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Shocking Halloween discoveries!

29 October 2021

Dark lofts, cobwebs and creepy critters are all part and parcel of being an energy assessor. But every now and again you'll make some shocking discoveries. Here are our favourites! 1. The ex and the loft  A few years ago I did an EPC, all went smoothly until I had to check the loft. I opened loft hatch and there was no light up there so I shone my torch round and nearly fell off


Heat and Buildings Strategy welcomed, but questions remain

28 October 2021

The publication of the Heat and Buildings Strategy last week was a relief. Already delayed by eight months, recent briefings had suggested major arguments within government about how far a Tory administration looking to deal with the economic fall-out from Covid-19 and Brexit should go to implement its ambitious green agenda. Many wondered if we’d ever see the strategy. Thankfully, the imminent COP26 summit appeared to help concentrate minds and we ended up with a


Welsh Government issues response to the Stage 2A Consultation

27 October 2021

Back in November 2020, Welsh Government launched the Stage 2A Consultation proposing changes to Part L and F for Existing Dwellings, new Overheating regulations and changes to Part L for Non Domestic Buildings. The responses to this have now been published and confirm the some of the details for the next versions of Part F, L and S of the Building Regulations. Just some of the headlines: New regulations for domestic buildings to come into


Government announces £5k grants for Heat pumps

19 October 2021

The long awaited Heat and Buildings Strategy for England and Wales was launched with some highlights late last night. The strategy will establish plans for how the UK will reduce its dependency on fossil fuels and achieve huge reduction in carbon emissions.  It comes as no surprise that we are beginning to learn more about the government's plans to decarbonise heat in buildings, as we approach the UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, which is


Scottish Government to reform EPCs

11 October 2021

The Scottish Government has recently consulted on the reforming of the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The first phase on this consultation focused on adding the new metric of ‘Energy Use’. Elmhurst has long advocated for any improvements to the format of the EPC that makes it more accessible to the building owners and/or occupiers or anyone else associated with its regular use, particularly defining the metrics. In Summary: A clearer, more precise EPC will be


Northern Ireland government consults on new energy standards in Part F

11 October 2021

The Department of Finance (DoF) has released a consultation on proposed changes to energy standards within Part F of the Building Regulations. The consultation includes proposals for new domestic and non-domestic buildings currently held in Technical Booklets F1 and F2. This forms phase 1 of the 5 phase approach advocated in Northern Ireland’s recent consultation on the Energy Strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Phase 1 seeks to increase standards through higher targets


Scotland to significantly reduce carbon emissions in Homes and Buildings by 2030

08 October 2021

Scottish Government has now published its long awaited Heat in Buildings Strategy which sets out Scotland’s vision for achieving net zero emissions in Scotland's buildings. This strategy was consulted on earlier in the year, with the intention to gather evidence and views on the government’s proposed actions for meeting climate change targets, maximising economic opportunities, and addressing fuel poverty. 6 months later and we now have a strategy which establishes a clearer pathway to zero emissions


MHCLG change name to DLUHC

05 October 2021

In an unprecendented turn of events, the Ministry of Housing, Communities, and Local Government (MHCLG) has changed its name to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).  Michael Gove has also been appointed the new secretary of State, effective from mid September, replacing Robert Jenrick. The change follows the Prime Minister's recent cabinet reshuffle, where Michael Gove was appointed the new secretary of state, replacing his predecessor, Robert Jenrick. The change in name


How do I find work as a Retrofit Coordinator?

04 October 2021

You’ve completed the course, got your accreditation, and downloaded the software. But how do you go about getting work as a Retrofit Coordinator? Take a look at our quick start guide to finding work as a Retrofit Coordinator. TrustMark If you’re looking to work as self-employed Retrofit Coordinator, your first port of call should be the TrustMark website. Here you can search for TrustMark-approved installers (they will need to be TrustMark approved to deliver work


Now is the time to maximise non-domestic smart meter data

01 October 2021

Elmhurst has recently submitted its response to a public consultation which has highlighted proposals to improve the smart meter data offer for non-domestic energy consumers. The consultation (titled: Maximising Non-Domestic Smart Meter Consumer Benefits) acknowledges that smart meters are continuing to replace traditional gas and electric meters, as part of an important upgrade to the national energy infrastructure. However, there is evidence to suggest that the supply market needs to do more in order to deliver


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