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Life as a Legionella Risk Assessor

04 August 2020

"9 times out of 10 as soon as I start talking to a customer an EPC turns into a Legionella assessment." The recent rule change in Scotland has led to a boom in demand for Legionella assessments. But how can DEAs transition into this line of work, both in Scotland and south of the border, and what are the benefits of undergoing training? Stephen Thomson from Scotia Energy Assessors shares his experience of how being


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Mixed emotions about the new Green Homes Grant

04 August 2020

This morning the government has released more details regarding the Green Homes Grant. In essence: The scheme applies only in England The fund is £2 billion and is expected to assist up to 600,000 homeowners. Consumers can claim vouchers worth up to £5,000 (66% funding) and £10,000 (100% funding) for low income households. The available measures are split into “primary” and “secondary” categories and households will need to install at least one of the primary


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The advantage of having online training and CPD during the pandemic

29 July 2020

As an energy assessor, it’s not only incredibly useful to continuously expand on your knowledge and skillset, it’s also a legal obligation. In fact, all certified energy assessors in the UK must adhere to a mandatory Continuing Professional Development (CPD) policy if they wish to maintain a valid certification.  This means that you must participate in additional learning activities, keep your skills up to date, and widen your general knowledge in your specialist area. CPD and Covid-19


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Joining Elmhurst's U-Value Competency scheme

27 July 2020

“I was just providing SAP calculations for a client but one day I added that I can also do U-Values and now I get around 5 emails from them each week.” Aine Murray is an accredited OCDEA for BPP Energy in Belfast. After six months of providing U-Values for clients she decided to take the plunge and join Elmhurst’s recognised U-Value competency scheme. We caught up with Aine to find out why she joined the


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Government encourage MEES enforcement

15 July 2020

In an article published in The Independent, the Government has made it clear that “local authorities have the power to issue fines of up to £5,000 for landlords to ensure minimum energy efficiency standards are met”, and that they are “working with local authorities to make it even easier for them to issue fines.” In a disappointing report, it has been estimated that fewer than six per cent of borough and district councils across England


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Elmhurst responds to MHCLG's proposal to stop air conditioning inspections

14 July 2020

Elmhurst has published its final response to MHCLG's Energy Performance of Buildings consultation, responding to proposals that the number of air-conditioning systems that require mandatory five year inspections should be significantly reduced. Elmhurst believes that, particularly as we recover from Covid-19 this is the wrong message to be delivering and that we should be inspecting more, and driving up compliance, to protect health and maximise energy savings. The heart of our response to MHCLG: The


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Green Homes Grant to demand PAS 2035?

13 July 2020

On Wednesday 8th July, The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced the 'Green Homes Grant' designed to help revitalise the economy and put us back on track to achieve our carbon emission targets. Since then the energy efficiency industry has been eagerly awaiting the specifics, with growing speculation that this grant could demand PAS 2035 and the involvement of retrofit professionals. The £2bn home insulation scheme will be accepting web applications in 2 months time, where


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Elmhurst sends clear message to the Committee on Climate Change

10 July 2020

The Climate Change Committee has long championed energy efficiency; its role is to analyse and make comment on the wider performance of government on all things related to climate change. It wants to hear from you in regards to energy efficiency in existing homes and has asked some questions for the industry to respond to Elmhurst has analysed the questions, presented a draft, listened to members’ feedback and published our response. Stuart Fairlie Technical and


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Green Homes Grant- Let's do it right!

07 July 2020

It has been widely reported in the press that The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, is to announce a £3bn “Green Investment” package; £2bn will fund a grant scheme focused on homes, £1bn on the public sector. Key highlights The £2bn “Green Homes Grant” scheme will be based on vouchers supported by “recommended measures” and quotes from approved installers. £1bn will be spent in the first year of which £500m will be focussed on


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Elmhurst launches Manifesto for Growth

07 July 2020

Elmhurst has released its Manifesto for Growth, establishing proposals for how the UK can achieve its carbon reduction targets.  One of the significant points raised in this year's manifesto is the demand for government to launch a national home retrofit programme, in order for the country to have realistic chance of achieving net zero by 2050.  Published in advance of the Chancellor’s statement on a further economic stimulus, Elmhurst’s Manifesto for Growth outlines the key


 

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