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Making the best use of EPCs

22 March 2019

Everest, the home improvement company, have recently undertaken some interesting analysis of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) issued in England and Wales, which has been possible since the data was made publicly available in 2016. Their analysis of data from across the country reveals the best and worst rated areas for energy efficiency: The average EPC rating for a dwelling in England and Wales is D.  Despite being the one of the most expensive place to


Tickets for Southern Roadshow now on sale!

20 March 2019

That's right, this May Elmhurst are back in the south of England with our popular CPD roadshow. From 13th - 17th May you can attend a variety of high quality training courses across the domestic, commercial and on construction energy assessment disciplines and fulfil your CPD requirement for the year.  We are always trying to make our training courses as accessible as possible to all our members and those who choose to train with us,


Government want your ideas to help SMEs save energy.

14 March 2019

As part of the Spring Statement, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has launched a call for evidence entitled the ‘Energy Efficiency Scheme for Small and Medium Sized Businesses’.  This call for evidence proposes three options for possible delivery of the scheme and asks for views on: energy efficiency action, a business energy efficiency obligation and expanding access to finance options to SMEs. It also invites views on any additional delivery models that


End of fossil-fuels for heating homes from 2025!

13 March 2019

In his Spring Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond has announced that “We will introduce a Future Homes Standard, mandating the end of fossil-fuel heating systems in all new houses from 2025.” HM Treasury confirmed that new homes will have low carbon heating and world-leading levels of energy efficiency. As Elmhurst has previously reported, this is all part of the government’s ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ and part of the Building Mission to halve the energy use in new


The Scotland CPD Roadshow - It's nearly time!

05 March 2019

With just a couple of weeks left to go until the Scotland CPD Roadshow, our Training Manager Mitesh Nathwani and Scotland Business Development Manager Ross Nicoll shared their thoughts on why it’s such a great event. Ross Nicoll, Business Development Manager It was fantastic to see so many of our members attend the various days and courses on last year’s CPD Scottish roadshow. I always enjoy meeting our members and discussing with them all aspects


Elmhurst launches 'The Forum'

28 February 2019

Elmhurst has released a brand new regional networking event called 'The Forum'. The Forum will provide Energy Assessors with a new regional Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunity, as well as an ideal platform to engage with the Elmhurst team, and other local Energy Assessors. This particular event is aimed at Domestic Energy Assessors, however, Elmhurst have plans to release a version of this event tailored for Non-Domestic and On Construction Energy Assessors later this year.


The beginning of the end for gas boilers?

21 February 2019

In an article published in today’s Guardian (21st February), the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is proposing an end to gas in new homes, saying that government need to prepare homes for a change in climate and that there is an urgent need to address the performance gap between designed and as built performance of homes. No more gas - The CCC proposes that from 2025, which is just six years away, no new homes


NAO says that planning systems can’t cope with demand for new homes

12 February 2019

With new homes peaking at 192,000 in recent months it is certainly a very busy time for energy assessors and air tightness testers. The good news is that government are adamant that the volume needs to reach 300,000 by the mid-2020s, to meet demand (50 percent up on today’s levels). Unfortunately a report from the government’s own National Audit Office (NAO)  says that the current planning system is unable to demonstrate it is meeting housing


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


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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