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Energy efficient homes can be worth 13% more

06 November 2020

In research conducted by the Compare the Market, the  price comparison portal, the authors have concluded that energy efficient homes can be worth as much as 13% more. Homes with a rating of E are worth 7% more than those with the lowest rating of G, while those with a rating of A or B are worth 6% more than those rated as D. The report illustrates this in monetary terms by reporting that the


Elmhurst issues draft response to PRS MEES consultation

05 November 2020

Recently the department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a consultation which looks at improving the energy performance of privately rented homes in England and Wales. Elmhurst has reflected on the questions posed by this consultation and has created a draft response in order to stimulate debate amongst our expert members as well as other housing and energy professionals within the industry. As with any previous consultation Elmhurst has provided an overview of


MHCLG confirm housing industry can continue to work securely

04 November 2020

MHCLG alongside the Home Builders Federation and Federation of Master Builders has released a letter to the housing industry confirming that England's housing market will remain open during the country's second lockdown, as long as those involved continue to work securely and follow public health guidance. This follows a tweet made by Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Robert Jenrick, who confirmed that the housing market would indeed remain open. Message to


Further Covid-19 restrictions announced for England

02 November 2020

On Saturday 31st October the Government announced a second national lockdown for England with further restrictions due to be imposed from Thursday 5th November to Wednesday 2nd December. This announcement would have come at a shock to everyone including Elmhurst members. Prime Minster Boris Johnson, was quick to highlight in his announcement that this is not the same lockdown that the country experienced earlier in the year. People are being told to stay at home


All about Retrofit with Simon Flint

29 October 2020

Retrofit. Retrofit. Retrofit. You've probably seen the term crop up many times in our emails, news items and tweets. But what is it and why is everyone talking about it? We caught up with our Retrofit trainer Simon Flint to find out about the exciting opportunities on the horizon.  Hi Simon, so first of all...what is Retrofit and why has is come about? I'll try and keep this brief! In order to tackle fuel poverty


Elmhurst submits response to draft PAS 2038 for the Retrofit of Non-Domestic Buildings

26 October 2020

Many of you will know about PAS 2035, the domestic retrofit specification that was published by BSI, including direct from input from Elmhurst. It outlines the functions of Retrofit Assessors, Retrofit Coordinators and the need for a retrofit plan for all dwellings that are being considered for energy efficiency improvement. The PAS has now been adopted for the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) policy and Government intend making it a requirement for all future initiatives, including


Legionella Risk Assessment for Property Management

22 October 2020

Whether you own a property for commercial purposes or are a landlord of a rented property, there is a duty to prevent and control the risk of Legionella and Legionnaire’s disease. Testing for Legionella will depend on the circumstances and risk levels in each situation; however, landlords and letting agencies have a duty to ensure that any potential risk in the premises is assessed and controlled.  What is Legionella? Legionella is a bacteria which can


Extend EPCs to consider water usage?

21 October 2020

Elmhurst have contributed to “Bricks and Water” an exciting policy proposal launched yesterday at a virtual conference. The report was authored by the Westminster Sustainability Forum and Policy Connect , a cross-party think tank who aim to improve people’s lives by influencing policy. The wide ranging research report, authored by Rob Allen, chaired by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering and with the support of Phillip Dunne MP (Chairman of the Government’s Environmental Audit Committee), aims to


Wales lockdown to impact Energy Assessors

20 October 2020

It is clear that Energy Assessors working in Wales will be severely impacted by the announcement from the Welsh Government that Wales is to introduce a “firebreak”  of restrictive measures from 6pm Friday 23 October until the start of Monday 9 November 2020 . The Welsh Government advice related to home moves is; Can I move home? Yes, if you can’t delay the moving date until after the short lockdown period is over. Associated activities,


RdSAP GO: A DEA's perspective

13 October 2020

We caught up with Elmhurst accredited DEA James Rivers to find out what he thinks of our mobile EPC software RdSAP Go.  Why do you use RdSAP Go? I work for Ashby Energy Assessors and we cover a range of services, including RdSAP.  We probably do around one per week but they’re for very grand designs – usually grade 1 or 2 listed buildings and stately homes etc. We go all over the country as


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