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EPC Register for Scotland implements ‘Expired Reports’

05 February 2019

Elmhurst is delighted to announce that from Sunday 3rd February the central EPC Register for Scotland implemented an ‘Expired Report’ watermark to out of date EPCs, something that Elmhurst has been requesting for a number of years. The welcome change should make it clear to professionals in the property sector, such as conveyancers, estate agents, letting agents, landlords etc that an EPC created over 10 years ago is no longer legally valid. Whenever an out


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Energy efficiency rates in England have STALLED

01 February 2019

The Governments flagship ‘English Housing Survey Report 2017-18’ was published yesterday and one of the major headlines is quite damning. The report states: “The energy efficiency of English homes has increased considerably in the last 20 years, but has not increased since 2015. In 2017, the average SAP rating of English dwellings was 62 points, up from 45 points in 1996. This increase was evident in all tenures. However, the increase appears to be slowing


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Elmhurst Launches New Shop

29 January 2019

Elmhurst has launched its new shop for all your energy assessor needs! From high quality branded merchandise to tape measures, we’ve got a whole host of items to help you carry out your work. Our Training Manager has been busy assembling, polishing (and nearly breaking) two display cabinets where you can view the items in the flesh. So if you’re visiting our Lutterworth office for training, feel free to take a look. You can view


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EPCs for New Dwellings Increase by a staggering 10%

21 January 2019

A report by the Ministry for Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has revealed that Energy Performance Certificates for new build properties in England increased by 10% in September 2018, compared to the same period in 2017. Figures show that there were 218,000 EPCs lodged for new dwellings in 2017-2018, compared to 232,000 during 2018- 2019. The greatest increase was in the period 2014-2015 which saw a rise of 21% change from the previous year.


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Millions of homes needed to solve housing crisis

09 January 2019

A report into England’s housing crisis claims that three million new social homes must be built in the next 20 years, in order to address the problem.   The report was authored by 16 independent commissioners, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband and Baroness Syeeda Warsi, and identifies expensive and insecure private renting as a particular barrier to home ownership, as well as a lack of readily available social housing. The government has stated that


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The cheapest energy is the energy you don’t use

03 January 2019

In a report issued by Carbon Brief, and widely reported on the BBC, attention has been drawn to the importance of reducing energy demand and not just to focus on low carbon generation.  The report illustrates the impact of moving towards saving potential by focussing on the introduction of LED lighting, fridges, vacuum cleaners and other appliances which has reduced energy UK consumption per capita down to 1984 levels (around 5 megawatt hours per capita),


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ESOS Qualification date has now passed – Phase 2 is underway

02 January 2019

Elmhurst Energy would like to start by wishing you all a Happy New Year, we hope 2019 will prove to be a prosperous year for all. This New Year was a little different for some businesses, as it not only marked the start of 2019 but also the start of ESOS Phase 2. The qualification date was 31st December 2018, so from the start of 2019, all those organisations meeting the qualifying criteria must now


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2018 - new ambitious targets set by Government

21 December 2018

Where has 2018 gone? It’s that time of year, when we all reflect on what has happened and look to the year ahead.  This year I thought I would look back and see what hit the headlines in terms of energy efficiency. The list below is not exhaustive but details just some of the many highlights. As you can see it’s been a busy 12 months and there has certainly been a lot of noise


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Putting on your thermals

20 December 2018

For any housebuilder or property developer, ensuring the energy efficiency of their development is important for regulatory compliance and customer satisfaction. Stuart Fairlie, Technical Director of Elmhurst Energy explains why. The demand for energy efficient homes continues to increase, and with this comes a greater need to ensure that the design is reflected within the constructed property. Being able to prove the correct application of building products, ventilation systems or air-tightness of a home becomes


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Government Publishes draft ‘Post BREXIT Environmental Bill’ – What does this mean for our industry?

20 December 2018

Despite trying to avoid as much Brexit news as possible in recent weeks, there is one area of discussions we at Elmhurst Energy have kept a close eye on since June 2016 – what will happen to our environmental legislation in the event of either an agreed deal or a no deal Brexit? We are therefore pleased and encouraged to see, in the government draft of the post – Brexit environmental bill, that there is


 

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