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Domestic Buildings: Elmhurst publishes response to Future Building Standards Consultation

08 April 2021

On 19th January 2021 Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) published the Future Buildings Standard consultation with proposals to improve the energy efficiency and ventilation standards of work in existing homes and changes to the assessment of overheating risk from previous versions of regulations. The deadline for responding to the Consultation is 13th April 2021. You can read Elmhurst’s draft consultation response here. Elmhurst welcomed the consultation on the remaining areas of Part F and


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Elmhurst issues draft response to Future Buildings Standard consultation

07 April 2021

In January 2021, The Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) released the long awaited Future Buildings Standard consultation with proposals to improve the energy efficiency and ventilation standards of work in new and existing non-domestic buildings. Elmhurst has spent time analysing the proposals put forward and has now issued its draft response to this consultation. You can read Elmhurst’s draft consultation response here. The Future Building Standard consultation is considered to be the second


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Government proposing 'Performance-Based Policy Framework' in large commercial and industrial buildings

06 April 2021

On 19th March 2021, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a new consultation called ‘Introducing a Performance-Based Policy Framework in large Commercial and Industrial Buildings in England and Wales’. This consultation focuses on the implementation and development of a new occupational based methodology for non-domestic buildings. Only 7% of non-domestic buildings are above 1,000m² in England and Wales. However, these buildings account for approximately 50% of the total floor area, and it


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Elmhurst responds to closure of the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme

31 March 2021

Earlier this week the government announced that it would be scrapping the Green Homes Grant Voucher scheme just over six months after the scheme was launched as part of the Prime Minister's aim to 'build back greener'. The scheme was originally extended until the March 2022, however, the slow implementation of the scheme left many installers and builders in limbo with applications taking too long to approve and delays to grant payments. How will this


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Welsh Government issues long awaited response to the Part L review

30 March 2021

On 25th March 2021 the Welsh Government published its long awaited response to the Part L consultation which closed in March 2020. Since its release Elmhurst has been busy analysing the consultation outcome, and has put together a more detailed look at the response and confirmed changes to Building Regulations. Part L 2025 In the initial consultation it was proposed a home in 2025 would have 75-80% lower carbon emissions than current Part L standards.


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Elmhurst responds to ‘Energy Efficiency of Existing Homes’ report

25 March 2021

Redesign EPCs to show cost, carbon AND energy metrics, says Elmhurst Energy. MPs shouldn’t misunderstand the fundamental value of EPCs But new opportunities could transform energy efficiency understanding The food labelling approach shows the way Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) should give equal prominence to metrics for cost, carbon and energy, using the familiar design and the visual approach used in food labelling. Elmhurst is calling on the Government to make the change, to enable better


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Government confirms that non-domestic rented buildings will need to meet EPC Band B by 2030

24 March 2021

The government has confirmed that all non-domestic rented buildings will need to meet EPC Band B by 2030, and are now consulting on the framework to implement this requirement. The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations (the ‘PRS Regulations’) initially set a Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) of EPC Band E for private rented properties, which has applied to all new tenancies (including renewals) since April 2018, and from 1st April 2023,


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Zero emission heating systems should be introduced in Scotland's new buildings by 2024

04 March 2021

Elmhurst has now submitted its final response to the New Build Heat Standard: scoping consultation, released by Scottish Government in December of last year.  This consultation focused on Scottish Government's approach to the regulation of new buildings, meeting the commitment established in the 2019 Programme for Scottish Government to require new buildings to use renewable or low carbon heat. Although new buildings are only a small part of the problem when it comes to decarbonisating Scotland's


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Elmhurst releases draft response to Scottish New Build Heat Standard: scoping consultation

24 February 2021

Elmhurst has released its draft response to the Scottish New Build Heat Standard: scoping consultation.  This consultation focuses on Scottish Government's approach to regulation of new buildings, meeting the commitment established in the 2019 Programme for Scottish Government to require new buildings to use renewable or low carbon heat. Elmhurst's draft response to this consultation has now been released. The consultation seeks views in the following areas: By 2024 new buildings should use heating and


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What is retrofit in construction?

24 February 2021

There is plenty of focus on sustainability and energy efficiency when it comes to new building projects. But what about buildings that have already been constructed? Shouldn’t they benefit from modern, sustainable environmentally friendly building techniques? This is where retrofitting comes in. Retrofitting is the act of fitting new systems designed for high energy efficiency and low energy consumption to buildings previously built without them. This can range from small activities such as fitting energy-efficient


 

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