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Scotland plan for review of energy standards

04 July 2018

The Building Standards Division of Scottish Government have announced a call for evidence as part of their review of the energy standards within the Scottish Building Regulations.  The review is considering the next steps to further enhance the energy performance of buildings and contribute to greenhouse gas abatement targets set under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.  The first stage of the review is a ‘call for evidence’ which gathers stakeholder views on the design


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Government should lead by example

03 July 2018

A recent freedom of information request has shown that the government department in charge of energy policy has some of the countries least energy inefficient buildings. Four of the eleven offices leased by the Department of Business, Energy and Industry (BEIS) had an Display Energy Certificate rating of G - the lowest possible score. Display Energy Certificates (DECS) are used to measure the energy performance of public buildings on a score of A to G


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Elmhurst brings peace of mind for its members and their clients

03 July 2018

We have just updated our free insurance cover for accredited members.  Trained and qualified energy assessors who are accredited with a government approved accreditation scheme would typically have to arrange Professional Indemnity (PI) and Public Liability (PL) insurance in order to cover the work they do as an energy assessor. However, all Elmhurst accredited members do not need to spend time or money arranging often expensive third party PI and PL insurance to lodge reports and


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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards: Elmhurst Energy keeping landlords and tenants up to date

21 June 2018

Elmhurst Energy has updated its informative guidance on the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for landlords and property agents in the private rented sector. Introduced by government to improve the quality of private rented buildings and reduce the UK’s CO2 emissions, phase one of MEES became effective from 1st April 2018. It is now unlawful to grant new leases for properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an E, with fines of up to


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Get the measuring tape right Elmhurst responds to ‘A Future Framework for Heat in Buildings’ call for evidence.

08 June 2018

Just before Easter the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a ‘Call for Evidence’ surrounding how the country meets the Government’s commitment to phase out installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing buildings off the gas grid, during the 2020s. The Call for Evidence explains what the Government mean by this ambition, and seeks evidence on how they could implement it. Claire Perry, the Minister of State for


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Elmhurst launches new SBEM software for faster commercial energy assessments

06 June 2018

This week Elmhurst launched its SBEM Online software for commercial Energy Performance Certificates in England and Wales, to the delight of members and stakeholders. SBEM Online was previously only available for NHER members but, after heavy technical investment from Elmhurst, was released to the wider membership. This highly sophisticated software provides a host of benefits to non-domestic assessors, including smart data inputs, integration with Landmark and NDEA conventions along with the ability to lodge directly


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3 and half more years of installing energy efficiency measures in the wrong homes?

17 May 2018

Ofgem are the regulator for the Governments flagship energy efficiency policy called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) and they have consulted on tweaks to the scoring mechanism called ‘deemed scores’ for the new ECO3 due to be launched in October.  The ECO3 Policy which was consulted on a few weeks ago states that it is now to be solely focussed on fighting fuel poverty, aligning it to the Governments strategy to improve all fuel poor


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Building Regulations should make full use of accredited specialists

17 May 2018

Elmhurst welcomes today's publication of Dame Hackitt's report on Building Regulations in the light of the Grenfell Fire disaster. We agree that building regulations are complex and the current process of enforcement is lacking. The reality is that modern buildings are complex and as consumer expectations increase that complexity will undoubtedly mount. If there is to be a tighter system of safety management then this should be led by independent, accredited professionals from the industry


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Scotland wants to bring forward EPC target by a decade!

16 May 2018

As Elmhurst reported 2 weeks ago Scotland set out its strategic goals for all homes and businesses over the next 20 years or so in the ‘Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map’ (see previous news item here). One major headline was that by 2040 all Scottish homes will achieve an EPC rating of ‘C’ (where technically feasible and cost effective). With interim targets for social rented, and fuel poor households. Alexander Burnett the Aberdeenshire West MSP and


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EPCs at the heart of lending decisions

10 May 2018

In recent weeks Elmhurst has identified two separate instances where Mortgage rates will be based on a homes EPC rating. Both Barclays and the Help to Buy scheme in Wales have announced that EPCs and predicted fuel bills will now form part of mortgage calculations. Elmhurst has recently worked with the LENDERS research project which modelled the link between energy efficiency and household fuel bills and created a calculator to show the cost benefits associated


 

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