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My time at Elmhurst

06 February 2020

Hello, my name is Owen. I’m 17 and an A-Level student doing a week work experience at Elmhurst Energy to get a greater understanding of how a business functions on a day to day basis. I started the week of by meeting Caroline (the HR manager) who introduced me to Elmhurst and what they do. Then she proceeded to give me a tour of the office and the various departments explaining their roles in Elmhurst


Elmhurst members lodge one million EPCs!

04 February 2020

Elmhurst Energy is delighted to report that one million Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) were lodged by members in 2019! An EPC rates the energy efficiency of a property from A to G (A being the most efficient and G being the least). Since its inception in 2007, the EPC has given property owners valuable energy performance information, which they have been able to use to identify potential cost savings and improvements. The EPC has proved


Is becoming a domestic energy assessor the right career move for you?

31 January 2020

Whether you have recently graduated or are looking for a career change, becoming a domestic energy assessor (DEA) is an attractive prospect for many people. Deciding to change job or start a new career can be daunting for many people. To help you decide if domestic energy assessor training is the right choice for you, we outline some characteristics that a domestic energy assessor may require. 1. You don't want to spend every day in


Are the energy standards for new homes going backwards?

29 January 2020

There has been much coverage in the press and on social media that the proposed changes to the building regulations in England could result in homes that are worse than the current standards. We disagree and have carried out our own investigation. Following the publication of the Future Homes Standard consultation by the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), one of the more newsworthy proposals was the removal of the Fabric Energy Efficiency


HSE are announced as the new Regulator

22 January 2020

In what is likely to be a complete game changer, the government has announced that the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are to oversee the application of building regulations, related to safety and performance of high rise buildings in England. The new Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick announced on Monday (20th Jan 2020): “The slow pace of improving building safety standards will not be tolerated, these measures go further and faster to ensure residents are safe


ECO3 adopts PAS 2035 standards

13 January 2020

As of the 1st January 2020, the PAS Standards are now a requirement of ECO3, with a transition period until 30th June 2021. The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) received 110 responses to in response to the consultation on whether PAS should be incorporated into ECO3. The majority of the responses were supportive of the main proposals and Government has decided to incorporate TrustMark and the new and updated PAS standards into


NDEA Smart Rules now in affect

08 January 2020

Elmhurst implemented Smart Auditing for non-domestic members (England & Wales) on 1st January 2020.  The changes will bring non-domestic members in line with those working in the Domestic and On Construction sectors, who moved to the smart auditing system in 2019.  A Smart Audit is a 'risk based' audit built on a pre-defined set of criteria as agreed by all accreditation schemes and MHCLG. The new practice is designed to focus on the ‘output’ of


Future Trajectory for non-domestic MEES

07 January 2020

On 15th October 2019 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published The ‘Future Trajectory to 2030’ consultation with proposals to support businesses to reduce their energy use by at least 20% by 2030. Elmhurst has now published its response to this important consultation and supports the Government’s aim to improve the energy efficiency of commercial properties. Context The Industrial Strategy set out how the Government intends to build a Britain fit for


The Property Energy Professional Association (PEPA) announces February Conference.

06 January 2020

Elmhurst, along with all the accreditation bodies, is a member of PEPA, an organisation that works closely with government to increase the visibility of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and promotes their use as an essential tool for improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. Following PEPA's successful conference held last year, during which members were asked to pose questions, PEPA has now collated and published their response to the government


Welsh Building Regulations Part L and F consultation released

20 December 2019

The Welsh Government yesterday released its consultation on the future of energy efficiency and ventilation within new build homes where they have set some ambitious targets which go beyond those proposed for England. The Welsh Government states:  “This consultation sets out our plans to improve the energy efficiency requirements for new homes in 2020. The document also provides detail on the direction of travel for energy efficiency requirements for introduction in 2025.”  “This document is


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