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Elmhurst supports Domestic Premises (Energy Performance) Bill

10 February 2020

Last week Elmhurst were asked to back a private members bill by Lord Foster of Bath. Elmhurst always advocates and promotes its members work in producing energy assessments and energy certificates for the nation’s homes and commercial buildings and so were very willing to back the Bill which demands legislation to enforce some energy efficiency commitments already made by Government. Lord Foster in the debate in the House of Lords on Friday 7th Feb, opened


Elmhurst submits final consultation response

07 February 2020

On 1st October 2019 the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published The Future Homes Standard consultation with proposals to require, amongst other things, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from new dwellings by 2025. This was accompanied by a proposed interim step in 2020 and put forward two options: a reduction of either 20% or 31% in carbon emissions.  The deadline for responding to the Consultation is 7th February 2020. You can


Elmhurst Energy to appear at Futurebuild

06 February 2020

Elmhurst Energy has announced it will be exhibiting at Futurebuild, the event that aims to tackle the biggest challenges faced by the built environment. The event will be held at ExCel London from 3-5 March with Elmhurst Energy welcoming visitors at stand D101. This year’s event will focus on making the transition to a zero carbon world, with Elmhurst Energy becoming part of Futurebuild’s Whole House Retrofit Zone. New for 2020, this zone will cover


My time at Elmhurst

06 February 2020

Hello, my name is Owen. I’m 17 and an A-Level student doing a week work experience at Elmhurst Energy to get a greater understanding of how a business functions on a day to day basis. I started the week of by meeting Caroline (the HR manager) who introduced me to Elmhurst and what they do. Then she proceeded to give me a tour of the office and the various departments explaining their roles in Elmhurst


Elmhurst members lodge one million EPCs!

04 February 2020

Elmhurst Energy is delighted to report that one million Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) were lodged by members in 2019! An EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A to G (A being the most efficient and G being the least). Since its inception in 2007, the EPC has given property owners valuable energy performance information, which they have been able to use to identify potential cost savings and improvements. The EPC has proved


Is becoming a domestic energy assessor the right career move for you?

31 January 2020

Whether you have recently graduated or are looking for a career change, becoming a domestic energy assessor (DEA) is an attractive prospect for many people. Deciding to change job or start a new career can be daunting for many people. To help you decide if domestic energy assessor training is the right choice for you, we outline some characteristics that a domestic energy assessor may require. 1. You don't want to spend every day in


Are the energy standards for new homes going backwards?

29 January 2020

There has been much coverage in the press and on social media that the proposed changes to the building regulations in England could result in homes that are worse than the current standards. We disagree and have carried out our own investigation. Following the publication of the Future Homes Standard consultation by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), one of the more newsworthy proposals was the removal of the Fabric Energy Efficiency


HSE are announced as the new Regulator

22 January 2020

In what is likely to be a complete game changer, the government has announced that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are to oversee the application of building regulations, related to safety and performance of high rise buildings in England. The new Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on Monday (20th Jan 2020): “The slow pace of improving building safety standards will not be tolerated, these measures go further and faster to ensure residents are safe


ECO3 adopts PAS 2035 standards

13 January 2020

As of the 1st January 2020, the PAS Standards are now a requirement of ECO3, with a transition period until 30th June 2021. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) received 110 responses to in response to the consultation on whether PAS should be incorporated into ECO3. The majority of the responses were supportive of the main proposals and Government has decided to incorporate TrustMark and the new and updated PAS standards into


NDEA Smart Rules now in affect

08 January 2020

Elmhurst implemented Smart Auditing for non-domestic members (England & Wales) on 1st January 2020.  The changes will bring non-domestic members in line with those working in the Domestic and On Construction sectors, who moved to the smart auditing system in 2019.  A Smart Audit is a 'risk based' audit built on a pre-defined set of criteria as agreed by all accreditation schemes and MHCLG. The new practice is designed to focus on the ‘output’ of


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