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Scottish Government confirms timeframes for PRS Energy Efficiency Regulations

03 December 2020

Following conversations between Elmhurst and the Scottish Government, we can confirm that the delayed Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) Regulations are now planned for release in April 2021. Scottish Government has stated: "On 11 March, Parliament approved the affirmative Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2020, which were due to come into force on 1 April 2020, prohibiting the letting of properties with new tenancies that fall below the minimum energy efficiency


Elmhurst responds to survey on the future of SAP and RdSAP

01 December 2020

Today Elmhurst responded to a survey being conducted by a consortium on behalf of BEIS on the future of SAP and RdSAP. The survey is considering feedback for the version of SAP and RdSAP to be used from 2025 onwards and can be found here. The deadline for the survey is 5 pm, 1st December. Stuart Fairlie, Technical Director said “Elmhurst always supports improvements to the national calculation methodologies that are RdSAP and SAP to


Elmhurst Energy secures investment for next phase of expansion

30 November 2020

Elmhurst Energy has concluded a major deal that will see significant investment into the group for its next phase of expansion in 2021. Elmhurst’s holding company, Starpoint Holdings Ltd, has been acquired by Phenna Group, a specialist group of testing, inspection, certification and compliance (TICC) companies which will now provide Elmhurst with additional skills, contacts and funding for further growth. Established 27 years ago, Elmhurst is the UK’s largest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) accreditation scheme.


Lenders to declare EPC data on mortgaged properties

19 November 2020

Following the release of the Prime Minister's 'Green Revolution – 10 point plan' in which the Green Homes Grant was extended by a year, there was even more good news for Energy Assessors. Government has published a consultation on ‘Improving home energy performance through lenders’. The consultation belongs to a suite of policy proposals that aim to raise the energy efficiency of existing homes and is in line with the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) commitment


No change to Air Conditioning Inspection Regime

19 November 2020

The government has released its outcome to its consultation on 'Changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012', confirming that there will be no change to the current air-conditioning inspection regime. The consultation, initially sought views on increasing the threshold for when an air conditioning inspection would be required to only include air-conditioning systems and combined systems with an effective rated output of more than 70kW. Elmhurst was againt this proposal


The Green Revolution – 10 point plan

18 November 2020

Yesterday evening the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, delivered his government's self-styled ‘Green Industrial Revolution’ with a 10 point plan. The intention, to create up to 250,000 jobs and in the process, get the UK back on track for net zero. The proposals have been introduced ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Summit due to be held in Glasgow at the end of next year. Headlines are being made of the ban on new fossil fuel


Scotland announces renewable heat scheme for homeowners

17 November 2020

A new £4.5 million cashback incentive to help people install renewable and energy efficiency measures in their homes has been announced by the Scottish Government. Presumably with similar goals to the Green Homes Grant that is available in England (invigorate the economy, get people working and to save energy) the incentive needs homeowners to act quickly as it will operate on a first-come-first-served basis until the end of March 2021. Homeowners will be able to apply for


Energy efficient homes can be worth 13% more

06 November 2020

In research conducted by the Compare the Market, the  price comparison portal, the authors have concluded that energy efficient homes can be worth as much as 13% more. Homes with a rating of E are worth 7% more than those with the lowest rating of G, while those with a rating of A or B are worth 6% more than those rated as D. The report illustrates this in monetary terms by reporting that the


Elmhurst issues draft response to PRS MEES consultation

05 November 2020

Recently the department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a consultation which looks at improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales. Elmhurst has reflected on the questions posed by this consultation and has created a draft response in order to stimulate debate amongst our expert members as well as other housing and energy professionals within the industry. As with any previous consultation Elmhurst has provided an overview of


MHCLG confirm housing industry can continue to work securely

04 November 2020

MHCLG alongside the Home Builders Federation and Federation of Master Builders has released a letter to the housing industry confirming that England's housing market will remain open during the country's second lockdown, as long as those involved continue to work securely and follow public health guidance. This follows a tweet made by Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, who confirmed that the housing market would indeed remain open. Message to


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