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What to expect in Energy and the Built Environment following the election

13 December 2019

Following the result of yesterday's general election, Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, has highlighted all the promises and pledges that were stated within the Conservative’s 2019 manifesto which related to energy and the built environment. From this, energy and housing professionals can see what is likely to occur and can become fully aware of where we are heading as a country. The summary of statements starts at the very beginning in Boris Johnson’s


Elmhurst Publishes Future Homes Standard consultation - draft response

12 December 2019

On 1st October 2019 the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) published The Future Homes Standard consultation with proposals to require, amongst other things, an 80% reduction in carbon emissions from new dwellings by 2025. This was accompanied by a proposed interim step in 2020 and put forward two options: a reduction of either 20% or 31% in carbon emissions.  The deadline for responding to the Consultation is 10th January 2020. You can


Lottery to fund community energy projects

22 November 2019

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund. The Fund is a not for profit organisation that awards money raised by National Lottery players to communities and has made over 200,000 grants and awarded over £9 billion to projects, since 2004. The aim is to enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency and build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive


Labour Party Pledges £60 billion for home energy upgrades

18 November 2019

As the election draws closer the manifesto promises are coming in thick and fast. Most recently Labour has promised to cut home emission by 10% through what is being described as the largest home improvement programme for decades. The ‘Warm Homes for All’ policy would receive £60 billion of funding from a Labour government in order to implement energy saving upgrades such as loft insulation, enhanced double-glazing and new heating systems. Low-income households would receive


Elmhurst releases update for Design SAP 10 Beta

18 November 2019

Elmhurst are delighted to announce the release of the updated Design SAP 10 Beta software. This SAP calculation software will allow energy professionals to model new build assessments against the new “Future Homes Fabric” and “Fabric plus Technology” compliance standards proposed in the government's Future Homes Standard Consultation.  Energy professionals and house builders can use Elmhurst's Design SAP 10 Beta to give them an indication of how projects will perform against the proposed standards and


Why train to become a DEA?

14 November 2019

Working as a Domestic Energy Assessor is a career choice that many people are starting to make. Whether you have previous experience in this area or are new to it all, this is one job that offers many benefits - both on a personal and professional level. It involves visiting domestic homes and buildings in the UK to assess how energy efficient they are. If you have not thought about this as a viable career


Scotland pledges £3 million to boost energy efficiency of social homes

13 November 2019

The Scottish Government has granted £3 million to 11 social housing associations to improve energy efficiency of homes across the country. The money is part of the Decarbonisation Fund, which supports the installation of energy efficient technologies such as insulation, ground source heat pumps, solar panels and underfloor heating. The Scottish Government released its Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing post-2020s (EESSH2) earlier in the year, with the aim of maximising the number of homes


ECO to require PAS 2035 and reward early adoption with a 20% uplift

29 October 2019

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now issued their response to the ECO3 consultation proposal that PAS 2035 should be mandated for ECO energy efficiency installations. BEIS received 110 responses to the consultation and, broadly, the responses were supportive of the Government’s main proposals. The essence of the response confirms Government has decided to incorporate TrustMark and the new and updated PAS standards into ECO3. The new regulations will; come into force


A comparison between an EPC and a DEC

23 October 2019

When it comes to assessing the energy efficiency of a building, EPCs and DECs are the major two ways used to measure this. While you may have heard of these terms before, you might not know exactly what they mean and how they differ. This is certainly something worth knowing more about if you plan to engage in energy assessor training and gain accreditation in this field.Display Energy Certificates explainedA DEC is basically a certificate


Commercial buildings to have EPC band B by 2030?

21 October 2019

On 15th October the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its future trajectory for minimum energy efficiency standards for non-domestic (commercial) buildings. The Government introduced minimum energy efficiency standards in 2018 with the aim of improving the worst performing buildings in both the domestic and non-domestic sector. From April 2018, landlords of non-domestic private rented sector (PRS) properties have not been permitted to grant a new tenancy or to extend or


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