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UK will miss its energy efficiency targets for homes by 60 years

13 July 2018

The UK will miss its target for boosting the energy efficiency of the poorest performing homes by more than 60 years, according to think tank the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The government had committed to upgrade fuel poor homes to an EPC band C by 2030 in its 2015 Fuel Poverty scheme, but current estimates put this at 2091 at the earliest. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) measure the energy efficiency of a house


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Elmhurst launches new Associate and Student memberships

12 July 2018

Elmhurst has launched two exciting new membership categories: Associate and Students. Our Associate membership is available for individuals such as builders, developers, architects, managers of existing energy assessors, companies who allocate work to assessors, and generally all those involved with the construction of buildings. Associate members will receive regular industry updates and technical guidance including full access to Elmhurst's expert support teams who can provide technical advice for all sectors of energy assessment including domestic/residential


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Improving people's homes leads to less hospitals admissions

06 July 2018

A significant research study has found that home improvements have real health benefits for the families occupying them. A study of 9,256 properties in south Wales, which took place between 2009 and 2014, found a substantial decrease in the number of hospital admissions for those living in improved homes which met the Welsh Housing Quality Standards. 92.5% of the homes were improved by at least one measure such as new heating systems, wall or loft


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Scotland plan for review of energy standards

04 July 2018

The Building Standards Division of Scottish Government have announced a call for evidence as part of their review of the energy standards within the Scottish Building Regulations.  The review is considering the next steps to further enhance the energy performance of buildings and contribute to greenhouse gas abatement targets set under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.  The first stage of the review is a ‘call for evidence’ which gathers stakeholder views on the design


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Government should lead by example

03 July 2018

A recent freedom of information request has shown that the government department in charge of energy policy has some of the countries least energy inefficient buildings. Four of the eleven offices leased by the Department of Business, Energy and Industry (BEIS) had an Display Energy Certificate rating of G - the lowest possible score. Display Energy Certificates (DECS) are used to measure the energy performance of public buildings on a score of A to G


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Elmhurst brings peace of mind for its members and their clients

03 July 2018

We have just updated our free insurance cover for accredited members.  Trained and qualified energy assessors who are accredited with a government approved accreditation scheme would typically have to arrange Professional Indemnity (PI) and Public Liability (PL) insurance in order to cover the work they do as an energy assessor. However, all Elmhurst accredited members do not need to spend time or money arranging often expensive third party PI and PL insurance to lodge reports and


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New 'How to Rent' guides issued by Government

26 June 2018

The Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) have today (26th June) issued a series of helpful guides for existing and new tenants, landlords and letting agents. MHCLG state; “These guides form a key part of government’s continuing crackdown on poor practice by a minority of landlords and agents in the private rented and leasehold sectors.” The guides present clear statements of the law in relation to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and the vital


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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards: Elmhurst Energy keeping landlords and tenants up to date

21 June 2018

Elmhurst Energy has updated its informative guidance on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for landlords and property agents in the private rented sector. Introduced by government to improve the quality of private rented buildings and reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions, phase one of MEES became effective from 1st April 2018. It is now unlawful to grant new leases for properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an E, with fines of up to


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MPs criticise government clean energy policies

21 June 2018

Heavy criticism has been levelled at UK government energy policies by two separate parliamentary committees. The Environmental Audit Committee, comprising 16 cross party MPs and chaired by Mary Creagh,  says "ill-thought out policies caused a dive in clean energy investment which fell 56% last year” and the independent Public Accounts Committee says a government scheme to encourage clean heat is a failure that often produces dirty heat. Whilst the government claims that it is determined


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Get the measuring tape right Elmhurst responds to ‘A Future Framework for Heat in Buildings’ call for evidence.

08 June 2018

Just before Easter the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a ‘Call for Evidence’ surrounding how the country meets the Government’s commitment to phase out installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing buildings off the gas grid, during the 2020s. The Call for Evidence explains what the Government mean by this ambition, and seeks evidence on how they could implement it. Claire Perry, the Minister of State for


 

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