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Housebuilder reporting robust demand for new houses post referendum

23 August 2016

The construction industry is beginning to report on business performance post the EU Referendum and with the number of new build E&W EPCs in July 2016 up 2.4% there may  be room for optimism. Housebuilder Persimmon has also reported a 29% jump in first-half profits and been quoted that "since the referendum customer interest has been robust" and that "private sale reservations since 1st July were 17% higher than at the same time last year".


Important update to RdSAP Conventions

22 August 2016

The latest update to RdSAP Conventions has now been issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), the Department of Finance & Personnel Northern Ireland (DFPNI) and the Scottish Government. The update includes both new Conventions and updates to several existing Conventions and it is a mandatory requirement that all Domestic Energy Assessors familiarise themselves with these important changes. These updates will apply from 1st October 2016. In order to help our members


Put families back at the heart of the new ECO Policy?

16 August 2016

As the old saying goes "if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it’. Here at Elmhurst we fundamentally believe that the ECO policy must retain the EPC, so that it can be successfully managed and categorically prove that those families in greatest need are removed from fuel poverty. ECO help to heat consultation is open until tomorrow (17th August), and all our members are encouraged to respond (Our full response can be seen here).


RICS; the UK Housing market paused for breath post referendum

12 August 2016

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) issued a survey yesterday showing that house prices had significantly slowed in the three months up to the end of July, and that the housing market had “paused for breath” after the referendum vote. However RICs also confirmed that confidence was now returning to the market and envisaged that the market could take off again over the next 12 months. Residential Stays Positive RICS data showed that new buyer


ECO: Help to Heat Consultation closes in 7 days

10 August 2016

As previously advised DECC (now BEIS) have issued a 60 page consultation for "ECO: Help to Heat", the replacement for ECO 2, which will run between April 2018 and March 2022, with 2017 being considered a transition year. As our member's will expect we are currently drafting our response to the consultation which we will publish to Members as soon as it is complete. The closing date for the consultation response is Wednesday 17th August and we


Improvements to Elmhurst's Members Area

09 August 2016

Elmhurst Energy has updated its member’s area as part of its ongoing investment to improve the overall member experience. Access Elmhurst is a key tool for all Elmhurst Accredited Assessors, and is used by members to access supporting documents as well as important software.  Feedback from Elmhurst members has driven the site development, with changes made to the general layout, and page tiles to ensure easier navigation. In addition to this, Access Elmhurst has now been optimised for use on mobile and tablet devices


Poverty Costs us £78bn a year

02 August 2016

In a depressing, but unfortunately familiar report, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has claimed that poverty costs the UK £78bn a year. The NHS shoulders the brunt of the costs (£29bn), as those living in poverty are more likely to suffer ill health. The figures also do not include money spent on benefits. The money is made up of various amounts spent on other direct costs including; school initiatives (£10bn), policing & criminal justice system (£9bn),


Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - Landlords to fund necessary improvement?

01 August 2016

Sunday's national press have leaked what could be the boost that we have been waiting for by suggesting that landlords will be required to fund improvements to achieve Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for domestic properties. From April 2016, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 introduced minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in the residential and commercial private rented sector. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards dictate that a landlord with an EPC Rating


Elmhurst continue to campaign on your behalf

28 July 2016

As ‘the’ established experts in energy assessment, we are passionate about supporting a sustainable industry for energy assessors alongside energy efficiency product and service providers. Our vision is to create an energy efficient society and we believe that we have a responsibility to ourselves, our members and the community at large to speak up on matters of energy efficiency, to keep this critical issue within the political and business agenda and to maintain the Energy


Spot the Difference?

27 July 2016

Both homes have 3 bedrooms, and a gas bolier  House 1        House 2         Of course both homes are massively different. House 1 has a predicted fuel bill of over £2,500 per year and House 2 is £800 per year however if the consultation on ECO: Help to Heat is to go through as proposed it is assumed that adding loft insulation in both will produce the same level


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