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Cold homes kill more people than road accidents, alcohol or drugs

12 March 2018

Energy Performance Certificates were featured widely at a cross party meeting of back bench MPs held last Thursday (9th March). The debate covered 'Energy Efficiency and the Clean Growth Strategy' with EPCs seen as part of the solution to climate change and fuel poverty. Elmhurst has sifted through the debate and has presented below the most salient points that were presented by MPs including a point made by MP Steve McCabe which reinforced the importance


Here's our new look. We hope you like it...

06 March 2018

As you’ve probably noticed, we’ve updated our website. As part of our continual investment in our scheme, and to celebrate our 25th anniversary, we wanted to give members a better user experience when navigating the front page and accessing the online portal.  Members can now scroll easily through each section and get a quick snapshot of all Elmhurst have to offer. By providing a cleaner look we hope members will continue to get the best


Government consultation is a missed opportunity

06 March 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently announced a consultation seeking views on amendments to the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations within the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (from now on referred to as the “minimum standard regulations”). BEIS stated that: “This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap,


Public Investment in warm homes in England cut by 58% since 2012.

05 March 2018

As the snow and freezing temperatures hit the UK last week,  a rather damming report on England’s attempt at making people homes warmer has been published. e3g an energy think tank highlights that not only is England Government spending 58% less on making homes warmer, but that it has the second worst record on cold weather related deaths out of 30 European Countries. Last year saw an average of 32,000 excess winter deaths in the


Elmhurst Energy launches Approved Certifier of Design scheme

23 February 2018

Elmhurst Energy has launched its Approved Certifier of Design (Section 6-Domestic) accreditation scheme, which is fully approved by the Building Standards Division of the Scottish Government.  With the launch of this new scheme members can now lodge new-build Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and also create Certificates of Design under one scheme. The Elmhurst scheme is also open to existing Certifiers  wishing to simplify things by  working  with just one approved body.  “We are delighted to launch


There's a New leader in Non-Domestic

19 February 2018

Elmhurst Energy, is pleased to announce its latest appointment in the organisation, with Josh Wakeling now appointed as the permanent team leader for the Non-Domestic support team.  Prior to joining Elmhurst Energy, Josh started working life as a Chef after leaving school, and still maintains an interest in cooking to this day (that and piloting helicopters). He then went on to work at a leading energy efficiency company, producing Domestic EPCs and providing techical support


Minimum Energy Standards for Scotland to be announced in May

15 February 2018

Members of Elmhurst will be well aware of the Private Rental Sector, Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into force in April 2018 in England and the guidance we have issued on its application. The position in Scotland is likely to move in a similar direction, but on a different timeline. In Scotland any potential change in legislation is being considered in the "Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing: A Scotland’s


MPs want all homes to be EPC band C

07 February 2018

Yesterday (6th February), in the House of Commons, Sir David Amess (Conservative MP for Southend West) used a "ten minute rule motion" to propose that all domestic properties should be required to achieve a minimum of EPC Band C by 2030, for those occupiers in fuel poverty, and 2035 for all other domestic properties.  This proposed strategy is smiliar to one outlined for Private Rental Sector / Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), but would apply


In memory of our friend and colleague Jamie

05 February 2018

It is with great sadness that Elmhurst announces the sudden and unexpected passing of our friend and colleague Jamie Giltrap at the age of 46. Jamie joined Elmhurst’s domestic support team in 2013 having been a practising Domestic Energy Assessor for several years. He also brought with him a wealth of experience from his previous roles within the electrical and renewable technologies sectors, helping the team to provide expert answers to our Members’ many questions


The energy efficiency of English homes has stalled

01 February 2018

The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government recently published its annual report on the condition and energy efficiency of housing in England (English Housing Survey 2016 to 2017). The headline amongst a huge amount of facts is that the energy efficiency of homes in England are not improving! Some key facts: The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in last 20 years – but did not increase between 2015 and 2016 The


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