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Elmhurst's response to consultation on the fuel poverty strategy for England

16 September 2019

Elmhurst Energy has today replied to the Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) consultation on updating the 2015 Fuel Poverty Strategy for England. Elmhurst welcomes this consultation and as always we have fully considered the questions asked, then responded to those which we have sufficient experience to comment. The key elements which influence our response are: The way fuel poverty is identified and measured, needs to be reviewed so that both high level government statistics


2020 climate change summit to be hosted in Glasgow

13 September 2019

Glasgow has been chosen to host the next major climate change summit (COP26) in December 2020. This follows 5 years after the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris. 200 world leaders and as many as 30,000 delegates (including climate change experts, business leaders and citizens) will meet at Glasgow's Scottish Event Campus (SEC) to discuss global climate change and . The two week event is set to be the largest and also the


Scotland’s new Programme for Government brings good news for Elmhurst members!

05 September 2019

First Minister for Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has laid out an ambitious climate programme in this year’s Programme for Government. The measures follow the First Minister’s declaration of a Climate Emergency, earlier in the year, and will form part of ending Scotland’s contribution to climate change and securing a positive future for generations to come. The proposals include some exciting news for energy assessors: a ‘Green New Deal’, harnessing the power of the Scottish National Investment


Demand for EPCs grows by 31%

02 September 2019

Elmhurst’s DEA members in England and Wales have seen record levels of growth in the last 18 months with lodgement volumes having grown by 31% - perhaps surprising considering the lack of national energy efficiency initiatives and a sluggish sales market. The number of EPCs issued in the private retail sector has grown by over 200% in the same period - a dramatic growth which could have three possible drivers: The first, and most obvious,


Real time energy data

27 August 2019

Elmhurst members may be interested in a new app called Energy Watch GB that gives a near real time presentation of how much energy the UK has consumed that day and how it was produced.  The app not only gives a simple pie chart of the source of our energy but also generates charts displaying demand, source and how much electricity we are buying in from abroad, throughout the day.  David Thomas and Andrew Townsend


Top tips for becoming a domestic energy assessor

23 August 2019

With flexible hours and the ability to be your own boss becoming a domestic energy assessor (DEA) is becoming more and more appealing. However, it isn't simply a job that you can just walk into. Here are all of the different ways that you can become a domestic energy assessor. Fulfil the requirements To become a DEA, there are a few requirements that you must first fulfil. You must get a Level 3 Certificate in


Up to 20 million energy certificates made “open data”

23 August 2019

Elmhurst Energy is delighted to announce that The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the open data register of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates to include all certificates issued up to 31st May 2019. Access to the data is free and requires users to complete a simple registration process, which takes seconds. Elmhurst is delighted that this invaluable data resource has been updated and believe that, in the right


Elmhurst shortlisted for the Energy Efficiency Awards 2019

22 August 2019

Elmhurst Energy has been shortlisted for the National Energy Efficiency Awards 2019, competing in the category for National Quality Management, Compliance & Training Company of the Year. The National Energy Efficiency Awards is an annual event which aims to increase public recognition of the excellent work that the energy efficiency sector is undertaking on behalf of government. The Energy Efficiency Awards have already hosted 11 regional events this year, recognising the efforts of both companies


More proof than ever that the EPC is here to stay

21 August 2019

As the UK’s largest independent accreditation scheme for energy efficiency professionals, we have been approached by a steady stream of members asking how Brexit will affect the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Until now we have resisted the temptation to comment, because, as you know, Brexit seems to be a shifting concept! But having scrutinised government legislation, as well as upcoming regulations and existing climate commitments, we are more confident than ever that the EPC has


More oversight needed to enforce Scottish building standards?

19 August 2019

The environment group Greenpeace has urged that Building Regulations be enforced by a national agency. Under the current system, builders can self-certify that they have applied with the relevant codes, with limited oversight by council officials. Greenpeace views this as problematic, and, as part of their case, assert that building energy standards must be made more stringent in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Housebuilders and the Scottish Government were at pains to highlight that


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