Government Consultations

Each year, Elmhurst responds to a number of consultations released by different government departments across the UK. Consultations are released to provoke discussion and thought within the industry which in turn can help government departments to develop effective strategy and policies.

Elmhurst Energy Responses

Elmhurst actively encourages members to respond to all relevant consultations, and always considers their views and opinions when developing our own response. Our Manifesto for Change highlights what we believe are the highest priority actions for government and industry to reduce fuel poverty, energy consumption and our impact on climate change. This document forms the basis for a lot of our responses, to ensure that our members remain at the heart of all future energy policy. 

All Open Consultations

The consultation/s named below are currently open for members of the public to respond to. Any draft responses from Elmhurst will be published as a link on this page prior to the consultation deadline. If you would also like to contribute to Elmhurst's own consultation response please feel free to get in touch.


The Future Homes Standard Consultation

Released by: MHCLG    Release date: 1st October 2019    Response Deadline: 10th January 2020

The Future Homes Standard Consultation presents a proposal from government to introduce a new Future Homes Standard, and to make relevant changes to Approved Document Part L1a (Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings) as well as Part F (Ventilation). The government proposes to simplify the guidance presented in both approved documents and also presents its ambition to tighten 'transitional arrangements' to ensure that all homes are built to new energy efficiency standards.

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Non-domestic Private Rented Sector minimum energy efficiency standards: future trajectory to 2030

Released by: BEIS    Release date: 15th October 2019    Response Deadline: 7th January 2020

This consultation seeks views on how best to improve the energy performance of non-domestic private rented buildings through tighter minimum energy standards. The government aims to set a clear trajectory to 2030 which will allow landlords, businesses and the energy efficiency market to deliver energy savings in support of a zero-carbon future.

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Closed Consultations (England)

Previous consultations released by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) in 2019, can be found listed below. Each includes a link to the closed consultation and Elmhurst's final response. Outcomes of these consultations will be shared via our latest news and media channels.

Facilitating energy efficiency in the electricity system- Call for Evidence

Fuel Poverty Strategy for England- Consultation

Energy Company Obligation (ECO3): improving consumer protection- Consultation

Building a safer future: proposals for reform of the building safety regulatory system- Consultation

Closed Consultations (Scotland)

Previous consultations released by the Scottish Government in 2019, can be found listed below. Each includes a link to the closed consultation and Elmhurst's final response. Outcomes of these consultations will be shared via our latest news and media channels.

Energy Efficient Scotland: Consultation on further development of the programme

The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings: a call for evidence

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