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Property Predictions 2017

14 December 2016

With ECO in transition and a lack of progress with a pay-as-you-save model to replace Green Deal, the state of the house sale and rentals market is critical for most Domestic Energy Assessors. Elmhurst Energy were interested to read the views of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)  and their predictions for 2017.  There will not be extensive house price inflation in 2017 and the number of


Government ask on best way to heat our homes

09 December 2016

The Government has published a consultation document to consider how our homes should be heated in the future. The consultation seeks to transform the way consumers engage with their heating systems, to give them greater choice over their heating technology in order to improve household comfort and reduce energy bills. This contributes towards our Paris 2015 commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The consultation seeks the views of consumers, installers and manufacturers on a proposal to raise


Every Home still matters

08 December 2016

Elmhurst Energy has continued to ask why the Every Home Matters report (AKA Bonfield Report)  has still not been published and every time we are told that it's "finished" and  "it'll be issued next month". Nine months after its original promised date I suspect that many Elmhurst members believe it will never happen, and that pay-as-you-save has been kicked into the long grass. At Elmhurst we believe that pay-as-you-save can work for energy efficiency measures


“A child born today may never see fuel poverty eradicated” says new report

30 November 2016

The National Energy Action yesterday issued a report which highlights that UK Fuel Poverty is set to last a lifetime. The report warns : “that that the current rate of progress in tackling the problem means fuel poverty will not have ended by the time a child born today turns 80. The average life expectancy at birth in the UK is 83 years for girls and 79 for boys, according to the Office for National


Consumer interest in home energy efficiency and sustainability on the up

25 November 2016

Elmhurst are pleased to see some new published research by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), called “Home Improvements – who, what and how?” The main headline is good news that consumer interest in home energy efficiency and sustainability is on the up. The research was to assess what motivated people in regards to ‘home improvements’ and ‘new home purchase decisions’. The research was a nationwide survey of over 2000 households. It included details of the


Residential sales revert to "sluggish"

24 November 2016

An article from the BBC reports that house sales remain "sluggish"  with a total of just 100,300 properties sold in the UK in October, a 16% fall on the same month a year earlier. This will go some way, combined with the winding down of ECO, to explain why the volume of RdSAP EPCs issued has failed to reach 100,000 a month, down 40% since the spring. Commentators blame a lack of houses being put


Autumn statement gives boost with funding for 140,000 new homes

23 November 2016

Chancellor Philip Hammond has set out the state of the economy in the Autumn Statement and spending plans for the next three years in the Spending Review. Elmhurst Energy is delighted that he accepts that new housing is a priority which will be welcome news for both our On-Construction members and, because of the domino effect that new housing has on existing dwellings, for Domestic Energy Assessors too. Most significant for Elmhurst members is; £2.3bn


Housebuilders on track to deliver Government’s ‘one million homes’

22 November 2016

Figures released this week, and published by the Housebuilders Federation, show that nearly 200,000 homes were added to the housing stock in the last year suggesting that the Government’s plan to deliver one million homes in this parliament can be achieved.  Overall there has been a 52% increase in housing supply over the past three years. The new figures show that housing supply April 15 - April 16 was 200,070 up 10% of which 163,940


Elmhurst launch CPD Log for Members

22 November 2016

Good news, Elmhurst members no longer need to record their CPD on paper, or spreadsheets. They can now use the Elmhurst CPD Log. With our CPD Log you can record your completed CPD activity online, all within Elmhurst's members' area. This makes it easier than ever before to track your progress against the annual CPD requirements. Even if you have different accreditations spread over multiple accounts, the CPD Log is centralised and is able to register your


The UK signs up for Paris climate agreement

21 November 2016

The UK Government have been true to their word and have signed the Paris Climate Agreement, having previously committed to signing it before the end of 2016. The agreement basically commits countries to taking action to hold temperature rises to well below 2 Degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels - and to try to stabilise emissions at a level which would see a temperature rise of no more than 1.5 Degrees Celsius. The agreement was put


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