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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


Future Trajectory for non-domestic MEES

07 January 2020

On 15th October 2019 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published The ‘Future Trajectory to 2030’ consultation with proposals to support businesses to reduce their energy use by at least 20% by 2030. Elmhurst has now published its response to this important consultation and supports the Government’s aim to improve the energy efficiency of commercial properties. Context The Industrial Strategy set out how the Government intends to build a Britain fit for


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


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


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


Scottish homes to be ā€˜Cā€™ 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


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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