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Real time energy data

27 August 2019

Elmhurst members may be interested in a new app called Energy Watch GB that gives a near real time presentation of how much energy the UK has consumed that day and how it was produced.  The app not only gives a simple pie chart of the source of our energy but also generates charts displaying demand, source and how much electricity we are buying in from abroad, throughout the day.  David Thomas and Andrew Townsend


Top tips for becoming a domestic energy assessor

23 August 2019

With flexible hours and the ability to be your own boss becoming a domestic energy assessor (DEA) is becoming more and more appealing. However, it isn't simply a job that you can just walk into. Here are all of the different ways that you can become a domestic energy assessor. Fulfil the requirements To become a DEA, there are a few requirements that you must first fulfil. You must get a Level 3 Certificate in


Up to 20 million energy certificates made “open data”

23 August 2019

Elmhurst Energy is delighted to announce that The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the open data register of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates to include all certificates issued up to 31st May 2019. Access to the data is free and requires users to complete a simple registration process, which takes seconds. Elmhurst is delighted that this invaluable data resource has been updated and believe that, in the right


Elmhurst shortlisted for the Energy Efficiency Awards 2019

22 August 2019

Elmhurst Energy has been shortlisted for the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2019, competing in the category for National Quality Management, Compliance & Training Company of the Year. The National Energy Efficiency Awards is an annual event which aims to increase public recognition of the excellent work that the energy efficiency sector is undertaking on behalf of government. The Energy Efficiency Awards have already hosted 11 regional events this year, recognising the efforts of both companies


More proof than ever that the EPC is here to stay

21 August 2019

As the UK’s largest independent accreditation scheme for energy efficiency professionals, we have been approached by a steady stream of members asking how Brexit will affect the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Until now we have resisted the temptation to comment, because, as you know, Brexit seems to be a shifting concept! But having scrutinised government legislation, as well as upcoming regulations and existing climate commitments, we are more confident than ever that the EPC has


More oversight needed to enforce Scottish building standards?

19 August 2019

The environment group Greenpeace has urged that Building Regulations be enforced by a national agency. Under the current system, builders can self-certify that they have applied with the relevant codes, with limited oversight by council officials. Greenpeace views this as problematic, and, as part of their case, assert that building energy standards must be made more stringent in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Housebuilders and the Scottish Government were at pains to highlight that


Elmhurst Energy introduces Elmhurst Risk Solutions

13 August 2019

Elmhurst Energy is broadening the insurance offering that its members have access to by introducing its new trusted insurance partners, Elmhurst Risk Solutions. Elmhurst's member insurance policy currently provides free Professional Indemnity (PI) and Public Liability (PL) cover up to the value of £10 million for accredited members. However, additional activities commonly undertaken by energy assessors such as producing ad hoc reports, and giving non-verbal/binding guidance to property owners, are not covered by this free


Latest RdSAP (v9.94) update is coming soon

09 August 2019

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is the tool that the government has chosen to measure the energy efficiency of buildings within the UK. It was first introduced to domestic dwellings for marketed sale and rental in 2008. Over the last 11 years the Reduced data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP), which is the assessment methodology behind the EPC, has been subject to a number of version changes. These changes have increased the amount of data included


Elmhurst welcomes the 20 millionth EPC

08 August 2019

Elmhurst welcomes the issuing of the 20 millionth Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for homes and commercial buildings in England and Wales. EPCs were first introduced in 2007 as part of the Home Information Pack, which was scrapped in 2010. However the Government kept the EPC as an effective way to measure the energy performance of buildings and it is a legal requirement to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when a building is sold,


ECO funding needs overhaul to reflect upfront costs of deep retrofit

06 August 2019

The history of PAS 2035 dates back to 2015 when Dr Peter Bonfield, then Chief Executive of BRE, was asked to lead a project of industry experts to review the way in which public and privately funded domestic retrofit projects were delivered. His report, Each Home Counts, was published in 2016 and became a watershed moment for our energy efficiency industry. The report made 27 recommendations covering Consumer Protection, Advice and Guidance, Quality and Standards,


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