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The Green Deal Finance Company acquired

16 January 2017

Elmhurst Energy is pleased to see some potential exciting news over the weekend. The Green Deal Finance Company (GDFC) has been sold to Greenstone Finance and Aurium Capital Markets. Since the Government pulled funding on the GDFC last year, the Green Deal has effectively been left in limbo. In a press release on the GDFC website:  “Greenstone Finance, which invests in organisations focused on financing in renewable energy and energy efficiency, and Aurium, a structured


SAP and RdSAP Consultation

13 January 2017

We at Elmhurst welcome that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced a consultation on the SAP and RdSAP methodologies in December. We are very supportive of this consultation and will certainly be replying to this, in our usual considered manner. As the leading experts in this field, we at Elmhurst including our new NHER staff (experts) and members, feel it is essential that we respond to this vitally important consultation. Within


Northern Ireland propose linking EPC rating to a "rates holiday"

03 January 2017

Elmhurst welcomes the consultation document issued by Northern Ireland Department of Finance that proposes a domestic rates holiday based upon either the property's EPC rating or an improvement on the Target Emissions Rate as required by regulations. This is something that Elmhurst Energy have been campaigning for over the past few years. The scheme will only be offered to the first occupants of new build homes in the private sector but it is proposed that eligible


The 12 Days of Christmas

23 December 2016

As someone who has been involved in Energy Efficiency for my whole professional career, I have been extravagant and issued myself twelve wishes at Christmas. These are my personal views, but I hope they strike accord with other like minded people. My personal journey since 1997 has been one of learning, adapting and constantly moving with the times. I have lived and breathed through energy ratings and calculations for professional institutions before the chaotic period


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


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