A massive referendum, a new Prime Minister, MPs resigning, being sacked, and even coming back again; the changes seem to be endless. Yesterday however Elmhurst were pleased to see some decorum of progress in that new ministers were announced for Theresa May’s new Cabinet. Those that most directly affect Elmhurst and our members are outlined below. The main change has involved the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which has been merged with the Business Department.
Elmhurst is disappointed that the latest statistics from DECC show that: The number of households in fuel poverty has risen from 2.35 to 2.38million. Some households close to the fuel poverty threshold have seen a lower than average increase in disposable income, and therefore, been pushed into fuel poverty. Fuel prices have increased more than energy efficiency gains, leaving households with higher energy costs. The report states that: In 2014, 6.8% of fuel poor households
Elmhurst Energy has replied to the Ofgem Consultation on deemed scores. We thought it useful to our members and the wider industry to see our response to this important consultation. Ofgem and DECC are looking to implement a ‘deemed scores’ method for calculating CO2 and £ savings for ECO measures starting in April 2017. It is worth pointing out, that DECC are also consulting on the wider implications of the ECO policy and therefore clarify
Elmhurst Energy has received approval from the Scottish government to accredit the new Section 63 advisor and DEC assessor roles. In September new legislation in Scotland will require owners of non domestic buildings (over 1000m2) eligible for an EPC, to have an additional assessment carried out. This presents a fantastic opportunity for non domestic energy assessors in Scotland, to produce DEC assessments and Section 63 Action Plans (Read more) to generate additional income! Elmhurst is the first accreditation scheme
Following a request from Elmhurst Energy, Building Standards Division (BSD) has written to confirm that the Scottish Government remains "committed to tackle climate change" and that "EPCs are a useful tool for assisting with delivery on these obligations." The statement goes on to illustrate that commitment by reminding us that "from 1 September 2016, the improvement of the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings (section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009) will commence."
DCLG recently announced that they were consulting on an update to the Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs). These SORs are the rules from DCLG by which Accreditation Schemes such as Elmhurst shall operate in order to allow members to create Energy Performance Certificates. They lay down the rules and processes by which we have to ensure that EPCs are correct and that our members abide by a set of rules and guidelines. Through the consultation DCLG
As Elmhurst highlighted yesterday, DECC have this morning announced the signing of the 5th carbon Budget which is set to reduce emissions 57% by 2032 on 1990 levels. As Elmhurst has long campaigned for, we must ensure that ‘Energy Efficiency’ is put at the heart of policies to steer us towards this new long term goal. UK buildings still significantly contribute to our carbon emissions; and the focus needs to now shift from solely ‘energy
Elmhurst is very pleased this morning to see reports suggesting that DECC will approve the new carbon target for the 2030s. The so called ‘5th Carbon Budget’, which was put forward by the Committee on Climate Changes last November, is likely to be agreed very soon, which is required by the Climate Change Act. This new carbon commitment builds upon previous targets enshrined by the original Kyoto Protocol; moving the target to a 57% reduction
Not to be confused with the consultation issued by OFGEM on Deemed Scores, DECC have now issued a 60 page consultation for "ECO: Help to Heat" the replacement for ECO 2, which will run between April 2018 and March 2020. The consultation period will run for seven weeks from 29th June (today) to 17 August 2016. Elmhurst will study the consultation and provide a summary of the changes as they will impact our Members In the mean
Elmhurst Energy issued the following communication to Estate and Letting agents: Despite the outcome of the EU referendum Elmhurst Energy would like to confirm that the legislation for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) remains unchanged. No changes have been made to current legislation and an EPC is still required to ensure legal compliance. Penalties and charges will be applied if: on sale or rent the seller or landlord failed to make a valid EPC available free