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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


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.


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


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),


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


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


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


Energy efficiency measures help Leicestershire County Council slash CO2 emissions by 7000 tonnes

13 December 2018

Leicestershire County Council reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 34% in the past 12 months, thanks to a range of energy saving measures. In the same period (2017/2018) the council also reduced its greenhouse emissions by 29% generated by its operations. This success can be mostly attributed to the installation of a biomass boiler at County Hall, which significantly reduced gas use in council run buildings, however a range of energy efficiency measures also contributed


Elmhurst Energy launches Ventilation Inspectors’ competency scheme as demand ramps up

07 December 2018

Elmhurst has launched a Ventilation Scheme that gives quality standards for individuals who are trained to provide commissioning and testing for domestic ventilation systems against Part F of the Building Regulations. Ventilation Inspectors can assess and verify the supply and extract rates of ventilation systems within new dwellings. Part F of the UK Building Regulations requires that all 'purpose-provided' ventilation which includes MHVR Systems (Mechanical Ventilation and Heat Recovery Systems), as well as intermittent extractor


BEIS Committee launch energy efficiency inquiry

20 November 2018

Yesterday the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee launched an inquiry into the Government’s approach to delivering energy efficiency improvements to the nation's buildings. It follows on the back of the Clean Growth Strategy and aims to examine if the current delivery with energy efficiency in domestic, commercial and public buildings will meet the ambitions, overlaid with the future fourth and fifth carbon budgets. Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and


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