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Elmhurst releases update for Design SAP 10 Beta

18 November 2019

Elmhurst are delighted to announce the release of the updated Design SAP 10 Beta software. This SAP calculation software will allow energy professionals to model new build assessments against the new “Future Homes Fabric” and “Fabric plus Technology” compliance standards proposed in the government's Future Homes Standard Consultation.  Energy professionals and house builders can use Elmhurst's Design SAP 10 Beta to give them an indication of how projects will perform against the proposed standards and


Why train to become a DEA?

14 November 2019

Working as a Domestic Energy Assessor is a career choice that many people are starting to make. Whether you have previous experience in this area or are new to it all, this is one job that offers many benefits - both on a personal and professional level. It involves visiting domestic homes and buildings in the UK to assess how energy efficient they are. If you have not thought about this as a viable career


Scotland pledges £3 million to boost energy efficiency of social homes

13 November 2019

The Scottish Government has granted £3 million to 11 social housing associations to improve energy efficiency of homes across the country. The money is part of the Decarbonisation Fund, which supports the installation of energy efficient technologies such as insulation, ground source heat pumps, solar panels and underfloor heating. The Scottish Government released its Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post-2020s (EESSH2) earlier in the year, with the aim of maximising the number of homes


ECO to require PAS 2035 and reward early adoption with a 20% uplift

29 October 2019

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now issued their response to the ECO3 consultation proposal that PAS 2035 should be mandated for ECO energy efficiency installations. BEIS received 110 responses to the consultation and, broadly, the responses were supportive of the Government’s main proposals. The essence of the response confirms Government has decided to incorporate TrustMark and the new and updated PAS standards into ECO3. The new regulations will; come into force


A comparison between an EPC and a DEC

23 October 2019

When it comes to assessing the energy efficiency of a building, EPCs and DECs are the major two ways used to measure this. While you may have heard of these terms before, you might not know exactly what they mean and how they differ. This is certainly something worth knowing more about if you plan to engage in energy assessor training and gain accreditation in this field.Display Energy Certificates explainedA DEC is basically a certificate


Commercial buildings to have EPC band B by 2030?

21 October 2019

On 15th October the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its future trajectory for minimum energy efficiency standards for non-domestic (commercial) buildings. The Government introduced minimum energy efficiency standards in 2018 with the aim of improving the worst performing buildings in both the domestic and non-domestic sector. From April 2018, landlords of non-domestic private rented sector (PRS) properties have not been permitted to grant a new tenancy or to extend or


The UK to go further and faster to tackle climate change

16 October 2019

Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) yesterday established measures for the UK “to go further and faster to tackle climate change”, in response to a critical progress report released earlier this year by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a day of many announcements regarding the environment, the government has suggested the following main headlines: A new Environment Bill A new package of energy efficiency measures for


Elmhurst delivers highly anticipated talk for DCHI

10 October 2019

Last week we were pleased to deliver a talk for the Devon and Cornwall Housing Inspectors Association (DCHI) where our colleague Fiona Wilson gave a detailed industry update to a packed room of assessors in Exeter. The topics discussed included PAS 2035, the RdSAP 9.94 update and Elmhurst Risk Solutions- the new insurance provision available for members. The session produced a lot of good questions and there were some insightful conversations and debates that took


Number of houses built skyrockets to an 11 year high!

04 October 2019

Exciting new figures released by Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) reveal that 170,000 homes were completed in the year ending June 2019 – the highest number built over the same period in the last 11 years. The figures show an increase of 8% of new homes being completed compared to the previous year, with family homes making up 78% of those constructed. Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “I’m determined


The Future Homes Standard Consultation Released

02 October 2019

The Future Homes Standard Consultation which covers changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (Ventilation) of the Building Regulations for new dwellings was released yesterday (1st October 2019). Elmhurst has quickly reviewed the information provided and have highlighted the key parts for industry to digest. What is the Future Homes Standard? The Government has committed to introduce a Future Homes Standard in 2025, as part of a journey towards the


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