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Elmhurst launches new SBEM software for faster commercial energy assessments

06 June 2018

This week Elmhurst launched its SBEM Online software for commercial Energy Performance Certificates in England and Wales, to the delight of members and stakeholders. SBEM Online was previously only available for NHER members but, after heavy technical investment from Elmhurst, was released to the wider membership. This highly sophisticated software provides a host of benefits to non-domestic assessors, including smart data inputs, integration with Landmark and NDEA conventions along with the ability to lodge directly


Halve the energy use in all buildings by 2030 says the PM

22 May 2018

Yesterday the Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech at Jodrell Bank about science and industrial strategy, which included some bold statements including the goal of halving the energy use in new build and existing buildings. The PM stated: “in the clean growth grand challenge, we will use new technologies and modern construction practices to at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030. Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40 per cent


3 and half more years of installing energy efficiency measures in the wrong homes?

17 May 2018

Ofgem are the regulator for the Governments flagship energy efficiency policy called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) and they have consulted on tweaks to the scoring mechanism called ‘deemed scores’ for the new ECO3 due to be launched in October.  The ECO3 Policy which was consulted on a few weeks ago states that it is now to be solely focussed on fighting fuel poverty, aligning it to the Governments strategy to improve all fuel poor


Building Regulations should make full use of accredited specialists

17 May 2018

Elmhurst welcomes today's publication of Dame Hackitt's report on Building Regulations in the light of the Grenfell Fire disaster. We agree that building regulations are complex and the current process of enforcement is lacking. The reality is that modern buildings are complex and as consumer expectations increase that complexity will undoubtedly mount. If there is to be a tighter system of safety management then this should be led by independent, accredited professionals from the industry


Scotland wants to bring forward EPC target by a decade!

16 May 2018

As Elmhurst reported 2 weeks ago Scotland set out its strategic goals for all homes and businesses over the next 20 years or so in the ‘Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map’ (see previous news item here). One major headline was that by 2040 all Scottish homes will achieve an EPC rating of ‘C’ (where technically feasible and cost effective). With interim targets for social rented, and fuel poor households. Alexander Burnett the Aberdeenshire West MSP and


EPCs at the heart of lending decisions

10 May 2018

In recent weeks Elmhurst has identified two separate instances where Mortgage rates will be based on a homes EPC rating. Both Barclays and the Help to Buy scheme in Wales have announced that EPCs and predicted fuel bills will now form part of mortgage calculations. Elmhurst has recently worked with the LENDERS research project which modelled the link between energy efficiency and household fuel bills and created a calculator to show the cost benefits associated


Elmhurst Energy launches new ‘Manifesto for Change’

08 May 2018

As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, Elmhurst Energy, the leading energy performance measurement specialist, has launched its new ‘Manifesto for Change’. The company believes its manifesto and its six simple and practical measures will help to significantly reduce energy consumption in the UK. Elmhurst Energy's 25th anniversary manifesto is written in the knowledge that by the end of 2019 the UK will have left the European Union and the requirements of the European Directive


Scotland sets a 20 year plan for energy efficiency in buildings

04 May 2018

In a policy document called ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’ the Scottish Government have clearly set a 20 year plan to improve the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of homes and businesses in Scotland. The two ministers Kevin Stewart and Paul Wheelhouse in their foreword state “Over the next period to 2040, we will transform Scotland’s buildings to be warmer, greener and more efficient. Doing so will have substantial economic, social and health benefits, and this route


New Minister as Sajid Javid moves to Home Office

30 April 2018

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government have confirmed this morning that James Brokenshire has been appointed as the new Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government. This follows the move of Sajid Javid to the Home Office. Mr Brokenshire is currently MP for Old Bexley and Sidcup, where he has been the MP since May 2010. He was previously the MP for Hornchurch and Rainham (2005-2010). He was also Sectary of


ECO3 – massive opportunity wasted

27 April 2018

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have recently consulted on their flagship ‘energy efficiency’ policy for domestic homes in the UK called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO). Elmhurst have reviewed the consultation, read the impact assessments, listened to observations and been to all the presentations by BEIS and Ofgem in a concerted effort to see the policy from all sides. We have concluded that the policy is now a mixed bag of


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