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End of fossil-fuels for heating homes from 2025!

13 March 2019

In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that “We will introduce a Future Homes Standard, mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new houses from 2025.” HM Treasury confirmed that new homes will have low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency. As Elmhurst has previously reported, this is all part of the government’s ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ and part of the Building Mission to halve the energy use in new


The Scotland CPD Roadshow - It's nearly time!

05 March 2019

With just a couple of weeks left to go until the Scotland CPD Roadshow, our Training Manager Mitesh Nathwani and Scotland Business Development Manager Ross Nicoll shared their thoughts on why it’s such a great event. Ross Nicoll, Business Development Manager It was fantastic to see so many of our members attend the various days and courses on last year’s CPD Scottish roadshow. I always enjoy meeting our members and discussing with them all aspects


Elmhurst launches 'The Forum'

28 February 2019

Elmhurst has released a brand new regional networking event called 'The Forum'. The Forum will provide Energy Assessors with a new regional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity, as well as an ideal platform to engage with the Elmhurst team, and other local Energy Assessors. This particular event is aimed at Domestic Energy Assessors, however, Elmhurst have plans to release a version of this event tailored for Non-Domestic and On Construction Energy Assessors later this year.


The beginning of the end for gas boilers?

21 February 2019

In an article published in today’s Guardian (21st February), the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is proposing an end to gas in new homes, saying that government need to prepare homes for a change in climate and that there is an urgent need to address the performance gap between designed and as built performance of homes. No more gas - The CCC proposes that from 2025, which is just six years away, no new homes


NAO says that planning systems can’t cope with demand for new homes

12 February 2019

With new homes peaking at 192,000 in recent months it is certainly a very busy time for energy assessors and air tightness testers. The good news is that government are adamant that the volume needs to reach 300,000 by the mid-2020s, to meet demand (50 percent up on today’s levels). Unfortunately a report from the government’s own National Audit Office (NAO)  says that the current planning system is unable to demonstrate it is meeting housing


EPC Register for Scotland implements ‘Expired Reports’

05 February 2019

Elmhurst is delighted to announce that from Sunday 3rd February the central EPC Register for Scotland implemented an ‘Expired Report’ watermark to out of date EPCs, something that Elmhurst has been requesting for a number of years. The welcome change should make it clear to professionals in the property sector, such as conveyancers, estate agents, letting agents, landlords etc that an EPC created over 10 years ago is no longer legally valid. Whenever an out


Energy efficiency rates in England have STALLED

01 February 2019

The Governments flagship ‘English Housing Survey Report 2017-18’ was published yesterday and one of the major headlines is quite damning. The report states: “The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in the last 20 years, but has not increased since 2015. In 2017, the average SAP rating of English dwellings was 62 points, up from 45 points in 1996. This increase was evident in all tenures. However, the increase appears to be slowing


Elmhurst Launches New Shop

29 January 2019

Elmhurst has launched its new shop for all your energy assessor needs! From high quality branded merchandise to tape measures, we’ve got a whole host of items to help you carry out your work. Our Training Manager has been busy assembling, polishing (and nearly breaking) two display cabinets where you can view the items in the flesh. So if you’re visiting our Lutterworth office for training, feel free to take a look. You can view


EPCs for New Dwellings Increase by a staggering 10%

21 January 2019

A report by the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has revealed that Energy Performance Certificates for new build properties in England increased by 10% in September 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. Figures show that there were 218,000 EPCs lodged for new dwellings in 2017-2018, compared to 232,000 during 2018- 2019. The greatest increase was in the period 2014-2015 which saw a rise of 21% change from the previous year.


Millions of homes needed to solve housing crisis

09 January 2019

A report into England’s housing crisis claims that three million new social homes must be built in the next 20 years, in order to address the problem.   The report was authored by 16 independent commissioners, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband and Baroness Syeeda Warsi, and identifies expensive and insecure private renting as a particular barrier to home ownership, as well as a lack of readily available social housing. The government has stated that


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