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Government gets busy- 43 Consultations and articles released so far

23 July 2019

Since Monday 22nd July, various government departments have really emptied their in-trays. In what appears to be a clear the decks before the new Prime Minister is announced (expected shortly), as well as ahead of the summer recess. The Government departments have been very busy of late with a wide variety of consultations, papers and news covering  everything from Environment (recycling rules,) to health (prevention in 2020s), to energy (nuclear funding) to carbon capture, to


Meet the team - Gavin

19 July 2019

Some of you may have heard a new voice on the phone in the last few months. Well, we’d like to introduce you to one of Elmhurst’s newest team members, Gavin Sommerville! Gavin’s been working on the NDEA support team for nearly five months now, and, as we do all our team members, we sent him on our NDEA Level 3 & 4 course. How did you find it?  I found it really interesting. At


Scotland guidance released for energy efficiency in privately rented domestic properties

16 July 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 Guidance has been released. These are due to be laid in Scottish Parliament later this year and come into force from the 1st April 2020. Scottish Government state “The Regulations set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for properties in the PRS and use Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as the method to measure this standard. They are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties


The UK has ‘no chance’ of obtaining net zero without urgent action of energy efficiency

12 July 2019

A report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee stated this morning: “The UK stands no chance of meeting its emissions reduction targets, including net zero by 2050, unless the Government takes urgent action to revive its failing energy efficiency policy and builders are compelled to deliver the latest energy efficiency standards”, MPs have warned. The report states that improving the energy efficiency of buildings will be vital to meeting climate change obligations, eradicating


New Report says the Government's plans do not meet scale of climate challenge.

10 July 2019

The government's own Committee on Climate Change today gave its annual report assessing progress in reducing the UK's emissions over the past year. Needless to say it couldn’t be more damning in respect of progress on emissions from buildings. The report's headlines find: “That UK action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is lagging behind what is needed to meet legally-binding emissions targets. Since June 2018, government has delivered only 1 of 25 critical policies needed


BEIS issues consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme

09 July 2019

As promised, BEIS has today issued its consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme – under the heading of “Improving Consumer Protection”. BEIS has quite clearly stated that it intends to implement the full finding from the Each Home Counts review. The proposal is to introduce a new ‘Quality Mark’ which has been led by industry with BEIS' support and is now overseen by TrustMark. Following last week’s launch of PAS2035 and PAS2030, Elmhurst has


Increase in New Build Dwellings in England

05 July 2019

Figures released from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show a 1 per cent increase in new dwelling starts compared to the same period last year. The report from MHCLG examined the period January 2019 to March 2019, comparing it to both the previous quarter and previous period last year. It shows that 162,270 new dwellings were started in the new year to March 2019, with 169,770 completions - an increase of


Part L1a Awareness Training Session

05 July 2019

On 26th June our On Construction Support Team Leader Jason Hewins visited the offices of Newham Council to deliver a training session on Part L1A of the Building Regulations to members of their building control department. Reflecting on the day Jason said, “We discussed the origins of Part L1A, how it has developed over the past twenty years and explained the current five criterion that form the current document. Particular focus was given to what


Government plans to build a market for energy efficiency

03 July 2019

Government has now issued its response to the Call for Evidence on ‘Building a market for energy efficiency’, a document that we described as “probably the most influential consultation for decades”. Elmhurst, the UK's largest EPC accreditation scheme, sought the views of members before we made our submission back in January 2018. We argued that: Energy assessors and EPCs continue to be at the heart of all good advice; There needs to be more triggers


Green Finance Strategy published today

02 July 2019

BEIS have this morning issued a strategy document showing how a comprehensive approach to the greening of the financial systems will create new financial markets and ensure that the UK captures the massive opportunities that this presents. The strategy recognises the essential role that finance plays in delivering not only domestic but also global climate change and environmental goals. The Green Finance Strategy comes on the back of the Clean Growth Strategy, the 25 year


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