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The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use

03 January 2019

In a report issued by Carbon Brief, and widely reported on the BBC, attention has been drawn to the importance of reducing energy demand and not just to focus on low carbon generation.  The report illustrates the impact of moving towards saving potential by focussing on the introduction of LED lighting, fridges, vacuum cleaners and other appliances which has reduced energy UK consumption per capita down to 1984 levels (around 5 megawatt hours per capita),


ESOS Qualification date has now passed – Phase 2 is underway

02 January 2019

Elmhurst Energy would like to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year, we hope 2019 will prove to be a prosperous year for all. This New Year was a little different for some businesses, as it not only marked the start of 2019 but also the start of ESOS Phase 2. The qualification date was 31st December 2018, so from the start of 2019, all those organisations meeting the qualifying criteria must now


2018 - new ambitious targets set by Government

21 December 2018

Where has 2018 gone? It’s that time of year, when we all reflect on what has happened and look to the year ahead.  This year I thought I would look back and see what hit the headlines in terms of energy efficiency. The list below is not exhaustive but details just some of the many highlights. As you can see it’s been a busy 12 months and there has certainly been a lot of noise


Putting on your thermals

20 December 2018

For any housebuilder or property developer, ensuring the energy efficiency of their development is important for regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction. Stuart Fairlie, Technical Director of Elmhurst Energy explains why. The demand for energy efficient homes continues to increase, and with this comes a greater need to ensure that the design is reflected within the constructed property. Being able to prove the correct application of building products, ventilation systems or air-tightness of a home becomes


Energy efficiency measures help Leicestershire County Council slash CO2 emissions by 7000 tonnes

13 December 2018

Leicestershire County Council reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 34% in the past 12 months, thanks to a range of energy saving measures. In the same period (2017/2018) the council also reduced its greenhouse emissions by 29% generated by its operations. This success can be mostly attributed to the installation of a biomass boiler at County Hall, which significantly reduced gas use in council run buildings, however a range of energy efficiency measures also contributed


Elmhurst Energy launches Ventilation Inspectors’ competency scheme as demand ramps up

07 December 2018

Elmhurst has launched a Ventilation Scheme that gives quality standards for individuals who are trained to provide commissioning and testing for domestic ventilation systems against Part F of the Building Regulations. Ventilation Inspectors can assess and verify the supply and extract rates of ventilation systems within new dwellings. Part F of the UK Building Regulations requires that all 'purpose-provided' ventilation which includes MHVR Systems (Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery Systems), as well as intermittent extractor


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


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


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


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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