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UK commits to net zero emissions by 2050

12 June 2019

In what appears to be Theresa May’s final legacy as Prime Minster she has enshrined in law a commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. This makes Britain the first member of the G7 group of industrialised nations to set this challenging goal. The previous commitment made within the 2008 Climate Change Act was for an 80% reduction by 2050, but this final push is setting the bar much lower. The majority of environmental


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Pros of becoming a domestic energy assessor

12 June 2019

As a relatively new career path, becoming a domestic energy assessor is probably something you've only just started to consider. You might know what the job entails and how to become qualified, but are you aware of the detail associated with the role?Anyone can do itBecoming an energy assessor doesn't require you to have a particular type of educational background or a degree. No matter what your current career is focussed on, you can easily


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50% of German PVs now come with batteries included

07 June 2019

In an article written by Paul Hockenos of the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, and published in Yale Environment 360, it is reported that half of all new domestic PV systems installed in Germany now incorporate battery technology, something that  has become possible as prices of lithium-ion battery prices fall. Sophisticated systems now generate electricity during the day for immediate consumption, and for charging electrical vehicles. Any excess is then used to charge


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What is the low carbon future for off gas Scottish Buildings?

07 June 2019

The Scottish Government have recently announced a call for evidence on ‘The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings’. It is seeking evidence on the technologies and the actions necessary to support the decarbonisation of the heat supply of buildings that currently do not use mains gas as their primary heating fuel. Elmhurst have spent time analysing this call for evidence and have created a draft response on behalf of our members.  Low


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£9 million competition prize to improve homes

06 June 2019

The government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have announced a competition to stimulate ideas and pilot whole house retrofit. The long term aim is to; halve the cost of retrofitting existing buildings to the same standard as new builds by 2030 bring as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to EPC band C by 2030 bring as many other homes "as cost effective, practical and affordable" to reach EPC Band C by


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Councils required to report the deals done with developers, in shake up of the rules

05 June 2019

The government is set to bring in new rules requiring councils to report on the deals struck with developers, in a move to bring greater transparency to the process. Developers currently have to pay for infrastructure such as GP surgeries, schools, roads and parks, to ensure the area will be able to cope with the influx of new residents. The government hopes that by simplifying the rules, residents can easily view how much developers are


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Energy Efficient Scotland – accelerating the national targets

30 May 2019

Elmhurst has spent time analysing the Scottish Government’s new consultation around ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’. As normal, and on behalf of our members, Elmhurst has created a ‘draft’ response to the questions posed. You can view Elmhurst's draft repsonse here.  The Scottish Government states:  “This consultation considers how any possible uncertainties associated with target setting and implementation can be overcome. It also sets out the suite of legislation that the Scottish Government will bring forward to


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Demand for EPCs in Scotland booms

28 May 2019

The BBC has reported that the Scottish housing market has hit an 11-year high, taking it back to volumes last seen before the 2008 financial crisis. Sales for the quarter were up £80m (2.3%) on last year and £225m (7%) on 2016. 19,491 homes in Scotland were sold in the first quarter of 2019, up 2.8% year-on-year with significant growth reported in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian. The average cost of a property in Scotland


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Homeowners able to build larger extensions without planning permission.

28 May 2019

Homeowners in England are now able to build larger extensions without planning permission. The relaxation of the rules came into effect on 25th May, and allows for single-storey rear extensions of up to 6 metres for terraced or semi-detached homes, or 8 metres for detached homes. A temporary suspension of the rules was already in place before they were made permanent last week. Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP commented that the change is “part of


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Final statement for the second carbon budget period

24 May 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has released the final statement for the UK’s second carbon budgetary period. The budgetary period covers 2013 to 2018 and compares the second carbon budget against the net UK carbon account to determine whether it has been met. The report shows that emissions were 40% lower than 1990 base year emissions over the second budget period. The Climate Change Act introduced a legally binding target to


 

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