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BEIS Committee launch energy efficiency inquiry

20 November 2018

Yesterday the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched an inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to the nation's buildings. It follows on the back of the Clean Growth Strategy and aims to examine if the current delivery with energy efficiency in domestic, commercial and public buildings will meet the ambitions, overlaid with the future fourth and fifth carbon budgets. Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and


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Elmhurst work with LABC to promote Part L Compliance

19 November 2018

On Wednesday 31st October, our On Construction Support Team Leader Jason Hewins delivered a training module using worked examples at LABC’s residential training week on the requirements of Part L and the process of SAP assessments. This involved discussing the requirements of Criterion 1-5 of AD L1A, the importance of On Construction Domestic Energy Assessors and what to look for on SAP assessment reports that complemented the complete module commissioned by LABC for their Level


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Government committee push for more use of EPCs

19 November 2018

The Committee on Fuel Poverty (CFP), an advisory Non-Departmental Public Body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), monitors Government’s progress on their 2015 fuel poverty strategy for England and provide independent, expert advice to ensure that the milestones and targets are met. Their 2018 annual report reports progress and sets out recommendations for Government action, most of which stems around the better use of EPCs.  The Government’s fuel poverty strategy


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Government announces planned changes to MEES (PRS) Regulations

05 November 2018

Today the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that they plan to amend the regulations requiring landlords to install energy efficiency measures to domestic homes. Since April this year, landlords who own some of the coldest privately rented homes have been required to improve these properties with energy efficiency measures where support is available to cover the costs. The new measures, announced today following a public consultation, will go further requiring landlords


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Autumn 2018 Budget: The Breakdown

31 October 2018

In his 2018 Autumn Budget statement to Parliament, Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced a series of proposals aimed to tackle the shortage of housing. Top of the list was an extra £500 million for the Housing Infrastructure Fund, a government capital grant programme which encourages housing development in areas of high demand.   Mr Hammond promised the money would help build 650,000 more homes through allow local authorities to make additional grant funding


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The Birds

30 October 2018

Former DEA Dawn shares her experience conducting an EPC on a deserted house in Birmingham.   I used to carry out assessments a few years back and there’s always been one that’s stuck in my mind. It was an overcast day in November, with really strong winds and dark rain clouds gathering in the distance. I was in the east end of Birmingham, outside an old terraced house I was due to conduct an assessment for,


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Knock Knock...

29 October 2018

DEA Jo finds herself trapped with nowhere to run.  A few years ago I was asked by an estate agents to conduct an EPC on a house they were selling. It was a really nice detached property, in the middle of nowhere, with this long pebble drive and a beautiful oak door... The house was vacant so I let myself in and locked the door behind me as a precaution. After going around this property


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Murder in the House

26 October 2018

It’s behind you! The boiler, that is. But there’s no shortage of spooky stories from DEAs conducting assessments. One such story occurred when Carol was called to do an EPC on a standard property in Northampton. Or so she thought… I used to do a lot of EPCs for social housing in Northampton, and as the years progressed I got to know the people who worked there quite well. There was one team in particular,


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Dem Bones

25 October 2018

There’s something about lofts, isn’t there? Dark spaces, conveniently out of the way, where you can store anything from Christmas decorations to… more sinister items. But sooner or later someone’s got to go up there, especially if you’re a DEA checking the insulation. One such DEA was treated to the shock of a lifetime when he conducted an assessment for a property in Burton. This is Guy’s story: I was at the property and this


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A Rude Awakening

24 October 2018

DEA Carol shares her spooky story...  I was once asked to do an EPC for the flat above an estate agents. It was their flat, actually, so they gave me the keys and reassured me that I could go straight in because no one was home. So up I go, giving a courtesy knock on the door just to check the tenants weren’t in. No answer. Fairly satisfied that the flat was empty, I opened


 

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