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Sticking Plaster or Real Policies?

10 May 2017

The Conservative party yesterday added a headline grabber to their new Manifesto of ‘capping energy tariffs’. The proposal is effectively the same as Ed Miliband’s Labour party suggested in the previous election campaign. The Conservatives have responded to this by saying that the main difference is that the cap will be set by the current regulator Ofgem, not the Government and would be reviewed every six months. The ‘policy’ is to set a cap on


Elmhurst Assessor calls for enforcement of Building Regulations

03 May 2017

Why have Building Regulations if they are not enforced? Energy efficiency campaigner calls on Government to tackle non-compliance Energy efficiency campaigner and founder of Cambridge-based Green Heat Ltd, Peter Thom, is becoming increasingly concerned that Building Regulations are being regularly flouted in the growing market for replacing gas boilers with electric heating appliances.  In a letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid MP, Peter points out that this trend


Elmhurst release updated RdSAP Manual

27 April 2017

Elmhurst is pleased to announce that its RdSAP Manual, which gives detailed and practical guidance on how to enter data into our RdSAP mobile and online applications, has been revised and greatly improved. Elmhurst has focused on saving assessors time by ensuring information within the RdSAP manual can now be found very quickly with one of the biggest changes being the new table of contents which now allows users to navigate easily through the manual.


Hints and Tips on how private landlords/managing agents can improve ‘energy efficiency’ in their portfolio

27 April 2017

The first question why bother? Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been around since 2007, for some they are seen as red tape and bureaucratic; for others they provide valuable information about how energy efficient a property is, which may also determine a tenants choice to rent a particular property. Somewhere in the middle of these two disparate views is the where most sensible contributors sit. However, did you realise that a NEW Government Policy means that Landlords


Elmhurst Energy welcomes Government's positive statements on retaining all EU Energy Efficiency laws

18 April 2017

Elmhurst Energy, the leading energy performance measurement specialists, has welcomed positive statements in ‘the Department for Exiting the European Union’ white paper document, the Great Repeal Bill.  This publication provides the most significant statement from Government to date, which assures the continued use of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and EU energy efficiency Law, post-brexit.  The Bill will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act and allow all the legislation that currently refers to it to be


Elmhurst launches new and improved RdSAP Mobile software for Android Devices

11 April 2017

Elmhurst's software development team have been hard at work over the last few months, updating and improving RdSAP Go for Android in order to meet the needs of the Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA).  The improved app can be used by any Elmhurst accredited DEA and has been designed to significantly reduce the time spent completing individual energy assessments, by combining quick and easy data entry, evidence capture and quality assurance processes into one multi functional app.  In


Scotland consults on minimum energy efficiency standards for the rental market

07 April 2017

Elmhurst is pleased to see that the Scottish Government today launched a consultation on setting minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rental market. As you may be aware Scotland have designated ‘energy efficiency’ as a National Infrastructure Priority and are trail blazing in terms of the Scotland Energy Efficient Programme (SEEP) – which is a long term commitment to tackling fuel poverty and climate change, making homes and buildings warmer and more energy efficient.


Confidence in EPCs during BREXIT Process

29 March 2017

Theresa May last night signed the letter that formally begins the UKs departure from the European Union. This is being hand delivered today to Donald Tusk the European Council President, which starts the 2 year process of negotiations that are enacted  though Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. Elmhurst are optimistic about the outcome for the energy assessment industry, and believe that the future of Energy Performance Certificates and Energy Assessment is vital for this


Details of 16 million EPCs and DECs made open data

28 March 2017

Elmhurst Energy is delighted to announce that The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has made the register of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates accessible, with a new powerful, user friendly application. Access to the data is free and requires users to complete a simple registration process, which takes seconds. The BBC had an influence in making the data public when, in January 2014, they attempted to get access to the data


Scotland lead the way when it comes to reducing fuel poverty in rural areas

24 March 2017

The Government in Scotland have created another innovative programme to fight fuel poverty. The pilot exercise will target support at 220 rural homes to cut energy bills as part of a review of fuel poverty. Advisers from Home Energy Scotland (HES) will visit 220 properties under the £300,000 year-long scheme before a decision on rolling it out across the country. CAS energy spokesman Craig Salter said: “Locally delivered, bespoke, face-to face advice can be one


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