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DCLG state that the EPBD regulations are still law

22 July 2016

Following a request from Elmhurst Energy, The Department for Communities and Local Government has written to confirm that the Government remains steadfast in that nothing changes since the referendum and it is business as usual. The statement goes on to say that; “Until exit negotiations are concluded, the UK remains a full member of the European Union and all the rights and obligations of EU membership remain in force. During this period the Government will


MPs slam Government over Green Deal and ECO

20 July 2016

The Public Accounts Committee report issued today says that failures in Green Deal and ECO schemes put public money at risk and must not be repeated. The take up of the Green Deal has long been discussed and highlighted as an issue in Industry and the Press. Elmhurst picks out a particular timely note within the report: “The Committee also finds the Government lacks the information it needs to measure progress against the objectives of


A week is a long time in Politics

15 July 2016

A massive referendum, a new Prime Minister, MPs resigning, being sacked, and even coming back again; the changes seem to be endless. Yesterday however Elmhurst were pleased to see some decorum of progress in that new ministers were announced for Theresa May’s new Cabinet. Those that most directly affect Elmhurst and our members are outlined below. The main change has involved the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which has been merged with the Business Department.


Fuel Poverty on the Rise

07 July 2016

Elmhurst is disappointed that the latest statistics from DECC show that: The number of households in fuel poverty has risen from 2.35 to 2.38million. Some households close to the fuel poverty threshold have seen a lower than average increase in disposable income, and therefore, been pushed into fuel poverty. Fuel prices have increased more than energy efficiency gains, leaving households with higher energy costs. The report states that: In 2014, 6.8% of fuel poor households


ECO2 Deemed Scores- Elmhursts Response

06 July 2016

Elmhurst Energy has replied to the Ofgem Consultation on deemed scores. We thought it useful to our members and the wider industry to see our response to this important consultation. Ofgem and DECC are looking to implement a ‘deemed scores’ method for calculating CO2 and £ savings for ECO measures starting in April 2017.  It is worth pointing out, that DECC are also consulting on the wider implications of the ECO policy and therefore clarify


NEW: Section 63 and DECs in Scotland (Courses Available)

05 July 2016

Elmhurst Energy has received approval from the Scottish government to accredit the new Section 63 advisor and DEC assessor roles. In September new legislation in Scotland will require owners of non domestic buildings (over 1000m2) eligible for an EPC, to have an additional assessment carried out. This presents a fantastic opportunity for non domestic energy assessors in Scotland, to produce DEC assessments and Section 63 Action Plans (Read more) to generate additional income! Elmhurst is the first accreditation scheme


EPCs are here to stay

04 July 2016

Following a request from Elmhurst Energy, Building Standards Division (BSD) has written to confirm that the Scottish Government remains "committed to tackle climate change" and that "EPCs are a useful tool for assisting with delivery on these obligations." The statement goes on to illustrate that commitment by reminding us that "from 1 September 2016, the improvement of the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings (section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009) will commence."


Elmhurst responds to the DCLG consultation on new Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs)

04 July 2016

DCLG recently announced that they were consulting on an update to the Scheme Operating Requirements (SORs). These SORs are the rules from DCLG by which Accreditation Schemes such as Elmhurst shall operate in order to allow members to create Energy Performance Certificates. They lay down the rules and processes by which we have to ensure that EPCs are correct and that our members abide by a set of rules and guidelines. Through the consultation DCLG


UK sets new ambitious 2030s Carbon Target

30 June 2016

As Elmhurst highlighted yesterday, DECC have this morning announced the signing of the 5th carbon Budget which is set to reduce emissions 57% by 2032 on 1990 levels. As Elmhurst has long campaigned for, we must ensure that ‘Energy Efficiency’ is put at the heart of policies to steer us towards this new long term goal. UK buildings still significantly contribute to our carbon emissions; and the focus needs to now shift from solely ‘energy


UK Ministers to approve the world leading carbon emissions target

29 June 2016

Elmhurst is very pleased this morning to see reports suggesting that DECC will approve the new carbon target for the 2030s. The so called ‘5th Carbon Budget’, which was put forward by the Committee on Climate Changes last November, is likely to be agreed  very soon, which is required by the Climate Change Act. This new carbon commitment builds upon previous targets enshrined by the original Kyoto Protocol;  moving the target to a 57% reduction


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