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Climate Change Committee tells the Government to get moving

17 January 2018

An independent report by the Climate Change Committee (CCC) on the Clean Growth Strategy issued today, aligns with Elmhurst's view that whilst the ambition is good; what is now needed is the detailed policy. The report analyses the Clean Growth Strategy in different sectors including energy efficiency in buildings. In the report Lord Deben, Chairman of the CCC states:  “The Strategy, and related announcements, has set out strong ambitions – including to improve the energy


DCLG change name to MHCLG

10 January 2018

In the recent cabinet re-shuffle both the department heads that affect energy efficiency in buildings namely Sajid Javid and Greg Clark both remain in place. In an interesting move the Department for Communities Local Government (DCLG) has been renamed as the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). It should be recognised that housing was always included in the brief of DCLG, but just not recognised in its name. Sajid Javid states on the


Elmhurst responds to the 'Most important consultation for decades!'

09 January 2018

Today Elmhurst responded to the Government Consultation on ‘Building a market for energy efficiency’; we stated last week that this is the most important consultation for decades as this is the first time ever that Government are asking industry to contribute with, amongst a wide range of topics, our views on whether there should be a link between Energy Efficiency and stamp duty or council tax.  Elmhurst, the UK's largest EPC Accreditation Scheme, thanks its


The most important consultation for decades

05 January 2018

The Government are currently seeking views on additional measures and incentives that will encourage home-owners to invest in energy efficiency improvements. Over the years we have all hoped that ‘energy efficiency’ would rise up the agenda for the 27 million home owners and occupiers in the UK. However this is the first time ever that Government are asking industry to contribute with, amongst a wide range of topics, our views on whether there should be


Elmhurst respond to Government's review of Energy & Carbon Reporting

04 January 2018

Earlier in the week Elmhurst published its draft response to Government who wish to simplify the current Energy and Carbon Reporting procedures. Having received feedback from Members Elmhurst is pleased to have completed their response which will be uploaded before tonight's deadline. Elmhurst Summary of Recommendations: The concept of ESOS is sound but its light touch was open to abuse. Elmhurst proposes that; The scope of ESOS should be made BREXIT friendly and mirror existing


Use ESOS to streamline Energy & Carbon Reporting

03 January 2018

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are consulting on "Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting" in an effort to raise awareness, reduce bills and save carbon for large businesses in the UK. In her Ministerial foreword Claire Perry, Minister of State says that "Energy efficiency is vital to business productivity, security of energy supplies, and supports the transition to a low-carbon economy." Government recognise that currently there are just too many different policies,


Scotland publish long term energy strategy

02 January 2018

As 2017 progressed it appeared that energy efficiency had become a race between the Scottish and UK governments as to who can promise most with regards to energy efficiency. It's an exciting time to work at Elmhurst, and an exciting time to be an energy assessor. The most recent contribution was published by the Scottish Government on 20th December 2017 and titled "Scottish Energy Strategy: The future of energy in Scotland". It is both a


Well that was the year that was!

20 December 2017

It’s that time of year, when we all reflect on what has happened and what may occur next year. Last year I indulged myself with 12 wishes for Christmas. This year I thought I would look back and see what hit the headlines this year in terms of ‘energy efficiency’. The list below is not everything but just some of the many highlights, some good and some bad! Please have a glance below to see


Consultation to scrap the "no upfront costs for Landlords inside MEES

19 December 2017

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) today announced a consultation seeking views on amendments to the domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) Regulations within the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (from now on referred to as the “minimum standard regulations”). BEIS state that “This proposal is designed to future-proof the regulations and make them as effective as possible, while protecting landlords against excessive cost burdens. With a cost-cap,


Interim review into Building Regulations- post Grenfell

18 December 2017

This morning (18th December) Dame Judith Hackitt has published her interim review on the application of building regulations in light of the Grenfell Fire and believes that their needs to be a “universal shift in culture”, that the "regulatory system for safely designing, constructing and managing buildings is not fit for purpose" and that "the current system is highly complex and there is confusion about the roles and responsibilities at each stage". "In many areas


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