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Consumers rate comfort higher than cost savings

17 October 2016

Elmhurst attended a fascinating presentation by the Energy Savings Trust which had recently surveyed householders as to when and why they would consider investing in energy efficiency improvements. The survey was undertaken by Ipsos MORI and had a sound statistical base. Whilst some of the findings might be considered "common sense" it was interesting to hear that consumers are more enthusiastic about improving their comfort and well being, rather than saving money or saving the


Jeremy Corbyn continues Shadow Cabinet reshuffle

12 October 2016

Following recent turbulent events within the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn has continued his reshuffle of the shadow cabinet. Of particular note, Dr Alan Whitehead has just returned to his previous post as Shadow Energy and Climate Change Minister. This is months after resigning in protest at Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership. Now that Mr Corbyn has been re-elected as leader by the party members, it seems that the matter of being an ‘opposition’ to the Conservative Party


Brexit- Opportunity to build upon EPCs

05 October 2016

The news is now turning towards the Conservatives signing Article 50, which we should all by now know kicks starts the negotiations of exit from the European Union. The Sunday Times at the weekend; looked specifically at some of main legislation that affects people homes and gardens in the UK and offered an assessment on how likely they are to remain with us, post exit. Energy Performance Certificates EPCs as we know are required by


‘Climate Change Committee’ Chair responds to Elmhurst on ECO consultation

27 September 2016

As part of Elmhurst’s ongoing commitment to campaigning for the Energy Efficiency Industry, we recently wrote to Angus MacNeil MP, Chair of the influential ‘Energy and Climate Change Committee’. We were drawing Mr MacNeil’s attention to the proposal by Ofgem to move the ECO policy to deemed scores and the fact that the new policy will not target E, F and G rated properties. We told Mr MacNeil that there were some positives, but also


Elmhurst Energy acquires National Home Energy Rating (NHER) energy assessment scheme

26 September 2016

Elmhurst Energy, has announced the acquisition of the National Home Energy Rating (NHER) energy assessment scheme from National Energy Services Ltd (NES) with a plan to combine the best of NHER and Elmhurst Energy into one market-leading scheme for energy assessors. The National Energy Foundation, an organisation that remains very active in the sector and a partner of Elmhurst Energy, founded the NHER in 1990. In 2003, Elmhurst Energy and the team at NHER started


Elmhurst release brand new RdSAP Go software for iOS

20 September 2016

Think you know mobile software?...think again Months of development has finally culminated into a brand new energy assessment software, built on feedback from working energy assessors. RdSAP GO, Elmhurst newest mobile software for iOS, allows Domestic Energy Assessors to capture RdSAP data quicker than ever before, with evidence capture and QA processes integrated into one great app. Feedback from those who have already tried and tested Elmhurst's RdSAP Go has been positive, with users commenting that "the integration between the


Major report shows that rent arrear significantly lower for higher EPC rated homes

14 September 2016

In a major report announced today, Sustainable Homes ‘Touching the Voids - The impact of energy efficiency on social landlord income and business plans.’  Shows overwhelming evidence that the better rated the home, the less it costs landlords. The study used over 1/2 million social rented properties in the UK, and came back with some clear correlations: As homes become more energy efficient they are void for a shorter length of time - on average,


Energy Efficient Homes will Boost the Scottish Economy

13 September 2016

Leading economists from University of Strathclyde and the London School of Economics and the Existing Homes Alliance have highlighted that more Government investment in energy efficiency programmes could help climate change as well and creating up to 9,000 jobs. It backs up what Elmhurst has been advocated for years, that this type of investment is ‘win win’ and it would boost economic activity as well as improve the efficiency of Scotland Homes, directly affecting real


UK is urged to ratify the Paris Climate change deal

07 September 2016

Pressure is growing on the Government to ratify the Paris climate change deal (COP21) immediately. In a week where the USA and China signed up together, the opposition parties say that the UK will lose its long term leadership on climate if they dither. An opposition day event to ask about the Paris Agreement has been called today in parliament. Labour's shadow climate change minister Barry Gardiner says he has offered an "olive branch" to


'Celebrity' Energy Assessor visits Elmhurst Energy

02 September 2016

Elmhurst recently had one of their 'celebrity' energy assessors, visit the Lutterworth site for a DEC Masterclass CPD event with our trainer Andrew Burt. Sid Siddiqui features on the hit TV show Googlebox, and has been part of Elmhurst’s accreditation scheme for three years. Sid gave us a few comments about the training he has received from Elmhurst : “I have visited the Lutterworth site five times, I have been trained by Andrew three times


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