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Scotland guidance released for energy efficiency in privately rented domestic properties

16 July 2019

The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2019 Guidance has been released. These are due to be laid in Scottish Parliament later this year and come into force from the 1st April 2020. Scottish Government state “The Regulations set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for properties in the PRS and use Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as the method to measure this standard. They are designed to tackle the least energy efficient properties


The UK has ‘no chance’ of obtaining net zero without urgent action of energy efficiency

12 July 2019

A report by the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee stated this morning: “The UK stands no chance of meeting its emissions reduction targets, including net zero by 2050, unless the Government takes urgent action to revive its failing energy efficiency policy and builders are compelled to deliver the latest energy efficiency standards”, MPs have warned. The report states that improving the energy efficiency of buildings will be vital to meeting climate change obligations, eradicating


New Report says the Government's plans do not meet scale of climate challenge.

10 July 2019

The government's own Committee on Climate Change today gave its annual report assessing progress in reducing the UK's emissions over the past year. Needless to say it couldn’t be more damning in respect of progress on emissions from buildings. The report's headlines find: “That UK action to curb greenhouse gas emissions is lagging behind what is needed to meet legally-binding emissions targets. Since June 2018, government has delivered only 1 of 25 critical policies needed


BEIS issues consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme

09 July 2019

As promised, BEIS has today issued its consultation on Energy Companies Obligation (ECO3) scheme – under the heading of “Improving Consumer Protection”. BEIS has quite clearly stated that it intends to implement the full finding from the Each Home Counts review. The proposal is to introduce a new ‘Quality Mark’ which has been led by industry with BEIS' support and is now overseen by TrustMark. Following last week’s launch of PAS2035 and PAS2030, Elmhurst has


Increase in New Build Dwellings in England

05 July 2019

Figures released from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) show a 1 per cent increase in new dwelling starts compared to the same period last year. The report from MHCLG examined the period January 2019 to March 2019, comparing it to both the previous quarter and previous period last year. It shows that 162,270 new dwellings were started in the new year to March 2019, with 169,770 completions - an increase of


Part L1a Awareness Training Session

05 July 2019

On 26th June our On Construction Support Team Leader Jason Hewins visited the offices of Newham Council to deliver a training session on Part L1A of the Building Regulations to members of their building control department. Reflecting on the day Jason said, “We discussed the origins of Part L1A, how it has developed over the past twenty years and explained the current five criterion that form the current document. Particular focus was given to what


Government plans to build a market for energy efficiency

03 July 2019

Government has now issued its response to the Call for Evidence on ‘Building a market for energy efficiency’, a document that we described as “probably the most influential consultation for decades”. Elmhurst, the UK's largest EPC accreditation scheme, sought the views of members before we made our submission back in January 2018. We argued that: Energy assessors and EPCs continue to be at the heart of all good advice; There needs to be more triggers


Green Finance Strategy published today

02 July 2019

BEIS have this morning issued a strategy document showing how a comprehensive approach to the greening of the financial systems will create new financial markets and ensure that the UK captures the massive opportunities that this presents. The strategy recognises the essential role that finance plays in delivering not only domestic but also global climate change and environmental goals. The Green Finance Strategy comes on the back of the Clean Growth Strategy, the 25 year


Elmhurst's Stuart Fairlie to speak at UK Construction Week

28 June 2019

Elmhurst's Technical and Operation Director Stuart Fairlie has been invited to speak at UK Construction Week on 10th October 2019.  Stuart's talk 'The Role and Work of the Building Regulations Advisory Committee' will focus on the current technical work agenda from governmnet in regards to buildings and the Hackitt Review. Particular attention will be given to the proposed changes to requirements to energy, ventilation and indoor environmental quality of buildings, with Elmhurst providing an update


Theresa’s law will commit UK to net zero carbon emissions.

27 June 2019

Today the UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. The target will require the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, compared with the previous target of at least 80% reduction from 1990 levels. The UK has already reduced emissions by 42% and has clean growth at the heart of its modern Industrial Strategy. The government


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