Last updated: 13/05/20, 11:00
The health and wellbeing of our members, colleagues and the wider community remains our top priority in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Following recent updates from government, and as a public health precaution, Elmhurst Energy has taken the decision to cancel all training on a rolling four week basis. All external meetings will also be held remotely until further notice. Elmhurst is the largest EPC accreditation business in the UK and we have the size, resources and processes in place to ensure that members can continue working, fully supported by our technical support teams and largely unaffected by the current restrictions necessary to protect staff and the community from COVID-19.
We will continue to support our members at this difficult time. Please do keep well and do not take risks.
Following our conversations with members and other external organisations, we have created a list of FAQs which we think may be useful for all:
MHCLG has now released its Coronavirus (COVID-19): Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) Guidance. This document provides advice on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid EPC during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It is important to note that this updated advice applies only In England.
At present, the advice remains unchanged for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, which states that people should stay safe and at home.
Scottish Government is aiming to move to phase 2 of its plan which will see the housing market reopen, however, no date has been set as of yet. More information abou this is available here.
The Environmental Agency for England, NRW for Wales and NIEA for Northern Ireland have agreed the following guidance for Lead Assessors:
Where site visits are not currently possible you can continue to complete the ESOS assessment without a site visit where sufficient energy use data and other information for the selected site is available. In these instances please keep the information and decision documents in you evidence pack. A recommendation could be that further investigation is necessary for a given site to identify energy savings and these will need to be re-scheduled for completion at an appropriate date.
For organisations who are still required to complete their Phase 2 ESOS commitments they should carry on with this as best they can. If they are unable to complete their ESOS commitments due to Covid19 restrictions then please let the appropriate regulators know as soon as possible.
Any organisation that has received an ESOS Enforcement Notice will still be expected to comply with the Enforcement Notice or inform the appropriate Regulator why they will be unable to comply.
Contact details are provided below.
England: Environmental Agency - ESOSemail@example.com
Northern Ireland: NIEA - firstname.lastname@example.org
Wales: NRW - GHGHelp@naturalresourceswales.gov.uk
Scotland: SEPA are currently reviewing this guidance.
Yes. An EPC for an existing building can only be lodged after an onsite visit and this continues to be part of the Scheme Operating Requirements (SOR) and Framework documents set out by government. Under established rules there is some small dispensation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland for domestic properties that are very similar, which is likely to be used for social housing providers; the full rules and details can be found in the ‘CLG Sampling Guidance doc, in the My Documents section of Access Elmhurst.
Yes. You should continue to submit evidence for all audit requests, however if you are unable to respond to a request by the due date (due to self-isolation or other mitigating circumstances), then please let the support team know at the earliest opportunity and we will do what we can to make alternative arrangements. We will endeavour to be as pragmatic as possible.
Elmhurst will be cancelling all training on a rolling four week basis and has offered to either postpone the course, or refund any money paid. The Training Department is working hard to put in place further online training and webinars to support our members.
Should you have any queries about training please email: email@example.com
Online Tutorials are also available to purchase here.
Elmhurst will maintain its normal billing and credit control processes meaning that those who pay by direct debit get 45 days to pay. If you have temporary difficulties in paying your bill you should contact us at the earliest opportunity and we should be able to make arrangements to help you through this difficult period.
We have now fully adjusted to remote working which is good news for members, as our support teams can once again answer your technical queries by phone. With this in mind, we would now encourage members to call rather than email us should they have any technical queries (details below).
As there are no staff currently operating from our Head Office in Lutterworth, we would advise members to avoid mailing letters and parcels there. In some cases mail may be returned to the sender causing delays and confusion for all. If practical please call our support teams for advice on the best way to send information.
DEA Support: 01455 883 257
NDEA Support: 01455 883 231
OCDEA Support: 01455 883 236
Accounts: 01455 883 254
Government is responding to the crisis with wide ranging support for businesses: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-support-for-businesses
Financial Support available to members may include;
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