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Energy efficiency measures help Leicestershire County Council slash CO2 emissions by 7000 tonnes

13 December 2018

Leicestershire County Council reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 34% in the past 12 months, thanks to a range of energy saving measures. In the same period (2017/2018) the council also reduced its greenhouse emissions by 29% generated by its operations. This success can be mostly attributed to the installation of a biomass boiler at County Hall, which significantly reduced gas use in council run buildings, however a range of energy efficiency measures also contributed


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Elmhurst Energy launches Ventilation Inspectors’ competency scheme as demand ramps up

07 December 2018

Elmhurst has launched a Ventilation Scheme that gives quality standards for individuals who are trained to provide commissioning and testing for domestic ventilation systems against Part F of the Building Regulations. Ventilation Inspectors can assess and verify the supply and extract rates of ventilation systems within new dwellings. Part F of the UK Building Regulations requires that all 'purpose-provided' ventilation which includes MHVR Systems (Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery Systems), as well as intermittent extractor


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UN Environment Committee criticise EU performance

28 November 2018

Whilst government is considering responses received in the Call for Evidence on Energy Certificates world leaders are preparing for to attend the Climate Conference in Katowice, Poland at which the rules on how to implement the Paris agreement will be concluded. It is timely therefore that the United Nations should issue a report that claims global efforts to tackle climate change are “way off track”. The Emissions Gap Report aligns with the UK’s own Clean


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BEIS Committee launch energy efficiency inquiry

20 November 2018

Yesterday the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched an inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to the nation's buildings. It follows on the back of the Clean Growth Strategy and aims to examine if the current delivery with energy efficiency in domestic, commercial and public buildings will meet the ambitions, overlaid with the future fourth and fifth carbon budgets. Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and


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Elmhurst work with LABC to promote Part L Compliance

19 November 2018

On Wednesday 31st October, our On Construction Support Team Leader Jason Hewins delivered a training module using worked examples at LABC’s residential training week on the requirements of Part L and the process of SAP assessments. This involved discussing the requirements of Criterion 1-5 of AD L1A, the importance of On Construction Domestic Energy Assessors and what to look for on SAP assessment reports that complemented the complete module commissioned by LABC for their Level


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Government committee push for more use of EPCs

19 November 2018

The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP), an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), monitors Government’s progress on their 2015 fuel poverty strategy for England and provide independent, expert advice to ensure that the milestones and targets are met. Their 2018 annual report reports progress and sets out recommendations for Government action, most of which stems around the better use of EPCs.  The Government’s fuel poverty strategy


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Government announces planned changes to MEES (PRS) Regulations

05 November 2018

Today the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that they plan to amend the regulations requiring landlords to install energy efficiency measures to domestic homes. Since April this year, landlords who own some of the coldest privately rented homes have been required to improve these properties with energy efficiency measures where support is available to cover the costs. The new measures, announced today following a public consultation, will go further requiring landlords


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Autumn 2018 Budget: The Breakdown

31 October 2018

In his 2018 Autumn Budget statement to Parliament, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced a series of proposals aimed to tackle the shortage of housing. Top of the list was an extra £500 million for the Housing Infrastructure Fund, a government capital grant programme which encourages housing development in areas of high demand.   Mr Hammond promised the money would help build 650,000 more homes through allow local authorities to make additional grant funding


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The Birds

30 October 2018

Former DEA Dawn shares her experience conducting an EPC on a deserted house in Birmingham.   I used to carry out assessments a few years back and there’s always been one that’s stuck in my mind. It was an overcast day in November, with really strong winds and dark rain clouds gathering in the distance. I was in the east end of Birmingham, outside an old terraced house I was due to conduct an assessment for,


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Knock Knock...

29 October 2018

DEA Jo finds herself trapped with nowhere to run.  A few years ago I was asked by an estate agents to conduct an EPC on a house they were selling. It was a really nice detached property, in the middle of nowhere, with this long pebble drive and a beautiful oak door... The house was vacant so I let myself in and locked the door behind me as a precaution. After going around this property


 

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