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MPs criticise government clean energy policies

21 June 2018

Heavy criticism has been levelled at UK government energy policies by two separate parliamentary committees. The Environmental Audit Committee, comprising 16 cross party MPs and chaired by Mary Creagh,  says "ill-thought out policies caused a dive in clean energy investment which fell 56% last year” and the independent Public Accounts Committee says a government scheme to encourage clean heat is a failure that often produces dirty heat. Whilst the government claims that it is determined


Get the measuring tape right Elmhurst responds to ‘A Future Framework for Heat in Buildings’ call for evidence.

08 June 2018

Just before Easter the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) issued a ‘Call for Evidence’ surrounding how the country meets the Government’s commitment to phase out installation of high carbon fossil fuel heating in new and existing buildings off the gas grid, during the 2020s. The Call for Evidence explains what the Government mean by this ambition, and seeks evidence on how they could implement it. Claire Perry, the Minister of State for


Elmhurst launches new SBEM software for faster commercial energy assessments

06 June 2018

This week Elmhurst launched its SBEM Online software for commercial Energy Performance Certificates in England and Wales, to the delight of members and stakeholders. SBEM Online was previously only available for NHER members but, after heavy technical investment from Elmhurst, was released to the wider membership. This highly sophisticated software provides a host of benefits to non-domestic assessors, including smart data inputs, integration with Landmark and NDEA conventions along with the ability to lodge directly


Halve the energy use in all buildings by 2030 says the PM

22 May 2018

Yesterday the Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech at Jodrell Bank about science and industrial strategy, which included some bold statements including the goal of halving the energy use in new build and existing buildings. The PM stated: “in the clean growth grand challenge, we will use new technologies and modern construction practices to at least halve the energy usage of new buildings by 2030. Heating and powering buildings accounts for 40 per cent


3 and half more years of installing energy efficiency measures in the wrong homes?

17 May 2018

Ofgem are the regulator for the Governments flagship energy efficiency policy called the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) and they have consulted on tweaks to the scoring mechanism called ‘deemed scores’ for the new ECO3 due to be launched in October.  The ECO3 Policy which was consulted on a few weeks ago states that it is now to be solely focussed on fighting fuel poverty, aligning it to the Governments strategy to improve all fuel poor


Building Regulations should make full use of accredited specialists

17 May 2018

Elmhurst welcomes today's publication of Dame Hackitt's report on Building Regulations in the light of the Grenfell Fire disaster. We agree that building regulations are complex and the current process of enforcement is lacking. The reality is that modern buildings are complex and as consumer expectations increase that complexity will undoubtedly mount. If there is to be a tighter system of safety management then this should be led by independent, accredited professionals from the industry


Scotland wants to bring forward EPC target by a decade!

16 May 2018

As Elmhurst reported 2 weeks ago Scotland set out its strategic goals for all homes and businesses over the next 20 years or so in the ‘Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map’ (see previous news item here). One major headline was that by 2040 all Scottish homes will achieve an EPC rating of ‘C’ (where technically feasible and cost effective). With interim targets for social rented, and fuel poor households. Alexander Burnett the Aberdeenshire West MSP and


EPCs at the heart of lending decisions

10 May 2018

In recent weeks Elmhurst has identified two separate instances where Mortgage rates will be based on a homes EPC rating. Both Barclays and the Help to Buy scheme in Wales have announced that EPCs and predicted fuel bills will now form part of mortgage calculations. Elmhurst has recently worked with the LENDERS research project which modelled the link between energy efficiency and household fuel bills and created a calculator to show the cost benefits associated


Elmhurst Energy launches new ‘Manifesto for Change’

08 May 2018

As part of its 25th Anniversary celebrations, Elmhurst Energy, the leading energy performance measurement specialist, has launched its new ‘Manifesto for Change’. The company believes its manifesto and its six simple and practical measures will help to significantly reduce energy consumption in the UK. Elmhurst Energy's 25th anniversary manifesto is written in the knowledge that by the end of 2019 the UK will have left the European Union and the requirements of the European Directive


Scotland sets a 20 year plan for energy efficiency in buildings

04 May 2018

In a policy document called ‘Energy Efficient Scotland’ the Scottish Government have clearly set a 20 year plan to improve the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of homes and businesses in Scotland. The two ministers Kevin Stewart and Paul Wheelhouse in their foreword state “Over the next period to 2040, we will transform Scotland’s buildings to be warmer, greener and more efficient. Doing so will have substantial economic, social and health benefits, and this route


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