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Dame Hackitt pulls no punches

05 October 2018

Elmhurst were delighted to attend and exhibit at this year's CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineers) conference to promote the activities of members. The highlight of the event was the keynote speech from Dame Judith Hackitt who spoke candidly about her review of building regulations in light of the horrors of the Grenfell House fire. Dame Hackitt was unapologetic for not having forced the ban of flammable cladding because it as her remit to consider


Life as a Non-Domestic Energy Assessor with Steve Windmill

20 September 2018

Steve Windmill joined the Elmhurst team in 2016, having previously worked for the National Energy Service (NES), and has been a recognisable face and voice on the phone for commercial energy assessors ever since.  He’s known in the office for his cheeky sense of humour and affable nature, but today we found out about his life as a Non-Domestic Assessor. Nice sitting down with you, Steve. First of all, what areas of energy assessment are


Speakers and agenda confirmed for Elmhurst Energy Conference

19 September 2018

Elmhurst Energy has announced the guest speakers for its upcoming conference: Charting a Route Map for Energy Certificates, featuring a number of high profile names within the industry. The conference, taking place on 2nd October at Leicester Tigers Stadium, will examine the past, present and future of Energy Certificates, covering areas such as the Clean Growth Strategy, Each Home Counts, Building Regulations, Fuel Poverty in Housing and the government's recently released EPC in Buildings call


Helping businesses become more energy efficient

18 September 2018

Elmhurst has reviewed and will be submitting an official response to the BEIS Call for Evidence ‘Helping Businesses to improve the way they use energy’. This Call for Evidence is seeking views on how a package of measures could be used to support businesses in improving how productively they use energy. Following on from the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), published in October 2017, this Call for Evidence forms part of a wider consultation of how


PAS 2035 - Specification for retrofitting of dwellings for improved energy efficiency

17 September 2018

Elmhurst has directly contributed to the BSI working groups of both PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 and has a detailed knowledge of the proposed requirements, and an understanding of the issues that the documents are attempting to address. Of course Elmhurst welcomes the issue of the draft PAS 2035 and completely support the notion that if we are to maximise the energy efficiency of a building, it must be with a "whole house" approach and


Scottish Building Regulations: Review of Energy Standards ‘Call for Evidence’

14 September 2018

Elmhurst has reviewed and submitted an official response to the Scottish Government's 'Review of Energy Standards call for evidence'. The Scottish Government states: “This consultation is seeking the views of stakeholders on the impact the 2015 energy standards had, or continues to have, on Industry in designing and constructing buildings to meet the Scottish building regulations. Feedback received will be considered in the development of the next set of energy standards programmed to be introduced


SAP 25th Anniversary Event

12 September 2018

On Tuesday 11th September, Elmhurst were invited to the BRE to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Standard Assessment Procedure’ (SAP) methodology. Jason Hewins (On Construction Team Leader) and Stuart Fairlie (Technical Director) who between them have 30 years experience in SAP attended the event on Elmhurst's behalf, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The BRE explained the fascinating background to the work done from the late 1970s through papers, research and standards and through the


Property MOTs for the Private Rented Sector

10 September 2018

A review into the private rental sector has suggested introducing property MOTs, in response to what it claims are failures to properly regulate the market. The report carried out by Dr Julie Rugg and David Rhodes from the University of York, found that one in five homes of the most expensive rented properties do not meet the Decent Homes Standard and that one in three of the cheapest rental properties fail the standard, which is


Life as a Domestic Energy Assessor

07 September 2018

What's it like as a DEA? How much do you earn per assessment? Today we sat down with Elmhurst Technical Consultant Mark Wakeling to find out what life's like as a Domestic Energy Assessor. Some of you may recognise Mark Wakeling from one of our DEA training courses, or as the voice on the other end of the phone, but he's also a qualified DEA and Legionella and Inventory inspector. Here's what he had to say...   How long


Energy use in business call for evidence

29 August 2018

BEIS have issued another Call for Evidence, this time to identify ways in which they can help businesses to improve the way they use energy. The Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), published in October 2017, committed the Government to consult on a package of measures to support business in improving how productively they use energy. It established proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s and explained how the whole country can


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