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Great News for Scottish Assessors

25 August 2015

Elmhurst has managed to reclaim the VAT back from EST for all EPCs lodged with the Scottish Register between October 2012 and June 2015. The VAT applies to the EST element of the lodgement fee only, and will be credited back to your Elmhurst account within the next few days and will reduce your next payment to us. We do not need members to take any action but if you have already reclaimed the VAT,


New ESOS Transport Course

21 August 2015

Transport makes up a large part of a companies' energy use, and is therefore considered within the ESOS audit. Elmhurst  are delighted to offer, in conjunction with UK AEE, a new two day training course to deliver  effective Transport Energy Audits. Presented by Conor Molloy of Authentic Energy Management Services (AEMS) the course promises to address an area of ESOS that many assessors feel less comfortable auditing. The course is suitable for current Lead Assessors as


Green Deal the Debate Continues

20 August 2015

Elmhurst's Martyn Reed and Linn Rafferty from GDAA (a Green Deal Advice Organisation approved by Elmhurst) have recently given their views on where we go now with Green Deal, in Liz Warren's blog. The blog attempts to answer questions such as : Is this the end for Green Deal Assessments? What aspects of Green Deal should be retained by the government, when developing future policies? What are the Green Deal Advisors out there going


Introducing the New Access Elmhurst

18 August 2015

Elmhurst Energy has changed the look and feel of its "Access Elmhurst" member’s area as part of an ongoing investment to improve our members experience. Users have been greeted by a new and simple visual design that has been adopted throughout the entire member’s area.  However this change has not alter the underlying data and structure within Access Elmhurst, and members will still find all the information that was previously available. As well as the


Who does what in the Department for Energy and Climate Change?

14 August 2015

Much of the drive for energy assessment comes from Government Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).  DECC employees over 1600 staff within its London and Aberdeen offices; with the aim to ensure ".. the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies and promote international action to mitigate climate change". Many people will already recognise the name Amber Rudd, who is the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and has recently featured heavily


Elmhurst submission to the ECC enquiry on priorities for holding Government to account

12 August 2015

The Energy and Climate Change Committee is looking to gather views on which areas of DECCs policies will require particular scrutiny over the years to come. Responses will help inform the Committees future work programme and its priorities for holding Government to account. Elmhurst responded to the two questions posed: Which DECC policy areas do you think require particular scrutiny over the next five years? All Energy Efficiency Policies: ECO3 – ensure that


Solar PV CPD Training Course

11 August 2015

With the swift reduction in the cost of solar PV systems during recent years they are now more affordable than ever, and despite ongoing reductions in the government’s feed in tariff (FIT) payments, PV continues to be a worthwhile investment with guaranteed returns. Continual advances in technology mean that panels are becoming increasingly efficient, and devices such as micro inverters and power optimisers mean it is possible to maintain a substantial output, even in



10 August 2015

With the construction of housing on the increase in the UK, DEAs may wish to consider undertaking the On Construction qualification (OCDEA), which enables an EPC to be produced on a new dwelling.  To view the content of the OCDEA courses, please visit the training portal which can be accessed here. DEAs are reminded that RdSAP is for existing dwellings only.  Any dwelling created after lst May 2007 (Scotland), 1st April 2008 (in


Issue 4 of ESOS Newsletter Available Now

10 August 2015

Members of Elmhurst’s ESOS Lead Assessor Register receive regular updates from us on what’s happening in the ESOS market. Today we are sharing the latest ESOS Newsletter (ISSUE 4) from The Environment Agency, providing the latest news, trends and information regarding the ESOS scheme. The newsletter includes; DECC survey reveals business compliance with ESOS Business Energy Challenge  and includes links to:- ESOS Guidance (Version 3) ESOS Website ESOS


Scrapping of Zero Carbon Homes and Allowable Solutions

05 August 2015

On 10th July 2015 the government announced it will not be introducing Zero Carbon Homes in 2016 and Zero Carbon Non-Domestic buildings in 2019. In a series of measures announced by the government called ‘Fixing the Foundations: Creating a more prosperous nation’, it stated; “The Government will repeat its successful target from the previous Parliament to reduce net regulation on house builders. The government does not intend to proceed with the zero carbon Allowable


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