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Great news for all private rented tenants in England and Wales

03 April 2018

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are now being enforced from Easter Sunday (1st April) when renting out homes and commercial premises in England and Wales. This is fantastic news for tenants, and is the first real policy in line with the Government’s ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ published in Autumn 2017. Elmhurst has published many news articles covering MEES since before it was made law in April 2016. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations


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PEPA hosts Call to Action Industry Conference

29 March 2018

The Property Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) staged a ‘Call to Action’ industry conference on 22nd March, the theme of which was ‘The Quality of EPCs’. The conference encouraged the energy assessment industry and its professionals to engage with the Government on the future of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). Workshops throughout the day explored past and current issues as well as potential future changes to the EPC landscape, their use and the potential expansion of the role


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MEP Annual Event- Only Quality Counts

28 March 2018

The Association of Midlands Energy Professional (MEP) are hosting their annual event on the 18th April 2018 titled 'Only Quality Counts'. This year’s event follows naturally from last years’ well attended event under the title 'Each Home Counts' at which Dr Peter Bonfield was the keynote speaker. Elmhurst's Martyn Reed will be one of the speakers at this years event which will be covering the following topics: • MEES – where are we and where are


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New Scheme Operating Requirement (SORs) a watershed moment.

27 March 2018

Elmhurst is delighted to announce that a new version of the Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs) has been signed off by Government yesterday (26th March). The SORs is the document which sets out the rules by which Accreditation Schemes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland must operate when accrediting energy assessors for the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs). In turn, each Accreditation Scheme will advise its members what they need


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Government seek advice on possible phasing out "high carbon" fossil fuel heating

20 March 2018

The Government's Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has, yesterday, issued a call for evidence to consider the implications of phasing out installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating, such as that powered by oil and coal, in all new and existing "off grid" buildings. The document confirms that "heating our homes and businesses causes almost a third of UK emissions and reducing them was a key focus of our Clean Growth Strategy".


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Consultation response- Landlords should fund energy efficiency improvements

13 March 2018

Elmhurst today responded to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation seeking views on amendments to the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations within the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015. BEIS stated in the Consultation that “This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap, domestic landlords would only need to


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Cold homes kill more people than road accidents, alcohol or drugs

12 March 2018

Energy Performance Certificates were featured widely at a cross party meeting of back bench MPs held last Thursday (9th March). The debate covered 'Energy Efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy' with EPCs seen as part of the solution to climate change and fuel poverty. Elmhurst has sifted through the debate and has presented below the most salient points that were presented by MPs including a point made by MP Steve McCabe which reinforced the importance


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Here's our new look. We hope you like it...

06 March 2018

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve updated our website. As part of our continual investment in our scheme, and to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we wanted to give members a better user experience when navigating the front page and accessing the online portal.  Members can now scroll easily through each section and get a quick snapshot of all Elmhurst have to offer. By providing a cleaner look we hope members will continue to get the best


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Government consultation is a missed opportunity

06 March 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently announced a consultation seeking views on amendments to the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations within the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (from now on referred to as the “minimum standard regulations”). BEIS stated that: “This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap,


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Public Investment in warm homes in England cut by 58% since 2012.

05 March 2018

As the snow and freezing temperatures hit the UK last week,  a rather damming report on England’s attempt at making people homes warmer has been published. e3g an energy think tank highlights that not only is England Government spending 58% less on making homes warmer, but that it has the second worst record on cold weather related deaths out of 30 European Countries. Last year saw an average of 32,000 excess winter deaths in the


 

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