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The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are consulting on "Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting" in an effort to raise awareness, reduce bills and save carbon for large businesses in the UK. In her Ministerial foreword Claire Perry, Minister of State says that "Energy efficiency is vital to business productivity, security of energy supplies, and supports the transition to a low-carbon economy." Government recognise that currently there are just too many different policies,
As 2017 progressed it appeared that energy efficiency had become a race between the Scottish and UK governments as to who can promise most with regards to energy efficiency. It's an exciting time to work at Elmhurst, and an exciting time to be an energy assessor. The most recent contribution was published by the Scottish Government on 20th December 2017 and titled "Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland". It is both a
It’s that time of year, when we all reflect on what has happened and what may occur next year. Last year I indulged myself with 12 wishes for Christmas. This year I thought I would look back and see what hit the headlines this year in terms of ‘energy efficiency’. The list below is not everything but just some of the many highlights, some good and some bad! Please have a glance below to see
The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today announced a consultation seeking views on amendments to the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations within the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (from now on referred to as the “minimum standard regulations”). BEIS state that “This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap,
This morning (18th December) Dame Judith Hackitt has published her interim review on the application of building regulations in light of the Grenfell Fire and believes that their needs to be a “universal shift in culture”, that the "regulatory system for safely designing, constructing and managing buildings is not fit for purpose" and that "the current system is highly complex and there is confusion about the roles and responsibilities at each stage". "In many areas
Elmhurst Energy are pleased that DCLG are seeking a call for evidence on ‘Improving the home buying and selling process’. The Government highlight that there are more than 1 million homes bought and sold every year in the UK and they recognise that the process is not ‘smooth or simple’. The Government are committed to “make it cheaper, faster and less stressful” and they are calling for ideas and suggestions to make this a reality.
On 11th December 2017 the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued an update to their document ‘A Guide to Energy Performance Certificates for the Construction, Sale and Let of Non Dwellings - Improving the Energy Efficiency of our Buildings’. The original version of the guidance was first published in December 2012. Elmhurst has reviewed the updated document to identify the changes and the following three paragraphs are the only new ‘guidance’ offered: “Buildings
As previously reported the Clean Growth Strategy has been the catalyst for a flurry of consultation documents and "calls for evidence" that refer to energy certificates. In the most recent, titled "Leading By Example - Cutting energy bills and carbon emissions in the public and higher education sectors" the government report that public and higher education sectors could save up to £860 million a year, on the current £2 billion annual spend. These savings would
Elmhurst Energy are pleased that DCLG are seeking a call for evidence on ‘Improving the home buying and selling process’. The Government highlight that there are more than one million homes bought and sold every year in the UK and they recognise that the process is not ‘smooth or simple’. The Government is committed to “make it cheaper, faster and less stressful” and they are calling for ideas and suggestions to make this a reality.
We are delighted to report that our Head of Commercial Amo Sihra was awarded chartered membership of the ‘Chartered Association of Building Engineers’ (CABE) an award that recognises Amo's years of experience and professionalism in the energy assessment of buildings. The award was significant to Elmhurst for another reason too. As leaders in energy efficiency in the built environment, and the largest EPC accreditation body in the UK, Elmhurst recognises that it has a responsibility