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SAP 25th Anniversary Event

12 September 2018

On Tuesday 11th September, Elmhurst were invited to the BRE to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Standard Assessment Procedure’ (SAP) methodology. Jason Hewins (On Construction Team Leader) and Stuart Fairlie (Technical Director) who between them have 30 years experience in SAP attended the event on Elmhurst's behalf, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The BRE explained the fascinating background to the work done from the late 1970s through papers, research and standards and through the


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Property MOTs for the Private Rented Sector

10 September 2018

A review into the private rental sector has suggested introducing property MOTs, in response to what it claims are failures to properly regulate the market. The report carried out by Dr Julie Rugg and David Rhodes from the University of York, found that one in five homes of the most expensive rented properties do not meet the Decent Homes Standard and that one in three of the cheapest rental properties fail the standard, which is


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Life as a Domestic Energy Assessor

07 September 2018

What's it like as a DEA? How much do you earn per assessment? Today we sat down with Elmhurst Technical Consultant Mark Wakeling to find out what life's like as a Domestic Energy Assessor. Some of you may recognise Mark Wakeling from one of our DEA training courses, or as the voice on the other end of the phone, but he's also a qualified DEA and Legionella and Inventory inspector. Here's what he had to say...   How long


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Energy use in business call for evidence

29 August 2018

BEIS have issued another Call for Evidence, this time to identify ways in which they can help businesses to improve the way they use energy. The Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), published in October 2017, committed the Government to consult on a package of measures to support business in improving how productively they use energy. It established proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s and explained how the whole country can


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ECO3 will require EPCs for nearly all improvements to privately rented properties

28 August 2018

On 19th July 2018 Government published its response to the ECO3 consultation and whilst persisting with deemed scores as a way of calculating the amount of support available, it will ensure that almost all privately rented properties will need an EPC to prove eligibility. The Government is to restrict ECO measures allowed in the private rented sector to reflect that landlords are separately required to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. As such, EPC Band F


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PAS 2035 - a new PAS for specifying energy efficient improvements in existing homes

22 August 2018

As Members will know Elmhurst  has been well represented on many of the working groups that spun out of Each Home Counts (AKA the Bonfield Review), as well as the PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 working groups which implemented the recommendations. We are therefore delighted to advise that drafts of: the first edition of PAS 2035 Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency: Specification and Guidance, and a revision to PAS 2030 - Specification for the


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EU Countries Falling out of Love with the Paris Agreement

17 August 2018

A recent report by the Climate Action Network (CAN) has revealed that EU countries are failing to increase their climate action in line with the Paris Agreement. The Paris Agreement in 2015 set out a commitment to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. However the report by CAN asserts that EU countries are falling well behind in both ambition and progress in regards to reducing carbon emissions. Member States were ranked from best to


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Elmhurst Energy announces company partnership with CABE

13 August 2018

Elmhurst Energy has announced it has become a Company Partner with the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE). Formed in 1925, CABE is a leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings. “As a Company Partner of CABE we have to demonstrate a commitment to professionalism and competency and Elmhurst Energy fits well with the Scheme’s aspirations,” explains Martyn Reed, Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy. “We are committed to raising


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The Warm Arm of the Law - reducing fuel poverty in private rented properties.

03 August 2018

Elmhurst was delighted to have been invited to contribute to the Association for the Conservation of Energy (ACE) research workshop to explore how best to reduce fuel poverty in the private rented sector through HHSRS and MEES. The research, which has now been published under the heading the Warm Arm of the Law, looked at the extent to which the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are being


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SAP 10 Analysis of Changes

31 July 2018

On 24th July 2018 the Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in conjunction with the technical authors the Building Research Establishment (BRE) published the next version of SAP, which will be known as SAP 10. Many of the changes were to be expected based on the consultation responses published by BEIS in November last year. There are a number of changes that will affect assessments in the future; however it is difficult to


 

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