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Government offer ‘guidance’ on EPCs

12 December 2017

On 11th December 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued an update to their document ‘A Guide to Energy Performance Certificates for the Construction, Sale and Let of Non Dwellings - Improving the Energy Efficiency of our Buildings’. The original version of the guidance was first published in December 2012. Elmhurst has reviewed the updated document to identify the changes and the following three paragraphs are the only new ‘guidance’ offered: “Buildings


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Extend the need for DECs to reduce energy bills in the public sector

07 December 2017

As previously reported the Clean Growth Strategy has been the catalyst for a  flurry of consultation documents and "calls for evidence" that refer to energy certificates.  In the most recent, titled "Leading By Example - Cutting energy bills and carbon emissions in the public and higher education sectors" the government report that public and higher education sectors could save up to £860 million a year, on the current £2 billion annual spend. These savings would


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Government consider changes to the home buying process

04 December 2017

Elmhurst Energy are pleased that DCLG are seeking a call for evidence on ‘Improving the home buying and selling process’. The Government highlight that there are more than one million homes bought and sold every year in the UK and they recognise that the process is not ‘smooth or simple’. The Government is committed to “make it cheaper, faster and less stressful” and they are calling for ideas and suggestions to make this a reality.


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Professional Recognition

01 December 2017

We are delighted to report that our Head of Commercial Amo Sihra was awarded chartered membership of the ‘Chartered Association of Building Engineers’ (CABE) an award that recognises Amo's years of experience and professionalism in the energy assessment of buildings. The award was significant to Elmhurst for another reason too. As leaders in energy efficiency in the built environment, and the largest EPC accreditation body in the UK, Elmhurst recognises that it has a responsibility


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Use DECs to cut energy bills in the public sector

30 November 2017

As previously reported the Clean Growth Strategy has been the catalyst for a  flurry of consultation documents and "calls for evidence" that refer to energy certificates. The latest needing a response is a call for evidence titled "Leading By Example - Cutting energy bills and carbon emissions in the public and higher education sectors". The government report that public and higher education sectors have cut their energy use by 10%, saving around £200 million and


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Elmhurst seeks to protect tenants in the letting and managing agent market

29 November 2017

Elmhurst has today responded to the Government consultation on 'Protecting consumers in the letting and managing agent market'. The Government recognises that more and more people are renting their homes, which has fuelled a growth of a multi-billion pound property agent market. Indeed the Competition and Markets Authority(CMA) estimate that service charges alone could cost a staggering £2.5 and £3.5 billion per year. It is noted that Agents play a vital role in protecting people’s properties


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SAP Consultation Response Published

28 November 2017

On Friday 17th November BEIS published the industry responses to the consultation on proposals to amend SAP, with the next version known as ‘SAP 10’. The full consultation response can be found here. Elmhurst have analysed the responses in detail and noted the following important points. When will the next change in SAP occur? The consultation response stated; “We expect the SAP 10 methodology to be published in 2018, but it may be used by


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DCLG consultation 2 - Protecting Consumers in the letting and managing agent market

27 November 2017

In the wake of the Clean Growth Strategy Government have published a flurry of consultation documents, and "calls for evidence", that impact on EPCs. The latest titled 'Protecting consumers in the letting and managing agent market' is requesting evidence that consumers have inadequate protection from unscrupulous letting and managing agents in the private rented residential sector. The Government states that there is "overwhelming evidence of the harm that some people experience" and cite evidence such


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The missing piece of the Jigsaw

23 November 2017

Over the years Elmhurst and our members have had numerous discussions with homeowners about EPCs and why the data may not reflect their own experiences. Whilst not a new message we thought it might be useful to publish this description to help build that understanding. The following two statements are flung around too easily: “These aren’t my fuel bills?” Correct– however the RdSAP rating is not about the homeowner, but the property (the asset). It


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Elmhurst Responds to ‘How to make Green Deal Better?’

23 November 2017

Elmhurst Energy, the UK's leading EPC Accreditation Scheme has today responded to the Governments call for evidence on ‘How to make the Green Deal better?’ BEIS asked industry for views on how to make Green Deal more streamlined and more effective. They recognise that the current version of Green Deal has not taken off in the numbers wanted by Government. In the Elmhurst response we have stated that ‘high level’ concept of Green Deal is


 

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