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Today (24th May), the Welsh Government has released the next version of Building Regulations and Approved Documents F (ventilation), L (conservation of fuel and power) and O (overheating) for domestic buildings. The new approved documents have been released following a lengthy consultation period and are due to come into force on 23rd November 2022. The release of these documents marks the first significant change to welsh building regulations in over a decade. These new standards
Want to stand out from the crowd? Looking to supplement your income? Why not train to carry out Inventory Reports and join Elmhurst’s recognised Inventory Competency Scheme! Elmhurst is delighted to unveil its new online Inventory course, which has been updated with the latest industry standards and data gathering techniques. Inventory Reports are the perfect add-on service for those already conducting site visits; they’re quick and straightforward to complete, making them easy to carry
The support team at Elmhurst has been receiving a lot of questions regarding Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for the domestic sector and the proposal to increase the minimum rating to band C. With this in mind we’ve created a short guide below! What is MEES? MEES regulations came into effect in April 2018 for England and Wales to improve the thermal efficiency of domestic properties in the Private Rented Sector (PRS). What are the
When approaching this year’s manifesto, we felt a different approach was needed. Against the backdrop of increasing fuel prices and achieving Net Zero, the topic of energy efficiency has never been so important. 2021 greeted us with plenty of policy development, which introduced some significant changes within the energy efficiency industry as well as a glimpse of what the future could hold when it comes to the energy performance of buildings. Elmhurst’s new Almanac, not
Meet the newest member of the Retrofit Support Team, Nicos Arnaouti! He recently joined the team on a part time basis and we’re thrilled to have him join us at this exciting time in the retrofit world. But it’s not been your typical journey to working in energy efficiency… You haven’t always worked in energy efficiency. What did you do before? I started my career in investment management with Barclays. I would spend the day
Back in January some corners of the media reported that ministers were thinking of scrapping the ECO scheme due to rising energy prices. However, a few months on, and we now have the government's official response to the ECO4 consultation. The good news is that it all looks set to continue, be it just a few months behind schedule. The timelines given within the original consultation indicated that ECO4 would be brought in from April
The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) has been running for almost 10 years now, with the current iteration of this energy efficiency scheme (ECO3) running since 2018. A consultation released by the government last summer, confirmed that the next phase of ECO (ECO4) should be released on 1st April 2022, however, the industry has yet to see the outcome of this consultation, which begs the question - where is ECO4? What is the Energy Company Obligation?
The Department of Finance has announced new energy performance standards for new buildings in Northern Ireland. New Technical Booklets F1 (conservation of fuel and power in dwellings) and F2 (conservation of fuel and power in buildings other than dwellings), have been released and will come into effect on 30th June 2022. Finance Minister, Conor Murphy, acknowledged that this would be the first step in bringing local energy efficiency standards in line with developments elsewhere. He
If you’ve recently completed a Retrofit Assessor or Coordinator course and find yourself thinking ‘where do I start?’ don’t worry, you’re not alone! This is something the Retrofit Support Team are frequently asked, and to be expected for a new line of work. It’s also something we’re looking to address as we feel both courses would benefit from a practical component to ensure everyone knows that an Assessor’s/ Coordinator’s role looks like in practice. Now
The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) comes but once every four years, and yes, it’s that time again! What is ESOS? ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for eligible organisations in the UK. It applies to large undertakings, which includes businesses, not-for-profit bodies and other non-public sector undertakings. Eligible organisations must instruct a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor to complete an ESOS Audit, which they will then submit to the Environment Agency. But here’s the exciting