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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,


The latest Energy Performance statistics have been issued - “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly!”

01 August 2019

MHCLG has released a snapshot of the latest Energy Performance statistics for England and Wales, from April to June 2019. Elmhurst regularly monitors and shares this information through its Market data feature provided within Energy Matters, Elmhurst's quarterly publication. You can take a look at the latest edition here. Article quick links: New Build and Existing Dwelling- EPC Data Non-Domestic Buildings- EPC Data Public Buildings- DEC Data Comments New Build & Existing Dwellings In the


How is the EPC band calculated?

01 August 2019

One of the initial steps when deciding to buy or sell a home, is examining its Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Finding out your home’s energy efficiency rating is quite useful even if you’re not moving, but want to save both money and energy while improving your home.The good news is that the process is simple and quick to complete. A certified energy assessor needs up to two hours (usually much less), depending on the property,


Elmhurst responds to Government consultation on Building Regulation enforcement

31 July 2019

Following the horrors of Grenfell Tower, and the report from Dame Judith Hackitt that followed, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has responded in the form of a consultation on how best to improve safety and minimise the risk of fire in high rise buildings. Despite being given just 5 weeks to wade through the consultation’s 6 chapters and 192 pages, we have prepared and submitted our response before the 11.15pm deadline


What does Climate Emergency actually mean?

24 July 2019

Manchester City Council recently became the latest local authority to declare a climate emergency. So far over 100 local authorities across the UK and Ireland have made such declarations, but what does it actually mean? There is no single definition of a ‘climate emergency’ but many local authorities say they want to be carbon neutral by 2030. The idea of a local authority declaring such a motion was first put forward by Bristol councillor Carla


Smart Auditing coming soon for Construction Domestic Energy Assessors

23 July 2019

At Elmhurst we have been working hard to re-launch the auditing process to ensure that the focus remains firmly on quality and helping our members to be the best in the Industry. The new Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs) became live in April 2018 and with it came the ability to adopt new ‘smarter’ auditing practices. The roll out was first successfully launched for the existing homes strand and is now being launched for the new


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