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The Government Issues Guidance on Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards

11 October 2017

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has now issued guidance for complying with the 2018 minimum level of energy efficiency standard to landlords of privately rented domestic and non-domestic properties. The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 establishes a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented properties in England and Wales, and from April 2018 landlords must ensure that their properties reach an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating of 'E' before granting a new


Make all homes energy efficient by 2035

27 September 2017

A new report by Frontier Economics recommends a Building Energy Infrastructure Programme to achieve major energy savings in people’s homes in the UK. The Report suggests a coherent programme of action and includes the following key recommendations: A target for all homes to be brought up to an energy performance rating of C (on the A to G scale) by 2035, with all low-income households achieving a C rating by 2030 A requirement for new


Pressure mounting on Government to deliver Climate promises

27 September 2017

Following two major reports in the last 48 hours, each calling for action by the Government, in terms of energy efficiency in the domestic and non-domestic buildings sector; a further news article today suggest that ministers should tighten the UKs official climate change target – or face the courts. Prof Sir David King is supporting a legal case forcing ministers to shrink carbon emissions to zero by 2050. In an interview with the BBC “He


Link Business Rates to Energy Performance Certificates

26 September 2017

A new report by the influential ‘Policy Exchange’ today calls on the Government to link business rates to the EPC in order to incentivise landlords to invest more in energy efficiency. The report suggests that the Government should establish a new Energy Efficiency Delivery Unit that will encourage investment in business energy efficiency to help improve business productivity as well as reduce carbon emissions. The report mirrors a small scale trial undertaken in Northern Ireland


Elmhurst Energy Assessor is awarded Scottish 'SuperHome' Status

18 September 2017

Elmhurst Energy is pleased to announce that Shirley Paterson, one of its Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs) has seen her Scottish home awarded ‘SuperHome’ status by the SuperHome network. The network started life in 2007 and was initiated by the Sustainable Energy Academy. To qualify as a SuperHome, a property must be assessed by the scheme as having achieved a minimum of 60% carbon savings. Shirley is passionate about the environment and energy conservation and discovered


Energy Efficiency measures can save the UK £7.5bn – but households need help

08 September 2017

Good news for UK families who need help saving money on their fuel bills as a new report shows that investment in household energy efficient measures saves families and the UK economy enormous sums of money. The report by the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) finds that more efficient use of energy would save the UK £7.5bn, which is the equivalent of 6 nuclear power stations the size of Hinkley Point C. They also highlight


Update on Each Home Counts

04 September 2017

Late last year, Elmhurst announced the publication of the ‘Each Home Counts’ (EHC) Report; Elmhurst have been heavily involved in the Industry response to ensure the recommendations from the report happen. An Implementation Board was set up immediately to work on developing action plans and timelines against the recommendations. Each Home Counts has a total of 27 recommendations and sets out a new quality and standards framework for all those operating in the sector. This


Scottish government release further £4.4 million to improve energy efficiency

17 August 2017

Paul Wheelhouse. the Scottish Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, recently announced Phase 2 of the ambitious SEEP program. which is designed to test new approaches to improving energy efficiency and new ways of working in the public sector. Paul claims that “A number of these projects will have a material impact on people’s lives, ensuring they have warm homes, businesses and community centres, while others will help develop essential strategies to support the effective deployment of investment


New ‘Energy Review’ to examine energy bills

07 August 2017

The government yesterday announced an independent review to look at ways to reduce energy costs. The study is being chaired by Professor Dieter Helm from Oxford University. Its remit is to examine how the UK can keep household bills down whilst also meeting the UK's climate change targets. The study is to report back by October, and will attempt to demystify the key elements that make up a bill, including items such as wholesale costs,


Happy 10th Birthday to the EPC

01 August 2017

Leading energy assessment specialist Elmhurst Energy is issuing a timely reminder on the tenth anniversary of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) becoming law. EPCs first came into law in England & Wales on 1st August 2007, as part of the Home Information Pack (HIPs) for domestic property sales with four or more bedrooms. Valid for a decade, they were rolled out with different milestones over the following years, for different property types and in different regions


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