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Energy efficiency is as easy as 1,2,3

18 June 2020

Elmhurst welcomes the calls for a green recovery, with a much needed focus in making all our homes and buildings more energy efficient which is something we have advocated for over 25 years. Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, comments: "It is fantastic to see many people including all sides of the political sphere advocating for the necessary steps to improve the energy efficiency of the UKs building stock. We also read with great


House move restrictions to be lifted in Scotland

18 June 2020

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed that the restrictions for moving house will be relaxed from Monday 29th June 2020.  This news was announced during today's coronavirus briefing where the First Minister confirmed that Scotland would be entering phase two of its lockdown easing.  At this moment in time no updated guidance for moving home in Scotland has been released. However, the Scottish Government did release some supplementary guidance on home moving at the


Housing market in Northern Ireland reopens

17 June 2020

The Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that the housing market would be allowed to reopen allowing activities related to the purchasing and renting of properties to once again take place in the country from the 15th June 2020. The document released by the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland, ‘Advice on home moving during COVID-19’, provides guidance on how everyone involved in the home move process must adjust their processes to ensure a safe return


Smarter Choices to deliver energy efficiency to SMEs

16 June 2020

Elmhurst Energy are working with an illustrious group of industry leading bodies to create a process which allows UK manufacturing SMEs to overcome current barriers to energy efficiency; with Non-Domestic Energy Assessors featured at its core. The programme is known as Smarter Choices which is funded by the government Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Smarter Choices aims to offer a one-stop-shop in the form of a digital platform, showcasing results from independent


Elmhurst invests in online training for members

15 June 2020

Over the past few months Elmhurst has invested heavily in online training  to ensure members still have access to high quality courses. The health and wellbeing of our members has always been our number one priority, so when it became clear in mid-March that face-to-face training could no longer continue, the team quickly leapt into action! Online training was the obvious way forward; we already had a catalogue of online courses that were available to


Green Recovery to include insulating homes – “no brainer”

12 June 2020

In an unfortunately titled article “Home insulation could create cheap jobs” the BBC has given, otherwise, good coverage to a report released by the Energy Efficiency Infrastructure Group (EEIG), a coalition of charities, businesses and pressure groups whose aim is to upgrade the UK's aged housing stock. The article makes the claim that “Making people's homes cosy is the cheapest way to create jobs as the UK prepares to fight recession, and that insulating homes


The perfect tool for MEES: Recommendation Selector

10 June 2020

The Energy Performance Certificate is the only way to meet the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations and is, of course, a fantastic tool to view a property’s energy rating and carbon emissions, but to work out the best way to achieve a minimum rating you may need more. An EPC identifies the cumulative effect of the savings across all of the potential measures. Although this is useful to see, realistically, very few


How to attain building regulations approval

09 June 2020

If you are an architect, property surveyor or housing provider seeking to attain building regulations compliance, the road ahead may seem long. But it needn't, because with experts such as Elmhurst Energy Consultancy on your side, you can follow simple guide to achieving the compliance you need, such as meeting ESOS regulations. In this guide we offer four simple steps to attaining building regulations approval: 1. Choosing your consultancy or surveyor Your consultancy or surveyor


The Committee on Climate Change wants to hear from you

02 June 2020

The Climate Change Committee has long championed energy efficiency; its role is to analyse and make comment on the wider performance of government on all things related to climate change. It is made up of cross party MPs and it now enters a new committee with a new chair. As Elmhurst has frequently referenced, the ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ was first published in 2017 and set out a strategy of how to improve the energy efficiency


Scotland intends to open up Construction and Housing Market when it is time

22 May 2020

Yesterday Scottish Government established a route map out of the current lockdown restrictions. The strategic plan details a number of phases that Scotland will implement when it is considered safe to do so. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, states: “As I said last week, we can’t live this way forever. We all want to get back to some semblance of normality” “This document sets out the steps that will take us there. It doesn’t


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