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Scotland lead the way when it comes to reducing fuel poverty in rural areas

24 March 2017

The Government in Scotland have created another innovative programme to fight fuel poverty. The pilot exercise will target support at 220 rural homes to cut energy bills as part of a review of fuel poverty. Advisers from Home Energy Scotland (HES) will visit 220 properties under the £300,000 year-long scheme before a decision on rolling it out across the country. CAS energy spokesman Craig Salter said: “Locally delivered, bespoke, face-to face advice can be one


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More good news for Energy Assessors as DEC and ACI Central Register fees are reduced

24 March 2017

Contrary to a previous Elmhurst Energy News Item we are delighted to advise that the Central Register fee reduction that applies to non domestic EPCS also applies to Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Air Conditioning Inspection Reports (ACIRs) Landmark Central Register fee that applies to energy certificates issued in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been reduced from £2.07 to £1.82 (Domestic EPCs) and from £12.82 to £10.12 (Non-Domestic EPCs, DECs and Air Condition Inspection


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Elmhurst and EST combine for exclusive Webinar

21 March 2017

Elmhurst and Energy Saving Trust (EST) have come together to offer a Free webinar on the 22nd March. BOOK YOUR FREE SPACE > The webinar (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policy and Financial Support in 2017) is aimed at energy professionals, local authority staff and policy makers working in the domestic sector, and will review the following topics: Implications of the Bonfield Review 'Each Home Counts' Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Transition consultation Current support for domestic


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Central Register Fees Reduced

16 March 2017

Good news for Energy Assessors as Central Register fees are reduced  Elmhurst Energy is delighted to report that the Landmark Central Register fee that applies to energy certificates issued in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been reduced from £2.07 to £1.82 (Domestic EPCs) and from £12.82 to £10.12 (Non-Domestic EPCs), effective 6th April 2017. DCLG have also clarified that the fees for Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Air Conditioning Inspection Reports (ACIRs) will remain the same.


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More positive 'noise' around Green Deal

09 March 2017

Further to our announcement that the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) had been sold to new investors (Greenstone Finance and Aurium Captial Markets) back in January 2017 (see previous news item here), the Government this week published an update to the Green Deal Code of Practice (v.5). Following normal legal process this document now sits for 40 days with both the House of Commons and House of Lords; if there are no challenges then the department


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Elmhurst attempts to clear up 'Listed Buildings' ambiguity

02 March 2017

The general consensus in Industry appears to be that Listed Buildings are exempt from requirement to provide Energy Performance Certificates, if the property is being sold or rented. The recast of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive came into force on 9th January 2013 and since then this is the widely held view. However, there is no express exemption in the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations for listed buildings and the regulations dealing with this point


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New Build 'Confident' Market

28 February 2017

More good news in the new build housing market with some great figures released by one of the UKs largest house builders Persimmon. Annual profits have risen by nearly a quarter, and it has described the market as very “confident”. The company sold 15,171 new homes last year, 599 more than in 2015, with average prices rising by 3.8% to £206,765.  It also added that 2017 has got off to a promising start, with encouraging


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UK 'must insulate 25 million homes'

28 February 2017

A staggering statistic, where experts state that one home, every single minute, will need to be refurbished in the UK between now and 2050 has been published in a latest report. The report by the UK Green Building Council (UIKGBC) has highlighted what Elmhurst and other experts have been campaigning for years that the UK successive Governments have failed to tackle the UKs poor housing stock, which continue rather embarrassingly to be amongst the worst


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New Non-Domestic Conventions Released

28 February 2017

DCLG have released Issue 6.0 of the Non-Domestic EPC Conventions for England & Wales. The last time the conventions were updated was back in 2014. As with all new conventions, these will be included as part of future quality assurance checks of the assessments undertaken, and the EPCs produced, by NDEAs thereafter.  We have provided a summary of the changes due to be implemented on the 1st May 2017: A new process to apportion On site Renewable Use


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Great news for Non-Domestic Energy Assessors

24 February 2017

Many members are reporting significant increased demand for non-domestic EPCs as the deadline for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), the regulation that prevents private landlords renting the least energy efficient properties from April 2018, starts to get closer. The Government has now ‘put meat on the bones’, with the publication of “The non-domestic Private Rented Property minimum standard – Landlord guidance” document. As Elmhurst have said many times the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and


 

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