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ECO4 Consultation released

20 July 2021

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has just released their proposal for ECO4 which will replace ECO3 and will run from April 2022 until March 2026 at an average value of £1 billion per year. The main objective of the scheme is to improve as many fuel poor homes as reasonably practicable to EPC band C by 2030, with an interim milestone of band D by 2025. This will help to reduce


BEIS launches consultation: Maximising Non-Domestic Smart Meter Consumer Benefits

19 July 2021

On 5th July 2021 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a new consultation: ‘Maximising Non-Domestic Smart Meter Consumer Benefits’. This consultation focuses on improving the data offer and enabling innovation in the sector for non-domestic buildings. Smart meters are replacing traditional gas and electricity meters in homes, small business and schools across Great Britain as part of an important upgrade to the national energy infrastructure as well as underpinning the cost


Heat and Buildings Strategy to be Delayed

16 July 2021

Disagreements inside government have potentially delayed plans for a summer release of the low carbon heat and buildings strategy. It was anticipated that the strategy would be released as early as next week (before parliament breaks for summer), however, there has reportedly been a standoff over the cost of the plans with Whitehall. This has resulted in a potential delay to the strategy until at least September. An official announcement has yet to be made,


ESOS consultation released

09 July 2021

On 6th July 2021 the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) launched a new consultation called ‘Strengthening the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)’. This consultation focuses on proposals to improve and strengthen the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme and increase the uptake of energy efficiency measures by participating businesses. The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) was introduced in 2014, to assist businesses in overcoming information barriers that prevent businesses from investing in energy efficiency


How to market yourself as an Energy Assessor

07 July 2021

Are you new to the energy efficiency industry and wondering how to attract clients? Or maybe you’ve been working as an energy assessor for a while and want to sell yourself better and expand your list of potential clients. Well look no further as we have 7 tips to help you grow your business! Have a Unique Selling Point (USP) It is important to have a USP and make it clear to your customers what


ECO3: All change from today

01 July 2021

From today, all retrofit projects delivered through The Energy Company Obligation (ECO3), will need to be overseen by a TrustMark Approved Retrofit Coordinator. But what do Retrofit Coordinators and others need to do in order to be ready for this change? Let’s start with the basics first… What is ECO3? The Energy Company Obligation (ECO), is a government energy efficiency scheme which sees energy suppliers provide funding for the installation of energy efficiency measures. The


Northern Ireland Energy Strategy – Elmhurst Responds

29 June 2021

Elmhurst has submitted its response to the consultation on policy options for the new Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland. The consultation, which was released back in March, establishes options to decarbonise the Northern Ireland energy sector by 2050. The country’s vision for net zero carbon and affordable energy has been split into five key principles which include: Grow a Green Economy – invest in green innovation, develop low carbon skills, maximise the economic impact of


Why does my EPC not recommend a heat pump?

28 June 2021

With government’s saying that gas boilers are to be phased out in order for the UK to achieve its carbon targets why does an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rarely recommend one? What is energy efficiency? The first point to consider is “What is energy efficiency?” When EPCs were first devised, the thought was that consumers would perceive energy efficiency as the amount of money they spent on fuel, and demonstrating savings would motivate home owners


How RdSAP to SAP Converter is helping Retrofit Coordinators

22 June 2021

Ashley Crawford is the owner of CC Ltd which he established in 2007. He was one of the first Elmhurst members to lodge an Energy Performance Certificate with the company and has since branched out into commercial EPCs, Display Energy Certificates and ESOS assessments to name a few! He’s recently added Retrofit Assessor and Retrofit Coordinator to that list so we got in touch to find out what he thought of our RdSAP to SAP


Sustainable Warmth competition to require PAS 2035

16 June 2021

The government has released information about a new Sustainable Warmth Competition, which will award Local Authorities with funding to upgrade energy inefficient, low-income households in England through to 31 March 2023. This competition combines two existing schemes: the Local Authority Delivery scheme Phase 3 (LAD3) and the Home Upgrade Grant Phase 1 (HUG1). £350 million worth of funding will be made available for Local Authorities to upgrade the worst insulated owner occupied and private rented


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