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Helping businesses become more energy efficient

18 September 2018

Elmhurst has reviewed and will be submitting an official response to the BEIS Call for Evidence ‘Helping Businesses to improve the way they use energy’. This Call for Evidence is seeking views on how a package of measures could be used to support businesses in improving how productively they use energy. Following on from the Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), published in October 2017, this Call for Evidence forms part of a wider consultation of how


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PAS 2035 - Specification for retrofitting of dwellings for improved energy efficiency

17 September 2018

Elmhurst has directly contributed to the BSI working groups of both PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 and has a detailed knowledge of the proposed requirements, and an understanding of the issues that the documents are attempting to address. Of course Elmhurst welcomes the issue of the draft PAS 2035 and completely support the notion that if we are to maximise the energy efficiency of a building, it must be with a "whole house" approach and


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Scottish Building Regulations: Review of Energy Standards ‘Call for Evidence’

14 September 2018

Elmhurst has reviewed and submitted an official response to the Scottish Government's 'Review of Energy Standards call for evidence'. The Scottish Government states: “This consultation is seeking the views of stakeholders on the impact the 2015 energy standards had, or continues to have, on Industry in designing and constructing buildings to meet the Scottish building regulations. Feedback received will be considered in the development of the next set of energy standards programmed to be introduced


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SAP 25th Anniversary Event

12 September 2018

On Tuesday 11th September, Elmhurst were invited to the BRE to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Standard Assessment Procedure’ (SAP) methodology. Jason Hewins (On Construction Team Leader) and Stuart Fairlie (Technical Director) who between them have 30 years experience in SAP attended the event on Elmhurst's behalf, and thoroughly enjoyed it. The BRE explained the fascinating background to the work done from the late 1970s through papers, research and standards and through the


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Property MOTs for the Private Rented Sector

10 September 2018

A review into the private rental sector has suggested introducing property MOTs, in response to what it claims are failures to properly regulate the market. The report carried out by Dr Julie Rugg and David Rhodes from the University of York, found that one in five homes of the most expensive rented properties do not meet the Decent Homes Standard and that one in three of the cheapest rental properties fail the standard, which is


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Life as a Domestic Energy Assessor

07 September 2018

What's it like as a DEA? How much do you earn per assessment? Today we sat down with Elmhurst Technical Consultant Mark Wakeling to find out what life's like as a Domestic Energy Assessor. Some of you may recognise Mark Wakeling from one of our DEA training courses, or as the voice on the other end of the phone, but he's also a qualified DEA and Legionella and Inventory inspector. Here's what he had to say...   How long


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Energy use in business call for evidence

29 August 2018

BEIS have issued another Call for Evidence, this time to identify ways in which they can help businesses to improve the way they use energy. The Clean Growth Strategy (CGS), published in October 2017, committed the Government to consult on a package of measures to support business in improving how productively they use energy. It established proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy through the 2020s and explained how the whole country can


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Nottingham City Council makes EPCs mandatory in licensing scheme for landlords

29 August 2018

Nottingham City Council has launched a selective licensing scheme for landlords to drive up standards in privately rented properties. The scheme came into force on 1st June and charges landlords £460 or £780 per licence (for accredited and non-accredited landlords respectively). A landlord must obtain one licence per property, which is valid for five years. Within this time the council will conduct an inspection and may withdraw a licence if a property is not deemed


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ECO3 will require EPCs for nearly all improvements to privately rented properties

28 August 2018

On 19th July 2018 Government published its response to the ECO3 consultation and whilst persisting with deemed scores as a way of calculating the amount of support available, it will ensure that almost all privately rented properties will need an EPC to prove eligibility. The Government is to restrict ECO measures allowed in the private rented sector to reflect that landlords are separately required to meet minimum energy efficiency standards. As such, EPC Band F


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PAS 2035 - a new PAS for specifying energy efficient improvements in existing homes

22 August 2018

As Members will know Elmhurst  has been well represented on many of the working groups that spun out of Each Home Counts (AKA the Bonfield Review), as well as the PAS 2030 and PAS 2035 working groups which implemented the recommendations. We are therefore delighted to advise that drafts of: the first edition of PAS 2035 Retrofitting Dwellings for Improved Energy Efficiency: Specification and Guidance, and a revision to PAS 2030 - Specification for the


 

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