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Elmhurst's Stuart Fairlie to speak at UK Construction Week

28 June 2019

Elmhurst's Technical and Operation Director Stuart Fairlie has been invited to speak at UK Construction Week on 10th October 2019.  Stuart's talk 'The Role and Work of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee' will focus on the current technical work agenda from governmnet in regards to buildings and the Hackitt Review. Particular attention will be given to the proposed changes to requirements to energy, ventilation and indoor environmental quality of buildings, with Elmhurst providing an update


Theresa’s law will commit UK to net zero carbon emissions.

27 June 2019

Today the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. The target will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, compared with the previous target of at least 80% reduction from 1990 levels. The UK has already reduced emissions by 42% and has clean growth at the heart of its modern Industrial Strategy. The government


The future of Building Regulation enforcement?

25 June 2019

Not long after the horrors of Grenfell Tower, in June 2017,  Dame Judith Hackitt was asked to undertake a review of the building regulation system and its enforcement. This was reported and analysed by Elmhurst back in October 2018 The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now responded in the form of a consultation on how best to improve safety and minimise the risk of fire in high rise buildings. The consultation


No more than 5% of Scottish households in fuel poverty by 2040

21 June 2019

The Scottish Government has unanimously passed a Bill aimed at tackling fuel poverty in Scotland. The Fuel Poverty Bill sets a target of no more than 5% of households living in Fuel Poverty by 2040 and no more than 1% of households being in extreme fuel poverty. The Bill defines deems someone to be living in fuel poverty if more than 10% of its net income (after housinging costs) is required to heat the home


“Enable, Empower, Ensure: A new finance for the new Economy”

21 June 2019

Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, made a speech yesterday evening at Mansion House in London detailing how the Bank of England will support the transition to a climate neutral economy with a climate stress test of the UK financial system. The Bank also expects all listed companies and large asset owners to use these by 2022. Mr Carney devoted an entire section of his speech to ensure that the UK is ready


Elmhurst launches new PAS 2035, Whole House Retrofit Schemes

20 June 2019

Elmhurst has released two new Whole House Retrofit schemes following the publication of the new PAS 2035 standard, which relates to Retrofitting of Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency. The Each Home Counts review was commissioned by government back in 2015 to tackle the high level of failure present in domestic retrofit, and determine a better process for the retrofit of energy efficiency and renewable energy measures. PAS 2035 has been introduced as a result of


PAS 2035 released: A new standard for retrofit

18 June 2019

Elmhurst is delighted to report that the long-awaited Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 2035 has been published. As Members will know Elmhurst has been heavily involved in many of the working groups that spun out of Each Home Counts (AKA the Bonfield Review), as well as the PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 working groups which implemented the recommendations. We are therefore delighted to announce that the specification, which is likely to cause a revolution in the


Elmhurst responds to 'What is the low carbon future for off gas Scottish Buildings'

14 June 2019

The Scottish Government recently published a call for evidence on ‘The future of low carbon heat for off gas buildings’. They are seeking evidence on the technologies and the actions necessary to support the decarbonisation of the heat supply of buildings that aren't currently using mains gas as their primary heating fuel. Elmhurst has spent time analysing the call for evidence and have now published a considered response. You can take a look at our


Elmhurst responds to 'Energy Efficient Scotland' Consultation

13 June 2019

Elmhurst has spent time analysing, and liaising with our members and has now responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation around ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’. The Scottish Government state:  “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 support delivery of Energy Efficient Scotland; seeks views on the recommendations of the Short Life Working


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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