Elmhurst welcomes a new study that clearly links warmer homes to improving people’s health. A trial has taken place in Sunderland allowing family doctors to ‘prescribe’ double glazing, boilers and insulation to people living in cold and damp homes, which has in turn produced savings for the NHS. The findings for the families that took part in the trial are that over the past 18 months there was; a 60% reduction in the number of
Following yesterday’s announcement that accreditation schemes will be trialling a new ‘Smart Audit’ process from 1st April, Elmhurst is pleased to have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our members who were quick to recognise the obvious benefits this type of auditing will provide. The trial, endorsed by DCLG, will run for three months from April to June and, if successful, is likely to be adopted in the next revision of the Scheme Operating Requirements.
The top 20 features that a home must have for buyers were identified in a recent study. Warmth and energy efficiency are the key priorities for buyers with central heating and double-glazing filling the top two slots. With Energy Performance Certificates being now very much part of the house buying and renting process. It is with interest that a recent study hit the headlines. Elmhurst Energy is delighted that the top two items purchasers value
Over the last week all three UK Governments have made announcements concerning the fees for lodging energy assessment on their Central Register, EST in Scotland and Landmark elsewhere. We have endeavoured to keep Members up-to-date with this information and provide commentary as soon as it arrives, but it's probably wise for us to summarise the position for you. Domestic On Construction (SAP) EPCs Domestic (RdSAP) EPCs Non domestic EPCs, Display Energy Certificates and Air
The Department of Finance and Personal in Northern Ireland (DFPNI) have today informed Elmhurst that they are increasing the lodgement fees for domestic and non domestic lodgements for the Northern Ireland Register. The fees will be the same as for England and Wales lodgements. (See news article released 18/03) The statutory lodgement fees for lodging data onto the Landmark Register are up by up to 63%! Not only this, but the revised fees are set
It is known that DECC are considering the adoption of deemed score to determine the level of funding that is available for ECO installations, and potentially removing the need for an RdSAP calculation to be undertaken. The concept is likely to resemble a similar methodology used during CERT and CESP (predecessors to ECO Policy) to which some long standing installers look back to fondly. Deemed scoring is likely to use some sort of a matrix,
The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have just informed Elmhurst and other Accreditation Schemes of a number of amendments to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England & Wales) Regulations 2012. The shocking news is that the statutory lodgement fees for lodging data onto the Landmark Register are up by up to 63%! Not only this, but the revised fees are set to begin on the 6th April 2016, giving just 11 working days
Elmhurst member's will be aware of the recent consultation proposals on the Renewal Heat Incentive, for which comments are required by 27th April (see here), however someone has decided we shouldn't wait for the consulation to close and some changes will come into force on 24th March 2016. Three points are likely to be of specific interest to Elmhurst Members: 1. RHI applications no longer require Green Deal Assessments The current requirement that domestic RHI applications
George Osborne delivered his latest budget and criticism has been noticeable aimed at the large tax breaks given to oil and gas exploration in the North Sea. As the Government seek to protect jobs as well as drive tax revenue from selling more gas and oil. Mr Osborne was also criticised for using the expression ‘this is a budget for future generations’ but avoided any major policy decisions which drives the UK on towards the
During the Autumn, the Government renewed its commitment to a low carbon economy by confirming a continued budget for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. As part of the commitment, a review has been taking place to ensure the scheme meets its objectives. A consultation has been undertaken and a DECC consultation document has now been published. This confirms that RHI is central to the Government’s plans to help develop secure, affordable and clean energy.