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Elmhurst responds to Government consultation on Building Regulation enforcement

31 July 2019

Following the horrors of Grenfell Tower, and the report from Dame Judith Hackitt that followed, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has responded in the form of a consultation on how best to improve safety and minimise the risk of fire in high rise buildings. Despite being given just 5 weeks to wade through the consultation’s 6 chapters and 192 pages, we have prepared and submitted our response before the 11.15pm deadline


What does Climate Emergency actually mean?

24 July 2019

Manchester City Council recently became the latest local authority to declare a climate emergency. So far over 100 local authorities across the UK and Ireland have made such declarations, but what does it actually mean? There is no single definition of a ‘climate emergency’ but many local authorities say they want to be carbon neutral by 2030. The idea of a local authority declaring such a motion was first put forward by Bristol councillor Carla


Smart Auditing coming soon for Construction Domestic Energy Assessors

23 July 2019

At Elmhurst we have been working hard to re-launch the auditing process to ensure that the focus remains firmly on quality and helping our members to be the best in the Industry. The new Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs) became live in April 2018 and with it came the ability to adopt new ‘smarter’ auditing practices. The roll out was first successfully launched for the existing homes strand and is now being launched for the new


Government gets busy- 43 Consultations and articles released so far

23 July 2019

Since Monday 22nd July, various government departments have really emptied their in-trays. In what appears to be a clear the decks before the new Prime Minister is announced (expected shortly), as well as ahead of the summer recess. The Government departments have been very busy of late with a wide variety of consultations, papers and news covering  everything from Environment (recycling rules,) to health (prevention in 2020s), to energy (nuclear funding) to carbon capture, to


Meet the team - Gavin

19 July 2019

Some of you may have heard a new voice on the phone in the last few months. Well, we’d like to introduce you to one of Elmhurst’s newest team members, Gavin Sommerville! Gavin’s been working on the NDEA support team for nearly five months now, and, as we do all our team members, we sent him on our NDEA Level 3 & 4 course. How did you find it?  I found it really interesting. At


Scotland guidance released for energy efficiency in privately rented domestic properties

16 July 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 Guidance has been released. These are due to be laid in Scottish Parliament later this year and come into force from the 1st April 2020. Scottish Government state “The Regulations set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for properties in the PRS and use Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as the method to measure this standard. They are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties


The UK has ‘no chance’ of obtaining net zero without urgent action of energy efficiency

12 July 2019

A report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee stated this morning: “The UK stands no chance of meeting its emissions reduction targets, including net zero by 2050, unless the Government takes urgent action to revive its failing energy efficiency policy and builders are compelled to deliver the latest energy efficiency standards”, MPs have warned. The report states that improving the energy efficiency of buildings will be vital to meeting climate change obligations, eradicating


New Report says the Government's plans do not meet scale of climate challenge.

10 July 2019

The government's own Committee on Climate Change today gave its annual report assessing progress in reducing the UK's emissions over the past year. Needless to say it couldn’t be more damning in respect of progress on emissions from buildings. The report's headlines find: “That UK action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is lagging behind what is needed to meet legally-binding emissions targets. Since June 2018, government has delivered only 1 of 25 critical policies needed


BEIS issues consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme

09 July 2019

As promised, BEIS has today issued its consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme – under the heading of “Improving Consumer Protection”. BEIS has quite clearly stated that it intends to implement the full finding from the Each Home Counts review. The proposal is to introduce a new ‘Quality Mark’ which has been led by industry with BEIS' support and is now overseen by TrustMark. Following last week’s launch of PAS2035 and PAS2030, Elmhurst has


Increase in New Build Dwellings in England

05 July 2019

Figures released from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show a 1 per cent increase in new dwelling starts compared to the same period last year. The report from MHCLG examined the period January 2019 to March 2019, comparing it to both the previous quarter and previous period last year. It shows that 162,270 new dwellings were started in the new year to March 2019, with 169,770 completions - an increase of


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