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The perfect tool for MEES: Recommendation Selector

10 June 2020

The Energy Performance Certificate is the only way to meet the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations and is, of course, a fantastic tool to view a property’s energy rating and carbon emissions, but to work out the best way to achieve a minimum rating you may need more. An EPC identifies the cumulative effect of the savings across all of the potential measures. Although this is useful to see, realistically, very few


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The Committee on Climate Change wants to hear from you

02 June 2020

The Climate Change Committee has long championed energy efficiency; its role is to analyse and make comment on the wider performance of government on all things related to climate change. It is made up of cross party MPs and it now enters a new committee with a new chair. As Elmhurst has frequently referenced, the ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ was first published in 2017 and set out a strategy of how to improve the energy efficiency


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Scotland intends to open up Construction and Housing Market when it is time

22 May 2020

Yesterday Scottish Government established a route map out of the current lockdown restrictions. The strategic plan details a number of phases that Scotland will implement when it is considered safe to do so. Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, states: “As I said last week, we can’t live this way forever. We all want to get back to some semblance of normality” “This document sets out the steps that will take us there. It doesn’t


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Major changes proposed to EPBR air conditioning inspection regime in England

20 May 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), has issued a consultation that proposes major changes to EPBR, the Regulations that implement the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, related to: Article 14 - revisions of the requirement for inspections of heating systems.Article 15 - inspection of air-conditioning systems The directive requires all EU countries, including the UK (because we are still in the transition period of leaving the EU), to amend regulation so that;


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MHCLG updates COVID-19 EPC Guidance (England and Wales)

19 May 2020

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), the ministerial department responsible for the production of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), has today (19th May 2020) updated its guidance on meeting the regulatory requirement to secure a valid EPC on marketing a property during the COVID-19 epidemic. In summary, energy assessments can continue in both domestic and non-domestic properties in England and Wales, and should only be conducted in accordance with: Government advice on staying


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Scotland confirms "no change" to EPC Advice

14 May 2020

Further to recent announcements in England about the reopening of the property market, Elmhurst has been liaising with Scottish Government in order to clarify their position regarding COVID-19 and EPC production.  In a message received today from the Scottish Government, the First Minister has confirmed that the ‘Stay At Home’ message remains in place in Scotland as does the previous Scottish Government guidance issued on Moving Home.  For EPC assessment, the original social distancing guidance


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Minister unlocks housing market in England

13 May 2020

The Housing Minister, Robert Jenrick, has established plans to restart the housing market in England. From today (Wednesday 13th May)  Estate Agents and Letting Agents can open, viewings can be undertaken and all activities that are required in the property market such a removal firms and conveyancers can restart operations. Mr Jenrick stated that “Our clear plan will enable people to move home safely, covering each aspect of the sales and letting process, from viewings


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Government issue updated advice for Energy Assessors and EPCs (England Only)

13 May 2020

The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has today released some updated guidance which applies to people buying or selling private residential homes. This document contains a specific section for Surveyors, Energy Assessors and Energy Performance Certificates in England, which highlights that property assessments can now be undertaken within occupied homes aslong as social distancing and safety rules are followed. This updated guidance follows the Housing Minister's announcement to unlock to housing market,


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Government advice for energy assessors during the COVID -19 pandemic

11 May 2020

Many of you will have heard the Prime Minister state that “those who can’t work from home” will be “actively encouraged  to go to work”  especially those in “manufacturing and construction”  and be wondering how that will affect energy assessors required to access buildings. The “Stay at Home” advice in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland is unchanged. At the time of writing (9am on Monday 11th May 2020) the UK Government advice is unchanged but


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Government support for limited companies

11 May 2020

On 4th May 2020 Government released further details about the their coronavirus Bounce Back Loan scheme which is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000, with a ceiling of 25% of turnover. The government guarantees 100% of the loan and there won’t be any fees or interest to pay for the first 12 months. After 12 months the interest rate will be 2.5% a year. The loan is available


 

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