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Scotland consults on minimum energy efficiency standards for the rental market

07 April 2017

Elmhurst is pleased to see that the Scottish Government today launched a consultation on setting minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rental market. As you may be aware Scotland have designated ‘energy efficiency’ as a National Infrastructure Priority and are trail blazing in terms of the Scotland Energy Efficient Programme (SEEP) – which is a long term commitment to tackling fuel poverty and climate change, making homes and buildings warmer and more energy efficient.


Confidence in EPCs during BREXIT Process

29 March 2017

Theresa May last night signed the letter that formally begins the UKs departure from the European Union. This is being hand delivered today to Donald Tusk the European Council President, which starts the 2 year process of negotiations that are enacted  though Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Elmhurst are optimistic about the outcome for the energy assessment industry, and believe that the future of Energy Performance Certificates and Energy Assessment is vital for this


Details of 16 million EPCs and DECs made open data

28 March 2017

Elmhurst Energy is delighted to announce that The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has made the register of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates accessible, with a new powerful, user friendly application. Access to the data is free and requires users to complete a simple registration process, which takes seconds. The BBC had an influence in making the data public when, in January 2014, they attempted to get access to the data


Scotland lead the way when it comes to reducing fuel poverty in rural areas

24 March 2017

The Government in Scotland have created another innovative programme to fight fuel poverty. The pilot exercise will target support at 220 rural homes to cut energy bills as part of a review of fuel poverty. Advisers from Home Energy Scotland (HES) will visit 220 properties under the £300,000 year-long scheme before a decision on rolling it out across the country. CAS energy spokesman Craig Salter said: “Locally delivered, bespoke, face-to face advice can be one


More good news for Energy Assessors as DEC and ACI Central Register fees are reduced

24 March 2017

Contrary to a previous Elmhurst Energy News Item we are delighted to advise that the Central Register fee reduction that applies to non domestic EPCS also applies to Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Air Conditioning Inspection Reports (ACIRs) Landmark Central Register fee that applies to energy certificates issued in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been reduced from £2.07 to £1.82 (Domestic EPCs) and from £12.82 to £10.12 (Non-Domestic EPCs, DECs and Air Condition Inspection


Elmhurst and EST combine for exclusive Webinar

21 March 2017

Elmhurst and Energy Saving Trust (EST) have come together to offer a Free webinar on the 22nd March. BOOK YOUR FREE SPACE > The webinar (Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Policy and Financial Support in 2017) is aimed at energy professionals, local authority staff and policy makers working in the domestic sector, and will review the following topics: Implications of the Bonfield Review 'Each Home Counts' Energy Company Obligation (ECO) Transition consultation Current support for domestic


Central Register Fees Reduced

16 March 2017

Good news for Energy Assessors as Central Register fees are reduced  Elmhurst Energy is delighted to report that the Landmark Central Register fee that applies to energy certificates issued in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been reduced from £2.07 to £1.82 (Domestic EPCs) and from £12.82 to £10.12 (Non-Domestic EPCs), effective 6th April 2017. DCLG have also clarified that the fees for Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Air Conditioning Inspection Reports (ACIRs) will also be reduced


More positive 'noise' around Green Deal

09 March 2017

Further to our announcement that the Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) had been sold to new investors (Greenstone Finance and Aurium Captial Markets) back in January 2017 (see previous news item here), the Government this week published an update to the Green Deal Code of Practice (v.5). Following normal legal process this document now sits for 40 days with both the House of Commons and House of Lords; if there are no challenges then the department


Elmhurst attempts to clear up 'Listed Buildings' ambiguity

02 March 2017

The general consensus in Industry appears to be that Listed Buildings are exempt from requirement to provide Energy Performance Certificates, if the property is being sold or rented. The recast of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive came into force on 9th January 2013 and since then this is the widely held view. However, there is no express exemption in the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations for listed buildings and the regulations dealing with this point


New Build 'Confident' Market

28 February 2017

More good news in the new build housing market with some great figures released by one of the UKs largest house builders Persimmon. Annual profits have risen by nearly a quarter, and it has described the market as very “confident”. The company sold 15,171 new homes last year, 599 more than in 2015, with average prices rising by 3.8% to £206,765.  It also added that 2017 has got off to a promising start, with encouraging


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