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DECC announces review of the Feed-in Tariff Scheme

17 December 2015

The long awaited review of the FIT scheme has been published this morning by DECC. The industry has been waiting for this to be clarified, ever since the review started in August 2015. The announcement comes days after signing the Paris Climate Deal (COP21) with binding agreements  to lower the UKs carbon emissions. The headlines are that Domestic Solar installations up to 10kW in size will now receive a feed-in tariff rate of 4.39p/kWH.


Buy to let landlords must ensure minimum energy standards.

15 December 2015

The first impact of the Energy Act is happening with prospective buy-to-let landlords being required to demonstrate that their purchase has achieved minimum energy standards before the mortgage funds will be released. In summary from April 2016 any tenant can request that the landlord implement "no upfront cost" improvements and the landlord cannot reasonably refuse From 1st April 2018 landlords entering a new short hold tenancy agreement must provide the tenant with a current


Climate Change Conference

14 December 2015

Paris COP 21 - a boost for energy efficiency? Elmhurst Energy has been following the run up to the Paris COP21 with great interest and attempted to steer opinion through a number articles published in September and November. We are therefore delighted that the conference closed with what appears to be significant progress having been made. The Climate Change Conference closed on 12th December with all 200 participating nations agreeing to set new and increasing


SBEM Level 4 Practical Survey Day

07 December 2015

Elmhurst are offering a unique opportunity to undertake a practical survey of a real Non Domestic Level 4 building supported by an industry expert. Do you need help identifying what a level 4 air conditioning system looks like? What technical information do you need from the client and where to find it? What calculations do you need to do to input into SBEM? Need a Level 4 Building to complete your portfolio? If


A New Look for Elmhurst Energy

03 December 2015

You may have seen from our website and social media that there’s a new logo for the Elmhurst Energy brand. We thought it was time for a more contemporary look for the business, reflecting our ongoing focus on energy efficiency, our continuing growth and our dynamic approach when adapting to legislation and opportunities for energy assessors. We will be updating all of our marketing in due course, with a new website launch


Elmhurst Energy acquires Northgate Public Services’ energy assessment scheme

02 December 2015

Press Release- 01/12/2015 Elmhurst Energy, the energy performance assessment specialist, has announced the acquisition of Northgate Public Services’ Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD) assessment scheme. The acquisition includes the operation of Northgate’s high quality Energy Assessor accreditation schemes for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, operating an Energy Assessor protocol agreement in Scotland and delivering lodgement of Energy Certificates to the appropriate central registers. “We are absolutely delighted to announce the acquisition of Northgate’s EPBD


Autumn Statement Review

26 November 2015

George Osborne latest Autumn Statement wasn’t meant to be easy listening to the ‘energy efficiency’ industry. Who have felt the full force of Treasury cut backs, and a slashing of regulations and policies since the Conservative election victory.  George in many ways didn’t disappoint us. He announced that the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) will be replaced from April 2017 with a new ‘cheaper’ domestic energy efficiency scheme. It is believed this will run for


The Autumn Statement: George wants UK to build more new homes

26 November 2015

George Osborne's latest Autumn Statement had its ups and downs for Energy Assessors. There did however appear to be some good news on the new build front. George indicated “I am doubling the housing budget. Yes, doubling it to over £2 billion per year. We will deliver, with government help, 400,000 affordable new homes by the end of the decade.” That’s the biggest house building programme by any government since the 1970s. Almost half of


Winter Deaths 'highest since 1999'

25 November 2015

Elmhurst Energy was extremely disappointed to hear the news that there were an estimated 43,900 excess deaths in England and Wales last winter, the highest number since 1999. It’s the 21st Century and we still have deaths due to cold weather! As Elmhurst have said many times we need a simple and consistent strategy to help improve our poorest homes. It is pointless investing billions (£s) into new nuclear power stations if we don't


ESOS Newsletter Issue 8 Download Available

24 November 2015

Dear Elmhurst ESOS Lead Assessor, As part of your membership to Elmhurst’s ESOS Lead Assessor Register you will receive updates on the latest news about ESOS. The Environment Agency has released ISSUE 8 of the ESOS Newsletter (see attached), to keep you updated with information on the ESOS scheme. These newsletters will be sent out as and when there is new information to be communicated. The latest edition includes;  2 weeks to


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