2018 - new ambitious targets set by Government

Where has 2018 gone? It’s that time of year, when we all reflect on what has happened and look to the year ahead. 

This year I thought I would look back and see what hit the headlines in terms of energy efficiency. The list below is not exhaustive but details just some of the many highlights. As you can see it’s been a busy 12 months and there has certainly been a lot of noise in terms of energy within the built environment.

Please have a glance below to see some of our news headlines:

January 2018

  • Scotland publish long term energy strategy.
  • Climate Change Committee tells Government to get moving.
  • DCLG change name to MHCLG.
  • Elmhurst responds to ‘Building a market for Energy Efficiency’ consultation (the most important consultation for decades).
  • Elmhurst responds to Government review of Energy and Carbon reporting.
  • Elmhurst’s campaign to get EPCs watermarked as ‘Expired’ is implemented by the central register.

February 2018

  • MHCLG’s own report shows that energy efficiency of homes has stalled.
  • Elmhurst mourns the loss of our friend and colleague Jamie Giltrap.
  • MPs calls for all homes to be EPC band C by 2030.
  • Scotland set to announce minimum standards for rental properties in May.

March 2018

  • Damning report shows public investment in warm homes in England cut by 58% since 2012.
  • Elmhurst unveils its new look website to help celebrate our 25th anniversary
  • Cold homes kill more people than road accidents, alcohol or drugs new report states.
  • Elmhurst responds to close loop hole in MEES in E&W.
  • New Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs) are signed off by Government.
  • Elmhurst attends and presents at PEPA and MEP conferences.

April 2018

  • MEES goes live in E&W – great news for tenants.
  • ECO3 Consultation launched
  • Government state that Estate Agents are set to be qualified.
  • Elmhurst Celebrates its 25th Anniversary.
  • New Ministers at MHCLG – James Brokenshire.  

May 2018

  • Scotland set a 20 year plan for energy efficiency in buildings.
  • EPCs at heart of lending decisions.
  • Buildings Mission – half energy use in all buildings by 2030.

June 2018

  • SBEM Online roll out to all Elmhurst members.
  • MPs criticise government clean energy policies.
  • Guidance update from Elmhurst on MEES for landlords and agents.

July 2018

  • Elmhurst updates our free insurance for members.
  • Scotland call for evidence on Energy Standards.
  • Elmhurst launches new Associate and Student memberships.
  • UK will miss energy targets for homes by 60 years.
  • ECO3 consultation concludes – Elmhurst believes this to be an opportunity wasted.
  • SAP10 published by BEIS.
  • Elmhurst first to launch smart auditing.
  • Government issue call for evidence on EPCs.

August 2018

  • ACE research ‘The warm arm of the law’ published.
  • Elmhurst announces company partnership with Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).
  • First Drafts of PAS2035 and 2030 are issued as part of Each Home Counts.
  • Nottingham City Council mandates EPCs in licensing scheme for landlords.

September 2018

  • Property MOTs for private rented sector - suggests new review.
  • SAP 25th Anniversary event at BRE.
  • Elmhurst response to Scottish Building Regulations – review of energy standards.
  • Elmhurst respond to BEIS call for evidence on ‘helping businesses become more energy efficient’.

October 2018

  • Dame Hackitt pulls no punches at CABE annual conference.
  • Elmhurst reviews and analysis of iSAP10.
  • ESOS phase 1 non-compliance exposed – details of fines.
  • Elmhurst Conference (25yrs) at Leicester Tigers.
  • Elmhurst Responds to Call for Evidence on EPCs.
  • Autumn budget breakdown.

November 2018

  • Government announce planned changes to MEES.
  • Government committee push for more use of EPCs.
  • Elmhurst work with LABC to promote Part L compliance.
  • UN criticise EU performance on climate change (ahead of Katowice).

December 2018

  • Elmhurst launches Ventilation Inspectors competency scheme.
  • Government Publish draft ‘post BREXIT Environmental Bill’.
  • Energy efficiency measures help Leicestershire slash CO2 emissions.

Again, there have been many consultations and calls for evidence from England, Wales and Scotland Governments, and as usual Elmhurst have liaised with our members and responded by giving our considered thoughts. The great news is that Energy Certificates are here to stay and are now the benchmark to set energy efficiency for people’s homes and business in the UK.

Next year will be critical in terms of Building Regulations/Standards as the impact of the Hackitt Review is implemented by Government.

We will also see MEES tweaked in April 2019 to close a no upfront cost loop hole. Furthermore, we look forward to the Each Home Counts delivering a quality framework for energy efficient installations – starting with the publishing of new PAS2030 and PAS2035 standards in April 2019. We are delighted with the rollout of the new Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs) which was introduced this year and are positive of the impact this will have on auditing in new build and commercial buildings next year, this will fully enable a more fit for purpose QA framework.

I am sure that in 2019 it will be another bumpy ride in terms of our politics! But the future is clear regarding energy efficiency in buildings, the targets are set and the policy is coming. I hope you find the above useful to reflect on the year that was and may I take this opportunity to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Article Published: 21st December 2018

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