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Elmhurst issues final response to key Scotland Buildings Standards Consultation

25 November 2021

Elmhurst has issued its final response to the Scottish Government's consultation on energy efficiency in Building Standards (Section 6), which covers proposals for energy, ventilation overheating and EV charging standards to be implemented in 2022 for new and existing domestic and non-domestic buildings. You can read Elmhurst’s Final consultation response here. The consultation follows the New Build Heat Standard consultation which was released in December 2020, and sets out a roadmap towards creating homes and buildings


What is PAS 2038?

24 November 2021

Retrofit is the buzzword in the energy efficiency industry at the moment. PAS 2035 has already been released for the domestic sector, with PAS 2038 just released for commercial buildings. But what is PAS 2038? We explain below! In order to achieve the government’s net zero emissions target by 2050, existing buildings will have to be better insulated with low carbon heating and a range of other energy saving measures in order to drastically reduce


Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in off grid homes, businesses and public buildings

11 November 2021

On the 19th October 2021, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched two new consultation called “Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas grid” and “Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid”. These consultations focus on: Homes off the gas grid: An end to the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas


Progress report released on improving Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

08 November 2021

The Government has released a progress report on the 'EPC Action Plan' which was originally published in September 2020. What is the EPC Action Plan? Following a call for evidence released to industry in 2018, the government published the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for Buildings Action Plan which identified 35 key actions that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of EPCs to deliver: An EPC system that produces accurate, reliable and trusted EPCs An EPC


Quick start guide to setting up your business

04 November 2021

Have you just qualified as an energy assessor and considering running your own business? Or maybe you have been qualified for a while but want to go down the self-employed route? Read on to find out what you need to get started.   Register your business First things first, you must register your business as a either a sole trader, a limited company, or a partnership. They all pose advantages and disadvantages depending on your


Shocking Halloween discoveries!

29 October 2021

Dark lofts, cobwebs and creepy critters are all part and parcel of being an energy assessor. But every now and again you'll make some shocking discoveries. Here are our favourites! 1. The ex and the loft  A few years ago I did an EPC, all went smoothly until I had to check the loft. I opened loft hatch and there was no light up there so I shone my torch round and nearly fell off


Heat and Buildings Strategy welcomed, but questions remain

28 October 2021

The publication of the Heat and Buildings Strategy last week was a relief. Already delayed by eight months, recent briefings had suggested major arguments within government about how far a Tory administration looking to deal with the economic fall-out from Covid-19 and Brexit should go to implement its ambitious green agenda. Many wondered if we’d ever see the strategy. Thankfully, the imminent COP26 summit appeared to help concentrate minds and we ended up with a


Welsh Government issues response to the Stage 2A Consultation

27 October 2021

Back in November 2020, Welsh Government launched the Stage 2A Consultation proposing changes to Part L and F for Existing Dwellings, new Overheating regulations and changes to Part L for Non Domestic Buildings. The responses to this have now been published and confirm the some of the details for the next versions of Part F, L and S of the Building Regulations. Just some of the headlines: New regulations for domestic buildings to come into


Government announces £5k grants for Heat pumps

19 October 2021

The long awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy for England and Wales was launched with some highlights late last night. The strategy will establish plans for how the UK will reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and achieve huge reduction in carbon emissions.  It comes as no surprise that we are beginning to learn more about the government's plans to decarbonise heat in buildings, as we approach the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, which is


Scottish Government to reform EPCs

11 October 2021

The Scottish Government has recently consulted on the reforming of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The first phase on this consultation focused on adding the new metric of ‘Energy Use’. Elmhurst has long advocated for any improvements to the format of the EPC that makes it more accessible to the building owners and/or occupiers or anyone else associated with its regular use, particularly defining the metrics. In Summary: A clearer, more precise EPC will be


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