In a major report announced today, Sustainable Homes ‘Touching the Voids - The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans.’ Shows overwhelming evidence that the better rated the home, the less it costs landlords. The study used over 1/2 million social rented properties in the UK, and came back with some clear correlations: As homes become more energy efficient they are void for a shorter length of time - on average,
Leading economists from University of Strathclyde and the London School of Economics and the Existing Homes Alliance have highlighted that more Government investment in energy efficiency programmes could help climate change as well and creating up to 9,000 jobs. It backs up what Elmhurst has been advocated for years, that this type of investment is ‘win win’ and it would boost economic activity as well as improve the efficiency of Scotland Homes, directly affecting real
Pressure is growing on the Government to ratify the Paris climate change deal (COP21) immediately. In a week where the USA and China signed up together, the opposition parties say that the UK will lose its long term leadership on climate if they dither. An opposition day event to ask about the Paris Agreement has been called today in parliament. Labour's shadow climate change minister Barry Gardiner says he has offered an "olive branch" to
Elmhurst recently had one of their 'celebrity' energy assessors, visit the Lutterworth site for a DEC Masterclass CPD event with our trainer Andrew Burt. Sid Siddiqui features on the hit TV show Googlebox, and has been part of Elmhurst’s accreditation scheme for three years. Sid gave us a few comments about the training he has received from Elmhurst : “I have visited the Lutterworth site five times, I have been trained by Andrew three times
First we had Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) in the private rented sector and now sellers may be required to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. Bright Blue, a Conservative think tank, is proposing that Government regulate the energy performance of privately owned homes. They are suggesting 1. that a minimum EPC rating could be mandated in order for the sale of the home to be permitted 2. and the Building Regulations could be amended to
Elmhurst Energy has now streamlined its QA process for Domestic Energy Assessors by seamlessly integrating the QA Hub with our FREE Evidence Online storage facility. Evidence submissions are now as easy as '1..2..3...tick' With just a tick of a box you can mark when your evidence is 'QA ready', allowing it to be automatically uploaded to the QA Hub if called for audit and removing the need for you to manually submit your evidence.
We realise that occasionally members may require some additional help when it comes to securing new business. With access to Elmhurst's guides and fact sheets, members will find it much easier to inform potential customers about their energy assessment work and the benefits it can offer. Elmhurst will continue to produce marketing material to proactively help our members grow their business. You can access the guides and fact sheets by clicking the button below. Our
In last month's Elmhurst Energy Newsletter (click here to read) we described how Elmhurst Energy had partnered with the National Energy Foundation (NEF) and Absolute Air and Gas to form a new start up business to develop and commercialise test solutions for the built environment. This new company is called Build Test Solutions Ltd (BTS). BTS aims to identify, develop and commercialise game changing building performance verification and monitoring solutions. The first product offering is
The construction industry is beginning to report on business performance post the EU Referendum and with the number of new build E&W EPCs in July 2016 up 2.4% there may be room for optimism. Housebuilder Persimmon has also reported a 29% jump in first-half profits and been quoted that "since the referendum customer interest has been robust" and that "private sale reservations since 1st July were 17% higher than at the same time last year".
The latest update to RdSAP Conventions has now been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department of Finance & Personnel Northern Ireland (DFPNI) and the Scottish Government. The update includes both new Conventions and updates to several existing Conventions and it is a mandatory requirement that all Domestic Energy Assessors familiarise themselves with these important changes. These updates will apply from 1st October 2016. In order to help our members