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Examining industry approaches, tools and behaviours, the UK Green Building Council Task Group focused on how to maximise building performance, not just in terms of energy, but also other aspects of performance that impact both the building user and the wider environment. The report aims to highlight improvements that design, construction and property professionals, in addition to occupiers, may adopt to deliver buildings that perform more predictably in operation. The findings of the report have
Elmhurst Energy, has announced two appointments in the organisation, with Amarpal Sihra (pictured left) appointed as Head of Commercial and Paul Mayne (pictured right) appointed as Head of Operations. Prior to joining Elmhurst Energy, Amarpal Sihra was involved in a number of different business ventures, including a business offering Energy Performance Certificates for Domestic and Non-Domestic buildings. This technical experience has contributed to his successful management of Elmhurst’s Non-Domestic and On Construction Business Units over
Elmhurst recognises that new build homes are better from an energy point of view than the vast majority of existing homes. In fact the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) recently released statistics that show that 75% of new builds are ‘A’ or ‘B’ rated on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) scale and only 12% of existing dwellings are the same. However the statistics also show a worrying trend for the new build industry
The current Government demanded that the house builders built 1 million new homes in this parliament; to date they have hit 180,000 in 2014/15. This according to Government is not enough and the House Building Federation (HBF), whose members include most of the volume house builders have signalled a new intent. HBF note that house builders have increased output significantly since the recession, but a new target of doubling new builds by 2020 is achievable.
Some interesting news has arisen that Government are concerned at the length of time it takes to buy a property in England and Wales. An enquiry is to start in the next few weeks whose aim is to investigate the issue of length of time and the possibility of ‘gazumping’; which according to HM Treasury costs us £270million a year on failed house transactions. Clearly one option could be to use the model that is
Following feedback from industry stakeholders, Ofgem has now published its formal response to the ECO2 consultation on the requirements for overwriting U-Values for cavity wall insulation (CWI) measures. The new policies outlined in Ofgem’s Consultation Response Document will apply to all CWI measures with overwritten U-Values installed from 1st June 2016. To read the response document in full please click here During the consultation a number of approaches were considered which could provide Ofgem with
When Elmhurst announced that the Government were increasing central lodgement fees we were compelled to contact DCLG to ask for an explanation as to the size of increase and to explain the negative impact this will have on Elmhurst Members, many of whom will be out of pocket until the fee increase can be reflected in contracts. Elmhurst was pleased to receive a full and considered response which explained that the recent reduction in EPC volumes means
In a latest study by the ‘Energy Efficiency Watch Project’ progress in energy efficiency policies across the EU member states has positioned the UK as 27th in the league table of 28 member states! Where once we dreamed of mid-table mediocrity (13th position in 2012), we have now plummeted to relegation fodder. In football terms, the manager would have been given the dreaded vote of confidence by now! Elmhurst Energy has watched over the last
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, 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