Elmhurst’s ECO Software
ECO2 began on 1st April 2015 with the same aims as ECO1, which is to save carbon and remove householders from fuel poverty. ECO2 will run until March 2017.
Elmhurst’s fully compliant ECO software application is available for use by members and non members for just £1 + VAT per submission. The price applies to our existing ECO customers and new sign-ups to the software.
About our ECO software
Elmhurst's ECO is a user-friendly online web application which allows users to calculate the cost and carbon ECO scores. It is suitable for Ofgem reporting purposes and has been approved by BRE on behalf of Ofgem. Quick and easy to use, our online software application allows users to instantly calculate the ECO results required for application to the Government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme.
Users can access EPCs and EPRs which have been created via Elmhurst Energy and also import locally stored Xml files from other sources. The ECO improvement measures can be quickly and efficiently applied and results are calculated instantaneously. In addition, multiple improvement measures can be applied at on one report, allowing users to set the order of installation.
Users can access lodged or submitted EPCs from their personal & company accounts and then the ECO improvement measures can be quickly and efficiently applied. Results are calculated instantaneously. In addition to this, multiple improvement measures can be applied at once, allowing you to set the order of installation.
The Benefits of Elmhurst's ECO software
Software features and benefits are detailed below:
- Open to all, users do not need to be accredited Energy Assessors
- Allows users to select the improvement measures in any order of their installation
- Preview results and calculations instantly
- Stores Elmhurst ECO results
- Allow users to produce an ECO report
- Allows users to access all Xmls – e.g. RdSAP XML (original data prior to installation) and ECO XML (data post installation)
- Stores the PCDF information used within the calculation
- Expert technical support provided by Elmhurst’s Domestic / Existing Dwelling Team
What is ECO?
ECO is the Energy Company Obligation, a mandatory requirement under the Energy Act 2011 for all large gas and electricity suppliers to fund energy efficiency improvements to dwellings in the UK. ECO replaces two previous schemes - CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) and CESP (Community Energy Savings Programme).
There are three overall targets that suppliers will jointly have to meet in the initial phases of ECO:
- The Carbon Emission Reduction Obligation (CERO) is aimed at funding insulation of properties that are
considered ‘hard to
- Carbon Savings Community Obligation (CSCO) is aimed at the insulation of properties in low income
areas, with 15% of the target being reserved for low income households in rural locations.
- Home Heating Cost Reduction Obligation (HHCRO) is aimed at low income energy users in all
geographical locations defined by various criteria based on household income and qualifying income
How will ECO be funded?
ECO will be funded by energy suppliers, who, under the scheme will decide how much subsidy they provide to each consumer. The obligation for each supplier will be set by Ofgem (the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets)and suppliers are obliged to notify Ofgem how much energy they supply and they are then given a target relative to their market share.
Who decides which improvement measures can be claimed for ECO?
For CERO and CESO, recommended measures must be either, specified in a Green Deal Advice Report (GDAR) or specified in a report from a Chartered Surveyor
For HHCRO, there is no such requirement, therefore installers and householders are free to choose which measures they wish to install.
How do I access Elmhurst's ECO?
If you are already a member of our Scheme, you can access the software by registering your interest through the form below and emailing the completed form to email@example.com
If you are not currently a member of our Scheme but wish to use Elmhurst' ECO, you can access the software by registering your interest through the form below and emailing the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Can Elmhurst's RdSAP users use Energy Performance Reports (EPRs) for these calculations?
Yes - Elmhurst's RdSAP users are able to produce Energy Performance Reports (EPRs) via the RdSAP software. An EPR is effectively an ‘un-lodged’ EPC and can be used to display CO2 and cost savings from improvement measures.
Note – some energy suppliers require EPCs for ECO purposes and EPRs would not be acceptable for their purposes.