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Scottish Government issue consultation on the Scottish EPC Register

02 June 2017

Inside the consultation there is disappointing news that the statutory lodgement fees for lodging data onto the Scottish Register are proposed to rise by 126%! Scottish Government indicate: That they want the Register to be self funding and;   “Fees would only be paid by those lodging EPCs onto the database. The introduction of a lodgement fee means that only these users will contribute towards the future development and maintenance costs. It is considered that this


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Elmhurst Energy acquires the Independent Airtightness Testing Scheme (iATS)

01 June 2017

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, has announced the acquisition of the Independent AirTightness Testing Scheme (iATS). iATS is a Government approved scheme created for  companies and individual undertaking air tightness testing services on commercial and residential buildings. Members of the iATS scheme provide a professional service and deliver accurate air-testing reports to their clients. Air tightness is a significant factor in constructing energy efficient buildings and meeting Building Regulations. As the UK’s largest


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Elmhurst respond to Scotland Consultation- SEEP 2017

26 May 2017

Overview: Elmhurst welcomes the Scottish Government consultation on SEEP, this is the cornerstone for Scotland to achieve its high level climate change targets. It is due to be rolled out in 2018 and the Government want to take industry guidance on a range of subjects referring to energy demand, energy efficiency, and decarbonisation strategies: The Consultation states: “The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be


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Elmhurst respond to Scotland Consultation: “Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland”

25 May 2017

The Scottish Government are consulting on the future of energy in Scotland. This, as you would expect, is a high level consultation setting a vision for 2050. The Government have stated the objectives of the Consultation as:“The draft Energy Strategy sets out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future energy system in Scotland, for the period to 2050. It articulates the priorities for an integrated system-wide approach that considers both the use and the supply


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Academics criticise competence of energy modellers

23 May 2017

In the CIBSE Journal of Building Services Engineering Research & Technology, and then subsequently covered by The Times and Telegraph newspapers in early May, it was reported that the lack of competence of energy modellers was a significant factor in the ‘energy performance gap’, the difference between a buildings theoretical and actual energy performance. During the research undertaken by the Building Services Engineering Research and Technology Department of the University of Bath, 108 "building modellers"


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Elmhurst Energy launches new Elmhurst Digital arm

16 May 2017

Elmhurst Energy has announced the launch of its ‘Elmhurst Digital’ arm, which will deliver bespoke software solutions to organisations nationwide. Elmhurst Digital will build upon the company’s history of delivering personal and flexible solutions to provide “excellence in innovation” to businesses within both the energy and buildings industry, as well as further afield.  Through its ability to create innovative and practical solutions, Elmhurst Energy is frequently asked to help both private organisations and Government departments.


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Working towards an Energy Efficient Society

11 May 2017

As a General Election and BREXIT approach, Martyn Reed, Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy, outlines the company’s manifesto for an energy efficient society and the six simple steps we need to take to move nearer to the goal. Climate change and the need to reduce our carbon footprint are familiar matters to all and it is well recognized that we need to reduce our carbon emissions, of which buildings contribute around 30 per cent. Undertaking


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Sticking Plaster or Real Policies?

10 May 2017

The Conservative party yesterday added a headline grabber to their new Manifesto of ‘capping energy tariffs’. The proposal is effectively the same as Ed Miliband’s Labour party suggested in the previous election campaign. The Conservatives have responded to this by saying that the main difference is that the cap will be set by the current regulator Ofgem, not the Government and would be reviewed every six months. The ‘policy’ is to set a cap on


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Elmhurst Assessor calls for enforcement of Building Regulations

03 May 2017

Why have Building Regulations if they are not enforced? Energy efficiency campaigner calls on Government to tackle non-compliance Energy efficiency campaigner and founder of Cambridge-based Green Heat Ltd, Peter Thom, is becoming increasingly concerned that Building Regulations are being regularly flouted in the growing market for replacing gas boilers with electric heating appliances.  In a letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, Peter points out that this trend


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Elmhurst release updated RdSAP Manual

27 April 2017

Elmhurst is pleased to announce that its RdSAP Manual, which gives detailed and practical guidance on how to enter data into our RdSAP mobile and online applications, has been revised and greatly improved. Elmhurst has focused on saving assessors time by ensuring information within the RdSAP manual can now be found very quickly with one of the biggest changes being the new table of contents which now allows users to navigate easily through the manual.


 

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