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The UK to go further and faster to tackle climate change

16 October 2019

Andrea Leadsom, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) yesterday established measures for the UK “to go further and faster to tackle climate change”, in response to a critical progress report released earlier this year by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). In a day of many announcements regarding the environment, the government has suggested the following main headlines: A new Environment Bill A new package of energy efficiency measures for


Elmhurst delivers highly anticipated talk for DCHI

10 October 2019

Last week we were pleased to deliver a talk for the Devon and Cornwall Housing Inspectors Association (DCHI) where our colleague Fiona Wilson gave a detailed industry update to a packed room of assessors in Exeter. The topics discussed included PAS 2035, the RdSAP 9.94 update and Elmhurst Risk Solutions- the new insurance provision available for members. The session produced a lot of good questions and there were some insightful conversations and debates that took


Number of houses built skyrockets to an 11 year high!

04 October 2019

Exciting new figures released by Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) reveal that 170,000 homes were completed in the year ending June 2019 – the highest number built over the same period in the last 11 years. The figures show an increase of 8% of new homes being completed compared to the previous year, with family homes making up 78% of those constructed. Housing Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “I’m determined


The Future Homes Standard Consultation Released

02 October 2019

The Future Homes Standard Consultation which covers changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (Ventilation) of the Building Regulations for new dwellings was released yesterday (1st October 2019). Elmhurst has quickly reviewed the information provided and have highlighted the key parts for industry to digest. What is the Future Homes Standard? The Government has committed to introduce a Future Homes Standard in 2025, as part of a journey towards the


New Part L and F Consultation released!

01 October 2019

Following the Minister announcement at the Conservative Conference, the Government has today published the first of two consultations on changes to the Building Regulations. Specifically, Part L (conservation of fuel and power) and Part F (ventilation). The link can be found here. This long awaited consultation covers new homes and is being used as a stepping stone to the Future Homes Standard first mentioned in the previous Chancellors spring budget. The Future Home Standard consultation


Elmhurst Energy wins 2019 Energy Efficiency Award

30 September 2019

Elmhurst Energy has won the 2019 National Energy Efficiency Award for National Quality Management, Compliance & Training Company of the Year. The aim of the Energy Efficiency Awards is to provide public recognition for the excellent work that is being done to improve the energy efficiency of our homes and offices, and to encourage best practice within the industry. Martyn Reed, Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy, said, "I am delighted to have accepted this award


Elmhurst responds to Government's Call for Evidence on Energy Efficiency

25 September 2019

Elmhurst Energy was pleased to have been asked by BEIS to contribute to the Call for Evidence on how best to facilitate energy efficiency in the electricity system. We believe that Government should take comfort in the fact that the UK are leading the way with regards to understanding the energy efficiency of our building stock. We have an established methodology for the assessment of buildings (SAP/RdSAP and SBEM), a full complement of trained and


Everything you need to know about DEA training

24 September 2019

Everything you need to know about DEA training If you are looking take that all-important next step in your career of energy assessment, you ought to consider undertaking Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) training. In most cases, before any domestic property can be let or sold in the UK, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) must be obtained. It is the role of Domestic Energy Assessors to collate this data, and this can only be done once


Scottish Government launch £30m fund to support development of low-carbon heating solutions.

23 September 2019

Scottish Government launch £30m fund to support development of low-carbon heating solutions. The Scottish Government has announced an exciting new fund for the development of technology that will help reduce the carbon emissions from homes in Scotland. The funding is part of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) supported by the European Regional Development Fund. Funding will be available to a wide range of business on a co-funded basis encouraging a shared risk approach


RdSAP 9.94 has been released!

23 September 2019

RdSAP 9.94 has now been released cross England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Originally starting at version 9.82, this is the seventh major update to the methodology since inception, as required by government.  Over the last 11 years the Reduced data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP), which is the assessment methodology behind the EPC, has been subject to a number of version changes. These changes have increased the amount of data included within an assessment of


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