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New ‘Energy Review’ to examine energy bills

07 August 2017

The government yesterday announced an independent review to look at ways to reduce energy costs. The study is being chaired by Professor Dieter Helm from Oxford University. Its remit is to examine how the UK can keep household bills down whilst also meeting the UK's climate change targets. The study is to report back by October, and will attempt to demystify the key elements that make up a bill, including items such as wholesale costs,


Happy 10th Birthday to the EPC

01 August 2017

Leading energy assessment specialist Elmhurst Energy is issuing a timely reminder on the tenth anniversary of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) becoming law. EPCs first came into law in England & Wales on 1st August 2007, as part of the Home Information Pack (HIPs) for domestic property sales with four or more bedrooms. Valid for a decade, they were rolled out with different milestones over the following years, for different property types and in different regions


How can you work with landlords to help them understand their duties?

31 July 2017

Article by: Landlord News  As an energy assessor, you’ll be completely aware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) that will apply to all private rental sector properties from 2020. But how can you work with landlords on energy efficiency improvements? The first step is to make sure that they’re aware of the MEES. With a whole host of regulations and tax changes hitting landlords recently, it can be difficult to keep up with


SAP Conventions Version 7.0- Coming Soon

20 July 2017

Elmhurst have received word from the DCLG that version 7.0 of the SAP conventions has been approved and will come into force on the 31st August 2017 – that’s just 6 weeks away! It is  very important that new build assessors take the time to familiarise themselves with version 7.0 of the SAP Conventions, to ensure they are ready for the changes on the 31st.New conventions include; 2.07 - U-values of elements of room in


Use EPCs to make better lending decisions

18 July 2017

A major report commissioned today by the ‘Lenders Group’ concluded that ‘energy ratings’ of homes should be a factor in mortgage offers, which could let people borrow between £4,000 and £11,500 more, depending on the property’s Energy Performance Certificate rating. In a move that Elmhurst has long promoted, the report suggests that homebuyers could take out bigger mortgages if energy ratings of homes were factored into the lending criteria of banks and building societies. The


Government tell trade body – new EPC rules will come in next April

10 July 2017

Letting Agent Today, an online magazine, has informed its readership that the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) met with senior officials at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and were told “in no uncertain terms” that the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are to be enforced from April 2018; and that the lettings sector need to prepare now. Elmhurst has noted that the commercial lettings sector appears to have been more diligent with this legislation


10 Year Anniversary of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

03 July 2017

Elmhurst Energy is the largest Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) Accreditation Scheme in the UK, and are experts in all things related to energy efficiency in domestic and commercial buildings. As many of you will know 2017 marks the ten year anniversary for energy performance certificates which means some of the earliest EPCs have now expired. Our first action was to write to  Government (DCLG) in E&W asking that they change the Registers to make it


ESOS Newsletter 2017 Issue 1

03 July 2017

The Environment Agency has just released 2017 ISSUE 1 of the ESOS Newsletter to keep registered assessors updated with information relating to the ESOS scheme. This is the first news letter of 2017 and contains details of; ESOS Phase 2 Enforcement work of non-compliant organisations 2016/17 compliance audit findings Link to current published data The newsletter is available for members to download from Access Elmhurst or by clicking here If you have any queries or


Elmhurst Responds to Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme Consultation

30 June 2017

Elmhurst has today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on private rented housing. The consultation is aimed around the two aspects; firstly the ‘energy efficiency’ and secondly the ‘condition’ of the private rented homes. As mentioned over the past few weeks Elmhurst is delighted to see the consultation on the energy efficiency of private rented homes in Scotland. We are the largest accreditation scheme for domestic energy assessors in Scotland, and we will be backing


Scottish Lodgement Fee set to Rise

28 June 2017

Elmhurst have been notified today that the Scottish Government have reviewed and concluded the ‘Consultation on funding of the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register’ As you know Elmhurst asked for feedback from our members and campaigned extremely hard on what we believed to be excessive price rises being proposed for lodging Energy Certificates into the national register. The Scottish Government have stated:  “Consultation responses were generally in favour of proposals to maintain the funding of


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