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Scotland takes first steps towards new framework for energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings

25 February 2022

Following the release of Scotland’s Heat in Building Strategy, the Scottish Government has been seeking views on developing a new regulatory framework for energy efficiency in non-domestic buildings. The new framework will be adopted for all non-domestic buildings, to ensure they are energy efficient and use zero emissions heating and cooling systems by 2045.A Call for Evidence titled: “Regulation of energy efficiency in existing non-domestic buildings” was released in December, and sought evidence of existing


Elmhurst's new partnership will help SMEs win more public contracts

23 February 2022

Elmhurst has partnered with bid writing and tender management specialists, AM Bid, in order to help energy and retrofit members win more public contracts. Why is public contract work important for energy and retrofit professionals? EPC and retrofit work is regularly advertised through public contracts. Government agencies, local authorities and other social housing groups are the typical suppliers of these contracts, which are made available online. These contracts are worth considering as they offer energy


Social homes to be improved with £179m grant funding

11 February 2022

£179 million of grant funding has been offered to 69 local authorities in England, to upgrade their social housing properties. The 1st wave of the government's Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) will aim to upgrade approximately 20,000 social housing properties which currently sit below Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) C rating, between now and the 31st Jan 2023. The energy efficiency upgrades, will go some way in reducing fuel bills for tenants and delivering warmer, more


CCC keeps the focus on energy efficiency

10 February 2022

In a message that will be welcomed by all energy assessors, Chris Stark, head of the UK's Climate Change Committee, has repeated the mantra that “The UK must do more to insulate the country's draughty homes". Stark went on to say that the Climate Change Committee considers that government policy on insulation is "very poor" and that two-thirds of homes, or 19 million, need better insulation. Mr Stark told BBC News that the government isn't


Competency schemes: a major feature of the future

01 February 2022

“There is no doubt at all that competence and accreditation is going to be a major feature of the future.”- Dame Judith Hackitt, (BESA Webinar, essential industry changes needed post-Grenfell). Strong words from Dame Judith Hackitt, who undertook the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety after the Grenfell fire tragedy, and who is uncompromising in her view that the industry must change.  And although a lot of her report focused on fire safety


ECO4 whole-house approach will reduce ‘gaming the system’

21 January 2022

Elmhurst has published its response to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO4) Consultation (Part 2), released 13 December 2021. The consultation asked further questions on the scoring of ECO measures, and our response focused on the use of pre and post assessments proposed in the consultation. It follows on from an earlier consultation published by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in July 2021, which set out their intent for Ofgem to continue


Elmhurst supports Wales’ plan to improve the energy efficiency requirements for non-domestic buildings and overheating in new dwellings

17 January 2022

The proposals will help deliver a prosperous Wales as they seek to make new and existing buildings more energy efficient. This directly delivers an innovative and low carbon society which recognises the limits of the global environment. What are the proposals? The consultation, titled: Building Regulations Part L and F Review: Stage 2B proposes to ensure new buildings are fit for the future, as well as an ambition for Wales’ built environment to have lower carbon


Elmhurst supports phasing out fossil fuel heating in homes, businesses and public buildings off the gas grid

13 January 2022

A key consultation which feeds into the UK’s Heat and Buildings Strategy has now closed. The consultation highlighted proposals on phasing out fossil fuel heating in homes, businesses and public buildings off the gas grid. What was proposed? The two consultations proposed using the natural replacement cycle to phase out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in both domestic and non-domestic buildings off the gas grid planned for the mid-2020s. What is the natural


Ofgem consult on ECO4 scoring methodology

10 January 2022

The Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme administrator, Ofgem, has recently released a consultation which sets out their proposal for scoring energy suppliers’ progress towards fulfilling their obligations within ECO4. In July last year, the government released an overarching consultation document for the next phase of ECO: ‘Design of the Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022-2026. It provided some in depth proposals and insight in to what the next phase of ECO (due to run between April


Elmhurst supports uplift to carbon reduction targets for Northern Ireland’s new builds.

21 December 2021

A key consultation which feeds into Northern Ireland’s Energy Strategy for net zero, has now closed. The consultation highlighted proposals to amend Part F which is the energy standards for new domestic and non-domestic buildings. What was proposed? The consultation, titled: Amendment of Technical Booklet guidance to Part F (Conservation of fuel and power) of the Building Regulations established a roadmap for creating homes and buildings that are fit for the future, as well as


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