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Government encourage MEES enforcement

15 July 2020

In an article published in The Independent, the Government has made it clear that “local authorities have the power to issue fines of up to £5,000 for landlords to ensure minimum energy efficiency standards are met”, and that they are “working with local authorities to make it even easier for them to issue fines.” In a disappointing report, it has been estimated that fewer than six per cent of borough and district councils across England


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Elmhurst responds to MHCLG's proposal to stop air conditioning inspections

14 July 2020

Elmhurst has published its final response to MHCLG's Energy Performance of Buildings consultation, responding to proposals that the number of air-conditioning systems that require mandatory five year inspections should be significantly reduced. Elmhurst believes that, particularly as we recover from Covid-19 this is the wrong message to be delivering and that we should be inspecting more, and driving up compliance, to protect health and maximise energy savings. The heart of our response to MHCLG: The


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Green Homes Grant to demand PAS 2035?

13 July 2020

On Wednesday 8th July, The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the 'Green Homes Grant' designed to help revitalise the economy and put us back on track to achieve our carbon emission targets. Since then the energy efficiency industry has been eagerly awaiting the specifics, with growing speculation that this grant could demand PAS 2035 and the involvement of retrofit professionals. The £2bn home insulation scheme will be accepting web applications in 2 months time, where


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Elmhurst sends clear message to the Committee on Climate Change

10 July 2020

The Climate Change Committee has long championed energy efficiency; its role is to analyse and make comment on the wider performance of government on all things related to climate change. It wants to hear from you in regards to energy efficiency in existing homes and has asked some questions for the industry to respond to Elmhurst has analysed the questions, presented a draft, listened to members’ feedback and published our response. Stuart Fairlie Technical and


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Green Homes Grant- Let's do it right!

07 July 2020

It has been widely reported in the press that The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, is to announce a £3bn “Green Investment” package; £2bn will fund a grant scheme focused on homes, £1bn on the public sector. Key highlights The £2bn “Green Homes Grant” scheme will be based on vouchers supported by “recommended measures” and quotes from approved installers. £1bn will be spent in the first year of which £500m will be focussed on


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Elmhurst launches Manifesto for Growth

07 July 2020

Elmhurst has released its Manifesto for Growth, establishing proposals for how the UK can achieve its carbon reduction targets.  One of the significant points raised in this year's manifesto is the demand for government to launch a national home retrofit programme, in order for the country to have realistic chance of achieving net zero by 2050.  Published in advance of the Chancellor’s statement on a further economic stimulus, Elmhurst’s Manifesto for Growth outlines the key


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Now is not the time to stop air-conditioning inspections

06 July 2020

MHCLG are currently consulting on a proposal to significantly reduce the number of air-conditioning systems that require mandatory five year inspections. Elmhurst believes that, particularly as we recover from Covid-19, this is the wrong message to be delivering and that we should be inspecting more, and driving up compliance, to protect health and maximise energy savings. Air-conditioning systems within the UK will only be increasing with global warming and the decarbonisation of the grid. Heating


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Elmhurst's message to the Committee on Climate Change

02 July 2020

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has long championed energy efficiency; its role is to analyse and make comment on the wider performance of government on all things related to climate change. The CCC wants to hear your views with regards to energy efficiency in existing homes and so has asked some questions for the industry to respond to. Elmhurst has already developed a draft response to the CCC's inquiry. Stuart Fairlie, Technical and Operations Director


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CCC 2020 progress report released-'seize the opportunity'

25 June 2020

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) this morning published its progress report on reducing UK emissions. It assesses progress over the last year and gives advice to Government on how to secure a green and resilient recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the CCC? The Committe on Climate Change or CCC for short is the independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008 who advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions


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Housing market in Wales set to reopen

19 June 2020

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has today confirmed that the housing market in Wales will be reopened from Monday 22nd June, as part of the Welsh Government's plan to restart the economy. This follows yesterday's announcement from Scotland, which confirmed that they were heading into phase 2 of their lockdown exit plan. The First Minister, stated at today's coronavirus briefing that from Monday 22nd June "The housing market can begin to reopen –


 

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