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Our Existing Homes are Getting Worse!

04 November 2015

DCLG have recently announced further startling statistics relating to lodgement of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to the national register for England and Wales. The data covers domestic (existing and new build), non domestic buildings (existing and new build) and Display Energy Certificates used in certain sized buildings visited by the public. Elmhurst analysed the quarterly statistics for Q2 (April to June 2015) and published our findings, and the same worrying trends are continuing. Overall Volumes


Remodelled report for Legionella software coming soon

30 October 2015

Look out for a new release of our Legionella software early in November, providing your landlords with a revamped and fully comprehensive report to support their risk assessment. The report enhancement is based on early feedback from the risk assessors who are putting their training from Elmhurst Energy into good practice with a growing pipeline of legionella work. Jamie Giltrap, a Legionella Trainer at Elmhurst Energy says: “The software now incorporates some additional questions and


DECs for buildings 250m2 – 500m2

29 October 2015

The DCLG has recently updated its guidance document “A guide to display energy certificates and advisory reports for public buildings” to bring it in line with the “The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012” which states that from the 9th July 2015 buildings occupied by public authorities and frequently visited by the public of more than 250 m2 and less than 500m2 will be required to have a valid Display Energy Certificate


Do you need to make an EPC ‘Not For Issue’?

27 October 2015

Occasionally, a DEA may need to make an EPC ‘Not For Issue’ on the Landmark Central Register.  This can be for a variety of reasons, but broadly these fall into two categories: 1. Error identified by the assessor Where the assessor has identified an error with the EPC, or additional evidence comes to light which requires the original certificate be replaced, the EPC should be corrected and re-lodged and Elmhurst notified via email at


A Timely Reminder

23 October 2015

The time of year is no upon us when the clocks go backwards, and the amount of daylight during the evenings is therefore reduced. Assessors are reminded to plan their forward diaries with this change in mind.  Please remember it is a QA requirement that clear pictures of the external elevations are required for all properties, and these cannot be satisfactorily taken in the dark!  We understand that some householders can only arrange evening


DECC respond to the Committee on Climate Change (CCC)

16 October 2015

As previously publicised, Elmhurst contributed their view on what questions should be posed by the CCC to help keep DECC accountable. Elmhurst posed a number of questions in the summer: DECC have now posted a response to the questions set by the CCC. We have taken out the elements that affect buildings and energy efficiency and summarised below. The recommendations posed by the CCC are: Buildings: Develop plans and policies that deliver low-carbon


ESOS Newsletter Issue 6 Available for Download

09 October 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 6 of the ESOS Newsletter, 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;  ESOS Enforcement Position Summary of


A Bad Week for the Insulation Industry

08 October 2015

This week two major insulation companies have announced the loss of staff and our sincere sympathies go out to all the staff and families affected. Please remember that Domestic Energy Assessor qualifications are held by the individual and can be used to support an application for accreditation which, if all the other criteria are met, could be an opportunity and the start of a new career. For Elmhurst Members wishing to become accredited with their


Bats in the Belfry

06 October 2015

Or perfectly ordinary loft spaces .... As Domestic Energy Assessors, we know that each working day can bring a new and previously unseen set of circumstances, from crazy heating systems to eccentric householders. Should you encounter a loft space where there is a message warning you not to enter as bats are present you should proceed as follows:  DO NOT ENTER      The EPC can be completed, however.  If a warning message was present,


New Energy Related Products Directive

05 October 2015

A new European Union Directive came into force on 26th September 2015 which aims to set a minimum standard for heating and hot water systems.  The directive is designed to achieve the EU target of reducing energy usage by  20% by 2020.  The directive requires heating appliances with a capacity of up to 400 kW to meet requirements relating to energy consumption, efficiencies and carbon emissions.  This legislation does not impact on Domestic Energy Assessors (DEAs)


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