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Lords Reject Government decision to scrap zero carbon homes

27 April 2016

The Government’s efforts to cut back on regulation and standards, linked to zero carbon homes, have been defeated by the House of Lords. The Peers urged the Government to revert back to the previous long standing commitment of building zero carbon homes. The new amendment to the Housing and Planning Bill was voted on Monday 25th April 2016 where it won approval by 48 votes during the Lord ‘report stage’. It called upon the Secretary


Elmhurst Energy launches Air Conditioning Inspection Accreditation Scheme

25 April 2016

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, has launched an Air Conditioning Inspection Accreditation Scheme, open to trained and qualified Air Conditioning Energy Assessors. The scheme allows assessors to lodge Air Conditioning Inspections, and provides an opportunity for assessors to develop their career through quality training and CPD. In most cases, if an occupied building is fitted with air conditioning then an air conditioning inspection is required. These inspections must be completed by an accredited Air Conditioning


National Audit Office (NAO) supports need to measure improvements

14 April 2016

The National Audit Office (NAO) have today issued a report critical of Green Deal and ECO for not being "good value for money" for government; what it fails to state is that it wasn't good  value for most of the Assessors Organisation's and Advisors that did their best to make it a success either. As long ago as September 2015,  Elmhurst described what we believed to be the key changes that needed to be made to Green


1.5million cold homes in Scotland

11 April 2016

A new report by the Existing Homes Alliance has been published in Scotland urging the Political Parties to commit to the end of cold homes by 2025. The data suggests that there are up to 1.5m homes which are classified as being cold. This is based on the EPC rating being below a C. It is highlighted that in some constituencies more than 75% of households are in band D to G. This may be


DEC Consultation to be taken no further

08 April 2016

Elmhurst are delighted to announce that DCLG have confirmed that the DEC Consultation proposal (dated February 2015) will be "taken no further" and no changes to the current regime will result from it. Member's will remember that Elmhurst were very vocal in its opposition to the consultation proposal (see news items here and here) and we regard this as a victory for common sense and just reward for the efforts of all those who responded to


Elmhurst Energy announces Martyn Reed as new Managing Director

07 April 2016

Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, has announced that Martyn Reed is its new Managing Director. The announcement follows the decision by Stephen O’Hara to step down as Managing Director to serve as Chair of the Group of Companies, taking the lead on a number of related business ventures. “Our new executive team in Martyn Reed, Trusha Lakhani and Stuart Fairlie, has developed new products and services to benefit our members, and helped to


Warm Homes trial cuts GP visits by 60%

04 April 2016

Elmhurst welcomes a new study that clearly links warmer homes to improving people’s health. A trial has taken place in Sunderland allowing family doctors to ‘prescribe’ double glazing, boilers and insulation to people living in cold and damp homes, which has in turn produced savings for the NHS. The findings for the families that took part in the trial are that over the past 18 months there was; a 60% reduction in the number of


Smart Audit Trial Welcomed by Elmhurst Members

31 March 2016

Following yesterday’s announcement that accreditation schemes will be trialling a new ‘Smart Audit’ process from 1st April, Elmhurst is pleased to have received an overwhelmingly positive response from our members who were quick to recognise the obvious benefits this type of auditing will provide. The trial, endorsed by DCLG, will run for three months from April to June and, if successful, is likely to be adopted in the next revision of the Scheme Operating Requirements.


NEW STUDY: Warmth and energy efficiency are the key priorities for buyers!

29 March 2016

The top 20 features that a home must have for buyers were identified in a recent study. Warmth and energy efficiency are the key priorities for buyers with central heating and double-glazing filling the top two slots. With Energy Performance Certificates being now very much part of the house buying and renting process. It is with interest that a recent study hit the headlines. Elmhurst Energy is delighted that the top two items purchasers value


Summary of Central Register fee increase

24 March 2016

Over the last week all three UK Governments have made announcements concerning the fees for lodging energy assessment on their Central Register, EST in Scotland and Landmark elsewhere. We have endeavoured to keep Members up-to-date with this information and provide commentary as soon as it arrives, but it's probably wise for us to summarise the position for you.    Domestic On Construction (SAP) EPCs  Domestic (RdSAP) EPCs  Non domestic EPCs, Display  Energy Certificates and Air


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