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Government responds to the Consultation: ‘Review of energy assessor accreditation scheme operations’

20 December 2016

As the largest Accreditation scheme in the UK, Elmhurst Energy welcomes the response from DCLG today on this important consultation. We welcome the open approach of Government in attempting to make improvement to the current systems and processes. We agree with all the results of the responses, in fact we at Elmhurst noted that in all questions we sided with the majority of the decisions in all responses to the consultation As they say the


Each Home Matters - report published

19 December 2016

As Elmhurst Energy predicted in a news item two weeks ago the Each Home Matters report was finally published at 6pm on Friday 16th December. Reports that are issued that late on a Friday, a week before Christmas, are not normally happy reading but this one is nothing to be frightened of. The ‘Each Home Counts’  report, originally entitled the ‘Bonfield Review’, actually makes little mention of Green Deal, or any of the infrastructure that


Government produce RHI consultation response

16 December 2016

BEIS have published their RHI consultation response which indicates the likely changes to this important scheme for reducing carbon emissions for implementation in  spring 2017. Relating to domestic installations; The scheme will continue to support all four technologies currently supported by the scheme. The tariffs for new Air Source Heat Pumps and Ground Source Heat Pumps will be increased to 10.02 pence per kilowatthour (p/kWh) and 19.55p/kWh respectively. All new Air Source Heat Pumps and


The Government is committed to managing heat demand in UK

15 December 2016

In a major keynote speech at "The Heat Summit: How Can We Decarbonise Heating?” ran by Policy Exchange, Baroness Neville-Rolfe backed the Paris Agreement and commitment that the Government would continue its targets to 2050. She began with the Paris Agreement and UK energy consumption: “Globally we have seen growing momentum on the need to urgently tackle climate change. Last year this led to the landmark Paris Agreement, which as you will all know has


Property Predictions 2017

14 December 2016

With ECO in transition and a lack of progress with a pay-as-you-save model to replace Green Deal, the state of the house sale and rentals market is critical for most Domestic Energy Assessors. Elmhurst Energy were interested to read the views of the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) and Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)  and their predictions for 2017.  There will not be extensive house price inflation in 2017 and the number of


Government ask on best way to heat our homes

09 December 2016

The Government has published a consultation document to consider how our homes should be heated in the future. The consultation seeks to transform the way consumers engage with their heating systems, to give them greater choice over their heating technology in order to improve household comfort and reduce energy bills. This contributes towards our Paris 2015 commitment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The consultation seeks the views of consumers, installers and manufacturers on a proposal to raise


Every Home still matters

08 December 2016

Elmhurst Energy has continued to ask why the Every Home Matters report (AKA Bonfield Report)  has still not been published and every time we are told that it's "finished" and  "it'll be issued next month". Nine months after its original promised date I suspect that many Elmhurst members believe it will never happen, and that pay-as-you-save has been kicked into the long grass. At Elmhurst we believe that pay-as-you-save can work for energy efficiency measures


“A child born today may never see fuel poverty eradicated” says new report

30 November 2016

The National Energy Action yesterday issued a report which highlights that UK Fuel Poverty is set to last a lifetime. The report warns : “that that the current rate of progress in tackling the problem means fuel poverty will not have ended by the time a child born today turns 80. The average life expectancy at birth in the UK is 83 years for girls and 79 for boys, according to the Office for National


Consumer interest in home energy efficiency and sustainability on the up

25 November 2016

Elmhurst are pleased to see some new published research by the Building Research Establishment (BRE), called “Home Improvements – who, what and how?” The main headline is good news that consumer interest in home energy efficiency and sustainability is on the up. The research was to assess what motivated people in regards to ‘home improvements’ and ‘new home purchase decisions’. The research was a nationwide survey of over 2000 households. It included details of the


Residential sales revert to "sluggish"

24 November 2016

An article from the BBC reports that house sales remain "sluggish"  with a total of just 100,300 properties sold in the UK in October, a 16% fall on the same month a year earlier. This will go some way, combined with the winding down of ECO, to explain why the volume of RdSAP EPCs issued has failed to reach 100,000 a month, down 40% since the spring. Commentators blame a lack of houses being put


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