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MHCLG updates COVID-19 EPC Guidance (England and Wales)

19 May 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the ministerial department responsible for the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), has today (19th May 2020) updated its guidance on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid EPC on marketing a property during the COVID-19 epidemic. In summary, energy assessments can continue in both domestic and non-domestic properties in England and Wales, and should only be conducted in accordance with: Government advice on staying


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Scotland confirms "no change" to EPC Advice

14 May 2020

Further to recent announcements in England about the reopening of the property market, Elmhurst has been liaising with Scottish Government in order to clarify their position regarding COVID-19 and EPC production.  In a message received today from the Scottish Government, the First Minister has confirmed that the ‘Stay At Home’ message remains in place in Scotland as does the previous Scottish Government guidance issued on Moving Home.  For EPC assessment, the original social distancing guidance


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Minister unlocks housing market in England

13 May 2020

The Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick, has established plans to restart the housing market in England. From today (Wednesday 13th May)  Estate Agents and Letting Agents can open, viewings can be undertaken and all activities that are required in the property market such a removal firms and conveyancers can restart operations. Mr Jenrick stated that “Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process, from viewings


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Government issue updated advice for Energy Assessors and EPCs (England Only)

13 May 2020

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has today released some updated guidance which applies to people buying or selling private residential homes. This document contains a specific section for Surveyors, Energy Assessors and Energy Performance Certificates in England, which highlights that property assessments can now be undertaken within occupied homes aslong as social distancing and safety rules are followed. This updated guidance follows the Housing Minister's announcement to unlock to housing market,


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Government advice for energy assessors during the COVID -19 pandemic

11 May 2020

Many of you will have heard the Prime Minister state that “those who can’t work from home” will be “actively encouraged  to go to work”  especially those in “manufacturing and construction”  and be wondering how that will affect energy assessors required to access buildings. The “Stay at Home” advice in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is unchanged. At the time of writing (9am on Monday 11th May 2020) the UK Government advice is unchanged but


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Government support for limited companies

11 May 2020

On 4th May 2020 Government released further details about the their coronavirus Bounce Back Loan scheme which is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000, with a ceiling of 25% of turnover. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year. The loan is available


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Everything you need to know about our online APEL OCDEA course

07 May 2020

Want to carry out energy assessments from home? Have you got relative industry experience? Well then our online APEL OCDEA course is for you! We talk to Elmhurst OCDEA Team Leader Jason Hewins to find out more.  Hi Jason, what is the APEL route and how does it differ from the standard 4-day course? The APEL course is a fast-track route for those with industry experience who are looking to become On Construction Domestic Energy


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PEPA Supporting Business Owners

04 May 2020

PEPA, the Property Energy Professionals Association, of which Elmhurst is a member, have been quite proactive during the COVID-19 epidemic. They have recently updated their COVID-19 Resource Kit, written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer in support of company directors, and are now asking for input from Energy Assessors as to what more needs to be done. On 1st April, PEPA issued a detailed ‘Resource Kit’ for Energy Assessors detailing all of the Government and


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Banks warn landlords about MEES update

01 May 2020

Elmhurst has been made aware of at least one UK bank sending letters to their buy-to-let landlords outlining the updated Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for England and Wales The legislation first took effect in April 2018 and stipulated that private rented properties must have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘E’ or above before being let. However this did not apply to existing tenancies. On 1st April 2020 the regulations were extended to include


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SAP Industry Forum publish final report on future technologies for SAP 11 and beyond

21 April 2020

Since its formation in 2018 the role of the SAP Industry Forum (SAPIF) has been to consider what the priorities should be for the development of SAP 11. This has included a review of new technologies and measures that may become more popular in new build homes in the coming years. On 17th April 2020 the SAP Industry Forum published its final report which was sent to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy


 

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