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The Property Energy Professional Association (PEPA) announces February Conference.

06 January 2020

Elmhurst, along with all the accreditation bodies, is a member of PEPA, an organisation that works closely with government to increase the visibility of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and promotes their use as an essential tool for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Following PEPA's successful conference held last year, during which members were asked to pose questions, PEPA has now collated and published their response to the government


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Welsh Building Regulations Part L and F consultation released

20 December 2019

The Welsh Government yesterday released its consultation on the future of energy efficiency and ventilation within new build homes where they have set some ambitious targets which go beyond those proposed for England. The Welsh Government states:  “This consultation sets out our plans to improve the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020. The document also provides detail on the direction of travel for energy efficiency requirements for introduction in 2025.”  “This document is


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Housing statistics for Scotland released

19 December 2019

The Scottish Government has released the housing statistics for this quarter.  The latest figures reveal that all-sector new builds have increased in the latest year and are approaching levels last seen in 2007 and 2008.  There were 5,342 new build homes completed between April and June - an increase of 2% (111 homes) on the same quarter in 2018. This brings the total number of homes built from June 2018 to June 2019 to 21,403


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Scottish homes to be ‘C’ rated when sold from 2024

19 December 2019

Today the Scottish Government set out a target for owner occupied homes through its consultation ‘Energy Efficient Scotland Improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes’. The headline is a bold move to ensure that all homes sold in Scotland from 2024 and onwards are ‘C’ rated on their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).  This will be legally binding and will ensure owner occupied homes have similar standards that private and social landlords have to adhere too. There is


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Future Homes Standard Consultation- deadline extension

17 December 2019

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government has announced that due to “some functional issues with the [BRE’s] cSAP software”, the closing date for responses to the Future Homes Standard consultation has been extended to 11.45pm on Friday, 7 February 2020. Elmhurst Members who are using the free version of DesignSAP 10.1 Beta are not affected by this error and the application is still available for use here. Energy and Housing professionals can view


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How do I become a domestic energy assessor?

17 December 2019

Whether you're looking to expand within your sector or change career direction completely, becoming a domestic energy assessor is an increasingly popular choice due to the new focus on sustainability in society. Luckily for any aspiring domestic energy assessor, the route into the profession is simple and focused. What is a domestic energy assessor? A domestic energy assessor is someone that visits domestic buildings such as houses, apartment blocks, and flats, and works out their energy efficiency. What


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What to expect in Energy and the Built Environment following the election

13 December 2019

Following the result of yesterday's general election, Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, has highlighted all the promises and pledges that were stated within the Conservative’s 2019 manifesto which related to energy and the built environment. From this, energy and housing professionals can see what is likely to occur and can become fully aware of where we are heading as a country. The summary of statements starts at the very beginning in Boris Johnson’s


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Elmhurst Publishes Future Homes Standard consultation - draft response

12 December 2019

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 10th January 2020. You can


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Lottery to fund community energy projects

22 November 2019

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund. The Fund is a not for profit organisation that awards money raised by National Lottery players to communities and has made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects, since 2004. The aim is to enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency and build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive


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Labour Party Pledges £60 billion for home energy upgrades

18 November 2019

As the election draws closer the manifesto promises are coming in thick and fast. Most recently Labour has promised to cut home emission by 10% through what is being described as the largest home improvement programme for decades. The ‘Warm Homes for All’ policy would receive £60 billion of funding from a Labour government in order to implement energy saving upgrades such as loft insulation, enhanced double-glazing and new heating systems. Low-income households would receive


 

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