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“The Path to Net Zero” -Energy Strategy launched in Northern Ireland

17 December 2021

Following a formal consultation launched earlier in 2021, the Northern Ireland Executive has released its official Energy Strategy, titled: “THE PATH TO NET ZERO ENERGY”, which aims to ensure that the country’s energy is secure, affordable and clean, both now and for future generations. The strategy itself is underpinned by five key principles which will help the country deliver its vision of net zero by 2050 and affordable energy: Placing Consumers at the Heart of


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Building Regulations in England takes its next step

15 December 2021

It has been a long time coming, but the government has now published its updated Building Regulations for England which includes amendments to Approved Documents- Part F (ventilation), and Part L (Conservation of fuel and power), as well as the release of a new approved document for Overheating (Part O). What are Building Regulations? Building Regulations establish a set of technical standards for the design and construction of buildings. If you're building something new, or


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Updated regulations released for new build commercial buildings

15 December 2021

The government has now published its updated Building Regulations for England which includes amendments to Approved Documents - Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) for non-dwellings. What are Building Regulations? Building Regulations establish a set of technical standards for the design and construction of buildings. If you're building something new, or making big changes to an existing building, it is likely that you will need to comply with Building Regulations. What does this mean?


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5 things to expect in the new Building Regulations

13 December 2021

Since the release of the Future Homes Standard Consultation in 2019 the industry has prepared itself for an interim update to the Building Regulations for England. After nearly 10 years, Part L (Conservation of fuel and power) will be radically overhauled with the introduction of new ambitious uplifts in the energy efficiency of new homes. It is widely anticipated that the new Building Regulations will be released this month (December), but what can industry expect?


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Analysis of the Future of Energy Polls

08 December 2021

In the week leading up to Elmhurst’s Future of Energy Efficiency Conference, we published a number of polls on social media on different industry topics. Given the name of our conference, we wanted to see what members thought of the UK’s net zero carbon target, the future of heating and whether COP26 was a success or failure. Needless to say in some cases the results were a little pessimistic! But despite the skepticism of the


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Scotland release call for evidence on energy efficiency regulations in commercial buildings

06 December 2021

On the 6th December 2021, the Scottish Government launched a call for evidence on “Regulations of Energy Efficiency in existing non-domestic buildings”. They’re seeking evidence from industry concerning three approaches to improve the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings to zero emissions heating. These are: 1. Measures-based approach – specifying a list of improvement measures that must be considered to reduce the energy demand associated with a non-domestic building. This could involve developing the existing Assessment


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Elmhurst issues final response to key Scotland Buildings Standards Consultation

25 November 2021

Elmhurst has issued its final response to the Scottish Government's consultation on energy efficiency in Building Standards (Section 6), which covers proposals for energy, ventilation overheating and EV charging standards to be implemented in 2022 for new and existing domestic and non-domestic buildings. You can read Elmhurst’s Final consultation response here. The consultation follows the New Build Heat Standard consultation which was released in December 2020, and sets out a roadmap towards creating homes and buildings


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What is PAS 2038?

24 November 2021

Retrofit is the buzzword in the energy efficiency industry at the moment. PAS 2035 has already been released for the domestic sector, with PAS 2038 just released for commercial buildings. But what is PAS 2038? We explain below! In order to achieve the government’s net zero emissions target by 2050, existing buildings will have to be better insulated with low carbon heating and a range of other energy saving measures in order to drastically reduce


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Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in off grid homes, businesses and public buildings

11 November 2021

On the 19th October 2021, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched two new consultation called “Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas grid” and “Phasing out the installation of fossil fuel heating systems in businesses and public buildings off the gas grid”. These consultations focus on: Homes off the gas grid: An end to the installation of fossil fuel heating in homes off the gas


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Progress report released on improving Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

08 November 2021

The Government has released a progress report on the 'EPC Action Plan' which was originally published in September 2020. What is the EPC Action Plan? Following a call for evidence released to industry in 2018, the government published the Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for Buildings Action Plan which identified 35 key actions that would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of EPCs to deliver: An EPC system that produces accurate, reliable and trusted EPCs An EPC


 

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