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The future of Building Regulation enforcement?

25 June 2019

Not long after the horrors of Grenfell Tower, in June 2017,  Dame Judith Hackitt was asked to undertake a review of the building regulation system and its enforcement. This was reported and analysed by Elmhurst back in October 2018 The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now responded in the form of a consultation on how best to improve safety and minimise the risk of fire in high rise buildings. The consultation


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No more than 5% of Scottish households in fuel poverty by 2040

21 June 2019

The Scottish Government has unanimously passed a Bill aimed at tackling fuel poverty in Scotland. The Fuel Poverty Bill sets a target of no more than 5% of households living in Fuel Poverty by 2040 and no more than 1% of households being in extreme fuel poverty. The Bill defines deems someone to be living in fuel poverty if more than 10% of its net income (after housinging costs) is required to heat the home


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“Enable, Empower, Ensure: A new finance for the new Economy”

21 June 2019

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, made a speech yesterday evening at Mansion House in London detailing how the Bank of England will support the transition to a climate neutral economy with a climate stress test of the UK financial system. The Bank also expects all listed companies and large asset owners to use these by 2022. Mr Carney devoted an entire section of his speech to ensure that the UK is ready


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Elmhurst launches new PAS 2035, Whole House Retrofit Schemes

20 June 2019

Elmhurst has released two new Whole House Retrofit schemes following the publication of the new PAS 2035 standard, which relates to Retrofitting of Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency. The Each Home Counts review was commissioned by government back in 2015 to tackle the high level of failure present in domestic retrofit, and determine a better process for the retrofit of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. PAS 2035 has been introduced as a result of


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PAS 2035 released: A new standard for retrofit

18 June 2019

Elmhurst is delighted to report that the long-awaited Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2035 has been published. As Members will know Elmhurst has been heavily involved in many of the working groups that spun out of Each Home Counts (AKA the Bonfield Review), as well as the PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 working groups which implemented the recommendations. We are therefore delighted to announce that the specification, which is likely to cause a revolution in the


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Elmhurst responds to 'What is the low carbon future for off gas Scottish Buildings'

14 June 2019

The Scottish Government recently published a call for evidence on ‘The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings’. They are seeking evidence on the technologies and the actions necessary to support the decarbonisation of the heat supply of buildings that aren't currently using mains gas as their primary heating fuel. Elmhurst has spent time analysing the call for evidence and have now published a considered response. You can take a look at our


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Elmhurst responds to 'Energy Efficient Scotland' Consultation

13 June 2019

Elmhurst has spent time analysing, and liaising with our members and has now responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation around ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’. The Scottish Government state:  “This consultation considers how any possible uncertainties associated with target setting and implementation can be overcome. It also sets out the suite of legislation that the Scottish Government will bring forward to support delivery of Energy Efficient Scotland; seeks views on the recommendations of the Short Life Working


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UK commits to net zero emissions by 2050

12 June 2019

In what appears to be Theresa May’s final legacy as Prime Minster she has enshrined in law a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This makes Britain the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to set this challenging goal. The previous commitment made within the 2008 Climate Change Act was for an 80% reduction by 2050, but this final push is setting the bar much lower. The majority of environmental


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Pros of becoming a domestic energy assessor

12 June 2019

As a relatively new career path, becoming a domestic energy assessor is probably something you've only just started to consider. You might know what the job entails and how to become qualified, but are you aware of the detail associated with the role?Anyone can do itBecoming an energy assessor doesn't require you to have a particular type of educational background or a degree. No matter what your current career is focussed on, you can easily


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50% of German PVs now come with batteries included

07 June 2019

In an article written by Paul Hockenos of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and published in Yale Environment 360, it is reported that half of all new domestic PV systems installed in Germany now incorporate battery technology, something that  has become possible as prices of lithium-ion battery prices fall. Sophisticated systems now generate electricity during the day for immediate consumption, and for charging electrical vehicles. Any excess is then used to charge


 

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