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Elmhurst launches Manifesto for Growth

07 July 2020

Elmhurst has released its Manifesto for Growth, establishing proposals for how the UK can achieve its carbon reduction targets.  One of the significant points raised in this year's manifesto is the demand for government to launch a national home retrofit programme, in order for the country to have realistic chance of achieving net zero by 2050.  Published in advance of the Chancellor’s statement on a further economic stimulus, Elmhurst’s Manifesto for Growth outlines the key


Now is not the time to stop air-conditioning inspections

06 July 2020

MHCLG are currently consulting on a proposal to significantly reduce the number of air-conditioning systems that require mandatory five year inspections. Elmhurst believes that, particularly as we recover from Covid-19, this is the wrong message to be delivering and that we should be inspecting more, and driving up compliance, to protect health and maximise energy savings. Air-conditioning systems within the UK will only be increasing with global warming and the decarbonisation of the grid. Heating


Elmhurst's message to the Committee on Climate Change

02 July 2020

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has long championed energy efficiency; its role is to analyse and make comment on the wider performance of government on all things related to climate change. The CCC wants to hear your views with regards to energy efficiency in existing homes and so has asked some questions for the industry to respond to. Elmhurst has already developed a draft response to the CCC's inquiry. Stuart Fairlie, Technical and Operations Director


CCC 2020 progress report released-'seize the opportunity'

25 June 2020

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) this morning published its progress report on reducing UK emissions. It assesses progress over the last year and gives advice to Government on how to secure a green and resilient recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic. What is the CCC? The Committe on Climate Change or CCC for short is the independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008 who advise the UK and devolved governments on emissions


Housing market in Wales set to reopen

19 June 2020

The First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford, has today confirmed that the housing market in Wales will be reopened from Monday 22nd June, as part of the Welsh Government's plan to restart the economy. This follows yesterday's announcement from Scotland, which confirmed that they were heading into phase 2 of their lockdown exit plan. The First Minister, stated at today's coronavirus briefing that from Monday 22nd June "The housing market can begin to reopen –


Energy efficiency is as easy as 1,2,3

18 June 2020

Elmhurst welcomes the calls for a green recovery, with a much needed focus in making all our homes and buildings more energy efficient which is something we have advocated for over 25 years. Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, comments: "It is fantastic to see many people including all sides of the political sphere advocating for the necessary steps to improve the energy efficiency of the UKs building stock. We also read with great


House move restrictions to be lifted in Scotland

18 June 2020

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed that the restrictions for moving house will be relaxed from Monday 29th June 2020.  This news was announced during today's coronavirus briefing where the First Minister confirmed that Scotland would be entering phase two of its lockdown easing.  At this moment in time no updated guidance for moving home in Scotland has been released. However, the Scottish Government did release some supplementary guidance on home moving at the


Housing market in Northern Ireland reopens

17 June 2020

The Northern Ireland Executive has confirmed that the housing market would be allowed to reopen allowing activities related to the purchasing and renting of properties to once again take place in the country from the 15th June 2020. The document released by the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland, ‘Advice on home moving during COVID-19’, provides guidance on how everyone involved in the home move process must adjust their processes to ensure a safe return


Smarter Choices to deliver energy efficiency to SMEs

16 June 2020

Elmhurst Energy are working with an illustrious group of industry leading bodies to create a process which allows UK manufacturing SMEs to overcome current barriers to energy efficiency; with Non-Domestic Energy Assessors featured at its core. The programme is known as Smarter Choices which is funded by the government Department of Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Smarter Choices aims to offer a one-stop-shop in the form of a digital platform, showcasing results from independent


Elmhurst invests in online training for members

15 June 2020

Over the past few months Elmhurst has invested heavily in online training  to ensure members still have access to high quality courses. The health and wellbeing of our members has always been our number one priority, so when it became clear in mid-March that face-to-face training could no longer continue, the team quickly leapt into action! Online training was the obvious way forward; we already had a catalogue of online courses that were available to


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