'

09 January 2018

Today Elmhurst responded to the Government Consultation on ‘Building a market for energy efficiency’; we stated last week that this is the most important consultation for decades as this is the first time ever that Government are asking industry to contribute with, amongst a wide range of topics, our views on whether there should be a link between Energy Efficiency and stamp duty or council tax.  Elmhurst, the UK's largest EPC Accreditation Scheme, thanks its


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The most important consultation for decades

05 January 2018

The Government are currently seeking views on additional measures and incentives that will encourage home-owners to invest in energy efficiency improvements. Over the years we have all hoped that ‘energy efficiency’ would rise up the agenda for the 27 million home owners and occupiers in the UK. However this is the first time ever that Government are asking industry to contribute with, amongst a wide range of topics, our views on whether there should be


 

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